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  1. I'm so sorry. ]: Sleep well, Missy. Sleep well.
  2. I'm so so sorry. she fought hard and valiantly. I pray your heart heals over time. Have the best birthday you can--you're in our prayers.
  3. Is garlic toxic? I've been getting mixed answers. From what I've been told it's non-toxic in small doses and is a great home remedy for fleas? Just looking for more reliable info on this! @gvc-border I think carob is what they use in doggie bakeries?
  4. Keep calm and carry on, Diane and Lacee! <3 All our prayers and mojo--you can beat this!
  5. Ohmygoodness! Hooray! <3 Goes to show you the power of the board mojo! I hope she pulls through alright and kicks this in the butt--what a strong little girl! Once again sending all our love, mojo, and prayers your way!
  6. I'm so sorry. ]: I'm glad you get to have one last night with her to let her know how loved she is. I hope with time your heart heals after this loss. You're in our prayers and best of luck. <3 Kristi and Brady
  7. My pup's a boy and he's pretty laid back. I initially wanted a girl, too, because my mom would only every get girl dogs (same reasons). But, I love my boy--he's not over the top in any way and needs about as much exercise as any border collie might. Just listen to your heart! <3 Mojo sure is a handsome boy!
  8. Beautifully written. (this is totally off topic, but Rhett Butler's People is one of my favorites.)
  9. Aah, not trying to start anything! Sorry if I offended anyone's opinion (it was a pretty bias loaded comment)...and I apologize for that. Not trying to get flamed or anything/start a board war, lol
  10. Anytime! I hope everything worked out and she got what she deserves! And keep safe! She just sounds /nasty/, I wouldn't be surprised if she retaliated.
  11. Prong collars are outlawed at our dogparks and most of us are pretty good about reminding "newcomers" if they have one on their dog (although some of them get down right nasty--who are /we/ to tell them what to have on their dog /sarcasm). They're just...lazy and potentially dangerous. Brady's still young, so I encourage play. He's basically an "only child" (except for the small dogs, but they avoid him) and so the social interaction through play helps teach him dog manners. Although sometimes I think he's breed prejudiced since he'll only play with other border collies or terrier types...everyone else he pretty blatantly ignores. Little goober. I do worry about play related injuries though, because Brady's sense of body awareness sucks. He's like Peter Pan--wild,, young, and unpredictable. He goes 100% but that also leads to some pretty dramatic tumbles if he loses his footing. Haven't had an injury yet, but sometimes I hold my breath...
  12. Hopefully you got sound! And I definitely try the ASPCA, they can at least give you an idea as to where to start. And I did a Google search that may have some helpful starting points for you: CLICK! Hopefully something works out and that lady gets a big ol' dose of karma! That poor dog. ]: I'm glad you may have been able to document it and possibly save him from more pain, though.
  13. Just here to reinforce everything that's been said and to add that you shouldn't take anything said negatively. The people who are apart o this board (except me since I'm still learning, too) are very, very wise and as equally passionate about this breed. I know it may seem overwhelming right now since it may seem like everything you do illicits a reaction, but they're here to do the best they can for this young puppy and to help you make the best decision as possible. You'e been given a wonderful opportunity/experience to raise this puppy as far as you have, but if you can't adequately take care of it financially and emotionally, it's probably time to let him go to a home that can. And maybe you can work out a deal with his new forever home to visit every once in a while. But just from following this ordeal, I'd say you need to really, truly think about it and not doing what's convenient. You're young, and I totally know how it feels to be 14 and want a dog like a border collie so badly it hurts. But you're only a...freshman/sophmore and in a few years your life is going to change immensely. You won't have the time or paitence to spend with any dog much less help take care of one out at your grandpa's (if you're even going to school locally). So, really truly think about this and do what's fair to the pup, not necessarily what is convenient for your heart. And just remember the right choice is rarely the easiest choice. I wish you so, so, so much luck in navigating this situation.
  14. In my experience, Brady loves small dogs. He loves the fact that they're not bigger than him and are sometimes more willing to play than dogs his own size. For the most part, the small dogs at the dog park love him, too. It's only at home that we have a real problem and the small dogs hate him (which I chalk up to poor socializing on the small dogs part and Brady's extreme playfulness). It all depends on the dogs, really. If you have a crotchety old man of a chihuahua like we do, they probably won't get along too well (although dogs can be the most ironic, surprising animals sometimes). I think your best bet is to just be as careful as you can be when introducing the new faces, sharing equal time, and making things as...smooth as possible. Good luck to you!
  15. Thank you all for the great advice! @Liz P -- Brady'll be 11 months in about a week. I'm pretty sure we've hit the surly teen stage, he was never like this until very, very recently. As a younger pup he was willing and overeager to obey (sometimes he'd get so excited he'd just chain five commands together even when you weren't asking for it, lol). And I think it would be good for him to learn that the dog park is a treat instead of just a routine--I really, really don't want to be THAT dog owner, if you know what I mean. The one who has to call their dog five times to get them to even turn their head, or the one that is completely ignorant of their dogs' actions. @sixx -- I love all the recall games she has! I'm going to work on that one with him and use it try and build up the value in running back to me, and BEING with me. We have worked her "It's Yer Choice" game, and he does well with it, but I haven't tried it out in an open area with other distractions yet. @Jovi -- yea, :/ I'll be moving back out in about 9 months or so, but that's still 9 months of them trying to help and 9 months of me having to go back and fix everything, lol. And thank you for wishing me luck! @Root Beer -- Thank you! I will definitely look it up! I wish I could whistle without having to own a whistle, but alas, it isn't in the cards, lol. I've always thought it looked really sharp when dogs would recall to a whistle. @rushdoggie -- Hmmm, I might have to try that, put some pressure on him by kind of entering his space. Usually that's how I get him to go back inside after he ignores my mom, but sometimes he sees it as "LOL CHASE THE PUPPYYYYY~!" when he knows better (I swear he knows how to push every single one of my buttons!). How do you prevent that sort of reaction? @Oliva -- Definitely something I'm going to do. That way he knows that when I give the command, he knows I mean it. I feel like that would give me more control over the situation. @Lewis Moon -- Hand signals! I haven't been training as many non-verbal cues as I should, and maybe that's why his recall has regressed so badly; I never had one for recall. I'll definitely incorporate one this next round, to reinforce the command and to start reminding MYSELF that non-verbals are just as important as verbals. Brady "does context" to a point--mostly in cases of extreme emotion on my part. If I'm obviously unhappy, mad, or upset then his reaction is immediate, but he's still learning (or is just a little thick headed)the subtleties of my moods. For the most part he thinks I should be as tough as he is emotionally and should definitely not be terrified of the spider on my arm and therefore he will come back to me when he feels like coming back to me, lol. However, if there is a strange dog near me, his reaction is immediate--he's fairly protective/gets concerned when I'm in "stranger danger." Thank you all again for offering such great advice!
  16. Brady and I have hit a horrendous obstacle: the Recall Plateau (although it's more like the Recall Nose Dive). My dog used to be brilliant in our recall work. He responded to 'Come' about 80% of the time, and those moments when he didn't, I would correct him by 'reeling' him in with long line (so he was never self rewarded with refusal/ignoring me). And then, my parents happened. :| My mom has had dogs all her life, but they've never been border collies (nor have they ever been trained in the manner that I've been training and working with Brady) so she'll repeat herself a good five times without enforcing the command. Brady thinks this is absolutely hilarious and therefore does not respond. Usually he just wanders around the backyard blatantly ignoring her until I come out and force him inside, where-in he begins to pout (god forbid, I ruin his game). The same goes for my sister, she'll say 'Come' three times and then get frustrated and ignore the issue (or she'll whistle at him, when he doesn't know what that means because I can't whistle, lol). So, where I once had a dog who was beginning to develop a very good recall, I know have a stubborn, self-reinforced border collie adolescent who has decided 'Come' means "yeah, okay, I'll get to you on my own time...which is never." I think I'm going to have to go to an entirely new verbal cue and put the value back into recalling back to me. I tried reversing the whole mess and just reinforcing my initial command, but he'll have none of it--the progress is just not there, not even in baby steps. And it's highly embarrassing at the dog park to have a dog who does not call off when you ask him to, even though you KNOW he knows what it means and is just choosing to give you the cold shoulder. So, any ideas as to how to put the value back in recall? Right now, I'm trying some of Susan Garrett's game ideas, but I was just wondering if there were any other equally effective ways to go about this without having to go to a class.
  17. Brady's horrible about shedding... I imagine even with Furminating I'll still find dust-bunnies of his hair floating along the wood floors.
  18. I would take her in a heart beat if I could! She's adorable! And would be a perfect playmate/sister for Brady. I hope she finds a good home! <3
  19. I've been trying to teach this for months now! For some reason Brady is only confident when jumping up on to things that don't have a back or sides. And things higher than maybe six inches from the ground are a no-go for him. I know he can jump high (he once jumped onto the dining room table--was both unpleasant AND hilarious) and is agile, but I have no idea how to convince him that my lap is safe for him. Tips on how to teach this to a wary dog?
  20. After having Brady, I find other dogs boring. He's exciting and almost like living with another human, albeit a pushy one. He's smart and amazing; I could go on for hours about him. On the bad side, he can definitely be a little pill. He's figured out which buttons to push when he's in his 'I-honestly-just-feel-like-being-a-brat-right-now' moods. We have a lot of work to do together (especially around soccer games; the last one he macgyvered free of a closed tennis court where we were working on desensitizing and rushed out on to the field to join...super embarrassing) and I love every crazy moment of it. Border collies can be infuriating, but you can't help but laugh and enjoy the journey. They're definitely not for you if you're not wanting to be a step ahead of them or aren't willing to put in the time; otherwise, they make the absolute BEST companions.
  21. This video reminds me so much of Brady and his determination to get anyone and everyone to throw his ball for him. Love it!
  22. I'm probably not referring to it correctly and it certainly could be just my eyes being tricked by the pale color of the eye, but the pupils of the dogs' eyes see off to me--instead of staring straight ahead, they seem to be almost...drifting. like this: and this: It's certainly not in all merle dogs (and is in some non-merle gene dogs), but a large portion of minis seem to have that off look to their eyes.
  23. Hey all, I've had a nagging, annoying question burrowing in the back of my mind for quite a while now and haven't been able to find any information on it via google or this board. In some merle dogs, primarily miniature australian shepherd, but I've seen it in border collies, and standard aussies, they appear to have a sort of 'lazy' eye. Either one or both seems to be just...well, off. I've usually seen it occur in the blue eyed dogs, and it differs in extremes. I'm absolutely certain it's chalked up to bad breeding, but I was just wondering if it's common with dogs with the merle gene? Does it correct itself eventually? Is there any effect on the dog's vision, sense of space? Or is it just a trick of the eye and I'm going insane, lol? I think merles are lovely dogs, but, man. That lazy eye thing is really disconcerting and, frankly, ugly--I know that's completely superficial of me, and I'm really sorry if I offend anyone. I just can't imagine why anyone would continue to breed that kind of feature into their dogs, especially if it's potentially harmful? It seems quite prominent in the mini aussies I've seen and it just turns me off the breed even more (but, then, I've never been a fan of mini-anything since it just seems...impractical to me). Just a minor curiosity I had, and was wondering what information you guys had on it! Thank you, Kristi And again, I'm really very sorry if I offend anyone with my commentary or inquiry.
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