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  1. Nice to meet you too! There is a People's Border Collie Gallery page in these Boards, where people post pictures of their dogs. You can start a new thread with pictures of your dog. Some people keep it going, others just post once or twice - whichever, we love photos, especially puppy pics, and it can be a good place to look back on who your dog grows.
  2. If it is any encouragement, I have a friend who has a female border collie. This BC was attacked by an off lead dog when she was quite young, and as a result, has been pretty submissive and has never really played with other dogs. She has never really socialised much with other BCs. A while ago, in the Beforetimes, we met up for a play date with my four boys and this little girl called Navi. We had not long adopted Buddy, who is not yet 2 and who loves to play and wrestle. It did not take long before Buddy and Navi were play bowing, wrestling, jumping up on each other and having the time of their lives. My friend was absolutely dumbfounded because she had never seen Navi be so playful. I think that BCs can be breedist, in that they tend to react best to other working dogs, and BCs best of all. I am sure it has to do with them speaking the same language. Sometimes it just takes meeting the right dog.
  3. It does seem that you have been looking, and looking hard, for a rescue dog. It is probably unlikely in the current situation that you will find one now, as they are getting snapped up like hotcakes. If you are going down the route of a puppy, knowing the sire/dam of the litter, knowing previous dogs from the same pairing etc will give you some idea of the likely type of puppy the pairing will produce. This will only be the likely result, as the others have said, a puppy can turn out very different than it presents when you first meet. However, a lot comes down to training, socialisation, consistency and that initial choice. Talk over what you are looking for in your puppy with the breeders, as they will know the puppies best, and should be able to guide you to the best options in the litter. As for training, what you have mentioned sounds good to me, and I am not sure what further resources are available in the UK. Making sure you expose the puppy to a range of sounds, particularly, even if you cannot get out, is very important. Good luck, and whichever route you go, we love photos (hint, hint!)
  4. I have never had a dog with seizures myself, but I have a very vague recollection of reading about someone on these boards whose dog started suffering seizures in old age saying that the seizure caused their dog to have low blood sugar or something as a side effect, so that the dog was desperate for some calories after each seizure. I have some memory they would give the dog something like ice cream after a seizure and that helped their dog recover more quickly. Maybe that explains why your dog was searching the counter tops? Sorry I can't be more help.
  5. To be honest, if I saw Hazel in the street, I would assume she was a full border collie, what is called an Aussie Red, or EE red border collie (if you want to go down the rabbit hole of border collie coat genetics). In Australia, we also call them informally wheaten, golden, champagne, caramel etc depending on how dark the colour is. She is white factored, with the white patch one her back, and the white going up under her hind legs, but all of these are known coat traits of a border collie. The coat colour is not necessarily a sign of working bred BCs, more of the breeders who breed for colour, and therefore money. Even the photos of her in motion do not look inconsistent with a BC to me. Her body shape again looks fine as a BC, as does her medium length coat. But then I am not an expert! I just know that there is considerable variation in the breed, as they were originally bred for working ability, not looks. Try googling the Border Collie Museum and having a look at their various pages on different coats, ears, eyes, colours etc. I am curious as to why you assume she is not all BC, or even mostly?
  6. Thank you for the update, and well done for looking for help! There are others on these boards who have used medication when it has been needed, and have found it has been a huge help, so no problems here. The important thing is that your dog is getting what she needs, and a loving family who have not quit on her is the most important thing of all.
  7. Oh my goodness GentleLake Sunny is so beautiful! Bless you for rescuing her and wow, what a hardship to have time home to bond with her! I know being stuck at home is serious and not fun, but she has to lift your day!
  8. I agree with GentleLake that if Luna's behaviour/obedience has deteriorated over a few months ago, and she is eight months old, you have entered the "teenage dog" phase. I used to joke that one day, my dog's brains fell out, and they forgot everything they had learned perfectly a week before! As for antlers, yes, like anything tough, it is possible to break a tooth when chewing. However, I have heard that if you soak the antler overnight, it will soften enough to be less of a danger (but will also last less long). Another alternative may be goat horn. I have given that to my dogs a few times, and they enjoyed it, but it did not last like antler, so it seems to be softer. I would also second the suggestion from D'Elle about trick training inside and working her mind to wear Luna out, rather than just physical exercise, which can just create an incredible athlete who can go all day. Hide and seek or nosework are excellent ways to do this, but try to make it interactive with you, not just a puzzle toy. BTW Luna is beautiful! I love her spots. Thank you for the photos, we love to see them here.
  9. I live in a country city in South Australia. We have not been officially locked down in our state, unlike some others in Australia. My OH and I are pretty much stay at home anyway, so we are making fewer grocery shopping trips, we still take the dogs to the sports park for a run, we still go for a walk in the morning, but now our morning coffees are takeaways only, our personal trainer is sending us programs to do at home, and we take our own dog water to the park so we don't touch anything. Our state borders are closed (we live about 20 kilometres or 12.4 miles from the border with Victoria), but there are exclusions for near border communities. We are also trying to support local businesses by ordering takeaway once a week, especially from businesses who are offering free food to people in need. I am a family and criminal lawyer, so my work is still going. Our office has locked its door to the public, and our appointments are phone/video only. For me, it is still easier to be where my physical files are, and if I work from home, I will have to let my secretary go, so keeping the office open keeps her in work. All in all, my life is not so very different so far. Four cases confirmed in my town, and my state has tested more people per head of population then any other state in Australia (helped by the fact that we are not one of the larger population states). This is still only a bit over 1,600 tests per 100,000 people. There hasn't really been evidence of community transmission here yet. My 16 year old niece had an interesting take on this - she pointed out that we are all primary sources for a pivotal time in history. She then said that she is used to being taught history, not being part of it.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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....
  20. Welcome from a fellow Aussie! Your girls are gorgeous, and I love their names.
  21. 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.
  22. Possible topic hijack here - sorry beachdogz! I don't think we get mud quite like you get, but we have hot dry summers where our lawn takes a real beating, and four BCs in a smallish yard means we inevitably have bare patches, which result in muddy paws whenever they go out for most of the year. Our solution has been a small mountain sized pile of dog towels at the back door used to wipe every dog's paws as they come inside. But there has to be a better way. So I was wondering if anyone had any experience with a portable dog paw cleaner type contraption? Something like this: https://www.amazon.com.au/Small-Green-Petware-Mudbuster-Portable/dp/B01N0EDVXO/ref=asc_df_B01N64D5FF/?tag=googleshopdsk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=341791787261&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11085893069673429682&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9072423&hvtargid=pla-309635066778&th=1 I would look at getting one if I thought it really worked, as having to wipe and wipe and wipe 16 paws multiple times a day is frustrating. Not sure how it would work for multiple dogs? I realise I would then need to dry the paw off, but drying a wet paw is easier than trying to wipe mud off.
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