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  1. Forgot to mention, I just bought the book Scaredy Dog! Understanding & Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown. Has anyone read that one before? Thoughts on it?
  2. I love that! I'll check out your post in the abca thread. But the fact that you have no regrets, I love that. Definitely. He is frequently reactive like that if someone comes so close to us (in fairness, the lady was really close just because it was a narrow sidewalk - I could have touched her shoulder). This was just the first time in a long time he managed to actually get close to someone. Muzzling him does give me more confidence. I still don't let him near people in case he jumps on them or noses them, but at least I can rest assured if we get too close to someone without m
  3. @Kennedy that's so cool! Well done to you guys on all that hard work you've done. What amazing results! I hope we can get there with Dallas. I've emailed our behaviour specialist asking about meds to help relax him. I can even get the adaptil that dumbbird7 mentioned. Is Ellie able to go off leash on hikes? We've been working super hard on recall with Dallas and I have the goal of eventually being able to let him off leash... whether or not we get to that point is another story, but I like to have hope. What sort of things did you do to get her to the point of being able to walk downtown witho
  4. Thanks for all the responses everyone! I appreciate your views and input. I'm feeling better today than I was yesterday. Dallas is in a muzzle on walks now. He's not a huge fan, but he's doing really well with it (and quite frankly, he's just going to have to put up with it). You guys are right that 2 months hasn't been very long, and the behaviourist has said he's doing really well. She thinks yesterday it was too much too soon like jami74 said. I'll give him more time and put in more work with him and see where we get to. If he doesn't improve though, I think I will have to put him down
  5. Mine's doing that as well! Except his crate is in our bedroom next to our bed. When I say bedtime, he flops down and refuses to move (but is happy to go in his crate any other time of day). I never let him get away with it, though, and more or less have to physically drag him to his crate. On top of that, he always gets a tasty treat for going to bed, so it's not like he's not being rewarded for going into his crate. He's been doing this for a few weeks now, but I think we're turning a corner. It used to be that I'd have to drag him all the way into his crate. Now after a few seconds of draggi
  6. Hi, everyone! I've not been on the boards in a while just because it's been a bit busy here. I wanted to update on Dallas's fear aggression and ask an opinion. So I think around 6 months old is when Dallas started having fear aggression issues, possibly 7 or 8 months. It started with kids. He would lunge, bark, and growl at them. I didn't realise the severity of the issue until he bit my neighbour's granddaughter. That's when I contacted a behaviour specialist (wish I'd done it earlier). His fear aggression spread, though. It's gotten to a point where when we're on walks, I always c
  7. Was gonna say, no idea who are you are, so secret is safe with me! I need to start up a YouTube channel as well and start recording with Dallas. Will be following yours!
  8. One thing I did with mine to help with puppy biting is anytime he'd bite me I'd go, "Uh-uh" and offer him a toy instead. It took a bit of time, but he caught on. Not sure if that would help yours just because mine was with his litter until he was 9 weeks old so he did have that extra time with his littermates, but might be worth a go. Good luck! Your pup is super cute! With the training, do you try using his toys as motivation/reward instead of treats or food? He seems like he's always willing to play so it might help him be a bit more trainable!
  9. Super interesting! Dallas does know "look at me" and he does a great job obeying that whenever I ask when we aren't near a trigger. I haven't been able to identify his threshold yet of when we get too close to a trigger and I lose him, but I think we're going to be doing that with the behaviour therapist soon in the next couple of weeks. Recently we've just been avoiding the triggers as much as possible to keep his stress levels down. (I need to get him comfortable with a muzzle before we move on to actually working on the behaviour - got that conquered now so we have an appointment soon to mo
  10. @Baderpadordercollie I'm bronze too. Totally checking out the lurker groups @Shandula is talking about! I'm in the Fenzi Lumni Group as well
  11. I like to read a lot of different dog trainers and see what methods they use. Recently I came across a dog trainer who mentioned that teaching your dog to focus on you can help minimise aggression. I have to say, it seems to make sense. I've mentioned before that Dallas has aggression issues, so I've been paying a lot more attention to his body language and his behaviour in different situations mostly so I can avoid him reaching his stress threshold and also so I can just understand him better. One thing I notice is if he's focused on something, he doesn't take any notice of his triggers. For
  12. Aw bless, that does NOT sound good!! Definitely not something to brag about. Excited to check this out! Thanks Diane! Eeek, excited you joined too! I think the first lesson is being posted tomorrow. I'm so excited.
  13. We are all signed up for the agility foundations class on Fenzi. Thanks everyone! Thanks for the tip on the equipment! I did at first think that CptJack meant hula hoops, but after doing a search on Amazon and eBay I realised what she meant I'll follow along these classes online and get equipment as recommended I think and just leave it at that. Hopefully the woman who does agility near us will be back at it again next year, but if not we'll do what we can with these online classes. Either way, I can't wait!
  14. I had no idea weaves could be so difficult! The free ones are old so I might leave those and just see if I can find some newer ones. I hadn't thought of going to trials to chat with people and see how they do it. Such a good idea! I love it. I watch videos on YouTube a lot from competitions, but being there would be so much better to actually get the full experience. I'll have a look to see when the next trials are near me. I'll register for that class on Fenzi today! I thought registration had closed for some reason (just me being silly - don't know why I thought that) so I'm super
  15. Thanks for the advice! Yeah, Dallas turns a year old next week. This is how beginner I am - totally just assumed weaves weren't hard on his body that is so good to know. Thanks so much! I'm definitely investing in Fenzi Academy and getting some hoops and cones. That will be great to start off with. And of course, nabbing the free weaving poles we'll work up to it when he's older. Until the woman's injury is healed, I'll be checking out Fenzi Academy and the agilitynerd blog. I love that agility is about fun and positivity for the dog. That's something I really want to do with him. As it
  16. I am new and was wondering about maybe books or YouTube channels that would help, but that Fenzi Academy thing would be perfect! Thanks for that suggestion! I'm well excited for that. Do you have any suggestions on equipment I should purchase just to start off with? I'm on a budget, but was thinking tunnels made for kids might be good. There was someone in my area giving away weaving poles for agility on freecycle so was thinking about grabbing those as well.
  17. Hi, was wondering if anyone has experience teaching a little bit of agility at home with their border collie? There is only one woman in my area who does agility but she isn't doing it this year because of an injury. I don't have a large area to do agility in, but I could get a few things to start teaching Dallas myself, like weave poles and a little tunnel. Wasn't sure if this would be a good idea or bad idea? Or really a great way to go about it?
  18. Good luck with treatment!! I hope all goes well!
  19. Mine started doing that about the same age as well. We've taken him to a behaviour specialist and she says it's fear aggression (he does it with kids, random strangers, scooters, and bicycles). We haven't broken the habit yet, but we're working on it with the behaviour specialist. Basically the goal is to re-teach him how to respond to something when he is scared. The action I'm teaching him is to come touch my hand and then heel with me as we walk away. He knows the behaviour when there isn't a trigger, so next time we see the behaviour specialist later this month we're moving on to start tea
  20. Hi guys, I'm in the throes of adolescence just wanted to ask, when did you see your border collie's attention span return?? Dallas was really good up until probably 7 months old, maybe a month or two older. He had solid concentration. We could work on training for at least 10 minutes at a time if not a bit longer. Once he hit adolescence, as I've been told many times, his attention span decreased. A lot. Now I can only do maybe 2 minutes of training and he gets frustrated or he just doesn't focus, so I tend to just do 5 tricks with him at a time and leave it at that. The only time he's m
  21. Happy to help whenever I can! Good luck with the training! Just wanted to add about the bringing him in whenever he barks - I forgot to add that for that I keep Dallas on the lead so it's always enforced. (He can jump over our gate so until he learns not to I just keep him on his lead. Sometimes I use the long training lead to give him more freedom but most of the time he's on his regular lead.) I haven't got advice for when they are off lead. Haha. Sorry about that! I should have mentioned but totally forgot.
  22. Sorry, I'm a bit late to the conversation but just wanted to throw in some of my thoughts! I'm a first time border collie owner, and as someone who also spent some time looking in from the outside, I thought the same that border collie owners seemed very perfectionist, possibly even really high maintenance dog owners, if that makes sense. After getting a border collie, I've realised the same as what people are saying here is that border collies just do need an above average owner in the sense that they need to be prepared to train and exercise their border collie. When I browse the shelte
  23. Oh, and adolescence was mentioned, too. It's a nightmare!!! Really and truly, it is like their brains have just vanished. Dallas hasn't necessarily forgotten any commands, but his attention span is shorter, he's testing boundaries (for a while he would look at me when I called him and then run off), and he's just a handful. He gets frustrated more easily than he used to as well. That being said, he's still a delight. I love him to bits. Puberty takes a lot of patience, so if Kilo starts regressing with anything, just hang in there. It'll pass eventually!
  24. Just wanted to add a couple of thoughts but I think you've got lots of great advice here! My border collie hits a year old in about 2 weeks and around the same age as yours he started barking outside as well. What we would do is any time he started barking, without speaking to him or looking at him, we would just bring him inside. He is really well behaved outside now and I haven't noticed any barking from him for the past few weeks. With the eating, mine is the same. I think it's the heat to be honest. What I've started doing is just leaving his daily food out all day so he c
  25. Hi everyone, thanks so much for all of your advice and input! I spoke again with our animal behaviour specialist. I found out I had misunderstood about the cost of Dallas's treatment, and it's actually a bit cheaper than I anticipated, so yay! That is some relief. Part of his treatment also includes working alongside a trainer which is a huge relief. One of my problems was I just did not feel capable of training him by myself. I'm good training behaviours like sit, stay, come, etc but aggression? I have come to find that it is beyond me. I need a professional. Once he is happy to be in his
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