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  1. It is acually, and one of the rescuers specificially wanted that information. Its more common in rural areas. When I bought Rocket the breeder said, " I was going to get their tails docked, but I just didnt have the heart." Im glad he didnt. The BCs here with docked tailed often get listed as ozzies or heeler mixes at shelters here.
  2. Update: Boise rescue contact is looking for some fosters, and I might be driving a few of these guys to Boise with some luck.
  3. I had some issues with my ex's dog attacking my BC for awhile. It was 2 females in the house and his dog was very nervous, and had/has some major issues guarding well...everything. A couple things I found with them, Exercising and obedience training the aggressive dog really toned down the problems. The more my ex worked with her, whether it was obedience or tricks, the better she was with people and other dogs. I would suggest putting her in a puppy obedience class pronto. She could get some socialization with other dogs, and have structured time where you and she learn to communicate. Maybe move on to rally obedience, agility, or sheep herding? I'm a broken record, but give her a job and it will help with these other problems to an extent. The second big thing I noticed was timing. If I pulled the aggressive dog off the other it stopped the fight, but that was it. It didn't sink in for her that the aggression wasn't acceptable until I stopped her right as she was about to go for the other dog one day. After that single experience she was MUCH MUCH better. I'm not sure why this worked. I think perhaps when she got worked up enough being on top of the other dog it was just too late for any kind of reprimand to make sense. Catching her as she was about to jump on the other dog seemed to send the message a lot clearer, and before she got herself worked up. I dont know if anyone else has had this experience.
  4. I got in contact with this rescue and they're looking into it. I also gave them some info on other BCs in our shelter. Buster: Buster Buster is 10 years old, and his adoption fee is half off. He was a stray found in Lava Hot Springs, ID and enjoys ball, frisbee, etc. He also likes playing with the hose. His tail is not docked and he's a typical black/wht BC. Was friendly with me through the cage at the shelter. Very bright face, and attentive. Shylo: Shylo See the attached picture for body type and other markings ( I know its not a good picture...) He has his tail, and is black/wht with some blue ticking/spotting. This dog is friendly, but shy. Nothing a few positive encounters in the real world can't fix. He was a stray found with a few other dogs. Shylo is about 6 months old, quiet, and mellow for a BC pup. I played with this dog in the yard, and he showed no signs of aggression or pulling away when having his feet manipulated, and teeth checked out. He has never been in a home, and will need house training. He is good with other dogs. Lucy: Lucy is a female puppy with a wirehair face, so she's a mix. She is very friendly, quiet, and seems to have a very nice disposition. She has been at the shelter the longest, and one of the staff asked me to add her on the email. Despite the wirehair face, she sure acted like a BC pup... I have seen some wirehair BC mixes pop up in central Idaho; seems to be a theme. Unknown: See attached picture. This is a little male BC, blck/wht with tail and prick ears: 1-2 years old. He was friendly to me through the cage, but I could not meet him because he will not be up for adoption until tomorrow 6/9/2012. Not much is known about this dog. Magic: Magic This dog looks like he's probably a mix, but enough BC to make me look twice. They have him listed as a flat-coated retriever. He is 2 years old, was picked up as a stray, and they feel as though he has some dog aggression issues, but I didn't ask how bad. On his card it was listed that he knows some commands, and he was friendly through the kennel door.
  5. "Do not bring your dog to the pound thinking you'll be able to get him/her into rescue faster. Unfortunately, more than 90% of the dogs we're contacted about in the pounds are euthanized because we just don't have room. Idaho and Oregon have far more BC's in the shelters than WA. Go to http://www.petfinder.org to check out the statistics yourself. If you do drop off your dog at a shelter due to dire circumstances, please notify the rescuers in your area by clicking here. There is no guarantee we will be able to help, but we will try." Looks like they cater more to people who own the dog, but I will contact the Idaho rep.
  6. Okay, so I went and checked this little guy out. He is shy, but not so bad. He came up to me right away, and enjoyed getting pets. He does roll on his back and act afraid/submissive, but he will come up to you with his tail wagging. He hasn't lived in a home before, so he will need some house training. Otherwise, he let me touch his feet and look at his teeth with no issues or pulling away. He was quiet the whole time, and pretty mellow for a 5-6 month old BC. I expect he will get more bouncy as time goes on, but he doesn't strike me as a noisy destruct-o dog. In the right hands I think he will probably remain devoid of behavioral issues, other than being a bit shy. Since he comes up to strangers to be pet, albeit nervously, I think socialization really wouldn't be too hard. One sad thing I noticed while I was in the shelter... They have at least 3 other BCs that aren't listed online. I'm starting to think that Idaho could really use its own BC rescue. You can get a BC off a working ranch for 25-75 bucks here, and accidental litters are common. They can make really nice dogs (or really awful pets); the ranch pups are usually pretty healthy and hard working. BUT....they are a dime a dozen, and we see so many tossed away in shelters or that come up as strays.
  7. Up the amount of reward for going potty outside, stick with a VERY STRICT schedule, and do not punish the dog unless you catch him mid pee/poo. Predictible times for potty breaks can work wonders. And wash the heck out of your bed. If it smells at all like urine or feces to the dog he is more likely to go there again. I cant emphasize my first sentence enough....reward for potty outside and maintain a potty schedule! Do not punish unless you catch him in the act. Tell him no and take him outside.
  8. Ya know. The minute I saw it I thought lots of things. Heck, maybe the bough some naughty store overstock and slapped a dog toy label on it? I just wasn't sure what was going to be okay to post. Ive shown this to a few friends, and the have each asked "is this a joke?"
  9. I sent some info on him to the Wyoming Rescue, "Western Border Collie Rescue" to try and get the word out.
  10. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23181930 I don't usually post about these guys. We get so many BCs going through the shelter, but this guy stuck out to me a bit.
  11. It seems like the "mutt" is gaining in popularity along with "rescuing" a dog rather than purchasing one from a breeder. Am I wrong about this??? Even AKC made the "Pet Partners" registry to make a little money off the mutt owning crowd. There's actually a few folks in my local area who keep fancy pedigreed dogs, and mutts. They seem to like showing them both. Perhaps the Victorian Age Dog Fancier is slowly disappearing.
  12. I do kennel work while I am in school at a local clinic. The pfizer rep came last month, and told us all about Cerenia. They have had a lot of good results using it for motion sickness without all the "dopey" effects of Dramamine. If you've got the spare cash it might be worth bugging the vet. Id be curious to hear how it worked for you. Cerenia
  13. Gosh. Could be any of those things! There are some reflex, and other neurological, tests a vet could do to make sure his motor function is ship shape. That might be a good place to start. I bet they wouldn't charge you much more than an office call. I've know dogs, however, that will just stay underfoot no matter how much they get stepped on, or run over and are otherwise graceful beasts. You might try reinforcing him whenever he is in the correct position. Even if he had neurological problems; you can teach him that he gets reinforced every time he is at least 2ft away from your feet.
  14. I'm getting ready for my first clinic this weekend; also with Jack Knox. This thread was a great read before hand. Maybe sticky it?
  15. I've had one that whined for a few nights in a row and stopped. The next pup whined every night for 2 weeks straight (ugh!), and a third pup that didnt whine at all. Seems like it varies quite a bit. I like these stories of buying pre-crate trained pups.
  16. It would take me some time to dig up the study, but there is some scientific evidence out there that dogs show more aggression on leash than off. Might be worth a try dropping the leash if you know the dogs, as was mentioned before. If a dog is clearly running up in an aggressive, or overbearing, way when I have Rocket on leash I try to chase the other dog off myself. I look them dead in the eye and use a low stern voice and say "no" or "go on" and point away. Typically, stray (or hyper) dogs decide its worth it to give me a wide berth. Maybe they aren't all used to assertive strange humans?
  17. I've got a good one I think. A few years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I went fishing at a local lake. Its a pretty small lake with a couple docks; one pretty big. We set up shop at the dock, and I let Rocket run around and say hello. This fishing spot is frequented by retirees in particular. The couple down a ways from us had done spectacularly that day while we caught nothing. I had Rocket lay down next to me while I fished. It was a great day, and then I noticed Rocket was missing. I called her a few times, but didnt here her collar jingling. I started to look around, and she was just rounding the corner behind the old couple with a trout in her mouth. She had her head down, and was clearly sneaking behind them. I gasped, "You thief!". The couple turned around, that that point, and looked at her. She immediately dropped the fish, ran back over, and laid down. They thought is was funny enough that they gave us some fish to grill for dinner!
  18. Im sticking wih my guns. We are worried about the wrong end of the leash. Culture dictates which events allow dogs off lead. Dog shows wouldnt permit dogs running willy nilly no matter how well mannered they might be.
  19. Hold on now! Training dogs for sports vs herding are awfully different activities that each require different kinds of dog savvy. I understand that in the previous statement you probably mean the sort of out-of-touch folks that take their prized show pup to a pet counselor and send them to doggie day care. BUT hear me out anyhow. A service dog will do an awful lot for a piece of dried liver... There are many folks who excel at training a dog on sheep, but would have a really hard time training a seeing eye dog, or a bomb sniffing dog. The latter working dogs need to be trained to do really unnatural behaviors on cue; which is a whole different ball game where toy rewards and treats are often involved. You need a really clear reward for a very specific behavior. Dog work that involves more natural behaviors like herding, tracking, or protection are going to involve different kind of dog knowledge still. Being able to read your dog's body language, and let them know when they've done something right without marking it with a treat. These are all drastically different skills. Could you imagine trying to treat a dog every time it did a correct "Come By"? It would be impossible to train that way. If you've trained for obedience all your life its hard to understand training without clear rewards. So the savvy that a herding trainer vs an agility trainer might have are both legitimate; just different. Case and point. I've had obedience people tell me to play with my dog after each herding training session so she learns that her work is rewarded. On-the-other-hand I've had stock dog folks scoff at using treats for any kind of dog training. I think treats definitely have their place in dog training, but my dog wouldn't be a good stock dog if she needed a game of fetch to increase her work ethic on sheep. So there has to be some middle ground.
  20. This has gotten rather heated. I have started doing both herding and agility with some rally here and there. I was told at my first sporting events that the AKC was highly concerned with putting a good foot forward, and dog fights were a good way to get your butt kicked out of a show. So, the correct way to behave is to never allow your dog to greet another without permission, or pet a dog without permission. I still get in trouble now and again at my agility class for letting my dog walk too close to another. Luckily theres only a handful of dogs in class that have big space bubbles. The point is that it would be very rude if you, or your dog, razzed another dog that was about to run a course. I mean as rude as talking on your cell during wedding vows. I had a woman who was almost in tears apologizing to me because her dog play bowed at mine during group excercises ( down stays) during an obedience trial. Rocket didnt budge, and she was still livid that her dog interfered with mine. When the stockdog club gets together its waaaaay different. Dogs are allowed to greet. We tie them out sometimes to keep them out of the way, and out of the sheep when they arent working. They seem to get along remarkably well. Im glad Im not the only one who thinks border collies are snobs with other breeds... Was starting to think I was nuts. I think that it just depends on the people and event youre at. We had an event here called dogapooloza where you paid admission for a dog day at the pool. Off leash dogs of all kinds EVERYWHERE and no fights.
  21. We have some spots left, so I thought I would announce this clinic here. When: June 9-10 2012 Where: Blackfoot, Idaho Cost: $200/ 1st dog for non-EISDA members, $175/ 1st dog for EISDA members Host: East Idaho Stock Dog Association www.eisda.com Paperwork http://eisda.com/2012%20Jack%20Knox%20Clinic.pdf
  22. I disagree with this statement. A neurotic, unhealthy, dog with a poor temperament will not excel at obedience, or agility, no matter how much cash and good training you get. In obedience they must be repeatedly touched by strangers, and deal with other dogs during group exercises. The very nature of dog sports, and dog sports classes, means the dog must be able to deal with lots of new people, dogs, and situations. A fearful, apprehensive dog, as well as a dog that can't think for itself, will flounder in agility as well. On the-other-hand, I think any well-bred working border collie should be able to be transplanted into dog sports without much trouble. The ingredients are all there; not mentioning the health benefits you get from using working lines.
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