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  1. Yep your probably right I've quit the antics around feeding time although the only reason I did it in the first place was I read it some where (my first dog it's all new). He's getting fed in the mornings now and in the evenings same amount just spread throughout the two meals. The whole thing is much more relaxed. As we are currently enjoying really good weather here we go out for an hour or so to play with his collection of balls and a tennis racquet (too hard on the shoulder to heave them for an hour). By the time he's been walked then played I have a very tired doggy. Currently he's under the pool table flat on his back with his legs in the air
  2. Mac has never had a problem with being Mr growlypants at dinner time but I'm just reinforcing his belief that I'm not there to steal his food. I start off by holding the bowl out for him so he can have a little then I place it on the floor for him to have a good go at while I stroke him and then I get a little in my hand so he can eat it out of my hand. I started doing this when he was a pup to stop any resource guarding from the beginning it's just re-enforcement. The bubbles are a wonderful Idea I'm just trying to find some that are either already here in NZ or are shipable to NZ. No luck so far but if any one knows of a place please let me know. Thanks for the tips on dealing with the knots behind his ears I'm going to be working on that this weekend. Thanks again everybody.
  3. Yep your quite right we are exploring ways for my wife to interact with Mac that don't include me although that's complicated slightly by looming knee surgery so a lot of activity is out for awhile or at least will be through recuperation. I'm completely mixing his routine up now. He seems a little puzzled but extremely willing to go along with things. As we're coming into summer we got the tennis racquet and squeeky tennis balls out to use outside. He's a complete ball maniac He's spread out on the floor in the sun currently he's so tired all he can move are his ears I'm still sticking my hand into his food at night so we don't get an evening Mr. Growlypants instead of the morning one. However for the last two mornings we've been clear of the morning one too. A big thanks to all of you for helping I appreciate the advice and help. Incidentally while I'm asking for help, what does everybody do about the knots they develop behind the ears ? Mac has one on each side smallish currently but too big to put a comb or brush through. I'd like to deal with them and come up with a way to get him to hold still while I do it.
  4. I'm really pleased to hear this about routines I keep Mac's routines up because it seemed to be the accepted way to raise a pup, this is my first ever pup. I'm actually much happier not having a routine for the dog as such just maintain consistency with Mac. I know he expects his routines now so I'll be easing him out of them. I did swap out his milk with a 90% water milk mix I'll do that for a few days then go to water completely and we didn't have Mr. Growly pants this morning either there was no indoor treat I let him run around outside and made him work for his outdoor treat. I'd like to say it worked a treat but the pun is too much Generally Mac gets a few bits through the day and his main meal after ours in the evening but the vet did say dogs like most of us like a few treats or some food first thing in the morning to get everything working. I guess it makes sense after all I like breakfast. Any thoughts ? Incidentally the behaviourist is a follower of the positive reinforcement method of training so no punitive training methods at all.She also does agility and obedience with her own BC's so I'm pretty confident if I have to involve her I'll get good advice.
  5. Again thanks for the advice I appreciate it a lot. This morning I checked his outside treat behaviour and it was perfectly normal made him work for his treat and broke it up into small sections with a sit or a down and a pat for each piece. Seems perfectly normal I'm pleased to say. Although he did find a goose in one of the fields this morning chasing that got him excited (the goose comfortably made his noisy escape). I'm not using any new deodorants or body washes unfortunately I think I'm a creature of habit too, much as I might like to think otherwise. I think more training is an absolute must and it's a good point about the milk I'll thin it then stop it. I also did a decent health check, checked his eyes both bright and shiny his ears, tongue, gums all healthy and pink and I ran my hands all over him with no problem at all no wincing or growling or shying away. He thought it was a game I didn't give him the usual indoor treat this morning I substituted it with a handful of dry dog food and while he did turn into Mr growlypants it didn't last as long as normal. I'll try switching out his morning routines although I'm aware they need routine so slowly is better I guess. I do take the point that I maybe reinforcing this behaviour by continuing to give him a treat I figure the fault is mine here. Walking him away from the property is also a good idea we have a load of trails through the woods around here so I'll use that as my excuse for more lead training. This information really gives me something to work on - thank you all.
  6. Thanks for the advice guys. I didn't want to make my original post too long or wordy so let me see if I can give you a better picture of our little problem. I can't think of a thing that's different in his environment although I did worm him a few days ago but that was to see if it made a difference to Mr morning growly pants. Unfortunately not. There is no difference in the way either my wife or myself are treating the dog I'm pointedly keeping things the same I understand that's important for the dog. I monitor his health very carefully and there has been no change, he's still running around outside like a loon, tail up happy comes when I call and is like most BC's ball obsessed. When he gets his morning treat outside he's just fine and happy doesn't growl or mind being touched while eating. Although he does sometimes run around a little with it in his mouth before eating it so I'm not always next to him when he settles and consumes it. I'll try stroking him in the morning see how we go. The problem arises only with the initial treat and drink (he gets a cup of milk) in the house first thing in the morning after he's been outside. I've never owned a dog before so all of this is new to me and I'd be inclined to think the problem is mine and not the dog's but for the life of me I can't understand how. I assume dog's go through phases ? When giving him his indoor treat he comes towards me very slowly ears down tail down. Not slinking but not standing up straight either a lot like he's prepared to make a break for it if he's spooked (I never do anything to spook him). He looks at me and not the treat as he very slowly reaches out for it and it's at this point he starts growling. I always talk in a very upbeat manner to him and completely ignore his odd behaviour. He will take his treat and move away from me to eat it, I never disturb him while he eats it as I'm usually starting to get my day organised by then and I'm pointedly ignoring the thing he's going through. For the rest of the day ( I work from home so I'm with him a lot) he's just fine. No issues with any other treats he gets or his meals. I'm totally lost on this one and I'm wondering if it's time to consult a behaviourist, we do have one around here somewhere who specialises in BC's.
  7. I've been reading the boards for a while now but I've never needed to post before as all my questions are answered in other posts. It really is an amazing resource for BC owners. I have a 14 month old male split-face BC, he's a wonderful dog. We've had him since he was 12 weeks old so he's very much at home here. Recently though he's developed some odd behaviours which I have a feeling it might be the dreaded teenage phase but your opinions would be very helpful. First thing in the morning he comes out of his crate has a 2 minute fuss before we go outside for a run around so he can empty his tanks. He gets a treat outside and everything is perfect until we come back into the house. Normally we come back inside he gets another treat (usually a couple of duck straps) something to drink and we're set for the day. Recently though that's changed. Currently he comes back into the house and growls when I give him his treat. His tail is down and his movements very stiff and slow. He takes his treats under the pool table to eat them or the far side of the room. Unfortunately he's also started ignoring my wife or treating her warily which she finds upsetting as she loves the dog. He normally bounds up to her for a fuss when she comes in but currently he looks at her and walks away. Mac has a lovely nature and is healthy, hairy and active. We do a lot of mileage outside, we fenced in 7 acres for him to run in and I work from home so we go out often. Our routines haven't changed in any way and we try to ignore this behaviour as we practice the positive reinforcement method for training which tells you to ignore bad behaviour completely and reinforce the good. Any thoughts ?
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