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  1. Sometimes dogs have false pregnancies and will give the outward signs of being pregnant, so I would just wait a month or so then take her back to the vet if you aren't certain. I do think her activity and playfulness will come around as she becomes more familiar and comfortable with her surroundings. She has had a lot of changes, especially if her prior owners dumped her. I am sure she is feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, so just give her plenty of love, and time. Good luck!
  2. My 4 1/2 year old border collie has always ridden in a car well. In the past few months he has become increasingly obsessive in the car if the windshield wipers are on. He snaps at the moving wipers from the back seat, but recently, he has lunged at the wipers and actually bit my husband in the shoulder as he was snapping and got to close. We have told him no every time he has snapped at the wipers, but it continues to get worse. We bought a separation fence so he can't get to the front, but he will grab hold of it as he works himself to a frenzied state. We have considered a crate, but he has never been in one. He will try to grab the window if we put it up or down. He is such a loving dog that it isn't something I feel he is being aggressive with us. He just gets into a frenzy at times. Any suggestions on what we can do to to stop this behavior? Or is he to old to try and break him from it? Thanks
  3. I I fully agree and it does concern me when he throws water up (which is rare). I am not sure how to keep him from snapping at the water. He runs as fast as he can to keep ahead of the waves as they come in. Then he will turn and snap at the wave when it breaks. My thoughts are that maybe we can give him shorter, more frequent trips to the beach rather than something 15-20 minutes long. He loves it so much but I don't want to harm him VID_20170904_095523214.mp4
  4. Thanks for the information. I read up on water intoxication in the past so I definitely watch him and do not let him snap at the waves for to long at a time. Occasionally, he gulps to much water if the waves are coming in a certain way and he throws up some water. He is definitely done then for the day. Typically, I let him play hard in the water for 15-20 minutes, then he gets the leash back on and we walk the beach without anymore water.
  5. I am glad the Great Lakes are fresh water so Ted doesn't ingest all that salt water from snapping at the waves to much. However, if he goes for to long, he will vomit up even the fresh water. If he does that, we are done for the day, despite him wanting to keep going. I suspect he would want me to break through the ice if he thought it meant he could chase waves. I walk him through town to see the sights and such rather than on the beach. No sense in having him keep tugging to go in the water.
  6. Thanks for all the great advice. I decided that my best course of action is to just take him for long walks during the day. Ted gets so obsessed with the waves that I don't think he would get out of the water on his own even if he was freezing to death. I will have to pull him away from the lake if the surf is too rough because he will get more daring as time goes by. I don't want him getting caught in the undertow. He seems to enjoy the walks so come next spring he can have all the beach time he wants!
  7. My husband and I recently moved. Ted adjusted very well and didn't seem to bat an eye as to his new surroundings. We tried to take him with us anytime we went somewhere at first until he got used to things. Personally, I think you will be surprised as to how quickly they adapt. As long as they know you are there with them for the move, they will be just fine.
  8. Welcome! Gan is quite the little beauty! You will throughly enjoy having a border collie as part of the family! Looking forward to seeing her grow up.
  9. I am far from a border collie expert, but when we first got Ted, my husband and I both worked. He would be in the house alone for around 9 hours a day. We would hit the ball for him before we left, and play with him most of the evening after we got home. We would take him with us almost all the time when we went somewhere. When he was a puppy, if he found a magazine or whatever, he would rip it up, but really didn't have an issue with him being destructive. He is now almost 4 and my husband and I are retired so he gets lots of attention. We found that by putting a chair for him to get comfortable and look out the window that provided a lot of stimulation as he watched people and things go by. He still absolutely loves it as you can see in the picture. He is also very gentle with our young grandkids. He doesn't really like other dogs so much, but is wonderful with people. Just as with people, every dog is different. However, Ted is a great fit for us. Whatever dog you choose, I wish you well.
  10. Thanks for all the suggestions to help keep Ted mentally stimulated over the winter. My husband and I retired this past summer and so this is the first winter we will be home all day. I think I will error on the side of caution and keep him out of the water in the lake. Ted isn't a "working dog" so he Is not fully climatized to the cold weather. It will be that much more special next spring when he gets to hit the beach again. Within a few weeks, he won't be able to get in it anyway. Thanks again for all your help. Stay safe out there in California. I hope you aren't affected by the fires Jayne and Ted
  11. Thanks, as I haven't been taking him in as I am not sure. He just loves it so much that I didn't want to take it away if others said they have their dog in that cold water with no issues. Like your Samantha, Ted loves any kind of water unless it is a bath. I have been taking Ted for long walks and hit the tennis ball in lieu of the beach until spring. Just thought I'd get some input as to what others think.
  12. My bc, Ted, loves to herd the waves of Lake Michigan at our home in northern Michigan. Currently, there is no ice blocking his access to the water, but there is snow on the ground. I have not let Ted go in the water since the weather got a lot colder. Should I allow him to chase the waves as long as there isn't ice? He doesn't get soaked, but he will get hit in the chest area with waves. I don't want to take anything from him as he loves herding the waves, but I don't want him sick or harmed by allowing him to do it. Looking for input. The picture waa taken this summer so you can see how much he loves it. Thanks!
  13. Ted was 22.8 lbs at 4 months and is 41 lbs as a 3 year old.
  14. Ted suffered from Panosteitis when he was young because he was growing so fast. Poor puppy looked like he was an old dog. Once his growth slowed, it went away. He was 9# at 8 1/2 weeks, 18# at 12 1/2 weeks, 22.8 # at 16 weeks and is now 3 years old and is 41 pounds.
  15. Happy Birthday, Kit! Looking great! She looks like such a sweetheart! ❤️
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