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  1. Thanks for all this great advice, and it's helpful to know other pups have this issue. Today we took him on a walk along a well traveled trail and he was very good. No barking and no lunging. I know the "look at that" technique and I've been trying to incorporate it into our training. The funny thing is some walks, like today's, he'll do well and other walks he seems on edge and will lunge and bark. Maybe he's tired on those days? Over stimulated? Having a tough day? Same thing with cars. We'll have a stretch of days when he doesn't do more than turn his head when a car passes us, and the
  2. I'm sure I've seen some discussion on these boards about this, but I'll post for some ideas. My 5 month old BC mix Cricket will sometimes bark and lung at people when we walk him. He doesn't do this every walk. He also really seems to like people, and is all wagging tail and soft ears when people approach him directly to pet him. He reacts when we're walking and people are striding past him without stopping. He also sometimes does this with cyclists and runners, but not always, and he sometimes does this with other dogs but, again, not always. I don't like the lunging and barking at people thi
  3. Thanks for all the great feedback! We will definitely need to build in more "time outs" - or "safe space" times for him to calm down. We've never had such a high energy, excitable pup before, so it's challenging sometimes to figure out what to do!
  4. Welcome! Your puppy is so beautiful!
  5. Thanks! We'll keep at it. He sees this other dog too infrequently, so maybe we need to step up the playdates so we can work on his behavior.
  6. It's hard to believe that Cricket is coming up on five months old! He's turning out to be, as my husband likes to say, "a good little pup". I'd say about 95% of the time we can correct his over-exuberant interest in the cats with a sharp "ah-ah" or "eyes on me" command, his mouthiness is decreasing, and he's calming down considerably. He will now have periods where he actually lies on his bed in the kitchen while I cook, or while I work at the kitchen table and we are SO happy to see that. He was a perpetual motion machine for so many weeks (we brought him home when he was 8 weeks old) that I
  7. Thanks, all! One ear "popped" last week and is upright. The other still has a little fold at the top that flops over. I wonder if that one too will pop? My husband is hoping for an asymmetrical look. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XMeMYzWMjxajUxVzVaUTRTZ2s/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XMeMYzWMjxZHg4VlFLa3d2YW8/view?usp=sharing
  8. Thanks, all! My husband and kids got me a dog DNA kit for Mother's Day I know there are conflicted views on the reliability of such kits, but I'm still excited to send it off and see what's in this great little pup we've got. I'll keep you posted!
  9. It does seem on the light side to me, but I'll hope he does some more growing. He's been in the throes of teething and hasn't been the best or most voracious eater these past couple of weeks, so he may pack on some more growth once he's through the worst of it.
  10. My husband and I are both college professors and we have flexible schedules, so he gets quite a bit of exercise. He loves walks, playing in the backyard, pushing around his puzzle ball, working on a kong - these are all things we do with him daily. I think the toughest part is trying to gauge whether any poor behavior is due to pent up energy or being tired!
  11. Gogo is so cute! Our border collie mix is 16 weeks old, but we've had him since he was 8 weeks. I think, when it comes to potty training, my philosophy has always been that a puppy can't go outside too many times for potty. You don't say how old Gogo is, but from the photos it looks like he's maybe 8 weeks? At that age a puppy needs to pee about every 30 minutes. Definitely after naps, after meals, and after playing/excitement. This is tough when you live in a condo, but honestly their bladders are just tiny when they're young. We would take Cricket out after all those times, and many times in
  12. Cricket is finally 16 weeks! He had his final series of puppy shots this past Friday. I was disappointed to find that he weighed in at 13.7 pounds at 16 weeks, which seems to me to be on the small side. He's a shelter puppy, but I'd been hoping that the border collie genes would result in a larger dog to match his border collie personality Any guesses on how big he'll be? I'm hoping he'll be at least 25 lbs, but now I'm worried he might end up significantly smaller. Is it normal for there to be a growth slowdown during teething (he's in the thick of it). How much more active growth will he go
  13. Well, he's still in his crate in our bedroom! If I manage to wake up before my alarm goes off, I creep out of bed and can squeeze my shower in. If my alarm goes off first, he gets too excited by the alarm and barks. Since my alarm rings early (5:30), it's hit or miss that I wake up before then. I've been setting it for ten minutes sooner so I can have a little cushion to offset the time it takes to get ready while dealing with him. I actually really like having him sleep in our room, and he seems very secure and comfortable with it. The plan was always to move him downstairs when he go
  14. Thanks! I love this puppy. He's gotten a little better with the barking, but he's just a vocal boy! Here's a recent photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XMeMYzWMjxak1qa0VwZmJCYVE/view?usp=sharing Alissa
  15. I know others are better equipped with advice for you but I do have to post to say I have a border collie mix named Cricket as well!
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