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  1. God I wish we had any border collie groups here! It's the first thing I looked for, it would be the ideal for sure. I think at this point my best bets are just to try to go during times that there aren't many dogs at the park. It's a shame because he always was unusually social for a bc but between the play styles and his confusing super snarly play growl I think you're right that his chances of meshing with other breeds are pretty low.
  2. Aed is 6 and basically he never really learned to play without toys. We only ever hung out with other dogs in open areas where they'd play beside each other or run around (like on a hike) but never actually wrestle. These days living in the city some of the only open areas are dog parks and he just doesn't have any idea how to play with other dogs it seems. He used to as a puppy but has clearly lost the talent and often just gets frustrated and snarly for no reason. So a couple of questions for y'all. 1, do you think there would be any benefit to teaching him how to wrestle with me? Any car
  3. Fair enough, that is pretty much what I expected, if not what I hoped. The jackpot is a really good point though, thank you both.
  4. Searched but couldn't find anything. What strategies do you guys use to work on dogs putting their paws up on things? I took Aed to new vet for the first time since we moved and it all of a sudden my generally well trained dog had his paws up on every single counter, wall, and object imaginable. It's one thing to train a dog not to jump on people - don't give them attention, and if necessary knee them off, sure. And if I ask him to get down he will. But I'm having trouble finding a way to teach him to stay down in the first place when he's excited - especially because outside he can jump up
  5. I'll take the advice to heart then. Thank you, I really appreciate it. I was expecting to hear "why are you trying to take shortcuts you have to get the fundamentals perfect or nothing else will work". Hearing that you don't have to be perfect and that it's about having fun is the reality check I needed I think. I feel bad sometimes, Aed is one of the speediest, driviest dogs I've ever seen and he probably would have been a great agility dog with an experienced handler, but oh well, he'll never know the difference between competing and just having fun, and all I really want is for him to
  6. Thank you for the advice and the confidence boost We have been doing lots of training in preparation for sure! I guess I was /am just worried that even following training material trying to diy it (as someone who has never done agility) might accidentally cause problems in his basics.
  7. Aed is five years old now, and, albeit a little late, I want to get him into agility. Ideally I would just do all the courses with him, work my way up, etc, but I'm still a student and spending a thousand dollars getting there isn't really feasible. I also don't have any equipment or room to realistically use anything like Fenzi. I did an introductory agility course with him when he was 2 or 3, and like most introductory courses it was basically just going over obedience and introducing them slowly to each obstacle. My problem is, Aed has no issue with any of the that. His focus is good, hi
  8. Gentlelake/amc - thanks for the input, I have heard that before, probably from you. I'm not really worried about the humping since it's infrequent, but the licking reminds me of the weird tongue thing he does with other dogs' pee sometimes - I've heard it described when male dogs smell a dog in heat and they do the tongue flicking thing but he seems to do it way more often than is likely as a reaction to just the pee of females in heat. So the hope is that if it's more sexual in nature (or something is exciting or stressing him to trigger that) then it's more like to be fixed with neutering. I
  9. Well obviously I would rather not stop taking him to the dog park, there's nowhere else nearby where he can be off leash. You think neutering would actually fix it?
  10. Although I'm certain there's a thread about this hanging around somewhere I haven't been able to track it down. Aed loves going to the dog park and I really enjoy it too, but he won't stop licking certain other dogs and it's starting to be really stressful to go because I'm always worried about it. He mainly licks their genitals, not specifically boys or girls, neutered or unneutered, I can't find a pattern. He will also lick their ears and mouths from time to time (not sure if it's a normal amount or tied in with the genital licking). The thing is he doesn't do it with most dogs, but may
  11. I couldn't really decide what thread to put this in, nowhere seemed appropriate, sorry. I realize this is a bit of a long shot but I'm wary of boarding my Aed at a kennel without being really sure of the place. I've worked at enough of them to realize that they're not always what they seem as far as treatment goes, and while Aed is generally well behaved he can definitely be a lot for someone without bc experience. I don't have any friends with dogs but I tend to trust the people here and there seem to be people from all over so maybe I can catch someone from the area's attention. If there
  12. I got my pup in second year uni, 2.5 years ago now. I can already tell it was the hard decision. I wouldn't say that I regret it or that I didn't think it through enough, but rather that it's impossible to predict your future and doubly so when you're young. It makes almost every life decision more complicated and limits your avenues a little bit or a lot. Finding dog friendly housing can be a bitch, especially if you're not sure where you might be moving to in the next few years. I ended up switching cities because it was so impossible to find housing in the one I was in. Do you want to trav
  13. This is a long shot but I figure if anyone can pin down this video for me it's you guys. I saw it a few years ago and it's bugging me that I can't find it again. I have no idea if it was from a proper herding farm, they may all have been barbie collies for all I know, but I'm curious to find it again. It was quite long, maybe 7 or 8 minutes, the cinematography was beautiful. It was all outside, a lot of border collies playing and running and herding and such. I remember it had Que Sera, Sera in the background while puppies played under a tree and it started with Arrival of the Birds (The Cinem
  14. Your vet needs to cover their ass, and they need to reassure you. If they made a diagnosis based off of an emailed picture they would be a terrible vet and there's a chance you would be worried for months to come. What if the picture didn't accurately depict it? And a good doctor of any kind recognizes that if something worries an owner/patient enough to come to them with, then they owe it to the person to follow through on it. I highly doubt that your vet is at all worried - they're simply being a good doctor. Put yourself in her shoes. Wouldn't you have asked the owner to come in, even if yo
  15. ^ Yes to both of those things! Also a big reason why it's nice to have a trainer help out in this is that you need to be able to read her body language really well and notice those subtle things like stiffening or even just suddenly stopping whatever she's doing (in this case stopping chewing/gnawing). Just because she's not growling doesn't mean she's comfortable. In the absence of a trainer simba's rule becomes really crucial to make sure you're not accidentally trying to make positive associations while she's already wanting you to go away. Also wanted to add that the bigger difference in
  16. I just wanted to clarify something, in case you decide to just use this board's advice and nothing else: If you show your pup the treat then trade it for the bone, she thinks "when I see a treat it means she's going to take my bone" because that's the first thing that happens. Even if you give the bone back afterwards. That kind of association isn't going to make her look forward to getting treats as much. But, if you take the bone then give the treat, she thinks "When she takes my bone I get a treat!" and it becomes a good association instead of a bad one, because you are using treats that
  17. I will start on these suggestions and post back with an update in a few weeks. Thankfully he has no problems running near/avoiding the bike while off-leash so I just need to teach him how to slow down. Thanks everyone.
  18. It's called resource guarding. It's quite common but needs to be nipped in the bud right away. The best way to fix it is basically to use desensitization and counter-conditioning. The book "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson is an incredible resource and walks you through it really well. Here's an excerpt if you want to check it out: https://books.google.ca/books?id=_YnVDe28oX4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb#v=onepage&q&f=false Honestly this is a complicated issue and not the kind that I would tackle just based off of reading advice from these boards. I would either use that book or
  19. Wait, scratch that. I actually looked into it (which I didn't do before answering you the first time, my bad) and if you go to your profile, then click "Edit my profile" (gray button top right) about halfway down the settings there's an "edit my about me page" button.
  20. Not bikejoring, just biking (or rollerblading) with the dog running on leash beside you. I would love to be able to do it with Aed, but as soon as he realizes I'm actually moving quickly he gets excited and wants to go as-fast-as-he-possibly-can, aka basically pulling the whole bike whether I want him to or not. It's like he only has two speeds: walking and sprinting. Has anyone navigated this problem before? Did you approach it the same way as loose leash walking or in a different way?
  21. Around 6 months a dog stops being an adoring, adorable puppy and becomes a teenager: aka a mischievous tornado in a full-sized dog suit. So yes, you're basically right. People realize exactly how much they signed up for when they adopted a highly intelligent dog with no way how to handle them. As far as handling the dogs, I would absolutely not be taking them for 20K runs. Dogs learn to expect what you give them. If you get them used to making the most out of short walks and mental games, that's what they'll do. If you get them used to long runs and a ton of attention, then the second you can
  22. Not that common on boards like these...and this would be an absolutely bizzare choice of topic and wording for a troll. It's just not inflammatory enough. A troll wants to see people foaming at the mouth while they sit back and giggle at how they managed to make everyone freak out over nothing. Some of our AKC-related threads are good examples (though they weren't started by trolls).
  23. I get it. I really do. Maybe not on this board (or not in a long time anyways), but in general I've had the experience of asking for help and getting anger or ridicule in return. Of hoping to come back to a thread and see some help and advice and instead just feeling worse and worse with every comment I read. That feeling of dread instead of relief when you see that another person has posted a reply. It sucks. It absolutely sucks. But it can also be a huge wake-up call, whether you asked for one or not. I don't like the idea of making someone feel like shit after they reached out to us fo
  24. Are you using Internet Explorer? Many users have been having issues with various things on that browser.
  25. You're a good parent. The things we experience around your daughter's age really shape the way we see the world for the rest of our lives. I hope with this dog she'll learn that how long an experience lasts isn't what dictates how happy or wonderful it is. That knowing you'll let go of something someday doesn't mean you should enjoy it in the present any less. Most people take decades to learn that lesson - or never do. Make the most of this dog (and it sounds like you are). Let her life be all the more vibrant for its brevity. Good luck, you guys.
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