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  1. thanks for all the advice. Sam hasnt peed in the house since i seriously cleaned the spot. i think he was trying to pee on the legs of a chair and i hadnt cleaned that well. i also started going outside with him more to make sure he pees outside! lol.
  2. its a linoleum floor. i'll go out and get some of that cleaner and give it a try. i had thought of the crate thing, i havnt left the house since the last time i found pee, so i'll start that later today. Thanks for your help!
  3. Sam is about 5 years old and potty trained. He only has the occasional accident if we are out too long. But recently he has started peeing in the same spot in the kitchen at least every other day. It first started when he hurt his foot running too much in the yard so we restricted his outside time...and naturally every time i took him out he went to run instead of his business. so he started having accidents in the house. his foot is fine now and hes outside more often than not now but i'm still finding pee in the house....in the same spot every time. thoughts? has he just gotten used to going there? how do i get him to stop? thanks.
  4. i trained my dogs with a training collar. i got my collie when he was already 2 years old and had very little training. i took him to a class so he would learn to listen while other dogs and people were around. but the training collar is simple...get a cloth one (no chains) make it so it looks like a "P" and then face the dog put it on and make sure it right under the jaw (where the head and neck meet). keep it loose like reins and have the dog heal. vocalize it. "fiddo heal". when the dog does it praise him/her. if he/she pulls do a quick snap on the leash just to get the dogs attention back to the task. talking to him/her regularly at first helps. this will take a while to master and you will need to enforce it every time you take the dog out. ive trained my collie and several labs like this, it works, you just have to stick to it.
  5. have you tried changing food? my dogs eat 2X a day (mostly bc of my lab...as someone said they are prone to gluttony lol) and when my collie starts eating like a bird and its not a health issue i switch the flavor of the food. or add a gravy to it a couple times. and he eats all up. i figure if i wouldnt want to eat chicken and rice everyday they might not want to either. i use the same brand of food just switch it back and forth from chicken to lamb when i need a new bag.
  6. i agree with notorious about the leash thing. i would do it in short periods progressively getting longer. maybe try the tv on low volume or mute for a bit. and give him something else to do while you are watching tv, such as a something to play with or chew on. my bc gets kinda nutty when i am on the computer too long and he is stuck inside, so i take a break and play with him a bit with a rope toy and eventually he will play with it on his own--letting me get back to what i was doing. so maybe you could try playing with him with the tv on as background noise. show him the tv is not something to get excited about. he is also young and new to the house so hopefully he will calm down as he adjusts and gets older. (i was my bc's 3rd home too....retraining and adjustment time can be difficult but he is just a great joy i wouldnt trade him for anything.)
  7. you could try a training class, even if he is already trained. i used the begining classes more for social skills than anything else. my bc suddenly got aggressive to dogs with a black mask across their faces (ie: german shepards) and he even tried to go after a huge great dane. we were able to fix his problem with some time with the trainer, and it did involve bringing in the dogs he was scared of and/or reacting to.
  8. just an fyi update. i took sam to the vet today and he has two sprained toes. so nothing big, she said he's probably on the side of healing bc hes putting more weight on that foot than before. she said to keep him relatively still, no crazy running...so he's going to be stuck inside with me for a week (or until he stops limping). got him some pain pills so he can play with his buddies over thanksgiving (supervised of course!). thanks for all the advice!
  9. i hope its just something like that. i have a lot of pecans on the ground, and between the birds and squirrels and my lab theres plenty of broken shells around. i will take another look at his foot and get my husband to bring the crate in tonight and crate rest him tomorrow. hopefully that will be enough. keep an eye on him and if he isnt better in a couple days i'll call my vet (if she is open for the holiday weekend...)
  10. Hi. My BC, Sam, has injured one of his back feet and i cannot find a reason for it. there doesnt seem to be anything i can see or feel wrong with it, but he limps. although when he gets excited he starts running when outside he uses the foot...when he slows i can see him favoring the other foot. it seems to feel better in the mornings after he has been off it all night. so, i was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to keep him off his feet? even if i keep him inside he runs around and such. any other ideas on what to do? thanks.
  11. everything seems to be good, my husband is making a point to talk to sam when he walks into a room and being positive with him. husband wasnt wearing anything unusual, our lab molly has had reactions to hats and masks and such but not nearly as severe as the reaction sam had on new years eve. so hopefully if we keep things up sam will get over whatever fear has developed.
  12. this is what i was thinking. that he was scared once and now any unclear sight of my husband is scary. the house we moved into is also much larger than the apartment he was used to and many more dark spaces.
  13. Sam is a little over 3 years. he hasnt had any other problems, as for his vision...he still gets around just fine and has no problem catching the ball mid air. i think i will watch him a bit longer and see if we can work on it, before he needs a vet visit (which we still havnt found a new one).
  14. Our BC, Sam, has started randomly (it seems at this point) becoming aggressive towards my husband. We recently moved so I am hoping its the new environment that is "throwing himn off". the first time was on new years eve, happened twice within a matter of minutes; my husband was standing in the doorway with the light behind him and making a face (he didnt like the sparkeling wine, sam got in a crouching display and started growling, he even urinated where he was standing (obvious that he was scared)--there was also a darker spots that smelled aweful (not like urine)(???thoughts???). i eventually got him calmer and then he growled again, i did get him calm and he accepted my husband in his space again. and then he started to growl again tonight. it was not as bad as new years eve. he started to growl, while he was behind my seat and my husband sitting on the couch eating dinner (nothing different from every other night). he relaxed a little and then did it again, i got him calm and my husband was able to get him to come to him and let him pet him. this is new behavior and i do not know what caused it. any thoughts about cause and what i can do about it??? thanks!
  15. hi guys! i have a grooming-esq question. is it normal that sam sheds in clumps? he sheds normally--leaving hair everywhere (but not nearly as bad as our lab lol) but then i find clumps of hair. and its almost daily. he doesnt have any balding spots so im not too worried about it. just wondering if this is a normal b.c. shedding pattern? thanks!
  16. i used to be a female only dog owner. thats all we ever had while i was growing up as well. but then sam came (a friend couldnt care for him any more so i took him), a now 3 year old (have had him 6 months) MALE border collie. he is the sweetest thing ever. he loves everyone (but is protective as well), he "Hugs" and kisses all the time. he is way more affectiant than my female lab. so it comes down to the dog i think. but im changed on the "female only" thing. oh and for the potty thing, i take him out as much as i was with just my female lab (he is fixed...i dont know if that makes a difference).
  17. great tips. my husband has a ton of can oysters that hes never going to eat, i just informed him im going to feed them to sam haha.
  18. my border collie, also a Sam, did the same thing in class. the instructor has a can filled with pennies and duck-taped shut and she set him up to catch him at it and threw the can at him (not hitting him, just to scare him) and got on top of him, grabbing his leash/collar and said "no, not nice" in a very in-charge tone. and brought his nose up to the fence where the other dog was (a giant beefy great dane no less lol). she scared the crap out of sam (hell out of me and everyone around us)...havnt had a problem since. to make the can just empty a pull-toped can (soup, veggies, fruit..whatever) put 20-30 pennies in it and duck tape it closed and cover the rest of the can with the tape too. and when he acts up throw the can close enough to scare but not hit (pick it up as soon as you can too so they cant see its harmless) and get into with him. let him know that you are boss.
  19. i use a "choke collar"--the cloth ones on my dogs (BC and a lab). works great for on leash stuff and if you are with them and they are doing something you dont like, leave the leash on and grab them and correct them appropriately (do not leave on them when not with them). as for off-leash, go to an obidence class that works with off-leash. i've trained several dogs for off leash using their methods without the need for a shock collar.
  20. We take Sam to play/run at several different places. One is our friend's yard (he has a beagle and they love to play together), Sam runs and runs and runs....until he rips his pads and then he is limping and licking for the next few days. any suggestions on what i can put on his feet (given he does not like his feet messed with at all) before hand to prevent the damage? shoes? gel/lotion? thanks for any help
  21. thanks! i will try this as soon as his pads are healed, i feel bad enough having to hold him down to put stuff on them and then wrap them. maybe i will leave the clippers around for him to check out while hes healing.
  22. Hi. my rescue (ive had him for about 3 months now) wont let me do his nails. i use a dremel on my lab and my moms 3 labs with little to no resistance from them...so i tried that first and got the pulling away from me and then he tried to bite. so the next time i had him sit in the room while i did all the other dogs first, then i put the dremel next to him and turned it on and put it on his leg (to get used to the vibrations) but it didnt help any. today i tried to clip them with a regual nail clipper and he wasnt having any of that either--now i did give up a little early on it (only got one dew-claw done) bc last night he tore up his pads on his front feet and hes already upset from that and me spraying "liquid bandage" from R-7 on them. i bought a muzzle but its too small (going to exchange it this week). my question is, should i continue to try to do his nails myself or should i take them to a groomer or a vet? i worked as a "pro bather" at a pet salon for about a year and i've done nails on difficult dogs before---but i also had a table with the noose on it for help. i dont want him to not trust me, bc we are still building that...and i dont know how his nails were done previously. they arent long enough to be causing any problems yet...but they will need trimming soon.
  23. on a kinda funny kinda scary note....after not taking a poo all day....the ups man came by around 630pm (mind you i took sam out 6 times, once on the 30 foot training leash) and sam bolted past my husband and the ups man, ran around the corner, he came right back....not sure why both myself and my husband were yelling for him. we are assuming he decided to go potty and he just couldnt hold it anymore bc he has been restless all day and now hes sound asleep. sigh. what to do what to do. oh and its not peeing hes having issues with, no problems there--he does the regular male dog thing and pee a little on every tree and bush.
  24. haha we use "hurry" for our lab, trying to get sam into it too.
  25. Everyone on here has been so helpful so i am asking for a little more. Our 2.5 year old BC (who we've had for 2 weeks---adopted)is used to having a yard to do his business. we live in an apartment thus we cant just let him go off leash whenever. we do have a fenced in area for dog play. we have been having this problem since we got him, he doesnt like to do his business while on leash---he has when he had to go. but, for example, yesterday we went on a 45 minute walk and it was later in the day and he hadnt gone yet so i knew he had to go, but he refused until we got to the fenced in area and within a minute he went. and this refusal to go on leash is causing him to go in house, which is never good. so i was wondering if anyone has any ideas/tricks to get him to go while on the leash. our lab has a walking/potty break scheduale that we are trying to get Sam on. there is no shortage of time that he has to go outside. Sam is my first rescue/adopted dog, ive always worked with puppies, and im finding its a hell of a lot harder. but im willing to do the work, i know he has the ability to be a great dog....we just need to push out the bad habits and grind in some good ones. and one being going on the leash!! haha. thanks for your help!
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