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  1. She's a food motivated dog. She'd eat it out of the bowl while you're still holding it if you take too long to set it down for her lol Anyway, I managed to get Ruckus to hold still enough to get a picture of his lower incisors. He was a year in February.
  2. I read that the teeth on the bottom in the front (the little ones) wear down over time. Older dogs will have smooth incisors and younger ones have bumpy ones. Like when you lose a baby tooth and the new one grows in with bumps on it but it wears smooth after a few years. I'd take a picture of her teeth but she's a squirmer lol maybe Ruckus will let me take one of his later
  3. Small update. She's decided to attach herself to me like a little furry shadow and she's acting a little afraid of my husband. He's 6'1" and not a delicate man. I've tried to tell him she's probably not used to men, that it could be his beard or shaved head but to try to be easy around her and not loud or scary but I think his feelings are hurt when she runs from him and hides behind me. I put him in charge of feeding her and told him to use the voice he uses when he's making fun of me (high pitched and silly). Any other suggestions to help her not be afraid of him?
  4. She's acquired Ruckus's old crate and I pulled out a couple toys and bones I was saving for him when he wore out the ones he has now to put in there just for her. I also had an unopened fleece blanket we got for Christmas and tucked it in there after I washed it with some of our laundry so it would smell like "home." Yesterday I was doing dishes and I lost her for a minute. I guess the sounds were a little overwhelming or I was boring lol because I found her curled up in the crate quietly gnawing her bone. She also went straight in there when my husband came in from outside and surprised her. I was really pleased to see that. She's figuring out it's her safe place. This morning when I took her out to go potty she did a little play bow and danced around my feet before running off to do her business so I'm already seeing good progress just in the short time since I first posted this. Thank you guys for all the great suggestions and kind words!
  5. We had her scanned for a microchip at our vet as soon as we caught her and the vet told us she'd call us if anyone asked about her. I don't know how long to wait to hear anything but right now I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. I'm taking her for vaccinations and a wellness check on the 10th and possibly a spay as well if she's still intact and not too young. She and Ruckus would make beautiful puppies but there are too many puppies that need homes already. Plus she's so much smaller than he is, it would be too hard on her I think. I know if we lost Ruckus I'd want to know someone was taking good care of him until we found whoever had him.
  6. She doesn't really play yet so I'm just figuring out what makes her smile and wag her tail and letting her see Ruckus play with us so she gets it
  7. We hadn't planned on getting another dog before Ruckus was finished with training but I'm not sorry she found us. He's definitely smitten with her as well. I'm guessing she's between 1 and 2 since her teeth are still pretty white and she has the ridges on her lower incisors. The vet will probably be able to guess more accurately though. Right now we're just working on building her self confidence. She's a treat lover so that makes things easier and she's crate trained to perfection. She's a little weird with the cat but so was Ruckus at first and now they're friends. I don't know what her story is but my guess is she either got a lot further than the surrounding 3 neighborhoods (which is the area our app covers and it's not small) or that someone ditched her either when they moved away or set her loose. In any case, she's with us now and fitting in nicely. I took this picture just now
  8. We've been calling her Honey. It suits her sweet personality nicely.
  9. We live in a very rural area where it's not uncommon for dogs to free roam. We don't ever allow Ruckus to do it but plenty of people do. Anyway, a little girl has been skirting our property and finally worked up the courage to approach us. She looked pretty rough, no collar and no microchip and after posting her picture on the neighborhood watch app, no one has come forward to claim her. It's been 2 weeks and she seems to have decided she wants to be our dog. She looks like a border collie and she definitely had some nice genetics somewhere because once she was clean and brushed, she's silky soft. I'm just surprised by her personality. She's quiet and calm almost to the point of being timid and she's probably only 25-30 lbs compared to Ruckus's almost 50 lbs. We aren't leaving her alone with Ruckus unsupervised because we're pretty sure she's intact/possibly in heat (we have a vet visit scheduled to look her over) I was just curious how to go about building her confidence and getting some basic training in place. Ruckus is so outgoing and boisterous, he picks up commands in a matter of days and loves everyone and everything. She's sweet and gentle and just acts like she wants to be held all the time. How do I bring out her inner border collie (if that's indeed what she is)?
  10. We haven't done any actual training yet, but she says the content of the classes is up to us. All I really want from it is to get Ruckus to stop jumping on every person he meets. (There's nothing that compares to an excited border collie lol AIRBORNE!) I'd like him to walk nicely on a leash. He does so well when no one is looking! And I want a solid recall when he's off the leash. He does ok most of the time, but occasionally he thinks whatever he's doing is more interesting (usually involving something that smells good or watching our chickens in the coop). I'd love to be able to call him and have him stop everything and run straight to me every single time. As far as neutering goes, I'm not changing my mind. I can still see Ruckus growing in the time he's been with us. He's never purposely urinated in the house, ever. He's only had one accident and that was because the Blue was in extreme disagreement with his digestion. That's hardly his fault. He's never made an aggressive move toward another dog, even when it was making aggressive moves toward him. Once we hit 18-24 months, we'll reevaluate.
  11. We had our obedience class orientation last night and I'm undecided on my feelings about the class. She'd told us she does small classes when we signed up and it turns out we're the only ones who enrolled in this particular one so it looks like it's going to be more like private lessons than a class. In a way, I like it because we can focus on our dog alone, but I was really wanting to get him some socialization. Also, the trainer is of the "fix them as soon as you can" school of thought and told me point blank that waiting until he's at least 2 because he's not done growing is bulls**t and that he's going to start marking all over our house and trying to either mount or kill every other dog he encounters. He hasn't shown any aggressive behavior toward the 2 dogs he's been around so far (they're a fixed male and female), but he has marked 3 times inside their house. I guess I was just hoping for some words of encouragement and validation on our decision not to neuter him at this time being the right one and what I should do about him marking.
  12. Thank you! I'll tell them how well Ruckus is doing on their food while I'm at it. I always like getting emails like that at my job and I usually send those customers goodies for making my day
  13. My computer glitched and it double posted and I can't seem to be able to delete it so here's a picture I made in photoshop of Ruckus driving a car
  14. I'm sorry if I upset you guys! I overheard a conversation he was having and I thought he was talking about their new horse, but they were actually talking about one of their heifers. They know to keep Pistol away from the horses, they've already kicked a coyote and it had a weird seizure and ran off. They don't let the dogs in the pasture with them ever. I have one more question though. About a week into the transition from Blue Wilderness puppy food to their adult food, I realized that Ruckus was still having horrible gas and very runny poops and it wasn't getting better with time so I took him off it right out, returned the bag and switched him to Canidae Pure Elements. He's 1000% better on it and I remember seeing someone say that I should occasionally change his protein source. Does anyone have any opinions on how often I should do that? He's eating the salmon right now but they also have lamb, bison and duck formulas that I can switch between.
  15. I don't see him very often because he lives an hour and a half away from us, but I did see him today. I had Ruckus with me and he and his wife both commented on how much better behaved he is than Pistol (they said he was prettier too but that's beside the point lol). They're going through some health issues with their doberman right now so maybe that will help them be more sensitive to her needs in the future. He had her working the horses recently though, so that's good. I love him but he can be very stubborn and opinionated and a little judgmental. Pistol is a great dog and I know that when he isn't around, his wife and 2 daughters baby her. If he lets us bring Ruckus to play, I think it'll be a good thing. I'm not sure when that might be though with the doberman having health problems. They think he's got a neurological disorder, poor baby
  16. He's wanting to get into ranching and needed a dog to work his herd as it grows. He's a farrier now so he's seen a lot of working dogs. I didn't know he was going to get one until he had her already and I didn't know the breed at all other than them being herding dogs. I would have discouraged him from a bc if I'd already had Ruckus just knowing his sensitive nature but his dog is the reason I decided I wanted one too lol Maybe she won't make the cut and he'll give her to me! (probably not, she was expensive lol) He has 4 kids and they love on her and I make sure to play with her whenever I'm there so she's not neglected at all. I just think he's waiting too long to enrich her mind and train her, but I'm minding my own business and trying to show him with my actions how far my unfinished dog has come because of the time I'm putting into him. Maybe he'll see that and think "Hmm...I should get Pistol working or they'll show us up!" lol
  17. He plans to. He has 6 head of cattle right now but he's not letting her get in with them a whole lot so far. Right now she's just herding the cats into the garage whenever she gets the opportunity. He did whatever research he felt was necessary and I'm staying out of it. But between all of you and me, I think she is far too small, sweet and sensitive to be a serious working dog. I'm not sure he's interacting with her at all on an intellectual level. They dote on their doberman and let him loose in the house as he pleases. She is either outside or locked in her crate. I'm worried he's going to break her spirit if he waits too long to start working her on something. Plus he has an electric shock training collar that he got before he decided what breed he was going to get. I'm really hoping he decides he doesn't need to put it on her! Maybe I'm just being oversensitive.
  18. I've been watching the 2 of them closely and while he's a little more interested in her than he should be, I can tell by his body language that Ruckus mostly just wants to play and isn't sure how to do that. Beans likes to play too, but he's so much bigger than her and he doesn't play like she does (although she has him beat hands down for being way better at fetch because she'll bring it back to me!) so she usually just ends up swatting at him to make him back up. I'm trying to get him to lay down so he's not so big but he has a hard time doing that AND trying to play lol He's never tried to hurt her and even though he watches her a lot, she's still able to get to her food, water, litter box and bed without him bugging her or trying to herd her away from any of it. Plus she's got all day while we're at work away from his watchful eye. Meanwhile we're slowly making the switch from puppy to adult formula and he's farting up my office right now lol
  19. What he told me was that both parents came directly from Wales and that their breeding traces back to the Roy bloodlines. He's not papered though so I don't know how true it is. I don't really care though since I won't be breeding him. We've started working on his behavior around the cat in the last couple days and I'm already seeing progress. He does really well when we're outside with "leave it!" so I'm extending that command to the cat. He still really feels the need to be able to see her but he doesn't insert himself into her personal space near as often. She's kind of a brat though and I'm pretty sure she knows he's gonna get in trouble if she yells at him. I'm catching her crying like he's annoying her when he's not and that makes him want to bug her so it's partly the naughty kitty too!
  20. I didn't want to rush into anything. Even though it was going to be MY dog, I still discussed each one with my husband first. I'm glad we got the pup we did though. He's a delight. I swear if I focus on one thing at a time I can teach him something every day!
  21. Just talked to the vet and cancelled his neutering. Good thing I work with family because I looked over at him and said "Your manhood is safe another day!" lol I was really referring to the drama involved from the people I had to deal with. I tried to rescue 3 dogs before I found Ruckus. The first one was actually "stolen" from me by a rescue because they decided to go get him from before I could and the girl I was talking to about it didn't realize what they were going to do next. Then they turned around and told me I could give them $300 and apply for him when he needed nothing as far as vaccinations or neutering, he was even microchipped already. I was really mad. Then I tried to go the shelter route. After finding 2 dogs I liked then being told when I got there to actually take them home, both times someone else had "just been there and taken them" I just couldn't go through it again.
  22. Good point. He should understand since they only very recently neutered their 8 year old doberman because they didn't want him making puppies with her (adorable as they would be!) I guess if they decide Ruckus can't play with Pistol I'll have to find him another playmate. We just live out in the country so there are no nearby neighbors or dog parks. That was the main reason I was wanting to get him a friend. I know it would be twice the work though. In the future when we ARE ready though, would a puppy be ok? Ruckus doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body but I found when we were looking in the first place that rescuing an older pup comes with a LOT of baggage and drama.
  23. I understand that but my brother in law is really anal. Their dog is super fancy Montana stock and Ruckus is unpapered (although the breeder claims he's directly from the Welsh Roy lines. Anyone know what that entails?) She's only 8 or 9 months old too. *I* think it would be fine, but she's their dog and I don't want to have an issue with them if (heaven forbid!) he were to mount her while they play lol
  24. I'm waiting to hear back from the vet about rescheduling his appointment. It was set up for Monday, but while I was looking at their website for the contact information, I saw that they call/text to confirm and if you don't answer they give it to someone else. I never received anything from them so I might not have an appointment anyway! The trainer advised us to fix him before the class. I guess we have to either wait to get him into the classes or find a different one to take him to. Also, my brother in law has a female bc that he has plans to breed and I'd really like to take him to their house to play on their 15 acres with her but he's not allowed to until there's no chance of an accidental litter. As far as food goes, his bag of puppy food is less than half full. I wasn't planning to buy another huge bag of puppy formula anyway, we'll just get adult food and start the transition. He actually goes to the office with me. I have a spot for him with toys and a soft place to lay down if he wants. Our office is really small, I work with my mom, my husband and my grandmother only. He either stays in his little spot behind my chair (like the picture below) or he lays out by the front door where he can see what's going on outside and he can see everyone else's office in case someone needs to take a break and pet him or anything lol There's a big field at the end of the building and we go out 3 or 4 times during the day so he can potty and wander a little and practice good leash manners. If I have to leave him alone for any reason, he goes in the crate. Always.
  25. Could you link me to the archive you're talking about? I'm still figuring out how to navigate the site and I can't find it. He's wanting to hump small children when they try to play with him and while I know that fixing him may not stop that behavior, I'm not comfortable with him interacting with other dogs while he's intact.
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