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  1. I have four boys, three desexed, one who is not. They all get along really well. Lost one boy, added another and still have a great group who get along well. That is a personal preference.
  2. I love the sleepy eyed, ear up, ear down photo, Pixie is so sweet, she really suits her name.
  3. So sorry for your loss. No matter how long we have them, we always wish it could have been longer.
  4. Ouchie! It is so hard that they cannot tell us why and where they hurt. That would make life so much easier. But I do agree that foxtails are horrible. I usually have to clean paws every time my boys come inside, so I end up checking paws daily almost without thinking.
  5. She is precious, and I love the tricks you are training. Keeping her mind busy is so important. If not, you can find the picture below to be so true.
  6. So, with a new agility dog to train (hopefully), this looks, really good. How were you signalling it? Verbal or gesture?
  7. I am so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the update. And, just in case you hadn't noticed, your boy is absolutely gorgeous!
  8. Thank you for the update tamapup. Patience and persistence! I spent ages with a dog who I had to work with about forty feet from the other dogs at dog school because he went ballistic whenever we went closer. In the end, he went to Grade 4 (non- trialling) at dog school, got a rally novice title and competed and titled in agility. I cannot tell you how many tonnes of treats I shovelled down his gullet to get to that point!
  9. One of my boys used to respond to Nexgard/Nexgard Spectra with diarrhoea too, although not bloody. Mind you, he had a sensitive gut to a lot of things. Pixie is precious, I have slight puppy envy right now. Keep the photos coming, she is adorable and we love seeing puppies grow!
  10. On this topic, I have one boy who is seven and entire. I have had several people tell me that if I want to keep my entire male healthy, particularly in relation to his prostate, I need to masturbate him, because entire males need to ejaculate regularly for their own health I must be a bad owner because I have never done this.
  11. I have never tried sit on the dog myself, which was why it was not my first or even second suggestion. I am very glad that crating worked eventually. Persistence and consistency will work. The other goal is to watch closely to try and catch him before he starts getting very overstimulated. Try to learn the markers of him starting to get worked up, and catch him before he is in full flight, and it will make things easier.
  12. Ears go crazy around the time adult teeth start coming through. If you have not already, chew proof everything! And get lots of chew toys ready for your puppy, because she is abut to go through teething, most likely. I wish I had more photos of how different my puppy's ears had been from day to day, so keep on that camera!
  13. Oh yes, the inevitable question of "What is she/he?" that those of us who have anything other than the traditional long coat black and white border collies invariably encounter throughout the lives of our dogs - welcome to the club! I have a red merle, two black tri colours, one new short coat black and white, and until last month had a white face black and white. Invariably I would get asked what type of dogs they were. In Australia, I often get asked if they are Coolie/Koolie , or Australian Shepherd, or Kelpie, or I simply get told that they can't be Borders because they aren't the right colours or coats. One of the loveliest comments I ever received was when I first started agility and a stranger told me that you just had to look at my white face move to know that he was all border collie, even if he did not have a pedigree.
  14. Agree totally with the advice above. Also try calling her, treating/praising her, and then letting her go back to the fun stuff she was doing, so that she does not associate coming to you with the fun always ending. Also, if she eats, take her outside to toilet. If she drinks, take her outside to toilet. High likelihood of an accident if you don't. As puppies, they have limited bladders and eating and drinking seem to trigger them. This will improve each month as she grows, but safest thing is regular (and I mean frequent) trips outside.
  15. There is another way of teaching self control to a dog which does not involve a crate, but does require long periods of time commitment from the owner. It is a way of teaching a 'long down'. There was a post called "Sit on the dog" a while back where this was discussed, but basically you put your dog on a lead, put the dog in a down, put the lead under a foot or under the leg of a chair so only a short length is available, sit on the chair and then sit and read a book, magazine, watch Netflix on your phone, whatever for half an hour or so. Do this in a park, in your yard, in your living room, wherever. There is some debate about this being a dominance exercise, which is a theory which has been essentially debunked by modern animal behaviourist research, but the exercise itself may be useful if you approach it more as an opportunity to positively reinforce quiet, settled behaviour.
  16. It sounds as though he may be either overstimulated or attention seeking when he behaves like this. It is difficult to be sure from your description. If it is over-stimulation, he is not yet able to settle himself, i.e. he has not learned the mystical 'off-switch'. It comes naturally to some dogs, others need help to learn it. If it is attention seeking, he has learned that you respond when he behaves like this, therefore it is self rewarding (and it may just also be fun!) In both cases, the answer is simply to respond in the same way - a consequence of this unwanted behaviour is time in the crate. This is not a punishment. It is simply a force of nature. Say calmly something like "Uh oh, someone needs a time out." and then just put him in the crate until he calms down. If he naps, even better. A filled kong or other chew toy, to emphasise that this is not a punishment is good (although not every time, or he may start to do this to get the treat!). Once he is calm, you can let him out. If he does it again, rinse and repeat. Over and over until he learns. Be aware of something called an extinction burst, where a dog escalates their behaviour because it is no longer getting the desired effect, before they give up entirely. An alternative would be to teach place, by training him to lie on a mat, and rewarding calm lying on a mat for longer and longer periods. But if he is as over the top with furnishings as you suggest, and he is already crate trained, I suggest the crate would be best.
  17. In my house, we call that "Doing a Border collie"!
  18. Given that Buddy seems to have just discovered the joys of shoes as chew toys, I would say he is getting quite comfortable! The first night he jumped on the bed and fell asleep lying on top of me. I think I am a goner, and he is a keeper.
  19. My dear departed Oscar did not get the nickname "Mr Poopyhead" for no reason. Rolling in stuff is a doggie thing that is perfectly natural, if sometimes much regretted by their human owners.
  20. Oscar passed away less than a month ago, and left a huge hole in our hearts. It may have not been the wisest idea, but when this little guy came up in the Facebook feed of a local rescue, I had to go meet him. And he has come home with us. So far so good. Meet Buddy! Two and a quarter years old, was taken on by the rescue as a rehabilitation job because he was about to be put down for being too hyper. He is a much more petite boy than my others, but more than holds his own. He has settled in well and lifted all of our spirits. Technically he is currently on trial, but, well, yeah.
  21. Seconding what GentleLake says! Border Collie puppies really are constantly using their minds, so every minute is learning. It does not have to be formal training, but the old saying "start as you intend to go on" really does apply. Do not give puppy license to behaviour you do not want to deal with as an adult dog, and consistency is key. You will never hear a complaint from me about puppy photos! Especially ones of such a cute puppy!
  22. What a sweet puppy, so cute! Congratulations to you and Pixie! (Love the name, by the way!) I can see the tri, I suspect it will become a lot more prominent as she grows up. I have an absolute weak spot for tricolours.
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