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  1. I was considering doing this also but decided it was too much of a commitment. I did read an interesting book about it: "Scent of the Missing" by Susannah Charleson. It's not a training book, but more of an inside look at the process and lifestyle. And it does seem to be a lifestyle. But I'm sure it's very rewarding if you have the time for it.
  2. Well, first let me say once again that I'm not affiliated with Peta in any way and don't agree with a lot of their positions. In fact, until this thread I hadn't paid much attention to them at all since my college days. But after doing a little research, it's pretty clear that there is a coordinated propaganda campaign out there on the internets funded by something called the “Center for Consumer Freedom”, which is actually a front group for the meat industry and companies that supply animals for research purposes. The links provided by simba to Nathan Winograd's site are a good example. Here'
  3. So we have an outright lie about them stealing someones dog and guilt by association when some people who may have been associated with PETA did something irresponsible and not condoned by the organization. Plus they spend much of their money on fund raising, which, as the blog post points out, is exactly what many other non-profit organizations do. And, of course, baseless scare tactics suggesting that they might stop people from using dogs with livestock. While I'm not a member of PETA and don't agree with them on a lot, I think it's pretty clear that they are being demonized simply beca
  4. I agree that you shouldn't use a recall command. I use “Let's Go”, which translates to “We're going to do something else fun”. For example, when I leave the dog park, I often take a short on-leash walk in the area. And sometimes return to the off-leash area to play some more. Occasionally, I take a drive to another area and walk him there for a bit. Or stop at the pet store, which is always fun. So when he hears “Let's Go”, he's always curious and excited about what we might do next. Also, have you tried disappearing when he doesn't pay attention? Basically, make him think that if he doesn
  5. Well, I was curious and found this thread on an obscure web site : http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=13588 Interesting thread, but the relevant part is in Post #6: "According to Iris Combe, "fox collie" is an old term that was used to describe a farm collie that looked... foxy. Reddish coat, up ears. Sometimes the result of a terrier cross, back in the day. " ETA: Wrong Link
  6. He sounds very similar to my pup. Taz has a very strong desire to chase anything that moves. He was lunging like a crazy dog at cars while on leash and this is the only time I felt I had to use a physical correction. I always believe in giving a dog the chance to do the right thing, so at first I used “Leave It” and tried some desensitizing. I think desensitizing works great for a fearful dog, but for Taz, it was like trying to desensitize him to a delicious steak dinner...Not going to happen. I escalated to some leash corrections and firmer “Leave It's”, but he was unimpressed. So it
  7. My county in NC gave up on licensing due to a very low compliance rate. Plus, tying it to rabies vaccinations caused more people to forgo getting their dogs vaccinated. Wondering why Virginia had better results I did some checking. Turns out the good folks of VA are no more law-abiding than North Carolinians. According to one survey of 15 VA counties, the average rate of dog registration compliance only 36%, and this is thought to be an over-estimate. http://www.myrtlerun.com/srvy_detail.php?order=3 Dog licensing fees, required under Virginia law to ensure that animal owners bear a po
  8. Stun guns are supposed to work very well. I just bought one (ViperTek VTS_881) so haven't actually used it. They're non-lethal, inexpensive, small and easy to carry. The loud noise they make is said to be very frightening to dogs so it's good for scaring off approaching dogs. Zapping won't completely incapacitate a dog, but should be enough to send it running. I've broken up several fights over the years by grabbing the hind legs. Works pretty well. I've even tossed a few dogs, though nothing larger than a husky. A few weeks ago my young pup was attacked by a small, but really obnoxious l
  9. It only takes a second for a dog to chew through a power cord. If you can't keep cords out of reach, you can use a GFCI Adapter on the outlet to prevent electrical shocks. At only $13 (amazon price) it's cheap insurance. I've never kept a puppy in a crate after house-training. I just do a good job puppy proofing some section of the house and keep them there when not at home. But I would never leave a puppy or young dog alone for more than 4 hours. Either I would come home for lunch or have a pet walker come by. On the original topic, if these are indoor dogs being left in the yard all
  10. My pup Taz (5 months old) was driving me crazy until he received his last shot. After that I was able to take him out to a lot more places and he really calmed down at home. I think taking them places gives them a different perspective, kind of like “we go other places for fun, but we relax at home.” We go to the dog park (small dog/puppy section) several times a week plus we go on at least two hikes during which he gets to go swimming and is off-leash for part of the time. On weekends, I try to find some interesting events to take him to where there will be lots of people and dogs. Check your
  11. Just did a site search using Google. Used your ID and "getting a puppy' and it came up as the first result. Interesting thread!
  12. This it? http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=29596
  13. Maybe I'm not understanding correctly, but most dog parks don't allow people to bring a leashed dog into them. I'd suggest checking on meetup.com for dog friendly hiking groups. In my area, they do on-leash hikes to the state parks and other areas. This way she can be around other leashed dogs and learn to socialize and be calm around them.
  14. I've been dog-less for about five years until recently getting a BC puppy. I live in a community where there are miles of walking trails and the people are educated, white-collar types. The types one would think of as responsible owners, interested in their dogs well-being. On every walk, we see many dogs and since I last walked these trails, there is a noticeable change. More than half the dogs are out of control on their leash – barking, and lunging at other dogs. While there's no way to prove it, I can't help but think it's correlated to the change in dog training philosophy. My neighbo
  15. Years ago I was jogging along a fire trail with my two dogs (Lab & GSD) who were off leash. I saw a large, black and white striped California Kingsnake in the middle of the trail and told them urgently “Don't Touch”. They listened and waited for me to catch up. We then observed the snake together from several feet away while I continued telling them “Don't touch” and explaining how dangerous snakes were (Though kingsnakes aren't venomous, I didn't know that at the time.) So a couple of weeks later we were at some outdoor festival and suddenly the Lab started barking in a Very Serious T
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