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  1. double post because the original image was weird and rotated.
  2. Just a quick word of warning -- this is a sad story. The woman who runs the barn I ride in has dogs in the barn. Today, she had a young, pure bred border collie who was new to the group. The woman explained that the dog is TERRIBLY shy, totally spooked by people, and told me how she wound up rescuing the dog. Dog's owner's roommate had a pet pot bellied pig. Dog herded the pig until it finally died of exhaustion. The roommate said the dog needed to go and the owner was planning to just euthanize the dog. My barn owner said - no, give her to me, and took her. Thank goodness. But my gosh, I've never heard of a border collie (or any dog) herding an animal TO DEATH. There's obviously so much going wrong here and that the dog is so terribly afraid of people is really heart breaking -- other than taking it slow, any hot words of advice here? I also just wanted to share since I couldn't find ANYTHING online about a BC herding another animal like this. Yeugh. PS: cute baby tax in the next post. My Niamh is all grown up.
  3. Hahaha, border collies just sound like me. In dog form. High expectations! Clear rebukes! Nice when I need to be!
  4. I've observed the warning snaps for sure -- but they're just warning snaps. I always correct her if they're POSSESSIVE snaps (though, she's not really a possessive dog - she's pretty easygoing, so we're talking like... once or twice). What I haven't ever seen is her growling/snapping at a dog entering a facility -- be it the park or otherwise. That's the behavior the daycare said she was exhibiting, so it wouldn't really be "warning snaps" since the other dog hadn't even made it inside yet.
  5. Yeah -- I left that daycare. I'm going to bring her to a different place with a more structured routine and see how that goes. If the behavior repeats, I'd like to work on correcting it -- I don't want Niamh to develop bad habits anywhere.
  6. So /I/ am making this harder on /myself/!?!?!?!? Thanks - I think all that's v reasonable and much more manageable than I was making it.
  7. Whoa! I did some scent boxes today and we've done it all of three times and she's going after the right box EVERY. TIME.
  8. (fwiw, she's not a pure BC -- she's a mutt of everything in LA, so presumedly pitt/german shepherd/whatever breed everyone hates right now, but her smarts and her looks just SCREAM border collie) So here's my game plan -- and thank you so much for all your help: I talked to some trainers & other facilities and it sounds like it’s daycare that’s the problem — either something happened there or they’re no longer able to give her the attention she needs, or there’s too much going on for her, or something else, but it’s limited to that location pretty much completely as far as I can tell so I've pulled her out. I think that whatever happened will keep happening because she isn't being taught any alternative. I'd rather have a door open to us down the road, just in case, but I'm trusting my gut here: the problem is stemming from this facility, for whatever reason. We're testing out some activity burners / classes every week or so - did herding yesterday, she seemed to take right to it! We met with a new daycare today who has a "rotation" schedule and a small-grouping policy. They group dogs with ~2-3 other dogs who have the same play energy. They get 30-40m or so of play in a yard and rotate between yards & rest in run-pens or crates, whichever is right for her -- I think that will be VERY good for Niamh. She needs enforced calm-down time. The trainer / guy at this place said that we can watch for a repeat of her behavior at the other daycare, but if it doesn't come up again... it's the location/people/whatever, not the dog. If it DOES, he's a trainer & has the capacity to work with her to teach her what isn't acceptable. He seemed inclined to think that it was more likely the energy of the place -- so many dogs, so much going on, all in one big pen, not enough people, etc. And honestly, I think I agree. He also did not seem to think a behavioralist was necessary at this point (my wallet says yay). (He also echoed what a behavioralist I spoke with on the phone said -- she was kinda like, uh, I don't think you need me) I'm keeping an eye on her behavior around other dogs when we go to the park (she'd rather play fetch, run around than play with them tbh), but I'm not going to panic too much about it.
  9. I have no idea. They said they didn't have a video of it either, so -- no clue.
  10. The heat is making this so hard!! I've been trying to walk her in the evenings, but even that's been rough lately: it's been 92 degrees at 10pm. Ninety. TWO. Do you guys have any MEGA UBER HARD food puzzles? because this yo yo figured them all out.
  11. Yo - people who are defending this "re-home your dog" stuff can peace right out of this thread. Seriously - I get that forums are super fun for arguments and misunderstandings but no. People who are giving constructive ideas, thank you again! I laughed at the idea of putting us both in the biz -- oh god, noooOoooOoo. First, I don't think I could handle if she became an OVERNIGHT SUCCESS!!!! and second, it's actually a LOT harder / more complicated than that and it would wind up being "her or me". It's just not something you can kinda do "for fun". Teresa - She can totally just stay crated, I just like to give my cleaning lady a dog-free environment so no one is startled. If I need to do that, I will - just a last resort for us. Luana - god, I wish I loved running. I WISH!!!
  12. I think you're reading into it more than you should.
  13. Thanks for the thoughtful answers!!! I'm glad most of y'all are not pro-rehoming because ... that's not really even CLOSE to being where I am with her. At all. She doesn't whine or beg or demand attention ever, really. When I'm working, she sits nearby. She's quiet -- so quiet that I actually had a few weeks where the poor thing had a few accidents because she never told me she needed to go outside (we fixed that!). She doesn't have behavioral problems at home at all - none. But I do know that she needs activity and exercise & that's usually the first line when there are issues. The tricky thing is ... it's not around me. I do have a dog walker come sometimes (and reports are always glowing), but the issue is: I need her out of the house for a few hours every two weeks for my cleaning lady (SUCH PROBLEMS RIGHT???). So that's why we do daycare. I'll just need some alternative to that, sounds like. I'm checking out other facilities, seeing if they're a better match, but- yeah, gonna have to get creative. I'm also not annoyed with her, not sure why that came across. I'm mad she was a butthole at daycare. I'm annoyed with that, I guess. But 99.9% of the time, she's easy breezy. We did herding today and she took right to it; I'm testing out a few other activities and seeing how she enjoys them, but this is all kind of just on the assumption that "activity will wear her out & then she'll magically be cool when I'm not around". Which, who knows. I personally don't have a TON of interest in either agility or herding, but like - whatever, it's not for me, that's fine. I love the suggestion of tricks -- we're RUNNING OUT of them, honestly. She's great at tricks and knows so many I often FORGET what she knows. I'm all ears for new ones, but this is a dog who jumps in a circle when I say DRACARYS and who goes and sits by herself when I tell her "STAY OUT OF FOREIGN CONFLICTS" We know a lot of commands.
  14. I am trying out the herding/agility/swimming stuff, but also: shzz's expensive! Given that I don't live on a farm, what are some thoughtful alts? How can I (cheaper-ly) recreate these types of brain/body exercises?
  15. What a real peach. What a thoughtful answer. Someone asks for ideas, help, and the response is "rehome your dog" because she doesn't want to spend 100% of her time with said animal?
  16. Hey Ruth & Gibbs! She's totally crate trained (so EASY for her) and I do the frozen kong stuff too, for SURE. Her whole life is a series of "how do I wipe you out" activities (mental and otherwise) -- this week was a bit of a disaster because it's ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN DEGREES outside, so she probably wasn't really set up for success today. I wish I had a farm or whatever, but as it stands: I'm a busy actor/writer in LA with a (not too small) condo. We do dog parks, walks, etc., but you know. At some point, doggo needs to chill out & let me LIVE.
  17. I feel I may have run out of things to teach her ... https://twitter.com/HackettKate/status/902285798959079424
  18. Yeah, we had a long chat today -- and I'm still kind of stumped by it. What you're saying about the amount of space might make sense, though she's always been a pretty easygoing pup. ...part of me wonders if it's time to just cut losses and ask for a refund from the daycare. Honestly, I don't get the impression that they're doing very much to help HER learn what's okay and what isn't. (and I get it, they have other dogs to tend to/etc., but ...still.)
  19. My puppy is about 18 months now and is really starting to test boundaries … but only away from me, it seems. I don't know. She's never done it in front of me. Her daycare asked me to pick her up today because she was snapping at dogs as they came in. I have NEVER seen this behavior (and they did say this was a new thing) before. We go to dog parks at least once a week, she’s fine there — she loves playing with balls, but she’s never snapped at another dog in my presence before. She is a high energy dog who wants to play with toys when I’m around. She knows ALL commands effortlessly, loves doing tricks, etc. Again, for me? and other people? she’s perfect. At the dog park, she’s just fine. This behavior seems to happen only at daycare. I also have cats -- she's fine. She absolutely wants to play with them, sometimes she rushes them but she always stops. Sometimes she "air snaps" but it's NEVER close enough to even be alarming - it's just ... nearby. And when I tell her to cut it out, she does stop pretty much right away. I’m a single dog-mom (unintentionally, thanks, Ex Fiance Who Left His Dog) & time is a big problem. I don’t have TIME to take her on 3 hour walks every day, I don’t have TIME to zip her around to a hundred classes. But I do want a well behaved, happy dog - so there’s gotta be some compromise here… right? What are your thoughts here? I've looked into some agility, swimming, and herding classes so I'll def. give those a go, but ... I'm curious what you guys think might be happening.
  20. Thanks for all the ideas! So far that duck MeMeow suggested is holding up okay -- she sure loves squeaking it! I'll looking the others too <3
  21. OMG Fisher's so CUTE. Niamh's so easy -- she picks up new tricks and commands after one go. She puzzles it out, then just repeats the behavior over and over. I reward her maybe ONCE, but she just knows now. I'd say hop right into obedience training; it seemed to prime her -- she knew how to learn. She's about 43 pounds now. Not too big, thank goodness. There's definite BC in there, but I can sometimes see a little German Shepherd. Pitbull is still a ??? Her ears are so absurd.
  22. Totally -- scroll on through: http://instagram.com/hackettkate
  23. So, Niamh's about a year old! Figured I'd update! She is WONDERFUL. She has a fantastic recall -- even when she's running around playing with the cats, if I say "Niamh LEAVE IT" she bolts to me. She learned so many tricks -- she can roll over, jump up, do circles, hold my hand, sit, stay, come, leave it, bounce, crawl... My favorites? "Stay out of foreign conflicts!" for when the cats are going after each other & she wants to jump in & "Go be happy over there" when she's too excited near me-- she walks to another part of the room, sits, and wags her tail. She's the best.
  24. Hello! I have a lil border collie mix puppy who just turned one (you might remember her: http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=39213&hl= ...she's not that teeny anymore!) ....and she's TEARING through toys. We get BarkBox once a month and the last few boxes, the heavy-chewer toys haven't lasted more than a few days, if that. It's ridiculous!! She isn't as crazy about the heavy rubber/Kong toys-- she LOVES LOVES LOVES plush toys she can shake around. And they stand up to the shaking and a little bit of the chewing, but when she starts very meticulously picking at the seams until they rip open so she can discard the innards all over my house... well. They don't stand a chance. Do any of you have great recommendations for tough (plushy?) toys she can shake? Ropes had been okay, but lately she has started just peeling the threads out of them sooooo. Help!
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