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  1. Our Border is super jittery having her nails clipped. My wife wants to use a nail grinder, but I think it's going to be harder to do because it'll vibrate her paw and take longer. Have people used them? Thoughts?
  2. Good suggestion! Any thoughts on brand or size? Mine is 40lbs. Also, do you tend to find it tires your dog out a little, or is it more of a way to make your dog eat slower?
  3. Thanks. We have one of those balls that you put kibble in. It's been a long time since I've used it but I'll try using it for her meal tonight, mixed with a few treats. Yeah, the puzzle we got took her no time to figure out (basically they created a short cut where, if turned upside down, the treats can fall out). She figured that out and that was that. I'm thinking of using peanut butter this time so it doesn't fall out easily and she has to technically 'solve' it.
  4. With lockdown, the ability to take the dog out and hike/beach/etc. is pretty challenging. Have people used any of the puzzle toys for dogs, and had good success or lessons learned? I bought mine a Nina Ottosson Advanced Puzzle game and it is underwhelming. It takes her about 5 minutes and she's solved it for the treats. So do people have other toys they give their dog to keep them occupied mentally? Or toys in general that the dog just loves playing by him/herself?
  5. She's still reluctant. The only way I can get her to go is if I walk with her in the opposite direction and take a different route for the run. And even that is 50/50 on working. What worked for me was starting her on a tight leash. When she had too much leeway, she would cut behind me or pay too much attention to stimuli and potentially trip me. Now that she's used to running, I can give her more leash and she maintains well. What I wish I did differently was treat her a ton more. I would start running and only treat when I stopped. I wish I had treated her randomly throughout the run so she would have a better enjoyment of it.
  6. I can't diagnose anything as I'm just a casual dog owner, but my dog did the same thing and a lot of it was solved by simply giving her space on walks from stimuli, and with time she calmed. She still lunges when there are too many triggers (e.g. last night, thanks to waves crashing and spooking her, she lunged at a biker), but with time she learned to ignore them and I can take her on walks, runs, bike rides, etc. without her caring about others. Also, when she started running, barking, biting (I have gone through multiple pairs of shorts), I would immediately step in and start training her - down, sit, heel, between the legs, etc. Our trainer said to distract her and redirect her focus to something constructive. Some of that was also 'down and stay' so she would slowly calm. I am reading the book BAT 2 and really find it helpful. Worth a look.
  7. Thanks everyone. Will try giving her 10 minutes of sniff and walk time.
  8. My 2.5 year old Border mix is a typical border in many regards. High energy, loves having a task, can go all day, etc. What has been weird, however, is she has recently shown a dislike of going for a run with me. We only go for 3-4 miles, but the first 1/2 mile - 1 mile she pulls behind me and often tries to stop. The last 2+ miles, she is great. I know people can't diagnose over a message board, but have people had issues with something like this before? It's not an energy thing, so I'm curious if it's a breed thing (not enough stimuli), potential injury (though she'll play frisbee all day), or there are ways people have 'taught' their dog to like jogging.
  9. For the most part, my 2-year old BC mix is fine with being left alone. She goes into the basement and sits until we get home. For the past few weeks, however, she has gone into the kitchen and pulled things down from the counters. She doesn't often do much with them - yesterday she pulled down two dry pasta bags and a veggie broth box, chewed holes in each of them, then did nothing else. Sometimes it is because she hasn't been exercised properly, but there's now enough regularity that her energy level seems to be less of a factor. Thoughts on cause? Solutions? We can of course block her from the kitchen, but given the layout of the house that's an option we don't want to exercise. We are also putting things out of her reach more, but there's simply too much stuff for her to be completely devoid of temptation. Strangely, she has never pulled down her bag of food which is the easiest to reach.
  10. So my 2 year old pup has been doing great, but there is one question I have regarding training to relax. She has learned that by barking and chirping at us, she either gets let outside or will get training. We have started ignoring her to teach her to stop doing it and rewarding her when she lays down, but it's extremely slow going. Is this the best technique, or should we be more active in making her lay down and reward her so long as she stays down and relaxes. And to preemptively address it: we exercise her well. For instance, this morning we went on a 20 minute walk then did 45 minutes of high energy frisbee. When we got home, she stood in the living room barking at us to play with her. We did 5-10 minutes of intense training, then stopped and she continued barking at us. And we don't mind her being outside, but there are times (rain, evening, etc.) we want her inside with us.
  11. Two quick questions: 1) Every dog I've ever had will go outside, run around and sniff, then come in. My current dog - my first border mix - seems to prefer just hanging outside all day by herself. Are there any concerns with the dog spending the majority of the day outside by herself, other than the obvious of making sure she doesn't get into mischief? The yard is pretty small and I work from home so I can pretty easily minimize potential trouble. 2) Do people have suggestions for things to leave outside with her to keep her entertained? Is it even necessary? She seems content just sitting in the grass and looking around, but a trainer recommended getting a bungee chew or something to tie to a tree for the dog to chew on and tug when she gets excited. Anyone have suggestions/thoughts? Thanks.
  12. Apologies for the slow response. I live in Hawaii and it seems my vet is unusually expensive. Some of the others were more reasonable. As for her teeth, I found the solution: bones from the butcher. Honestly the difference between what her teeth used to look like and now is pretty stark.
  13. Yeah, I was shocked. I was expecting in the $200-400 range. I'm going to call around, but I think it's the nature of the island I live on - things are expensive here.
  14. the timing of this thread is perfect as I logged in to ask a question about brushing teeth. I have never brushed my dogs' teeth, but my new pup is 2 and has clear build up on her teeth. Professional cleanings here are ghastly expensive (over $1K). Judging by this thread, it appears brushing is okay, as is giving them raw bones (for those asking, I have heard from numerous sources that cooked bones can splinter so avoid those, per my sources). Does anyone have suggestions on how to acclimatize the dog to brushing? Mine will lose her mind if I start brushing. My thought is to let her taste the toothpaste, and go super slow: let her smell the toothbrush, treat; put toothbrush on teeth with no brushing, treat; one brushing movement, treat; and so on. Is that the proper protocol or do people have other thoughts?
  15. Great, thanks for the help D'Elle.
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