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  1. That's a terrible thing to happen. In almost 30 years of owning dogs, I only had one dog atacked once, and thankfully it wasn't serious. I was walking my dog and I heard shouting, I look and see this german shepherd running fast to us and his owner racing after him. The dog latched on to my Sara, thankfully the owner arrived right after and grabed him. I tried to calm him down as he was shouting and screaming and both dogs were nervous and it wasn't helping. That's when I realized I knew this guy. Sara had long black hair, I ran my hands all over her to check for injuries but she was allright. So I focused on calming the guy. Interesting thing is, my Sara was a somewhat fearfull dog, but when the guy calmed down, she did the untinkable, she began playbowing to this dog who had just atacked her. So I told the owner, keep the leash loose and let them smell each other. He was not so sure but I guided him. Long story short, they ended up playing nicely off leash. I don't think that, now, I would let my dog play with this dog in these circumstances. It went well, but it had the potential to go wrong. I later heard this same dog had killed a small dog. But at the time it felt right, and it worked. I noticed that Sara was not traumatized by the experience, and I think that my effort to keep everybody calm, minimize the incident, and to allow interaction between the 2 dogs when she asked for it, contributed to it. She was a wise dog, if she showed interest to interact with the dog, it was because she didn't feel threatned by him. About the lasting impression on us humans, I know the next day I was very nervous, turning around every time I saw a dog in the distance. I took Sara for a long walk in some lonesome paths where it was improbable we would meet anyone. So we where turning a corner of the road and come face to face with 2 dogs lying on top of some makeshift kennels. One of them leaps into the air in our direction when he sees us. I instinctively stepped in front of Sara, pointed at him and yelled a very strong "NO". I had never seen a dog turn around in mid air, but that guy did it. And my fear went away.
  2. I'm very sorry for your loss. I know you did all you could for her. I hope you can heal soon.
  3. Tess also marks a lot, over any smell she finds interesting, and definitely over other dogs pee. She has always done it. She tends to be tough and bossy too. Also nothing to do with reactivity or stress.
  4. Thanks everybody for sharing what works for you
  5. I thought about that, but... why make a hard thing even harder? I can just see myself thinking, soooo, come bye is left or right? And by the way, which is my left? And the dog's? By the time I figured it out, the dog would be just booored.
  6. Yeah, but whichever words one chooses, there will be mistakes, and at least with the words left/right there already is meaning atached to them, even if that atachement is very loose to some of us...
  7. Thank you for your answers. Thinking in terms of my path is hard enough (when I'm driving and the passenger is giving me indications, I always ask for hand gestures, as I'm hopeless at decoding left/right word indications...), let alone thinking of the dog's path... but If I establish routines it will be easier, and easier for her to learn too anyway. Maybe it will even improve my left/right awareness... It could even be fun, if I don't make too many mistakes and end up just confusing Tess
  8. When teaching a dog directionals, as in left and right, I assume it's the DOG'S left or right, independently of their position in relation to us? Imagine I want to send Tess to my left, if she's standing next to me I say "left", but if she's facing me I say right, as it's her right? Or is it always in relation to my position (not likely, I'm thinking)? I'll be giving an arm gesture, pointing in the direction I want, but eventually it should be just the word. In the beginning she will probably always go from my side, but eventually I will want to complicate things. Being a person that has a lot of dificulty knowing which is my left without thinking a bit (oh, it's the other left! ) I've been avoiding teaching Tess directionals, but, I mean, how hard can it be?
  9. Just read Gloria's advice and I agree completely. You do sound confused and in a panic. If you can't afford a trainer, read and watch videos as much as you can (absolutely not the same, but it seems to me that you need to learn more about dog training and behaviour, and fast, so, better than nothing). And stop panicking. When something with your dogs goes wrong, last thing they need is for you to panic. You don't have kids, do you? It's the same as raising kids, when they do something unacceptable one doesn't panic, cry, shout, hit... one, calmly but seriously, makes very clear that behaviour is not acceptable and it is never to occur again. Border collies are a different kind of dog all right. I've come to believe that they are not for unexperienced dog owners, not so much because they need lots of things to do, but even more because they think and act in a way that's different from what is common in most dogs. They're just... more. Faster (and not just physically), smarter, more curious, more athletic, but most of all, they are more interested in the world (in lack of a better way to describe it). That's what makes them great, but it's also a challenge. Take this remark with a grain of salt because Tess is my first bc and a sample of one is, uh, small? Anyway, my advice is simply, don't panic. Gracie may be smart, but you're smarter. And she's just a pup. So, whenever she acts in inapropriate ways, instead of panicking, show her in no uncertain terms that she's not allowed to do that (which doesn't involve yelling ot hitting, just being very clear and firm), and devise a plan not to let it happen again. Stop letting her free when you take her to that place. Keep her in a long line so you can control what she's up to. If you want to let her run a bit, leash Bella so you can have her protected by your side. AND don't feel bad about having either dog leashed. It's not forever, and it's part of training, part of life. I had a similar problem with my dog before Tess and another old dog I had at the time. The pup wanted very much to herd the old dog, and she hated it. The pup would bump into her and harrass her. I put a stop to it very fast, by having only one unleashed at a time and correcting the pup for even looking with intent at the old dog. It took a couple of months, but the pup got the idea she was not allowed to bother the old dog in any way. For the pup it was just play, she meant no harm, but it was inapropriate and it was up to me to make that clear.
  10. I don't let Tess play with small dogs, and she's not that big herself, at 33 pounds. There's the odd exception of smaller dpgs that know her well, like her are hardy and feisty, those she can play with, but not the vast majority of small dogs. Is she agressive to them? No. But she is very intense in her playing. She loves to bump another dog and send him rolling. With a dog her size or bigger, and her being light, it's hard for her to succed, so it's all fun and games. If she does succed, generally the other dog will bump and roll her over too, all in good fun. But small dogs, it's easy for them to get hurt in such play. But it is play. Although she does have an intensity to her play that is more pronounced than every other dog I've had, it's play. Intense play can turn into prey drive with the dog viewing the smaller dog as prey, but that involves bitting, not trampling.
  11. I only started playing real frisbee with Tess when she turned 1 yo, and introduced it slowly. Till then, you can teach her many skills she will need later in frisbee, such as: - go get the frisbee or a ball you roll on the ground, bring it back quickly and happilly and give it in your hand. - catch a soft ball (treats, etc) in the air (have her sit and toss the ball so she doesn't have to jump to catch it) - stay in a down while you practice frisbee throwing (you will want to be able to throw satisfactorily when you two start playing for real, and there's many moves to master. At the same time she will learn self control around flying frisbees.) - Drop the frisbee (and other stuff) on command, both near and away from you. - Run around your body (start with a down in front of you, then on release the dog runs around your back and sprints foward on your left side, after the rolling frisbee) - Weave through your legs - run from behind or from ahead of you, pass between your legs and fetch a ball or rolling frisbee - put her front paws on your bended leg on command - twist - sit pretty - climb on some part of your body and stay there - etc, etc, etc... You may think now that frisbee is only tossing the thing and the dog catching it, but there's a lot more to it, and with a bc it's a good idea to be prepared to up the challenge as they love it. If you teach her these things, when she's ready to run and jump it will be very easy to have a decent game in little time as she will know all the basics.
  12. No names. Just my phone number and "Has chip". I don't see any value in people knowing her name. I did wonder if having the name could mean that a person finding her would maybe remember her name and realize it was a missing dog, but that would mean they had seen a flyer or something, and if they remembered her name they would remember her pic, as she has a unique look, being all white with black ears.
  13. When I had a rambuctious pup and an impatient old blind dog, I stated martial law for a while where both had to stay in their beds and not bother the other when they where together inside. It was not a case of pup harrassing the older dog, the pup wanted very much to be friends but grumpy old dog felt bothered by everything, and showed it. Eventually the pup was bigger than the old dog, and began to object to being chastised constantly. Making clear neither had permission to in any way bother the other worked well to stop the animosity that was forming. It would have worked even better not to have allowed their relationship to head that way, right from the start. It also helped a lot in teaching the pup that inside equals calm.
  14. Sending you my best wishes from across the ocean.
  15. Tess wears a tag that says she's microchiped, and on the other side there's my phone number. I think it's the fastest way for someone to contact me if she ever gets lost. But I notice many of you don't put your phone number on the tag. Is that because you don't like the idea of your phone number being "public"? Just curious.
  16. I once found a dog that was microchipped. The vet read the chip, contacted the database who in turn contacted the owner, and the owner contacted me. I wasn't given the owner's contact or any other information. It makes sense to me.
  17. I totally relate to piranha and mastectomy. Tess bit my nipples several times (not only extremely mouthy, but a great jumper as well). I lost count of the t-shirts she ruined. She's now almost 3 yo and still loves to play bite games, but she knows when and with whom she can engage in those, and she has beautifull bite innibition. So, yes, it will pass, as long as you keep working on it and don't loose your patience.
  18. A few months ago a friend was in my home office. The door to the balcony was open, the office door closed as I don't want the cat on the balcony (she jumps on the bathroom window ledge and I have an heart attack. It's a big fall.). My friend opened the office door, I yelled from the other side of the house for him to keep the door shut as I didn't want the cat to have access to the balcony, my friend yelled "What?" and the cat ran through the door. Tess imediatly ran after the cat, pinned her to the ground just before she could enter the balcony and kept her there till I arrived.
  19. Many years ago I had a female portuguese water dog mix. Great dog. But she was a family dog, no training whatsoever. She came when called and walked at heel with or without a leash, but she was born knowing those, we never thaught her anything. One day I was sitting on a balcony that led to some stairs to the ground floor, and my cigarettes packet fell. She got up, went down the stairs, picked it up and brought it to me. Tess will go to the ground floor to get my slippers, and will pick up and deliver to me anything I ask, but we WORKED on that skill, a lot. That other dog, she did it without me asking for it, only because it made sense to her, in that situation. I thought it was pretty clever.
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