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  1. I want to say that I definitely agree with the advice to crate whenever you can't directly observe your puppy, even if it's just for a few minutes. It's much easier to prevent bad habits than change them after they're established. Also, I wouldn't worry about your pup thinking the crate is a punishment. I always made it a fun time to go in the crate so my pup looked forward to it - I always had special toys/treats (i.e. frozen kongs) that she only got in the crate and now she is still happy to go to her crate whenever I ask, or on her own accord to take a nap.
  2. Thank you for all the responses! Lots of different ideas and things to consider, and it's really interesting to me to hear what other people do. Alfreda, thank you in particular for the trail link - that's not too far from me so I will definitely look into it!
  3. In light of the current topic about dealing with uncontrolled off leash dogs, I have a related question. I would love to be able to let my dog, Ivy, off leash more often, but have limited options as I live in a fairly urban environment. Although there are off leash dog parks which we go to, we all know that those have their own set of issues and if I had another option I would prefer to avoid them. There are lots of hiking trails and parks within a fairly short drive, but the vast majority of these are open to on leash dogs only. Ivy has generally good manners and a reliable recall, but I want
  4. Ivy, BC mix (mom BC, dad unknown), 15 months. Brought her home at 10 weeks, and I am a novice trainer. 1. Toilet Trained - pretty early on. Maybe 3-4 months? 2. Freedom in the house alone for at least an hour - still not even close. She still gets into everything all the time! 3. 80% successful recall with distractions - from the beginning. She always has had a pretty good recall. 4. Close to 100% successful recall with distractions - not yet. I think she hovers around 90% - her biggest distractors are squirrels/cats, or if she is very involved in playing with another dog. 5. Loo
  5. My dog has loved retrieving since she was a puppy. The only training I had to do was getting her to bring it more directly to me (she used to just fling the ball enthusiastically in my general direction).
  6. Congratulations! I think my puppy was about ten months old before this happened for us and it was such a feeling of success.
  7. I'm a bit hesitant to offer advice because there are so many people here who have so much more experience than me, but for what it's worth, here's my 2 cents. My dog, Ivy, is also young, but is a spayed female, and definitely has some of the same behavior. So I think at least some of it is just due to being young, and hopefully will improve with age. I do take her to the dog park, although I know it's not ideal, as it's one of the only places nearby where she can run off leash. I've found two things that have really helped with this behavior - first, only spending shorter times in the dog
  8. I have 2 separate questions that I'm hoping you all will be able to give me some information on - for background, my puppy, Ivy, is my first dog, and she is now about 6 months old. I don't know a lot about her parentage as she came from rescue, but I do know that her mother was a border collie originally from Montana (so maybe working bred? but who knows, really...) My questions: 1.) Ivy will almost never sleep out of her crate. I think she's fallen asleep out of her crate or in the crate with the door open maybe 3 times total since she was 12 weeks old or so. I know she's tired because
  9. Wow, thanks for all the honest and thoughtful posts! I am looking forward to the informational meeting this weekend, and all these responses definitely gives me something to think about. It seems like some of the important points to think about are: consider the time commitment, try to get a feel for the politics/inclusiveness of the group, and really think about how much I can commit to the lifestyle. Another question I thought of...for those who do SAR, or who know someone who does, is it possible to work a full time job and still be an active participant? Do people have arrangements wi
  10. Hi all, I think there at least a couple posters here who may have experience with SAR, but I wasn't able to come up with much information/old threads when I tried searching. I'm thinking about doing SAR with my pup, and I'd love any general thoughts about doing SAR with your dog. How much of a time commitment is it? How long until a dog is ready to participate in missions? Anything else I should know? Also, the SAR group in my area is having an informational meeting for potential new members this week, which I am planning on going to. Are there any specific questions I should ask/thi
  11. I've really enjoyed looking through this thread, and found it useful in trying to figure out how big my puppy will be when she's full grown. So, to add what I have so far for Ivy's weights: 2.5 weeks - 2.15 lbs 3 weeks - 3.04 lbs 5 weeks - 6.01 lbs 6 weeks - 8.05 lbs 8 weeks - 12.05 lbs 9.5 weeks - 15.13 lbs 13.5 weeks - 23.4 lbs 15 weeks - 25.7 lbs 18 weeks - 28.5 lbs I should add that Ivy is a BC mix - mom was a BC but dad is unknown. She does seem like she is going to be in the same range as some of the larger BCs based on this thread though - maybe 45-50 lbs? She has grown
  12. Just to report back...I set up the camera and turned on music as was also suggested while I was outside for about an hour this afternoon. She slept the whole time and didn't even finish her kong before going to sleep! So I think I was over reacting, and the barking I heard was probably just related to me coming home. It was funny to watch clips of the video though - a montage of Ivy's sleeping positions!
  13. Thank you for all the advice! I will definitely look into the Crate Games - this is a video, right? Also, good points that she may just start crying when she hears me, but is fine during the time she's alone. I will plan to set up a camera tomorrow to see what she does while I go out for a short while, and decide how to proceed after that.
  14. Hello! A couple weeks ago, I posted that I was going to pick up my puppy and that I was hoping for any advice to alleviate my nerves. I really appreciate the responses I got - they were all so encouraging and helpful. So, now I have had Ivy home for almost 2 weeks and in general, things are going really well. She and my cat are slowly getting to know each other, potty training is coming along, and she's such a quick learner with basic obedience so far. I do have one question about crate training - Ivy goes in her crate readily, doesn't mind when the door is closed, and can even stay
  15. Also, she's a rescue pup and while the mother is know to be all BC, dad is a bit of a mystery. The rescue was told the dad may have been an Aussie mix, which makes some sense to me as half the litter was merle (and I think that's more common in Aussies?). Mom was about 40 lbs, black and white rough coat. My pup is on the big side at 15 lbs and 10 weeks old tomorrow. Any other thoughts/guesses re: her dad? I'm interested to see what she looks/acts like as she grows!
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