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  1. I have also found that BCs are very sensitive to the person on the end of the leash, even when that person is one and the same. If I had my boys at dog club, and I was tense, or expecting things to go bad, then they did. If I went out there head up, shoulders back, confident that it was all going to go well, it did. Or at least, it did more often then not, and the dogs responded a lot better. Confidence is transmitted through the leash, and in tone of voice and posture and other body language, which BCs are very sensitive to. Training the person is perhaps important here? It is hard t
  2. What sometimes works for me is looking in their eyes (if you can get their attention), and rubbing ears or rubbing their cheeks in circles, or else if you can get them to sit by your leg, to rub ears or their chest, deep down on the chest, almost at the bottom of the ribcage. Otherwise, asking them to do tricks, even just little ones they know really well will help them to refocus on me sometimes, especially with high value treats. These won't work when they are well over threshold, but if they are just a little over excited, it can work.
  3. Just in general, if he cannot exercise his body, it is time to exercise his brain. Doing things like nosework, which are low movement but high on brain work, or teaching him new low movement tricks that require him to engage his brain are ways to use up some energy. I have also found that taking my dogs for a drive, where they cannot move around but can sniff out a window also does something similar. Good luck!
  4. No special advice, I just wanted to mention how cute your puppy is.
  5. Patience and love are working miracles with Mouche; she could not have found a better home! She is a beautiful dog and bless you for taking the chance and now reaping the reward! Hopefully the two of you will have many happy years together!
  6. I have four border collies. They are all different. They all will seek attention at times, in different levels, but will all go off happily for hours to different locations around the house to snooze the afternoon away. Mind you, if I get up and move around, at least one will be right there, and toilet breaks by myself are a distant memory. My first BC was an incredibly laid back, sleep 23 hours a day if we are not going anywhere type dog, and the others have kind of taken their cues from him.
  7. Congratulations Cressa! Happy Birthday!
  8. I live in Australia, where we have paralysis ticks. These ticks affect 10,000 dogs a year, fatally in 5% (500 a year), and painfully (and expensively) in many. I am very lucky not to live in an area where these ticks are, but they are extremely dangerous, and my brother had a dog who was killed by such a tick. This is a slightly older article setting out the details of paralysis ticks and how they kill, the treatment required etc. https://theconversation.com/ticked-off-lets-stop-our-dogs-and-cats-dying-of-tick-paralysis-this-year-63383 Is anyone familiar with canine ehrlichio
  9. Welcome officially to the Boards to both of you Kluane! Gorgeous girl there, and a beautiful part of the world!
  10. Even the dog just picking up and running around carrying a stick can be dangerous. A friend's Aussie Shepherd was running around carrying a stick, the end of which hit a tree, spun around in her mouth and badly scraped and scratched the inside of her mouth, and penetrated the inside of her cheek. Not a serious injury, but lots of blood; she was coughing on it. And of course she needed antibiotics and was lucky not to need a stitch or two, or have had the stick go down her throat.
  11. Welcome to the boards, and welcome to Bailey! That photo with the tongue sticking out is sooo cute. Picture me squeeeing over in Australia. I can just imagine he enjoys making friends - I am sure he is a heart stealer.
  12. She is staying super cute - that is one thing I love about Border collies - they are just as cute as adults as puppies!
  13. If you are concerned about antlers having a risk of breaking teeth, have you considered something like goat's horn? It is softer (it took my dogs about a day to chew up instead of days to weeks like antlers do) but should also do the job to help keep teeth clean. It is a little more smelly than antlers and not naturally shed. This may be worth researching.
  14. I second what diane allen has said above. This is a game that a well known agility person Susan Garrett calls "Its Yer Choice" and is a way of teaching self control. Take a treat, and hold it in a closed fist. Your dog will see/smell it, and will start offering up behaviours. Ignore them all, until she turns away. Then say yes (or whatever your marker word is, yah?) and let her take the treat. Repeat, but gradually require more in the way of calm behaviour before you mark with a yes and let her take the treat. So you may start with her turning her head away, then with her backing up a s
  15. The title sounds intriguing. Is there a blurb about the contents?
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