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  1. wow! ALL of you have given me such great advice! I actually want to print and save some of your responses so I can use them to reference when I move ahead. The more I research, talk, and think about goose abatement the more I am leaning towards NOT getting into it. However, I constantly see goose problems all around me where people are in dire need of getting them off of the property. I am taking it slowly and I am going to have fun trying all training aspects with Maverick. I believe we will continue with sheep herding first and see where that leads us. Thanks all!!!!!
  2. Thank you so much! Gloria your advice was awesome. This is the reason I come here is to get good advice from people have have experience. I agree with the "chasing" vs. "herding" concept. Do you think if we keep with the sheep herding training that some day he would be able to transition to geese? I would love for some day to be able to herd geese with my dog and possibly earn some money doing it. However, if that never comes to reality I just want my dog to be active and happy. Perhaps we will continue to train with sheep. And I love my pup so much that after some more training my wif
  3. thanks. I did use the search function at the top of the page that's how I heard of the "sitting by the side of the road and rewarding him when he is calm". I have been out with him at a distance from the road and he is ok. He doesn't chase after them when we are at a distance. If we are within maybe 30ft or so is when he can't handle it. Farther away than that he doesn't have a problem. Geezer chasing geese is a profitable business where I am located. Actually there aren't any businesses around me so that's why it would be a perfect area (my county in Ohio) to start such a business.
  4. My 10 month old border collie Maverick is awesome. He wants to please and has learned "most" of his basic commands. Although I feel his recall is not solid unfortunately. When he is outside and distracted he comes to my command but sometimes he thinks "naw I'm gonna keep walking or running" after he has looked at me. He had an introduction to herding (sheep) about 2 weeks ago and we both loved it! I want him to chase geese since we don't have a working farm but have tons of geese throughout many populated neighborhoods. We were chasing geese for the second time in his life yesterday and
  5. Ok, I'm sure it's been discussed several times in the past but I couldn't find everything I need an answer to on past discussions. We finally got our first border collie puppy. He is 8 weeks old. How do you stop the whining in the crate? When I have trained puppies in the past I have said NO loudly or shook a can of coins or some loud noise and they stopped instantly. I have talked with you guys before about this and you have stated that with a border collie I may ruin him and make him afraid for the rest of his life. Do I just ignore him when we are trying to sleep and just let him
  6. Ok, I'm sure it's been discussed several times in the past but I couldn't find everything I need an answer to on past discussions. We finally got our first border collie puppy. He is 8 weeks old. How do you stop the whining in the crate? When I have trained puppies in the past I have said NO loudly or shook a can of coins or some loud noise and they stopped instantly. I have talked with you guys before about this and you have stated that with a border collie I may ruin him and make him afraid for the rest of his life. Do I just ignore him when we are trying to sleep and just let him
  7. Thanks All!!!!!! I was thinking along the same lines as all of you I just wanted to hear it from good people like yourselves that have more experience than me!!
  8. Ok what is everyone's opinion on basic training (sit, come, stay, etc., etc.). What's the best technique? train with food by rewarding with food? Train with positive words only? training collars? I have used them all. Thanks all!!!
  9. Ok what is everyone's opinion on basic training (sit, come, stay, etc., etc.). What's the best technique? train with food by rewarding with food? Train with positive words only? training collars? I have used them all. Thanks all!!!
  10. Hey thanks Vicki and Waffles!!! tommycoyote said: But if you really want a dog that obeys your every command this is probably not the best breed for you. BC's think for themselves. I just don't believe in turning dogs into robots. It's just so unfair to the dog. I love dogs with personalities. I totally agree I don't believe in "robotic" dogs. As I stated earlier my choice of words may not have been the best when I said "obey my every command". Of course that may be illogical but I DO want a smart and obedient dog. I love dogs and all dogs have personalities, just like pe
  11. Wow! Thank you all! This is the information I have been looking for! A lot of these conversations have gotten out of control and may have gotten a bit heated but I figured we could all weather through it and get some positive results. Julie thank you so much for your awesome advice and wisdom. I have to admit and agree that some of my comments like "obey my every command" may have sounded like a drill sergeant. I guess I would have to say that may have been a bad choice of words. But I am definitely not like that and WILL not be like that with a new dog. I train with love and affec
  12. cptjack, maralynn, borasarus, and mum: I agree and appreciate all of your responses. Perhaps I should clarify my original statement and explain the "obey my every command". I definitely understand that those "expectations" may be irrational and perhaps impossible. I have trained many dogs throughout my life however I have never had a border collie yet. I agree I am not going to be able to have my dog obey "every" command. I have just read throughout this forum and others, and books, other articles online, etc. about how intelligent the border collie breed is and this has thoroughly intri
  13. oh my! I just read my last post I meant to say I am NOT giving up on this group!! Thanks for all the nice responses.
  14. A choice is personal. It is my choice so it can't be "flawed". It may not be what you prefer to hear but it is my choice and how I feel.
  15. rufftie are you saying I'm not going to be able to handle getting a border collie and that I will have to hand my dog over to a border collie rescue?? If that is what you are saying, wow! Is that not offensive!?? Do you know who I am? Do you know how many dogs I have trained in my life? True, I have never had a border collie. But do you know me? Do you think I am a quitter? I most certainly am not. I am someone who is going to love this dog no matter what and most certainly would not give up on a dog. Are you speaking from experience? You certainly do not know me. My dogs are consi
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