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  1. haha! I love reading all of these. So many impressive skills!
  2. Hi, Recently my 7 month old dog (border collie x not pure) has started randomly barking and lunging at random people who walk past us. There does not seem to be any common denominator for who incites his rage except maybe slightly more frequently men and slightly more frequently people who engage with him somehow. Also (but this is predictable) people who are acting oddly (drunk or angry or muttering or walking oddly) I don't know how to approach it because it is so unpredictable. He does similar thing with skateboards only more extreme and for that I wait for that split second where he has noticed but not flipped out and reward him heavily but I don't know how well this applies here because usually he is fine. Should I just start doing that for every single person who passes us? I am not sure it is entirely realistic but I could try. I would love to hear suggestions if you experienced people might have any. Thanks in advance.
  3. Such a cute photo! Clever bird. Did the dog mind her hitching a ride?
  4. Cptjack - Haha! Too bad eh! That would be the perfect dog!! What a convenient size. Manthaje - You are lucky to have both living together!
  5. I guess none of you with an older teacher dog live in Vancouver B.C, eh?
  6. Hi guys, thanks very much for the responses and the good ideas. The dog teacher thing does make lots of sense, as it is sort of bratty kid behavior it seems. No, he has great bite control with people! It wasn't always good, but it sort of clicked a month ago and now he is very gentle and if he gets a bit rough and you remind him he stops right away. Thank goodness! Such a nice change. I will definitely look into trying to find a dog like that. He plays with my mom's older lab, but the lab is far too tolerant and never really corrects at all. The only thing I foresee maybe being an issue, is that he is typically quite respectful of larger dogs. It is mostly if he has a size advantage, or if the dog is particularly submissive (or into the rough play) that he plays extra rough. Charming right
  7. yah, he is just under 5 and a half months. he definitely has a tendency to play rough. it works better when he is playing with dogs who are larger then he is. he is from a farm and i figure maybe as little guys they didn't have much intervention? his litter popped out the eye of an adult dog they were playing with! but that is just my theory, I have no idea if that is how play styles get formed. I have tried to learn about how to change play style to something more gentle , and have asked a trainer but it just sort of seems to be part of the personality. from what I gather you just keep stopping them from being too rough when it happens by removing them. if anyone has any experience or suggestions around that, I would be very interested.
  8. Thanks for the very sensible answer. I'm glad to hear I was overreacting. He is my first dog, and I hear so much about avoiding aggressive behavior that I am likely reading too much into interactions. Yah. I was surprised to hear there were bits marks, maybe she meant scabs? But I don't know really, you would think the dog would have made more of a fuss if so. Anyways, I really appreciate your feedback, I was definitely somewhat flustered when I wrote that. Not fully used to interactions with other dog owners yet!
  9. Hi, I have a sort of related question. I take my dog to a large off leash dog beach (I know those types of places are controversial but I live in a neighbourhood with well trained dogs and they basically just swim and play and I always watch him very closely) But there is often this little puppy of roughly his age , some sort of a high energy spaniel. When he goes to play with this dog, he is just a total jerk. He pushes the dog over and keeps her on the ground. I pull him off as I was told to do in puppy class, using his harness so it does not hurt him. And the puppy comes back to him. Which I was told means they are into it. So I used to let him go again and just stop if he got to rough, but the owner told me that her dog had bite marks last time!!! so obviously I won't let that happen any more and will just leave. I feel terrible. She doesn't stay close to her dog. I don't know. Am I doing something wrong here? Is it normal for dogs to take an irrational dislike of certain other dogs? In and of itself this situation isn't much of an issue, I can just remove myself and my dog. But is it indicative of a greater problem? Most dogs he plays great with , although he prefers to play on the rougher side. But this one he is just not nice to. If he did not place nicely generally, I would definitely not take him there. Does it mean he will become aggressive when older? Should I keep him away from the beach entirely? I am concerned about it. Sorry if this is a bit rambling. Any tips or insight would be greatly appreciated. Is this an aggression issue?
  10. I don't know if this is applicable to females, but is your dog spayed? The trainer told me that an intact male would be the target for dog disagreements. But maybe that is just males.
  11. Haha, well that makes sense. It seems like it would be much more pleasant to have a good thick coat in all that snow anyways.
  12. Thanks for the photos Tea! Lovely dogs! I didn't realize they could have long hair. Such pretty markings on Tick. The daughter's colouring looks very much like my dog. GentleLake, That feeding suggestion is really helpful, thanks! I'll stop worrying about food quantities and just check his body. He loves to eat.
  13. Oh also the Vet told me the other day that he was going to be over 60 pounds by her estimation. I want to make sure I am feeding him the right amount of food (I have always seen it calculated by estimated adult weight) , but that seems higher then both border collies and the HTC. Does the upper end for BC include over 60 pounds?
  14. Thanks very much for all of the information!! I'll be sure to look into the instructor. The class happens outside. I think based on what I have read here, I will just choose to opt out of any of the class work that happens off of the ground at all. I am most interested in the recall so hopefully it is mostly that type of thing. I'm glad to hear there is lots to do that does not involve jumping. Thanks again for your responses.
  15. I don't know how to respond directly to a post, but Tea, do you have any photos or your dogs? You say your dog Tick is very easy going around people. Does that mean less so around other dogs? My puppy loves to play really rough! He likes other dogs alot but is just quite rough. I am constantly having to pull him off and see if the other puppy or dog is into it. I was sort of curious if that was characteristic of the breed or maybe just his personality. His littermates poked out the eye of an adult dog while playing! Aschlemm - yah I like his tail! It is really long though. The farm where I got him said he was the laziest one of the litter which is why I got him as I don't intend for him to work or anything. He isn't very lazy but he is quite calm. As he is mostly a companion dog, I am going to start him in agility so that he doesn't get bored! He definitely likes having lots to do He quite likes the vet office.
  16. Everyone here seems very knowledgeable about over exercising and limits for young joints and etc. I was hoping I might be able to get some feedback about this puppy agility class I am registered to start later this month (puppy will be 5 months) This is the description: "Finished a puppy socialization class but ready to do more? Start your puppy in agility! Specially designed for growing pups, this class has modified puppy-friendly obstacles and content. We will also work on body awareness, introduce easy-to-understand agility cues, and lots and lots of come-when-called." Does that sound reasonable for his age range? I hope this isn't a dumb question, I have just become so worried about harming his developing body after reading all the feedback people have gotten from various exercise related questions. Thanks very much in advance. So much great information here.
  17. Thanks for your responses. Good points all. It didn't even occur to me about them being protected OR harassed. They are right beside a dog beach, so I guess I just see them get chased quite a bit. (by dogs and children) But you are all totally right. Also, I'm sure it is a bit stressful for them which isn't very nice. He is quite easily called off of them but it's true that anything could happen and I guess he is likely to become less obedient for a while as he gets a bit older. So I will definitely stop him from now on. Just for general knowledge though, what indicates that a behaviour is no longer just fun for the dog but has become more of an obsession? Is it just when they won't stop voluntarily or focus on anything else when the object of their obsession is around? An earlier comment mentioned ball obsession. My dog enjoys when I roll a ball for him, and will watch intently hoping I do it. But then if I don't he will move on. So would an obsession be, if I didn't roll the ball he would just keep harassing me to do it? Thanks again for the feedback on my earlier question.
  18. I think this is the right place for this question as it is sort of like the water thing. My puppy (4 months) loves to try to herd Canada geese when I take him to the park. He gets all low and slinky and tries to get them all into a group. Sometimes successfully , mostly not. It is cool to watch him do it and the geese just fly away if they get annoyed, but is this bad behaviour to allow to happen if I never intend to have him do any real work? Is it likely to develop into something unhealthy?
  19. Just wanted to say that your puppy is adorable! Hope all goes well.
  20. haha good to know! Thanks! Most people I know are sick of looking at pictures of my dog here is one with better quality. He has a bit of paint on his ear. oops.
  21. Thanks so much! Lots of information there. I really appreciate your response. Yes, he has a short coat, longer on the back. His siblings all had the bright blue eyes and more patchy coats, and most of the ones I have seen online looked more like that. I have attached a photo but the quality isn't great. Thanks again!
  22. Hi all, Hope this is the right place for this. Apologies if not. I have a 4 month old Border Collie crossed with Hanging Tree cowdog puppy. I am so curious to know what he will look like as an adult but I can't find any photos of the combination specifically. He is already 33 pounds which is bigger then I expected. If anyone has the same mix and has photos to share I would really love to see them! Thanks so much
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