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  1. She's almost three. After her false pregnancy she will be spayed. Already booked it for mid January.
  2. False alarm! No puppies. Thank god. Incredibly false pregnant though Thanks again for your help.
  3. Thanks for your quick replies! She had absolutely no contact with males the entire time she was in heat, except for that one moment with the dog sitter. I'm always very cautious, and I instructed her 3 times, so this is very very frustrating. I'm doubting she is being completely honest, it feels like she's omitting some details. She did mention the male was approximately her size, so if she is in fact pregnant that would not cause complications. The ultrasound is scheduled for tomorrow. In the mean time I'm just keeping my fingers crossed she's going through false pregnancy. I'
  4. Hi everyone, I have a problem, and I'm quite worried. My sweet little Border Collie was in heat until about 5 weeks ago. Last few weeks she seemed low on energy, and I took her to the vet today. She presented with enlarged nipples, some weight gain, but no large tummy. So the vet said: based on external symptoms either a false pregnancy or a pregnancy. He could not feel any puppies. Ultrasound could not be done today, has to be done later in the week. When she was in heat I kept her on leash of course, no contact with other dogs. So I just suspected a false pregnancy, but ju
  5. Thanks so much for your advice, and those last two lines are very kind words.
  6. The barking is definitely frustration. very different from her normal bark. Thanks for your input
  7. Hi everyone! I have a problem, maybe some of you recognise this and can help me out with some advice. I have a BC from a working line, she's almost 3 years old. She's smart as a whip. You can teach her anything in one go. The first one and a half year she was pretty motivated and very very energetic when we trained. Lately she's not only uninterested (disengages after a few commands), but also actively barks at me or avoids me when I want to do anything that has to do with training or playing: tricks, agility, frisbee, playing with toys, you name it. She still likes going to the shee
  8. Hi there! I'm running into a bit of a problem, and despite my efforts I don't see any progress: My girl is now 1,5 years old. She's from a working / sporting line. Can be pretty hyper, not the most focused worker. We go for long walks with her, do frisbee training and go sheep herding every week. She is lovely towards humans, a brat towards other dogs. From a very early age she has shown fear aggression towards other dogs. We went to two different dog schools and two different behaviourists, one of which really helped us out. We came a long way with her: her behaviour off leash is
  9. I have a solution for this! First: How long is your long leash? The one I used for training outside was at least 100ft. The way you might stop him from following you is to get the longest one you can find online, and keep him on it when outside at all times, even during his normal walks. Second: I had a recall issue with my pup about a year ago. I trained her on a long lead, with which she had 100% recall, but once I let her off, every once in a while, she'd bolt. So what I did was, I attached a 'shadow line', so basically an extra lead she had no clue about. I unhooked her, she'd bol
  10. Very true, when the whining starts, the training was already too long / too advanced. Which is why I added the part about quitting on a win. But I still think that it might not be the best thing to stop and get him out as soon as the whining starts. I get the overexcitement argument, but it still sounds a bit counter intuitive: stopping, getting him out, is creating excitement as well. Stopping, leaving him in the crate, is probably more boring and less rewarding for this dog. Agree with everyone here that food might not be the best thing if he's hugely food motivated. If all else fa
  11. I think you're doing a great job. All the things I'd recommend you mentioned in your first post The advice you've gotten is great as well. The only thing I'd have to add is: when you constructively work on his problem by putting him in the crate, driving a bit, and taking him out again, this could be rewarding bad behaviour. I'd make really sure you don't go in to this cycle: in the crate - calm behaviour - drive - little whine / indicator that this is the limit - stop driving or take him out of the crate. That would be the wrong way to go about it. If his whining starts, you probably sho
  12. Maybe try this: If he does a lie down it might be easier to lure him in a sit position from there. Put him in a lie down position, keep the treat higher and move it back over his head. Click the second he has his front legs higher than his back legs, and move your hand towards his mouth with the treat at that point so you don't reward him standing up. And then work your way from there. If he backs up instead of moving into a sit, try using a wall behind him to prevent him from moving.
  13. You mention a few things that stand out to me. The one that stands out to me the most: You walk him for 50 minutes, 1 to 3 times a week. Did you mean per day? Because if not, that to me, sounds like wayyyy too little. You brought up that you've gotten some conflicting advice on this, and don't know what to think. In general I'm also not a fan of the phrase 'a tired dog is a happy dog' when it comes to border collies. but every single border collie I know, would never ever thrive on that schedule. When people mention moderate exercise, in border collie terms they still mean a good off l
  14. Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble. It's great you're doing everything you can to help him. Your dog sounds very stressed: the incident at the dog school was a severe panic attack. Did anything happen in the class to trigger it? What was your dog focusing on at that time? Or was he simply overwhelmed by everything around him? Could you tell us a bit more about him? What do you do with him on a regular day? Does he have specific things he's afraid of or reacts to? or is he simply anxious in general? Is he the same when you take him to quiet areas? Regardless, it sounds
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