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  1. We had two guinea pigs and had the same problem with Dexter...He would sit by the enclosure and fixate on any movement. It was an open top pen and he would run around trying to find the pigs when they were hiding. When they ran from one end to the other he would chase them. I'm honestly not sure if he would have grabbed one or not. In the end we had to keep them in a seperate room to keep the stress down and eventually re-homed them when our kids lost interest. I think rabbits could be a different story as some are quite tough and stand their ground. My wife raised rabbits when she was a teenager and said they would chase the family dog around if it got to close.
  2. I made the mistake of reading this at work on my lunch hour...I think my co-workers thought I had finally lost it from the laughter! Dexter scored well this week with half a block of old chedder from the counter (my fault) and 3 burgers from the dinner table when we all got up to answer the door during dinner (silly peoples). Our Golden retreiver ate a calculator once...only found bits of circuit board all over the ktichen floor.
  3. Saw this on TV the other day; The Border Collie and Jack Russel can snowboard better than I can! It's a commercial from a Cell company named "Fido" in Canada that uses dogs for all of it's advertising. I tried to find some info on the BC who was in the commerical but no luck yet. Extended version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUUB--WJO2U&feature=relmfu Actual Commerical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS7qlKVrH_4&feature=relmfu
  4. yes, they are lap dogs (in the literal sense)...Dex is the most affectionate dog I have owned (or been owned by). TV time in the evening always means time to sit in someone's lap. If I lay down on the floor he will sit on me until I get up...or lay beside me with his feet in the air (belly rub please). If there is a storm he tries to climb behind my back or on my shoulders on the back of the couch and bury his head. "Protect me Dad!". never a dull moment
  5. Must be alot of destroyed houses in Sweden!....What do people do when they go to work? (Doggie daycares must do very well). I'm not sure how you would enforce such regulations either?. Neighbors spying and reporting you if your dog was in it's crate a little longer than allowed.
  6. I noticed in your post "grab his attention at a distance"; I have similar problems with Dex in obeying commands or re-call from a distance. He always responds promptly close-in but will often ignore my commands at a distance. There is no problem with his hearing, I think it has more to do with the fact that I have let him get out of the "zone" and he feels that since he is off on his own he can now do as he pleases (Usually after I have let him wander without a regular command for any length of time). I'm by no means an expert but maybe staying closer to Huck (if possible) will yield better results...Breeder may have advice as well.
  7. Dex is the same with our Yorkie cross, he just sits there and takes the jumping and nipping. She also likes to climb all over his back when he is laying down. He only proceeds to correct her or play with her if I tell him to. I was getting annoyed that he wasn't giving any correction (My border collie getting beaten up by an 8 pound dust mop). Now I give him permission to play and it has evened out. He is very gentle though which impresses me other than sitting on her once! which I don't think was intentional?....but maybe it was. I can't say I take it for granted as I'm still suprised by it on almost a daily basis. I'm used to Labs and Goldens which seem "dumb" in comparsion (I had two goldens before Dex and grew up with black labs). I actually had to adjust my training to suit Dex and I've found that he responds better to being treated like a "Human". I tend to talk to him like I'm talking to a person when I'm trying to teach him something and not much repition is required either. I've also found, like others have noted, that he picks up things on his own just based on what I say and what he "thinks" I want.
  8. I use the command "drop" when I want Dex to give up the disc he is holding. I started this with a single frisbee so he would learn that I woud not throw again until he returned the disc and responded to the commad. Works well with mutliple discs as he returns with the previous one, accepts the command and heads out after the next throw. He understands that drop means the next throw is coming in addition to drop the disk. Not sure if anyone else uses similar commands?
  9. Our new puppy is turning out to be a bad influence on Dexter. We havn`t had problems with Dex destroying things or chewing things he shouldn`t since he was a puppy. Now it seems like we are back to square one and have to keep an eye on both dogs now....arrgh! I thinks it`s a case of monkey-see-monkey-do. He sees the puppy grab things and now he figures he can to ``they are scolding the pup but not me``. He is stealthy about it as well and will slink in and grab one of our kids toys and slink away thinking he is undetected. (dang smart border collies!). We spent a lot of time teaching Dex what toys are his and not his and now we have to start all over again. The fun of having two dogs! (Partners in crime). This picture sums it up....glad we don`t have a cat as well.
  10. All I would add is that you need to be patient and don't give up. It may take awhile to reinforce the behavours you want to see and weed out the ones you don't. As was noted by KelliePup you can not train most Border Collies like a lab or Golden. I know from experience as all my previous dogs were Goldens before Dex. We are still working on some bad habits with Dex and he is 2-1/2 now. Border Collies can also re-learn behaviours or re-assert old habits if you don't continue to reinforce what you expect from them. Socialization with other dogs and people (strangers) from a young age is also extremely important. Stay the course and you will have a fantastic dog in the end. Best breed ever!
  11. Thanks for the responses...this is pretty much what I assumed from my limited knowledge of these animals. I think Alpacas are a little more subdued than Llamas from what I have heard but they would probably still be aggressive towards a dog as I'm sure they would perceive a dog as a predator. I have a very big, problem skunk on my property...Dex has barely missed being sprayed a few times. Maybe I should borrow a couple of Llamas for a day or two. . I've crossed paths with him at night and luckily he doesn't see me as a threat.
  12. I'm just asking this out of curiosity as we have a large number of Alpaca and Llama herds in my area and I've always wondered if anyone uses stock dogs to heard these types of animals? How would they react to a stockdog?...more agressive than sheep. Would they be likely to chase, kick or jump at a dog? They seem to be popular and I know someone who actually quit his day job to raise Alpacas.
  13. Dang!....and I thought we were on to something. Seems whenever there is a good idea for something someone else has already invented it! Looks like Cherry from the photo?...which would make it pricey.
  14. Good idea...our crate is an end table next to the couch in the family room!. I should add a wood top as well since you have to be careful where you set down your drink . This is where the crate has been since Dex was a pup as it was close to the kitchen and the back door. We tried to move it once and he was not happy with the new location so it went back beside the couch.
  15. Never really thought twice about crate training...we have crate trained each of our 4 dogs and my family has been doing it since the late 80`s before it was even popular. My grandmother believed very strongly in using a crate for the many reasons described in this thread. Dexter loves his crate, it is his ``house`` and he often sleeps in it with the door open when we are home. It is also his ``Safe`` place that he goes to when he is stressed say from a thunderstorm, new people in the house, etc. If we are out for more than an hour we usually crate him to keep him out of trouble. All we say is ``go to you house`` and he runs right in and lays down. In terms of night time we give him the option of sleeping in our room on the floor or the end of the bed but he often ends deciding to sleep in his crate. If a crate is used properly and not as a form of punishment it can be a great training tool and a portable home for your dog.
  16. I would agree as well, from expereince. Dexter hates the vet's office and will often express his glands in the car when he sees the building. (always put a towel down beforehand). This is his fear response to getting his shots/blood taken. In order to give him a shot we have to muzzle him (I don't think he would bite but just in case) and me and the vet tech. have to bear hug him while the vet gives the shots! As others have indicated as well, odd/unusal "human" behaviour and situtations will produce a fear response, Dexter barkes and growls at me if I leave my hood up on my winter jacket. Once I speak or take my hood off he is happy again.
  17. She is a little over 10 weeks now. Dexter is very patient which has been great, this afternoon Willow was crawling over his back when he was lying down and he didn`t even flinch....To be honest I think he likes all the attention. Yes, the kids are the biggest problem. They get over excited and Dexer always feeds on that. We try to keep them calm and sitting still when the dogs are playing....not an easy task ! Thanks for advice everyone. Distracting both of them when the play gets over exhuberant is working well and I figured it was best for them to sort things out on their own without too much correction.
  18. Dexter is doing really well with the new puppy...I`m impressed by how well he has adjusted in such a short time. He is even helping with potty training as he leads Willow outside to the desginated bathroom area ...they both do their business and then single file back into the house! My only concern is play time. Dexter is gentle for the most part but I`m wondering how best to go about keeping it civilized. I want to keep the interaction positive at all times and don`t want to scold him too much and have him develop any negative associations with playing with other dogs. I`ve never had two dogs before so this is new to me. Some video of Dexter playing with the puppy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt2BIB9l2Ek Have a great Christmas everyone!
  19. My BC is always uncomfortable with offleash dogs. I`m not sure if he would snap but I don`t want to find out so I always keep him on his leash in places were we are likely to encounter other dogs. Your BC does not sound unusal....most prefer socailizing with othe dogs on their own terms and at their own pace. What I`ve found works for me to prevent a situtation from developing is I always keep a look out for off leash dogs down the trail or path and stop with Dexter and make him sit. Usually the other owners get the hint and leash their dogs before approaching. When passing other dogs (on leash) i always move to the side and shorten his leash to let others know that my dog may not react well. If an offleash dog does approach in an obnoxious or over exuberant manner I try to get in between and focus the other dogs attention on me (play with me instead) until Dex is more comfortabe and I can assess if they will interact OK. I also never allow another dog to corner him or get behind him as he gets very nervous.
  20. We wanted to get a second dog and we decided on a Maltese,Yorkie cross since Dexter does well with smaller breeds. We picked up ``Willow`` this week and she is adjusting well to her new home. Dexter`s nose was out of joint for the first hour or so but he warmed up quickly and they are best friends now. It`s funny to watch a 2 pound dog chase a 65 pound dog around the house; I think he is enjoying having another dog to play with. Here are a couple of photos: First meeting Willow
  21. Dexter is OK if he can keep the other dog in front of him (as long as it is calm as well). If the other dog tries to move around behind him watch out! I regularly walk him with a friend and his Golden but I need to keep him beside or behind the other dog or he gets upset. I find socializing has to be done slowly and in a controlled manner for Dex to be comfortable. German Shepards are a write-off as he had a stand off with one of the neighbors dogs when he got to close to our property, ever since he dislikes any GSD he meets.
  22. Dex loves snow as well. When we have the first big snow fall of the year he runs out and dives into the nearest snow bank and comes out a "white" border collie rather than black. . He loves bouncing through the deep snow like a jack rabbit. Every year is different around here...last year was nicknamed "Snowmageddon" as it was one of the worst years in last 50 for total snow fall. We were trapped in our house on 3 seperate occassions due to the snow. Always happy to send some of our snow your way!
  23. I had a good laugh watching this video.....all they want to do is run, sitting still just does not work. ``Should I Stay or Should I go`` Would make a good theme song for Border Collies! The one handler seemed a bit rough trying to keep his dog in place http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOn4gXT_kc
  24. Thanks for the photos Serena....Eluane is a pretty girl; I love the different eye colours. too bad she is not close by as Dex does not have any BC friends right now. I showed him the photos and he wagged his tail, I need to find some border collie buddies that he can play with. Still no snow here....could be a green Christmas this year!. If it is I will have to take Dex to the park and practice frisbee on Christmas day!
  25. Dexter has to lick everything....the couches, cushions, pillows, blankets, sheets etc., etc. He is also a kisser, We just say ``kisses`` and the persons ``name`` and he walks over and licks that persons cheek. He knows everyone by name in our family including my inlaws. Not like most dogs who jump all over people and lick your entire face...Dexter just walks up calmly and licks your cheek a few times. My wake up call is usually a border collie licking my ear.
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