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  1. The grooming gloves work really well on my smooth coat (and the rough coat, but a normal brush works just fine for him). The one issue I found is that they tend to build up static electricity in low humidity, but dryer sheets or a small amount of water helps. She likely has more of an undercoat than you realize...they're tougher to see on a smooth coat until you really start pulling it out. My dogs only get bathed if they *really* need it, regardless of coat type. They'll get hosed off occasionally when they roll in horse poop, but that's it. I can't remember the last time they've
  2. Thanks to you both, I'll check them out!
  3. We loved fostering for West TN Border Collie Rescue when we lived in Mississippi (highly recommend them by the way!), and now that we've moved to South Carolina we're too far away to help WTBCR but we want to look into fostering again. Can anyone recommend a BC rescue in the area?
  4. In other words, "I'll look for an echo chamber where people will just agree with me despite the fact that I asked for advice because what I'm doing isn't working." For some reason I am always surprised when people ask for advice from those whom they know to be more experienced than themselves, then get offended and try to trot out their own "credentials" as supporting evidence when they hear anything other than "what you're doing is perfect don't change a thing!" Do you want advice or not? @starry777 - you don't need to analyze groups norms or try to fit in. It's pretty simple: if y
  5. I've had bad luck with vet techs and receptionists, and occasionally vets themselves who just want to hustle through an appointment and get to the next one. For example, I've been to a couple different vets (I move around a lot) who will want to take my dog into the back, out of my sight, to do almost everything. While I can understand there are several good reasons they want to do this, it doesn't work for me or my dogs. I have one who is scared, but will calm right down for almost anything if I am still in view. I have another who loves all the new people at the vet a little too much, but wi
  6. Falsely claiming a service dog irritates me so much simply because it undermines those who ACTUALLY need a service dog. It is incredible what a true service dog can do. They and their handlers don't deserve to have to put up with this BS brought about by liars and their ill behaved dogs. Unfortunately most businesses are hesitant to kick out false service dogs for fear of negative backlash in the social media age. They are only allowed to ask if the dog performs a task that aids the handler's disability. Per the law, however, ANY dog who is misbehaving can be legally kicked out regardless
  7. OP, you asked for opinions and received thoughtful, knowledgeable responses. The fact that they do not validate YOUR opinions does not make us "nervous nellies" or "negative". Or argumentative; on the contrary posters on this board by and large are incredibly respectful of others' opinions, and there is certainly a wide range of opinions. Every once and while there does seem to be new posters who get angry that older posters don't agree with them and decide we're all out to get them... If, instead of merely looking for an echo chamber to validate whatever opinions you already hold, you are
  8. Totally agree with CptJack. We have lots of fosters who come through here who know nothing. "Ahht!" is one of the first things they learn, and they learn it means to stop doing whatever it is you're doing. Regardless of how you view the semantics of "no" vs a "correction" vs an "interrupter" with all of the above the dog stops the undesired behavior, correct? Stopping the undesired behavior by looking at you, getting out of trash, stopping their forward movement, what have you, IS offering new behavior that you theoretically reward. Certainly you want to do this without making the dog fearful
  9. Welcome! Photos of puppies are absolutely required when asking questions As far as leaving your pup outside, it really depends on your weather, how truly escape proof your yard is (puppies are deviously clever little devils!), and, frankly, how quickly you want her to be housebroken. I see you are in Iowa so I would assume this time of year it is starting to get quite cold there. Even with a dog house a puppy is going to have a harder time keeping warm than an adult. I grew up with farm dogs who spent most their lives outside and am not one who thinks that dogs must be in the house at all
  10. I get that, and if they are willing to keep the dog until they find a new home even better so they don't take a foster away from another dog, which is why I specifically mentioned a courtesy post. Typically rescues are willing, in a case such as this, to post the dog on their website so the dog can reach a wider audience. The rescue doesn't actually take the dog in or vet potential adopters, it just gets his info out there to more people who are looking to adopt a BC/mix. GentleLake I completely get where you're coming from, but if they're looking to rehome the dog they probably won't be i
  11. Have they contacted any local BC or Aussie rescues? Most would likely be willing to do a courtesy listing.
  12. Welcome, what a cute pup! One of my Border Collies loves running, while his more laid back "brother" is only interested for short runs, and only if there are interesting smells he can investigate . Max, the more intense one, would happily sprint mile after mile if he could. I prefer to run with him off leash because while he's ok at a walk I still haven't managed to keep him from pulling at a run. You'd think it'd help, but he gets a little too exuberant and could pull me over! I'm much slower these days, but in high school when I ran cross country I frequently took my BC mix on runs
  13. Bumping this sweet girl up, I am so shocked we've had such little interest in Lark! We are hoping to find her a home soon, I am likely moving across the country in a few months and would prefer her to go to her forever home instead of another foster. She has SO much more confidence and energy now than she did a few months ago. She is definitely still going to need a very patient home, but she is just getting so much better at handling new things. I took her hiking with my folks (whom she'd never met) and although she was a bit unsure, she was brave about everything including people and dogs, a
  14. C'mon, you know you can't resist that face! We've had one family call about her, and it sounded like a great home except that they were unfamiliar with Border Collies and obsessive behaviors. Lark will occasionally exhibit slightly obsessive behavior like circling the couch if she gets anxious. It's in its earliest stages, she's easy to redirect and the tendency is dropping as she gains confidence, but I could see it becoming a big problem if left "untreated". I encouraged them to do some research to see if they'd be comfortable identifying and stopping those behaviors, but haven't heard
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