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  1. Hmm... this is a tough one. I guess my concern is that Camden will be locked in his crate so if the babies crying does bother him then he'll be "trapped" in the room with the squealing monsters My gut is to have him stick it out with us in the bedroom for that first month, especially since I have every intention of keeping him right where he is now int he bedroom once the girls have been moved to the nursery. I think moving him out of the bedroom would be upsetting and disruptive, even if it was a gradual thing we did before the babies got here. He's slept in our bedroom, closed in his cr
  2. Thank you all so very much for the fantastic advice!! And a BIG congrats to moosikins on her upcoming addition as well! Even though I've not been around as much as of late I feel so lucky to have such a knowledgable and helpful resource as these boards that I can turn to when needed. Seriously, you guys have given me so much good advice to work with Now that the holidays and all the chaos that they bring with it are behind us I do plan to start actively working with Camden on getting him used to some of the new things that will be entering his world (stroller, swings, carseats, etc.). I t
  3. Hello all. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and here’s to a healthy and happy 2015! I still quietly troll the boards as often as possible but it’s been radio silence on my end for quite some time now. That’s largely because 2014 was a rather eventful year for my household. My husband and I purchased our first home this past summer and then almost immediately found out that we’d be extending our two-legged family! In the whirlwind of trying to move into our house and mentally prepare for our new addition we got another bomb dropped on us. Apparently we signed up for the “two for one”
  4. Camden discovered digging this spring and is hooked. He'll run through his favorite digging field at top speed while simultaneously sniffing the ground for just the right mole hill. When he finds it he'll skid to a halt, sometimes resulting in a forward tumble any gymnast would have to admire, and go at it with both front paws and his mouth. It's handy that his digging field is also near a creek, otherwise my boy would only come home from those walks looking like a brown dog. I don't know if this qualifies as an obsession but here goes... Camden has been taught to settle inside. He's actua
  5. My goodness... others may disagree but I feel like your pup is responding very well in this video. He seems to be performing the trick in a very timely manner! I just want to give you a perspective from the other side of the fence. I have a dog who is, as you described - "super-excited, responds-super-quick". When trick training, he'll actually work so quickly that he'll frustrate himself in a matter of seconds. It's gotten to the point that I've stopped formal trick training lessons with him all together, it's just no fun for either of us. What I've turned to instead is "shaping" tricks (
  6. Sue, I was thinking the same thing! To the OP: we've had a number of discussions talking about early spay/neuter on these forums. I'm going to link to just a couple here in case you'd like to read through them. There's a lot of good information to consider and I hope you find them useful! http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=37273 http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=34732 http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=35565 http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=35343 I also wanted to say I'm glad you've stuck
  7. Not sure about the term "defensive" but "protective" would be a good way to describe many of our members when it come to the Border Collie. The name change conversation has been had many, many times on this forum. I'm just not sure there's a way that will ever happen... The working folks sure aren't going to give up the name and neither are the confirmation folks...
  8. ^^ This I think this says it all! When I got my BC I had read all the "hype" about how they would need endless amounts of stimulation and exercise. I was prepared to devote hours and hours (daily) to exercising the dog so it wouldn't chew up every molding in the house... At the end of the day the thing I was expecting the least was how much the dog wants to be a part of my life. I wish somewhere, in all of the literature I read, they had stressed how much the dog wants to really integrate into your life over how much exercise they need.
  9. Oh, I don't want to go too far off topic but I wanted to share this with the OP based on the above comment. Here's a link to a really fun online gallery that shows the practically infinite color and coat type possibilities of the border collie. They even have a section showing lilacs, like your Aria. http://www.bordercolliemuseum.org/BCLooks/BC_Looks.html I think board members preferences for long or short coats is all over the map. I am personally a fan of the medium to long coats as well. Either way, I just wanted to share that link so you could enjoy seeing the nearly endless variet
  10. Chiming in late here but I also wanted to say how much I appreciate those who manage (Eileen and Heather) and contribute to the forums making it a great place for open, thoughtful and civilized discussion. That quality alone seems to be very rare these days... especially in venue where people are discussing something they care about so passionately (as we do our dogs). Even though I've not been as active these past few months I still check the boards daily and enjoy reading and following the discussions quietly from the back seat. Thanks everyone for making this an inviting place for newb
  11. http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showannouncement=1&f=6 You might want to give this a read. It's a very comprehensive explanation of the perspective of many members of this forum. You are likely to find little to no support for show line breeding in this community BUT what you will find is a large number of people who love and cherish their dogs and the border collie breed. I would encourage you to stay, read, discuss and learn, even if the opinion of the board members may be different then your own.
  12. I was so happy to read your update about the lesson!! I'm just thrilled for you and Lady. Congrats to both of you and best of luck going forward!!! Please keep us posted, I'd love to hear how you two come along.
  13. I can't offer anything in the way of advice, as I am also a very novice handler with a very novice dog... BUT I do want to wish you and Lady the very best of luck at your lesson. I hope everything goes well!!!
  14. Sorry Liz if it sounded like I was coming at the people who suggested rescue. Heck, *I* suggested rescue in my first few posts. I think it's a great way to know exactly what you are getting. I really wanted the experience of raising a puppy when I got my first dog but honestly I don't think I'll ever have to do it again. Sure puppies are super cute but they are a pain in the a$s and take a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy. Needless to say, I discovered puppies are not really my thing. I enjoyed adolescence a LOT more then puppyhood and would probably rescue if I were to get
  15. I think Julie is really onto something here. The question is does the OP really want a puppy? If the answer is "yes" then I think finding a reputable breeder is her best course of action, as there might not be a way to verify the health or temperament of the parents of a rescue litter. If the OP's priority is what her adult dog will be like and how it will fit into her life (agility, outdoor adventure, etc.) then I think finding a young adolescent dog through rescue is a more reliable way to go. She would have a better indicator of soundness, drive and temperament and would know th
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