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  1. I am interested in the answer to this question and hope someone knows.
  2. If you go to YouTube and look at the channel called KIKOPUP, there are probably a hundred different "tricks" you can teach your dog. More importantly, they have excellent training videos on how to teach the dog Go To The Mat, Settle, and learn impulse control. these would be very good methods for you to use with your dog.
  3. This is not uncommon and it's not permanent as long as you handle it right. What I do with a dog like that is I just go right back to the vary basic things I was doing when I first trained the dog, as if the dog had never learned it at all. This is the best approach because it shows the dog all over again that it is better for the dog to behave in the way he or she is trained to behave because then good things happen for the dog. It's not only a reminder of that, but a reminder that bad behavior is not going to be tolerated or rewarded. Almost always when a person just goes back to treating the dog like a puppy, these "testing the limits" behaviors will subside.
  4. No side effects at all. I would not actually recommend something that had side effects. :-)
  5. People who get a border collie without researching how to manage one often think they need to occupy the dog all the time, and that is what you did. The result is you have trained this dog to need to be occupied all the time, and now you have to re-train him, but that can be done. He needs to learn impulse control, as above. You have had some good advice. I will add one thing: Rehoming this dog is a huge cop-out in my opinion. You created this monster (inadvertently of course, but still) and now if you rehome him you are fobbing off the problem you created onto someone else. A dog like that can end up being passed along to others, and could end up in a place where he is mistreated. On top of that, if the dog bites someone else after being rehomed, you could be held liable for that bite and all kinds of unpleasant things could rain down on you. Work with the dog. And foremost, teach him to settle down and not be demanding.
  6. I love that image and chart. It will be helpful to people who don't understand why the new dog is not instantly behaving well and feeling relaxed.
  7. Just to respond to the CBD concern: My vet carries the CBD treats for dogs, and recommends them in certain circumstances. I gave them to one of my dogs when he was near the end of his life and it seemed to help him. They are super expensive, though, and just a drop or two of CBD tincture does the same for far less money. I have an elder dog now, and I give him (again, on my excellent vet's recommendation) CBD oil daily to help with his arthritis pain. It does seem to make a difference. there's no need to buy "CBD Oil For Dogs", because CBD is CBD, and it is going to be the exact same thing. Calling it "for dogs" is just a gimmick in order to charge more for it. There's no "formulation" to CBD oil....it is just a simple tincture. The only thing you need to be careful of is the dosage. Find out what dosage is best for your dog's weight and start with an amount less than that, building up slowly if need be. Also, be aware that CBD oil comes in different concentrations, everything from 60mg per ml to 1200 mg per ml, so you have to take that into account and do the math to come out with the right dosage. Of course "CBD for dogs" will have the dosage on the bottle, but just to avoid doing 2 minute's worth of figuring you will pay a whole lot of money. Buy CBD oil only from a reputable dispensary, or from a brand you know you can trust because online there are a lot of scams....you can pay a lot for just plain coconut oil. I know Global Xtracts is a good brand. That is the one I use on myself and with my dogs.
  8. I like my vet's attitude toward aging in animals. she says that no dog slows down or has problems because of old age, there is always something causing the problem that is specific. So, her approach is to find out what that is and then treat it if possible. I like that because it doesn't assume anything the way some people, do saying, "oh she's just getting old" instead of finding out what the problem really is . I always take my dogs, no matter the age, to the vet if they start to have any kind of problem that lasts more than a couple of days or if I don't now what it is or how to treat it myself. My male, on the left in my avatar photo, lived to 16, or so I think - I never knew his exact age. And the girl on the left, Kit, lived to be 17. They both had various problems as they got older, but still enjoyed their lives up to the end.
  9. Oh what a cutie. It sounds to me as if you have a good plan. Best of luck.
  10. Just coming in to say that I wish you and Tucker all the best, and very much hope that you do not reach the point of thinking you need to put him down. I hope you find a way, with a good behaviorist, to help him get past this so you can have his companionship for years to come. And, to put in a plug for positive reinforcement behavior modification. In a case like this I would recommend staying away from anything like an e-collar (even if it is on vibrate) or any other aversive correction. I think there's a lot of evidence that using those methods more often than not do not work as well as positive reinforcement does.
  11. So sorry to hear this, Geonni.
  12. Oh, I guess a few reasons..... because they are wheat and not much else, and so not really the most healthy things in quantity. And, they take a couple of seconds to chew up. What I am training is often something that needs very quick treats, something the dog doesn't have to chew, so I tend to use soft things by preference. I don't want my dog to lose focus or stop moving while consuming the treat. Also, most dogs don't exactly go nuts for them, so they are a low-value treat. I wonder if small carrot pieces would still be a problem? I always make all of my treats as small as possible, because I give lots and lots of them when I am training a new behavior.
  13. Mostly I recommend pieces of carrot. Or any other vege that the dog likes. But you can use Charlee Bears occasionally as well...one calorie each I think.
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