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  1. Hi! Congrats on the new pup! Everything everyone else said is great and I totally agree with all of it. But I would just like to add something to it. I would suggest going outside with a leash on her and treating her for every moment she keeps her eyes on you and not whatever is distracting. If you can master this it will certainly make recall training easier. Also work on staying and heeling with full eye contact, this will also help recall. Also, you may already be doing this, have you been socialising her ALOT? If she is nervous or confronted while recall training due to lack of socialisation it could reverse training. Ripley (my pup who is 8mo) had his fear period very early. I found it very difficult to train him when he was constantly fearful. You might not have her fear period till she is much older however it's best to socialise young. Hope this helps! I also would like to agree with most of you, I do not recommend dog parks until your dog is much, much older. I have seen one too many fights happen at these kinds of places. If a puppy was involved in one of these you would have a hard time re-socialising it. Good luck !
  2. Hi again! Thank you for all your responses. His grandparents are imported European working dogs, then his parents were the offspring of them so yes he is more of that type of border collie. His parents are registered as purebred border collies with our national kennel club. They have competed in certain shepherding trials that have given them titles; but they have equally competed in non-kennel-club trials. I believe that is what a dual registration is? Correct me if I'm wrong. Yes I believe he is most likely just a lower driven dog. And I'm fine with that! I was just initially curious if you knew any methods of training that can help improve drive. I was actually at a large field with him the other day for a run and there was a bunch of ducks. He suddenly clicked on and started herding them from a distance into a circle. He kept low to the ground and didn't bark or go too close to the animals. But when I called him he recalled really well. Since then he has actually been slightly more keen for toys and has actually played a little! I have researched and found a brilliant positive reinforced herding trainer who will work with ducks!! I'm going to wait until he is a bit older and now I'm considering doing poultry herding with him as he enjoys it. Thank you for all your help! I'm sorry if I was a bit unclear. I'm very new to all this as I'm only a junior handler Also apologies, I'm not sure how to properly reply!
  3. Hi again everyone, thank you all so much for replying. Apologies if things weren't too clear, I'm not from America so some things are done different here. What I meant by the champion part is that his parents have competed in kennel club trials as well as outside trials (for herding). They have won herding champion titles, not confirmation titles. And I have absolutely no plan to ever re home him as I really do love him. I only had interest in your responses if you have heard of BCS like this. I'm considering doing something like nose work and just rally o or obedience. Yes I have read the "read first" area, I was not aware of this organisation before now and did not know to buy a puppy from a non KC breeder. Yes he has been health checked for shoulders, hips, eyes, and joints and is all fine as his parents & grandparents are. He has also been checked over by a vet and is absolutely fine. The vet said similar to you, some dogs are just different. I'm perfectly happy if this is what he is even though I sought after a higher drive BC. I'll try what you suggested thank you for all the help. Sorry if I was unclear before I wrote it in a hurry. Originally if I had a higher drive dog I was going to consider herding if the dog had good potential for it. I had only heard success stories about dogs like mine who have suddenly turned on after an introduction to herding sheep, cattle or birds. Thanks again for the help
  4. I transitioned Ripley from inside to outside in his crate when he was 6 months old. But if he is doing quite well i assum there is no harm in trying it out. How long has he stayed in the other crate for? You could even maybe swap the crates so he will be used to the smell more. I would suggest maybe leaving him there with a stuffed Kong for an extended time and see how he goes. Since he is young you could maybe even take a piece of your clothing and put it in with him? I hope this helps. Good luck with it!
  5. Hi there! I'm new to the forums so please excuse me if I say something that is incorrect. I have an 8 month old male entire Border Collie. I purchased him from proven champion working stock with lines behind them of the same. The dogs have lure coursing, herding, disk, dive, agility and obedience titles. I sought after a BC as a performance dog and of course, a companion for myself and my other dog. Despite his heratige my border collie has almost no drive at all, for toys, balls or prey. He is fairly driven for food but just seems lazy in general. He is a very fit boy, has been health checked and is in top health and is fed raw so it's not something health related. All his brothers and sisters, mother and father, and relatives have high prey and toy drive. However there is a few strange things about him. He is a tiny border collie, he is only 11kgs (just) at 8 months. All his siblings and parents are large big boned borders. He has large floppy ears that do not perk at all, his siblings have erect ears with tipped tops and so does both lines he comes from. He has a very long "show" coat and look which is abnormal considering he is from medium coated working lines. He also used to have bad fear aggression towards other dogs, with a lot of training he is now friendly and shy. None of his lines have had early fear aggression. He was also bread from dogs that were clear of all hereditary diseases. Everyday I have been working to increase his non-existence drive. I have used flirt poles, tug toys, rewards for fetching and games of chase to try to improve it. It has hasn't worked. When I play with him he just goes through the motions, he will lazily grab at the toy or ball and then tug until I free him. When fetching he will just walk slowly over and pick up the ball before dropping it at my feet and wait for a reward. We occasionally have successes but it's fairly infrequent. So what I'm asking is, have you any idea how I could improve this? I love him to bits but I really want to be able to do performance sports with him. Should I maybe introduce him to sheep? I have heard a few success stories from that. Also, the reason why he is not desexed is to try to help him to grow more confident in hopes to achieve better drive, I have no desire to breed him. Thank you so much! Sorry this is so long but I think it's better to explain everything.
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