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  1. Denice, Her recall is good and quite reliable with me, and I have no problems calling her back while walking off-leash with my dog. However, the problem is when the ball comes out, all training goes out the window; I have tried everything, from giving her treats and praise, as well as using multiple balls during fetch time. The only reliable method of getting her to come back during fetch is telling her to go behind and around me- which I have to yell since she's so far away, and it does take her a bit to come back due to the distance, but she does so without fail. Short of putting her on
  2. Hi there folks, So I have a friend who has a 8 mo. old border collie; he's had her since she was about seven or weight weeks old, and I've been her dog walker/sitter since then. She's a very good dog, and the owner spends a very large deal of time with her, but we've been having an issue with her that we don't know how to approach training. She loves to play fetch, and will display herding behaviors while doing so (signature crouch and stalk, lying down and waiting), but her biggest issue with this is that she will not come close to us or bring us back the ball. She will gladly chase a
  3. I think what chene is trying to argue is that if you're minding your business, you shouldn't be getting harassed even if you have a dog on leash in an off leash area. I live in NYC and had to deal with something similar not too long ago. Space is a commodity here, so I pay a lot to live next to a park. It has a dog park, so no off leash areas. My dog doesn't play with dogs though, so it's the only place I can take him off leash without a ticket. As I was playing fetch with him one day, another dog stole our ball. Even when I asked the owner for it back. He just shrugged and told me I
  4. Great! A question I can answer. I actually live in Brooklyn as well. Bushwick, to be precise. If you're familiar with the area, you know it's the epitome of urban: cute trendy hipster bars, lots and lots of shopping places, tons of subways and traffic, and way too many people. If you live where I'm thinking you do, then you should be fairly close to the Ikea in Redhook. Anyway, my dog Caleb came from a breeder in Texas. He is a very sensitive soul, and on the first day I got him home, he was terrified of all the loud trucks. But he's a wonderful dog who adapted very well to the city. W
  5. Hi folks, Thanks so much for all the wonderful advice. I've had Caleb for about three years now, and (sadly) have only really recently started to pay attention to his body language. He's my first dog, and I wasn't the best dog owner, so I'm trying to make things better for him. A few things: 1) I would love, love, love to start agility with him, but I live in NYC. As far as I'm aware, there are no actual agility courses for dogs in the city unless you want to utilize a small space run by a dog trainer who will let you use it for 6 weeks for $250. I don't have the money for that sad
  6. Hi board members, Along with a recent post, a friend and I got into talking about the subject of giving a dog more confidence. She was telling me about a friend who adopted a lab/GSD mix a few months back who is still shy and reluctant to do much while in the presence of people, but is quite rambunctious while alone. This got me thinking: what are some training techniques or exercises we could do to improve confidence? My own dog, although I love him the way he is, really needs more confidence. I think a common trait both Caleb and her dog share is that they both try not to do anything
  7. I actually immediately thought of this when I first read the thread, but didn't want to say anything. Where I live, breed importance is so stupidly hyped up to some people that they often times forget what the dog actually needs. One of my friends, a fanatical dog lover, actually said this to me the other day: "I love how calm Caleb is, but I want a Doberman or German Shepherd, and I know they can't be calm like that. I just want his calmness in a Doberman or GSD body." I remember looking at her and thinking to myself, "that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard." Dogs share 99.8% of
  8. I actually scoffed at the idea of dog walkers/sitters before, but eventually warmed up to the idea of having one. And now, I'm working as one myself. I work in Brooklyn, NYC, and our rates are as follows: Half hour walk: $15 Hour walk: $25 Half-day boarding with us: $30 Full day: $40 Overnight: $60 Those prices are pretty fair around here, but your mileage may vary based on where you live. As far as finding a dog walker, see who is available in your area, and ask around. Experience, references, how long their clients usually stay, and if they've lost some, ask why. Depending o
  9. Oh, I've got a story related to this that you'd love! /sarcasm So I live in Brooklyn, New York City. Bushwick, in particular. The neighborhood I'm in is pretty gentrified, but a few avenues away, you go into the "poor" area. There's a park here with a little area fenced off the locals have flocked to using as the dog run. I used to take Caleb here all the time, but when we moved and came back a year later, I found it too full of vicious dogs. The population here is very much "ghetto," with many of its inhabitants owning pit bulls for protection, fighting, or selling. I knew a guy who cropp
  10. I used to use hot dogs too, but found myself hating the process and clean up that came with cutting them up into little pieces. And if I didn't use them fast enough, then they go bad. Now I just buy a pound or two of Zuke's Mini treats. They're the perfect size for training since they look like kibble, which my pup only wants in his bowl. A bag of these will last me for a week or two of training with daily use.
  11. We tried this for awhile, but couldn't do it either; some people suggested using a sticky note on the side of their face. That didn't work. Another suggestion was loop something loosely around their snout so they paw it off. That didn't work either.. Eventually, I figured out that he would paw his face if I got him to lie down, and gently stimulate it. We initially tried itching it, but that caused him to sneeze too much, so I tried gently blowing on his nose, and that did the trick for us.
  12. So I'm trying to come up with ideas for new tricks to do in anticipation for the summer months (since we won't be out too long), and thought I'd come here for inspiration. For Caleb, it would be Say Your Prayers, where he puts both paws on my arm and bows his head under, or Cop Cop, where he puts his paws on my feet and we walk together; first one took a day or two, while Cop Cop took quite a bit. I'm currently teaching him to hug a stick so I can teach him to hug my leg. What parlor/fun/goofy tricks do your dogs know?
  13. I don't remember who told me this, but somewhere along the way, I was advised to check their ears to see how they were feeling-- warm was normal, slightly cool was getting chilly, and hot/freezing were too hot and too cold. I'm not sure if it holds any truth at all though. But I do know that all dogs have a different threshold for tolerance, as Caleb can barely tolerate the heat but is totally okay with -40 weather. When he gets too hot, he'll want to lie down more often (closer to the ground), pant much wider than usual, and drool quite a bit more, as well as having a slightly glassy-eyed
  14. So since so many of you lived very different lifestyles than us in the cities, I figured I'd just go ahead and buy him a cooling vest. It's suddenly dipped into the cold again, so we haven't had a chance to use it yet. Saturday is supposed to be the next warm day, so I'll update on how it works then. He looks unhappy about it, but it's supposed to keep him cool so he's going to wear it anyway.
  15. A friend of mine has a 2 yr old dog she adopted, and within about six months of getting him, she, against my suggestion, moved in with her then-boyfriend, who also just got a new puppy. Both owners are very busy with their own lives and can only spare the dogs so much time- they're not bad owners but I don't think they play with their dogs or really interact with them more than just "you're my dog and I love you." It's hard to explain, but there are people who live with dogs and there are people who just own them. These two are the latter. Thankfully, the two dogs get along very well and
  16. I'm in New York City! Everything was a disgusting layer of ice beforehand, but now it's all soggy mud (which I'm totally okay with). Wednesday was completely amazing here-- 60s with a very cool breeze. I don't think I want to see snow again for another year or two... I can't put out tubs of water like you guys, but you all seem to have "get them out as much as possible" in common. I'm doing that right now, not because of that, but because it's been so nice out, so I'm glad I'm on the right track!
  17. I don't know about the rest of you, but here in New York, our winter is over (*knock on wood*); all the snow has melted, and the temperature is in the 40s now instead of the 20s. So instead of waiting until it goes from frigid cold to blistering hot, I figure I'd ask you all and see if I can get ideas for keeping Caleb cool this summer. I've looked into things like cooling vests-- mainly the ones from Chilly Buddy. Logically, it seems like it would work really well, but any testimonials would be great. So forum members, what will you be doing this summer to avoid overheating?
  18. Hi folks, Sorry to always badger you guys about really silly questions, but I was wondering if you guys could help me figure this out. I walk Caleb 3~ times a day, and in that time, we always do something-- flirt pole, frisbee, or fetching. I've tried not bringing anything with me to get him to play with other dogs, but he just sits there at my feet and stares. We've recently started using a dog walker, and from what he (and another friend who's watched Caleb for me) says, he plays like it's nobody's business-- really outgoing and social and loves romping. What I'm confused about i
  19. Kiya, I only have one dog so I'm not av expert at all when it comes to multi dog households, but if you have a pup who is too rowdy and bothering your older dog, why not reprimand him yourself instead of waiting for your (patient and/or submissive) older dog to snap? If he hasn't already told the pup off, he probably won't until he feels like he has no choice but to. In that case, I think it would be bother for you to intervene before it gets to that point. Is your new pup crate trained? I think facing a crate for him well teach him to be calm and that there are times he can chill out
  20. SJ, I'm not an expert like many of the people on this forum, but I just wanted to chime in that regardless of breed, for any dog to be happy, it needs stimulation, both physically and mentally. The level of stimulation ranges from dog to dog due to different drives, but for the most part, a responsible owner makes the difference between a wound-up dog and a happy dog. My dog, Caleb, comes from a Barbie Collie breeder; she doesn't work with her dogs nor does she do agility or anything other than conformation. Even so, I am very happy Caleb doesn't have any mental issues, and aside from
  21. These are ones I use every single day: 1) No one seems to know about these at all, but I love flirt poles. It gets Caleb super tired, and it's super fun to play with. We use it in the morning for a vigorous exercise and he's good for the entire day if I can't exercise him again, which I almost never not do. 2. For the dog who loves to fetch, especially during the winter: LED balls. I used to use a different brand other than ChuckIt, but they died way too early. I love these, but they break really easy, so keep them in grass and you'll be fine. 3. Cuz balls. Very cheap, and can take
  22. I use a dog walker maybe once every two weeks. He watches Caleb for about 5-8 hours at a time. Now I'm not very trusting with anybody with my dog, not only for his safety but because we both have anxiety about it. What really helped me with the current dog walker was seeing him beforehand and establishing a connection; I saw the dogs he walked daily, and saw how he interacted with the dogs. I live in Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC, and for those who don't know this area, it's become SUPER gentrified; literally everybody and their mother walks dogs for a living now because of how popular this ar
  23. Hi folks, So for those of you who live in the tri-state area, you'll notice we've hit quite a big blizzard last night. I took Caleb out to play this morning, and noticed his claw was cut when we got back inside. He wasn't limping or anything, and it seems like a minor cut, but he's never had his nail torn, so I'm a little worried. Suggestions? Also, I'd love any recommendations for dealing with paws in the snow/salt. He won't wear any booties. I've heard some people recommend musher's wax. Thank you in advance!
  24. It's just a case of "grass is always greener." Whenever I meet someone new, people are always commenting on how well behaved Caleb is, but they don't know all the baggage that comes with him, and in turn, although I comment about how outgoing/smart/playful their dog is, I don't know what goes on behind closed doors either. Con #1: He's extremely sensitive and needs to be treated gently or else he'll shut down. Pro: It teaches me to be calm when I normally would be upset. This translates to people very well. Con #2: He won't play with other dogs 95% of the time, and will just sit next
  25. I actually have this same problem with my own dog. Unfortunately, we haven't really come to a compromise yet, but he will now bring the ball to me (as opposed to just lying down somewhere) when people refuse to throw the ball for him. What I had to do was stop balls with other people, period. If I knew someone was going to be around, balls don't come out, at all. After that, we would play together for awhile, but I wouldn't let him have enough to really be satisfied. From there, after a few weeks, I asked someone who he's never played ball with before (but who is a friend of mine) to come
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