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  1. Our dog does get so consumed with playing, Frisbee chasing, etc., that as a younger dog we'd often have to remind her to drink water when outside. So much so, that when leaving her with pet sitters, we'd have to tell them that she might not drink as she needs to when playing, unless reminded. We always have a fresh bowl of water outside when playing. Now that she's older, she almost always drinks when she needs to, but there are still times that I say "Do you need some water?" and I can almost see her thinking "Oh yeah! Water." before trotting over to her bowl to drink.
  2. I agree he shouldn't be left in the crate alone for 14 hours at a time. I work from home too and spend most of my time with my dog. She's pretty heat sensitive even in the springtime now when it's only in the mid-70s where we live. Having grown up in Alabama, I know how miserable it can get with the humidity in the south. Have you checked out any other options near you? You could possibly hire someone to stop in and let him out a few times a day or take him on walks while your son is at work?
  3. For stealing things from the trash (or getting into anything he shouldn't be), I would try to prevent the problem from occurring. You could either put the can in a place he can't get to it or get one with a lid he can't open. Our dog was a resource guarder and didn't like things being taken from her. One thing that helped us was teaching "give" and "take". She didn't guard toys like she did "naughty" items or food, but she loves to play Frisbee, so I used those. If she had the Frisbee in her mouth, I'd say "give". As soon as she released it to me, I'd praise her. I'd then immediately say
  4. Our dog also does not like having her harness put on or taken off. It was especially troublesome as a puppy when she had head shyness and body handling problems. One thing we did was make it a part of our daily training and gave it a name. We'd say "Let's get dressed!" and use treats and desensitization as other have mentioned. It became another one of her "tricks".
  5. I completely agree, and should have mentioned that we used both a clicker and "yes!" as markers for exactly this reason. We charged the "yes" marker by doing something like this: https://positivepartnersdogtraining.com/charging-a-marker-word-or-clicker/
  6. Our dog was a terrible biter her first year too. It went way beyond mouthy and more towards aggression. Our hands and arms were often covered in scratches and bite marks. When she was very young, we tried all the conventional advice about how to stop nipping and mouthiness, but none of it worked. She also had body handling, food guarding, and impulse control issues, to name a few. It was a very tough year with many tears on my part and at times I felt so desperate. I hoped eventually all our hard work would pay off – and it did! So I just wanted to give you some hope that if you are persistent
  7. Hi, and thanks for the responses! We took Mavis to the vet dentist and per their recommendation, did not give her the Trazadone beforehand. At first, she would let the vet look at her teeth but didn't want to open her mouth. But after more treats and sweet talk, she let the vet open her mouth and get a look a few times, which was great! She was sweet and well behaved during the entire visit.
  8. Thanks for your response! This is reassuring, in the event I do need to give it to her.
  9. Thanks for your feedback! You're right. I called the vet dentist and scheduled an appointment. I told them about the Trazadone and her past behavior as a pup. They said I don't need to give it to her before the visit, that this dentist is great, and deals with all types of dogs with varying levels of aggression. They'll work with her and won't push her beyond her comfort zone. I guess we'll see how it goes.
  10. Hi, Our dog is 2 1/2 years old. When a pup, she had body-handling and food guarding issues. At one point she had a complete meltdown at the vet's office when they tried to look in her ears, and was growling and snapping. I immediately began working with her on these issues. For the body handling/vet problems, we started going to the vet's office once every week, just to get treats and attention for behaving, getting on the scale, etc., without having an actual exam. I also worked with her daily, for a few minutes at a time, on getting her used to things they might do at the vet's office.
  11. Our BC is a constant grazer too. She loves grass.
  12. Our last dog Molly lived to be 16 years old and had on-going liver issues a good part of her life. We did all sorts of tests but could never pinpoint the cause. At the time her vet recommended Denamarin tablets. It was about $35-$40 per month based on her weight. http://www.denamarin.com/#about-denamarin
  13. You could also try posting on lost and found on nextdoor.com. A lot of pets have been reunited with their owners in my area because of it.
  14. We had resource guarding issues with our pup too. We tried several things with her food bowl guarding. The thing that worked for us was to pick up her bowl, put her kibble in it, then ask her to sit before putting the food down. If she breaks the sit, we bring the food back up until she holds the sit. Once the food is down, we give her a release word and she can eat. We still do this now even though she no longer guards her bowl, mainly because it's easy and hopefully might prevent her from resuming her old guarding behavior. I also dropped high value treats in her bowl like others mention
  15. Wow! I have been looking online for a while now (mostly for "smooth coat tri-color") but never saw saddle back sable. After reading the BC museum site description, it sounds like her and the pictures look so much like her! Like the description, she had a lot more black coloring when she was a puppy and now as an adult some of the black has receded, except for right below her ears, her back and top of her tail. I've often thought her brown/tan areas on her face looked brindle too, but wasn't sure. (She's our first BC and I'm new to all of this still. ) Now I'll need to take a closer look
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