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  1. Maybe my bc has been more wired lately because our routine is so much different... I don't necessarily like feeding routines because there are some days that the dogs don't eat till 9pm because I don't feed before agility or whatever class i'm taking. I don't stick to a normal exercise routine, but they do have their routines to go outside... during the week, we get up at 430/5 to potty and I go to the gym...they eat before i go, then when I return I do the barn chores and they are outside. they are in while i go to work and when i come home they go outside immediately. sometimes i do barn
  2. I really don't have an exercise routine either, but my dogs know about my barn chores routine and when I'm going outside to do that... or leaving for work. This new thing with constantly pestering has escalated since I've been home from work more... and I was home alot over the last month due to being sick... so I think she was trying to train me. I did finally start ignoring her and it worked last night. she went to her bed and settled down. she has a ton of toys and bones and such to play with... And I do give her some natural bones and/or bully sticks, but i have to give all the dogs
  3. after a full day of doing things and being busy...my girl was pestering right before i sat down for dinner... she will jump on me or bring me a toy to tell me she wants to play... because i had already done several things with her today, I chose to ignore her... finally she has crashed on the couch... I'm wondering if I'm just a victim of my border collie training the human???
  4. My girl knows so many of my routines... she truly knows what I do when and what that means.. lol. Is yours in tune with your routine? What do your dogs do as part of their routine or when you are doing something they understand is part of your routine? And what happens when the routine has changed for a number of days? Right now I've been home for several days and have been doing things with her... but it seems the more i do with her, the more she wants to do... she's 18 mos old now and I've definitely found some holes in our training as we've advanced in agility so we are fixing those
  5. Ok, thanks.. that is where I was leaning towards. My dog had great focus on me prior to moving up to the handling class and the other class where we can have 4-8 dogs in the same ring using equipment, running, etc. both my problems started about the time these classes started. My trainer who I'm taking privates with thought both my dogs had actually too much handler focus when I first started and then introduction to the class heightened environment has lost some of the focus. I think she's not mentally there yet and I've been putting an enormous amount of pressure on myself to fix the issu
  6. I had a really good leave it until she found the mice! At least so I thought! LOL... Perhaps not as good as I thought...revisiting that as well. Class was not bad. She was a little wild initially but worked through a lot. the environment we are in has several different dogs running right next to her...so overall she was good and came back much quicker even though she left our task at hand. Definite improvement. I do have a question though... while we are going through this, would it be better if I continue on with the classes or just take the privates with less distractions (althou
  7. Thanks for the responses. I haven't been online this weekend but did actually do a bunch of what was suggested. I do play inside alot. Actually more inside than out because I've had an injury that kept me from doing our hikes. But I've been feeling better and got the dogs out on a couple good walks. I did do a bunch of catch releases... and sometimes used food, sometimes good hard play with a toy and sometimes without, and sometimes some really nice scratching and praise. Then released and let her do her thing and repeated. I also brought her inside for a treat, let her go back outsi
  8. I did think that part of the original problem was that I was at work all day and then we'd go outside for a bit and straight to class... so she really didn't have time to blow off steam. but when I worked from home one day and took her for the private, i still lost her attention and she took off to visit people and dogs outside of the ring. Is this a phase we are going through .? Teenager stuff? My other dogs have done different things at young ages, but they have all had excellent recalls/focus. Its a new world I guess with BC's...
  9. Yes, I thought that I was punishing her sit and not the running. I guess I could put her on lead, walk her to the area we do stuff and let her off lead to run and play. Good idea. The hard part is often this starts during times i'm only wearing socks. lol. So I probably need to be more prepared and wear shoes. I'm not sure exactly if its the same thing with the agility classes, but a good thought. It would be frowned on in class even though she's very social. She will go visit and try to play. My standard poodle is kind of like your dog. She used to come into the ring and start out
  10. I was going to post this in agility section, but this carries over to our home life as well. My bc is 17 mos old and has been in classes since she was a puppy and very socialized. She's gone through the CGC and all the foundation classes at my club. She had and can have very good handler focus. Almost too good at times as one trainer i've recently started working with thought both my dogs had too much handler focus. Fast forward to the handling classes. Lots of other dogs around running while we are working. I've started to encounter my BC running off after other dogs or even in big
  11. thoughts the mods could move it but i'll retype it. thanks.
  12. mods - this might need to go in agility discussion or general? I didn't realize where i put it...move if you feel its better located. thanks.
  13. Added to say that she is in a fenced yard at home so no chance of getting too far away. And I try not to ask her to come unless I'm pretty sure she is going to come. Sometimes though if I've gone in the house ahead of the dogs and then come towards the door to come outside, she will see me and take off down the stairs. She is in a class 3 nights a week and I try to do mini training sessions on other days and play fetch as well to keep her busy...I also take her everywhere on the weekends just so that she's got something to do... Is this just a teenager phase? Or what???
  14. My border collie is relatively young at about 15 mos old. She has been in training since puppy school through our first handling classes. I've also had someone that worked with her on sheep for a few months this summer. Recently in handling classes, I've lost her focus which was stellar before. Now though, there are running dogs in several rings nearby. I have worked with my trainers on furthering the engagement and have had some success but I have to really be on top of the situation to keep her with me. I think though that she has learned some of the holes and might be using it as a
  15. That is what i'm worried about. Initially I think the incorrect anti-biotics were used. After the first culture, we used what should have worked, but after 10 days (might have been 14, can't remember), the infection came back. We then used a different med because the other vet in the office thought the one she was on wouldn't be safe for puppies longer term. That didn't work and then it came back after the dosage was done.. so we did another culture which showed some similarities and we chose another drug for a much longer period. The vet did not think she was conformationally challeng
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