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  1. Sounds as if you got a really good one, there. I am impressed that he watches over the chickens. And good for you for taking in this dog.
  2. Hi there, How did you get this dog? Was the puppy mill closed down and a border collie rescue took the dogs and adopted them out? I am glad the dog you got is not shut down, and is affectionate with you, as that will make all the work you do with him much easier. I would, however, caution you that his "herding" the grandchildren is not any indication of actual working ability. Many different dog breeds or mixes will behave like that and it's not really herding. In fact, I would not advise that you encourage that behavior, as it can lead to obsession and other behavior you don't want. (ie: most adults would not find it amusing at all). Border collies that come from a background such as you describe will have been bred for color only, or perhaps more indiscriminately than that, and the vast majority of the time cannot actually work stock. Working stock requires very careful breeding for that trait alone, which is how border collies really should be bred. Of course, if you took in a rescue from a shut-down puppy mill you are to be applauded. . How to keep him happy is just find out, through trying things, what he likes the best. Tug? Fetch? Just walking? If he has no idea what a toy is, and this is likely because he never had a chance to play, you can teach him how to fetch or tug. You can teach him to find a toy you have hidden. You can teach him tricks. All training, is done correctly, is play and fun for the dog so teach him things. From what you say it seems he will be good at learning things, and that is the best way to cement your bond and to keep him happy. Best of luck with him.
  3. Like Rigby, I need more information on what you have tried to do so far to change this. All of the things you are talking about are training issues. These things are only normal at 8 months in a pup who has not been trained properly. Please tell us what you have been doing that is not working, so we can advise you. He can definitely be trained not to jump or bite, and it is very important that this happen, because this behavior could land him (and you) in deep trouble, depending on who he jumped on or bit. I am glad to help if you tell us what kind of training you have been doing so we know what to tell you.
  4. Kind of sounds to me as if he had a bad experience one time when you left him, but no point in trying to figure that one out because you never will. I think the advice of just putting him back into the kennel is the best. You could try letting him be loose again after 6 months or so, see if it's better, and if not he can just be a dog you let ride in the kennel, right? Best of luck. :-)
  5. She's lovely. Happy birthday, sweet Cressa. Good dog.
  6. I know that some dogs will show allergic reactions when they are younger than a year. I have known at least 2 dogs who did. I doubt that any blanket statement like "dogs don't show allergic reactions until they are more than a year old" is going to be true for all dogs.
  7. I think you are right to be worried. Basically, if that were my puppy I would consider it my job to keep her from doing that kind of jumping, as she is much too young to be doing that. Prevention is a lot easier than surgery for a ligament tear. And a young dog has no idea how to land properly and is not paying any attention, so you have to pay attention for her.
  8. That's a terrier for you!! ---from one who has a dearly beloved terrier.
  9. I am so happy for Bobby. Thanks for letting us know!
  10. Love the terrier. I have one who could be that dog's litter mate, and he is a magnificent little 22 pound dog. Not a border collie, and I fully intend to find another border collie when the time is right, but that little terrier of mine is truly a joy. Your new pup is adorable. Of course.
  11. nomad, it could be that this dog is highly allergic to just about everything. that is what is sounds like to me. I knew someone with a dog like that and it took a while but she did figure out exactly what that dog could eat and what he could not, and stuck to that very strictly for the rest of the dog's life. I think if I were in your place I would just stick to whatever kibble you are feeding that doesn't cause problems, and that is all I would feed the dog for several months. then I'd try one small thing added in, just one ingredient at a time, and see if anything else could be tolerated. This might be something she could grow out of as she becomes mature. But if not, then just be glad there is something she can eat. Also, she may fill out when she gets older as well. some pups are just really skinny until they become fully grown. Best of luck to you!
  12. I am sad to hear this. Maybe, there's a chance perhaps, that he either won't bite in his new home because circumstances are different, or he will go to someone who can manage that. It sounds to me as if the biting was not aggression towards people so much as it was that as a puppy he had learned that biting was an effective way of getting what he wanted. This could have been trained out of him quickly early on. He's still young enough to learn that, though. I have helped people to retrain their dogs who were behaving that way. I just hope someone finds him who will do that. I wish there were a BC rescue in your area. If that happened here I could contact the rescue and they would probably take him in.
  13. I understand feeling bad for speaking harshly to your dog. I hate myself whenever I have to do it, which is pretty rare. But in the situation you describe, a harsh word is far better than the deep hassle of having a neighbor accuse your dog of being vicious, because most people won't understand the elephant man aspect to it. You did the right thing, to protect your dog. And, she was doing her best to protect you. So all is well.
  14. I never deal with any quantities of mud (live in the desert). But I think if I were in your place, I would just walk the dogs instead of letting them run in the yard, until the muddy time was over. Or, fence off a very small area to be a "potty pen" , put the mats in there, or gravel or whatever, and use it only for night outings and first thing in the morning when you're not even dressed yet and so on. And for them to be out more than 4 or 5 minutes, take them for walks. I am afraid you will only end up with muddy sand instead of straight mud if you cover the yard with sand. BUT, I am no expert on mud!
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