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  1. I have never come across this issue (not being the sort of person to go for a run for fun ) but I do wonder if part of the reason she is reluctant for the first part of the run is because she does not want to just be running steadily by your side, but be off sniffing, and wandering around here there and everywhere? Then after a mile or so she has got the fidgets worked out and settled into the physicality of the run. If this is the case, can you maybe let her have a time before the run where she can wander, sniff and work her brain a bit before settling into the run?
  2. If fetch is a very high value reward, you can use a couple of throws of a ball or toy as an extra special reward when she has been very very good, or to signal that this is the end of a training period, but it is very important to be consistent with whatever you decide to do. And you must control how long you play for. A couple of throws, and then the ball or toy goes away, and does not come out again until you decide it is time, not in response to her puppy dog eyes, lol. This is also because fetch involves a lot of sudden acceleration and deceleration, and twists and turns, which is not always good for a growing puppy's joints. I would consider teaching her to tug rather than to fetch, if you can.
  3. Attachment and bond building is not just a one way street - it is about interactions and making yourself someone and something that is interesting and rewarding. You build your bond by having frequent interactions that are rewarding for the puppy. Quick little sessions of trick training (even as simple as luring her into sitting, rewarding and making a fuss about her) several times a day, gradually adding in new tricks (e.g.down, roll over, give a paw, sit pretty, bark on command and so on) where you reward for success and always always end on a positive. Talk to your puppy, even if you are not really asking her to do anything. Play with her, but keep control so that she does not get obsessive. You do not need to give her constant attention, that builds up to a new potential problem, and dogs need to learn to handle time outs and alone time, as like toddlers they can get overwhelmed and throw a tantrum, but attachment is a thousand little interactions, communications both verbal and by body language. It can take time, so do not expect it to happen overnight. Work on a gradual build up of trust. And we have BCs who like to sleep all day, but will still follow us around as we go from room to room and sleep in the room we are in, or keep us in sight where they are sleeping, and wake up when we move. This does not necessarily mean they are not attached. For example, all four BCs were in the same room as my partner yesterday, but all asleep and not all in arms reach. The one by himself and furthest away is incredibly attached to my partner. You may have been lucky enough to get a puppy with a natural off switch, rather than the stereotypical constantly hyperactive BC. She will still be active when out, but switch off when there is no 'work' to do. PS we had to get an extra larger couch because of our dogs.
  4. Welcome to the Boards! Quincy looks like a real sweetie - I love his ears at the moment, although they will likely change as he grows. You have all the fun of "What will I do with my ears today?" ahead of you.
  5. Yay mol for early success in different types of training! That effect you have noticed where her brain switches off after too much fetch is not good, and to be avoided at all costs. Nosework is a really good way to work the mind. You can work up to hiding a toy or treat somewhere in the room, or in the house/apartment and having her go searching to find it. Another suggestion is to google agility foundations. These tend to be game type activities, which, even if you never intend to train her to compete in agility, will work her mind and build up core strength, hind end awareness, etc, which is all good. There is also "101 things to do with a box", which is a range of tricks to train using captured behaviours around a box, again which works her mind. Then, after a short training session (do 5 to 10 minutes only, but you can do it several times a day) and her brain has been worked, then train her to stay on a mat, or in a crate, or anywhere that can be her designated place, quiet and still. This is training her off switch. Work is done, time to turn off and relax. SOOOOOO IMPORTANT! Good luck with your gorgeous girl!
  6. In case any of us are isolated at home and want to fill a few minutes watching some sheep dog trialling, I came across this video of an old (1981) sheep dog trial from New Zealand. https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/a-dogs-show-1981 Interestingly, the first two dogs are New Zealand Huntaway dogs, who have, um, a very different style of herding than I am used to seeing. And I then went down a bit of a rabbit hole and found another video on the site that may be interesting https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/dogstar-1986 (Quote from site) This doco looks at the relationship between dogs and shepherds in Kiwi sheep farming. It covers the history of dog and man, and reveals Dog Show-worthy secrets behind the dogs' training and personalities, from ‘heading dogs' who stare sheep (and geese!) "into submission" to the "loudmouth" ‘huntaways' who drive flocks on vast high country stations. Hope everyone here is staying safe!
  7. Hi mol! Edie is gorgeous, congratulations on your puppy! I always joked that my dogs had a period at around 6 months old where their brains fell out, and they forgot everything that they had learned. Recall? Forget it, even if it was rock solid before. Loose lead walking - gone. Welcome to dog puberty and their teenage time. There may also be an element of second fear period as well, given some of the reactivity you have described. My advice would be, consistency, consistency, consistency. Keep persisting with the rules, keep expecting the same behaviour, rewarding the good. Do not allow the obsessive behaviours to persist (and fellow Aussie here - I commiserate with your fly problem - I have one dog who is terrified of flies, also live in an older house and cannot keep them out, resulting in a regularly freaked out dog). Don't be too worried about Edie not being too interested in other people. Some BCs are like that - interested in their people and no one else. So long as she is not hostile to them, I would just accept that as her personality. Disinterest and ignoring is acceptable. I am not necessarily a believer in random exercise as being what a BC needs to calm; often you are just creating a more athletic and energetic problem. You need to give Edie work, something to challenge her mind. Have you tried looking into nosework? Or going into more trick training? Something that requires her to engage her mind and switch on leaves her less energy to be reactive. Anyway, my advice is just some suggestions, and you may already have tried them. It is good you are consulting a professional trainer, and I hope things work out for you and Edie.
  8. Interesting short article, about the impact on dogs and other pets of evacuations, and treating them. Dogs get PTSD too. References a study after Hurricane Katrina as well. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-04/pets-suffer-trauma-after-bushfires-natural-disaster/12021174
  9. Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss, and excited that you are sharing a new journey with your new puppy. She is gorgeous by the way. I lost my Oscar on 9/11 last year at seven years old to sepsis, so it was sudden and very unexpected. About a month later, despite having other BCs, the hole demanded we fill it with a new BC, and we adopted a two year old from a local rescue, called Buddy. What melts my heart (and my eyes at times) is the way my new dog does things that only Oscar, out of our four BCs, used to do, like jump up on the bench next to the door while waiting to go outside, or sleep on the rug under the window in the bedroom, or demand cuddles and pats while simultaneously pushing you away with his paws. Buddy is not Oscar, but there are times he is heartbreakingly similar, and I treasure those moments, because it keeps Oscar alive for me.
  10. So a dog in Singapore tested "weakly positive" for Covid-19 after its owner was found to be positive. People have been advised not to kiss their dogs if they are in quarantine for Covid-19. I am not panicking as there is no evidence that the dog is symptomatic. I know there is canine coronavirus, which humans do not catch, and human versions of coronavirus dogs do not get either. This may be an exception, or the dog may simply have some virus due to exposure without full infection. On the other hand, I had to buy toilet paper yesterday, as we were down to our last two rolls, and the couple in front of me each bought four packs of 24 rolls, the maximum per person. 192 rolls. Stockpiling for a condition that does not cause diarrhoea. And we live 30 minutes away from the factory that is working 24 hour shifts making toilet paper. Who ever thought there would need to be store imposed limits on TP! If we were talking about a three month quarantine, or a cholera or dysentery pandemic, I could understand the obsession with toilet paper. But seriously people....
  11. Welcome from a fellow Aussie! Your girls are gorgeous, and I love their names.
  12. We sit just inside the back door with the towel, and only let the dogs in one at a time, grab them, make them sit and clean their 'tootsies' as soon as they enter. This is helped by the fact that we have a fridge on one side and a wall on the other, right next to the back door, so there is limited space for the dog to try and get past us. We also have one of those "magic mud grabbing" mats at the back door, which may or may not actually help. It does seem to pull moisture off.
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