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  1. "Bones Would Rain From The Sky" by Suzanne Clothier. Gets 5 stars from me.
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-53532912/the-sisters-regrowing-forests-helped-by-their-dogs A cool short video about a pair of sisters reforesting, assisted by their beautiful border collies .
  3. I'd get a second opinion.
  4. You are already getting top notch advice. I will just add one thing. You mention a couple of times in your posts that this situation is making your anxiety rise. This is likely to be be playing a part in your dog's reaction. Not that it caused it in the first place.,but that it might make it harder to retrain her not to react to it. If you feel anxious it is 100% guaranteed that your dog will know that, and will interpret it as reinforcing the dread of the ice cream truck. ("my person is scared of it too so it must be really bad"). I suggest practicing any kind of relaxation method you can possibly find that will reduce your anxiety around this. Take very slow deep breaths, and speak to Izzy in a cheerful, quiet, upbeat voice to go along with the treats etc. If you can manage not to get anxious about it yourself, that will help a lot. If you start to feel anxious about it, remember, there's zero danger here! Nothing to worry about, or get anxious about. Just a dog who is so far lacking in understanding of her environment and needs to learn. No different from teaching a puppy to accept a leash. You've got this. You can succeed in allaying your dog's fears.
  5. Yes to the above. When I got Jester, he was scared of the click sound and I used a ball point pen to gradually accustom him to the sound. Once he was used to that, and that it signaled reward, the transition to a soft-sounding clicker was easy. Later I could use any clicker, even loud ones.
  6. Thanks. It was having foster dogs that taught me this and cemented it into my being. With my second foster dog I was trying to get him to relate to me the way I thought he should, and had a sudden epiphany. Realizing that this was a whole dog personality I did not know, and it was my job to find out who he was. It changed everything and since then I have only used that approach with all dogs I am in contact with. The bit about not being ambitious for the dog I really learned with my extreme-case foster dog Kelso (who has his own thread in this forum). I started out by setting goals for him and then realized pretty quickly that it was imperative for me to work on his time schedule, not to impose mine on him. Anyway, thanks for the compliment. We all have so much to learn and there's always more.
  7. She sounds to me like a normal border collie puppy. If she wants to play with you instead of getting petted, play with her. Don't worry about the bonding, it will come in time if you handle her right. Don't worry about weaning her off treats. First, unless you plan to do competition work of some kind with this dog, weaning off treats is not really necessary, and second, once you have established the behavior and the reward, the dog will do the behavior when asked whether or not there are treats. Establishing this takes time and repetition to a degree and quantity that is impossible to have achieved with a dog you have only had for 4 weeks, no matter the age, and most especially in a puppy. Your dog may be a year old or more before that gets firmly established, and longer than that for things that she doesn't really want especially badly to do. Relax and just take it as it comes. One thing I have learned in my experience with dogs is this: Don't be ambitious for the dog. In other words, remove your expectations of the dog, don't put your time table on the dog, and don't decide what the dog feels or wants or who the dog is or can become. Instead, observe the dog. Learn who the dog is and let the dog tell you who she is and what she needs or wants. Learn anew how to communicate with each different dog. And work with the dog in front of you, not the dog you think you want to have.
  8. Wish I could do this. Unfortunately, in order to do this you need to have grass to do it on. If you live in the desert you have dirt instead. I have been known, though, to take the dogs out onto the patio and hose them down a bit. First running the hose for a while watering something because in the summer the first water out of the hose is so hot it will literally burn skin. Summer is the not-so-great time of year here, until monsoon comes. It was 114 degrees at my house yesterday.
  9. If you truly support the principles of working border collie people, as outlined on these forum boards, then I am surprised you would even consider getting a puppy from someone who is breeding " for no other purpose than producing puppies " or getting a Barbie collie. The fact that it is difficult for you right now to get a working-bred puppy is really no excuse at all for buying a non-working bred puppy, and pardon me for saying so, but you asked for our opinions and mine is that to do that would be selfish and hypocritical and would in effect be saying "yeah, I definitely believe in this principle but I am going to do what is wrong just because I don't want to wait to do the right thing." I am not trying to be harsh, but that's how I see it. It would not be the end of the world if you didn't get a puppy this year. Next year would be a good year too. The border won't stay closed forever. Good things are worth waiting for. It also wouldn't be a bad thing to adopt a young adult from a rescue instead of a puppy. My best border collies so far came to me at the age of 2, and at age 6. Maybe you could give up the idea of a puppy and instead get a young adult, or go ahead and get a pup shipped from a working breeder. Either that or be patient and wait.
  10. ashlemm, thanks for this reply and info. However much more time we get with those we are bonded to, we will be glad to have. I want many years more with Diggs, but know that it will probably only be a few more, and I am grateful for what I get. I am so sorry to hear that yours is at the beginning of the end. I know, of course, all too well what that feels like. I had to let my beautiful female border collie, Kit, go a year and a half ago. It is heartening to hear from you about the study on Vetmedin. Thanks for that, and best of luck to you and to Ziva.
  11. Digger is now on a medication called Vetmedin, recommended by both my vet and the cardiologist. Fortunately, they are chewable tablets, so he just thinks he is getting a treat. :-) My vet said that, while of course there's never any knowing how it will go, she has had several dogs do well on this medication, even living for years. So, crossing my fingers that I have more years with this scruffy and beloved little terrier.
  12. Do you brush his teeth? It could be tooth decay if not. Definitely have a vet check him out, in any case. He is a beautiful dog. Love that split face with a bit of tricolor in it.
  13. I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beloved companion. I know how it feels for me when I lose one I love so much, and it is terrible. You don't ever really get over it, but it is true as you say that you learn to love again. My experience is that a good medicine for the grief is to love another dog. I cannot be without a dog in my life, so that's what I do. I have heard that grief is love with no place to go and I think that's true. Loving another dog doesn't take away from the love I still have for the ones I loved in the past, but it gives today's love a place to go.
  14. Very glad to hear the leash training is going well.
  15. I agree with GL that you need to address the cat issue immediately and be very consistent about it or it will only get harder to reverse that behavior. My favorite way to teach a dog not to pull on a leash is simple. Every single time (EVERY time...100% consistency is vital) that the dog pulls, I turn around and go in the other direction. I don't jerk the leash ever, as that can hurt the dog. I don't say anything at all. I simply turn around and the dog has no choice but to follow. When the dog is in a nice loose leash position, I praise and/or click and treat the dog, making sure I give the treat in the position I want the dog to be. The moment the dog pulls in the new direction, I turn around again. This means that at first a "walk" is going about 6 feet in one direction and then the same in the other direction, back and forth. Boring for everyone. But it works. I have trained many dogs this way. Not too long ago someone hired me to help him with his dog. He had had this dog for 9 years, and had always allowed him to pull hard on the leash. Now the guy was 70 and had no strength to hold the dog and wanted the behavior to change. The dog weighed about 65 pounds, maybe more. I took the dog out on a leash and did the above protocol and in less than ten minutes we went from only going two steps before turning around to being able to go 10 steps before he started pulling. This was an older dog, a spoiled dog, and not an especially smart one., and yet the progress was that fast.
  16. Pushne, there'd be no harm in trying a different food, as long as it is a healthy one. But chances are that you are 100% correct in that you created and sustained this issue yourself, and I wouldn't recommend trying more than one other kind or flavor of food, because that's probably not the problem. . Don't kick yourself for creating this, it happens, and is understandable considering you deal with a child with an eating disorder. . Fixing it is relatively easy, though. I have had to do this myself (for someone else's dog I was caring for) and it's challenging. One thing I did was shut the dog into another room with the food, so I did not need to see pleading eyes. () Just be firm and your dog will eat when hungry enough as others have said. Best of luck.
  17. Of course, this is true! I meant check their website or facebook page. Sorry I was not clear on that!
  18. ^This is excellent advice, if you are able to do this. Also, it is true what Gentle Lake said about the plague affecting rescues and their operations. You may not be able to volunteer right now because of that, but you can be in touch with them regularly anyway. And check with the ones close to you -- they may be desperate for foster homes at the moment, and fostering is extremely rewarding, not to mention you just might get your dog that way. Many people have become "foster failures" and adopted the dog they were fostering. (Be assured, "failure" is a joke. Everyone is happy if you adopt the dog you foster.) Just be patient. this is a hard time for everyone everywhere, and it's possible that your dog won't come to you until things change. Another thing, of course, is to check local shelters because they might get in a border collie, and while usually the rescues snatch those dog right away from shelters, they may very well be unable to do so now. Check mixed-breed rescue as well, and tell them what you are looking for. And remember, you need to check in every day with the sources you have. If you only do it from time to time, you will miss a lot! A good dog, especially a puppy, usually comes in and goes back out very quickly.
  19. Hi and welcome to the BC Boards. Good for you for wanting to seek out the right kind of breeder and for coming here for advice. I cannot offer advice on a breeder, although I will recommend that you read the "Read This First" if you haven't already (but you probably have, if you have "lurked" for a while :-) ) I would like to put in a big plug for rescue. You have many advantages in going through a rescue to get your special dog. It's not always true that they don't get in young dogs or puppies; sometimes you just have to wait a little while. I used to foster for BC rescue and most of my foster dogs were 2 years old or less, and I fostered puppies as young as 9 weeks. My advice, for what it's worth: Don't be in a hurry. Put in your application to every rescue within driving distance (or more if you are willing to go more) and then after you get accepted, watch their site carefully. If they have a Facebook page, join it and stay in touch. sometimes young dogs come in and go out fast. One huge advantage of getting a rescue is that you will know, from the foster home that has had the dog, at least a bit about the dog's personality. Calm, high drive, fearful, bold etc. and that will help you to know if the dog is the right temperament for you. One last thing: don't adopt two puppies at once!! You will almost certainly regret that. Get one, and once that dog is mature enough to have some training on him or her, then think about adding another. No doubt others here will have more and possibly better advice for you. Best of luck.
  20. Of course, there will always be room for dogs. Plural! On the original topic, Digger and I go in for his Echo cardiogram next week. It's gonna be kind of hard because I can't go in to the clinic and will have to wait outside while she does the exam and have the whole consult over the phone. I completely understand and applaud their appropriate caution in the time of a plague, but it's very hard to hand him over at the door. Digger, since his last surgery, has not been very keen on vet hospitals. He is fine with our own vet, but wants to hide behind me if even she needs to take him to another room. I just wish there were some way to explain it to him. I do talk to him about it, and stay upbeat making happy sounds to him, but don't expect him to understand, of course. And, not that this is the most important thing, but it will be over 100 degrees while I am waiting outside.
  21. Excellent answer, Gentle Lake! Well done. :-)
  22. You're welcome. I have done Freestyle as a hobby for about 15 years now, and I really love it. I am in a group here and we have held classes, seminars, and competitions, and do performances all over town. Well, we used to, anyway, before the Plague came. It's a great way to interact with your dog and deepen your bond, and you don't ever need to show it to anyone unless you want to. I have never competed, although people say I should, and everyone else in my group has. I am not competitive by nature and it would stop being fun if I competed and was concerned about winning. But it really is a blast and anyone can do it with any dog just for fun.
  23. That is one gorgeous dog. Reminds me a bit of a very beloved foster dog I had one time - the same blond/red-and-white coloration and the slightly rounded ear tips. Mine was not a purebred, I don't think, but yours looks more border collie than she did. One thing: I did often trim up the long and fluffy fur on the backs of my dogs' legs and on the butt, because I live in a place that has terrible burrs part of the year. I never trimmed anywhere else, and have been told one should never shave down a border collie or the fur will grow back weird. I used sometimes to trim the hair at the ear openings, but was told by one vet that I shouldn't because that hair there helps to keep burrs and insects and other things out of the ears, where they can travel into the ear canal. It made sense to me, so I never trimmed those hairs again on any of my dogs of any breed Did I mention that you have a gorgeous dog? Good for you for finding and rescuing her.
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