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  1. On ‎3‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 9:53 AM, GentleLake said:

    That usually requires very slow introductions (or re-introductions) beginning with just approaching the car with lots of treats to create positive associations, then getting into the car with out turning the engine, then just sitting in the car idling and gradually working up to 1 minute, 2 minutes in a moving car, etc. all the time will lots of treats and play and not moving on to the next step until she's showing no anxiety with the stage you're at. Sadly, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to achieve that in just 2 or 3 days.

    You might want to ask your vet for something to settle her stomach for this upcoming trip. Not only will it make this trip less unpleasant for her (and you) but the more negative associations she has with the car, the harder it will be to undo them.

    We ended up bringing her yesterday and she did FANTASTIC! It was a great confidence builder and she received tons of positive attention from people + was able to see and try new things.  I thought she would go right into her kennel and sleep when we got back, but boy was I wrong as she was excited late into the night! lol. 

  2. 43 minutes ago, D'Elle said:

    this is not a one-answer-fits-all question, as every pup is different. Just experiment, slowly, and see how it goes with your puppy. It is good that you don't want to leave her alone for too long, but you can gradually increase the time and simply observe how she does with it and base your decisions on that. Over 7 hours would in my opinion be too long unless there were no option. 

    Thanks for the articles, GL. 


    45 minutes ago, GentleLake said:

    I know this isn't exactly what you're asking about, but I was rather surprised to read these articles (below) recently. I know lots of people who leave their dogs 9-10 hours a day while they work. I used to too, though for the most part there were multiple dogs in my home. One with pretty severe separation anxiety was fine as long as he was with another dog. Separated by even a baby gate he'd destroy things.

    What really caught my attention was that adult dogs shouldn't have to go without relieving themselves for more than 6 hours. I know that most dogs with working owners routinely spend those 9-10 hours without getting a potty break.


    Based on previous article: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/06/27/how-long-can-you-leave-a-dog-alone.aspx

    Puppies will obviously require both more attention/interaction and more frequent potty breaks. How long will be dependent on the puppy's age and how long the puppy can reasonable and comfortably go between breaks, and that wo't be the same for all puppies of the same age. Some take much longer than others to be able to reduce the frequency of potty breaks.

    I'm not sure there's really on easy answer to your question, but I think you made the right decision to reschedule your app't. Hopefully you can arrange for a friend or pet sitter to come in and give your puppy a break and some attention once or twice while you're gone.

    Great info. I was finding a lot of conflicting articles before. TY :) It's a bit tricky. On one hand I don't want her to develop  anxiety, but on another we can't keep pushing it out. She has a 1 Y/O companion that roams the house and keeps a good eye on her, but I think we will bring her will and just stop 1/2 way for 20 min. and leave her in the car checking on her ever 30 min. or so. She has been getting car sick, but we have 4 miles of bumpy road before we get to paves, so I'm wondering if that's part of the problem. 

  3. Our 1 Y/O BC mix Pandy needed a friend, so we picked this little one a few days ago. She's adjusting very well at this point even though we don't have a name picked out just yet. We have it narrowed down to Kenosha, Baily, Silverheels, Jackie or Shawnee. (Perhaps I'll do a poll?) Little puppy is 4.5 lbs and starting to come out of her shell, very playful and loves attention, Pandy has started to nurture the puppy. At what point should I start potty training? When she goes in her crate, she cries immediately and has been trying to go on her pads. It is rather cold here during winters though. 

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  4. 2 hours ago, Caesg said:

    ROFLOL.  I love it!  Thanks for the update. ^_^ lol.  Glad to hear that the trip in town went well, too.  Will you be working her around livestock, if she takes an interest to it?  Or was the slowing down around the cattle more a matter of curiosity to see how she'd respond?

    It was just sort of a "hey look at that". I like showing dogs things for the first time, but she didn't appreciate it. I was looking more into it and it could have been fear or showing her dominance. She wasn't very close, maybe 10'  in the backseat of a car.

  5. On ‎7‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 9:09 AM, GentleLake said:

    The thing is that all of the behaviors that border collies exhibit are also displayed by other dogs of other breeds and mixes in varying degrees -- and in more or less concentrations in border collies who've not been introduced to livestock. I don't see anything in the behaviors you describe that screams border collie to me, but then it's a combination of the border collie behaviors that helps ID them as such.

    Sorry, I know that isn't very helpful. But it's kinda hard to describe to someone not really familiar with the breed.

    I think it might be a bit early to really look into her behavior as puppies will be pupps and not being familiar with the breed, I'm going to get it all wrong.

  6. 4 hours ago, gcv-border said:

    Cute puppy. Kudos to you and your wife for adopting from the shelter.

    I would give it a high probability that she is a BC mix. If you want her to be part BC, then she is!

    Nipping at the heels is not uniquely herding dog behavior (as Gentle Lake explained above). I find little dogs often do it too. Having said that, it is rude and not to be tolerated - regardless of breed. If you need help training her to stop, start another post, and you will get some good advice. (You can also try to search the archives. )

    Thanks for the tip. We are going to but her in obedient classes in Sept. She is very well behaved, but she needs to learn a few things I can't teach her. She was a bit aggressive today with the nipping when playing, but she stopped rather fast when she saw that I was displeased. 

  7. 2 hours ago, Caesg said:

    @BarkyBarkandtheFunkyBunch . Another BC newb here, I'm useless as far as ID goes.  I just wanted to drop in to echo what everyone else is saying--beautiful dog!  I love your photography, as well.  Also, I laughed outloud when I read "I threw a stick today and she held onto it for 1/4 mile and brought it home."  I shared that with MrLoverMan who happened to be in the room.  He isn't too partial to dogs (100% cat man, he is) and even he thought that was pretty cute.  :) 

    To @GentleLake, @Bordercentrics, @CptJack, @gcv-border: Although I'm not the OP, I want to express appreciation for your input.  
    I love reading all the answers and feel like I am steadily learning more every time that I return to these boards.  It's also nice that I'm starting to pick up on a few things.  For example, when I saw @CptJack's photo, I was able to guess what he was going to refer to (the body position).  Which, felt really cool!  I'm starting to retain some of the knowledge!  

    "Also, I laughed outloud when I read "I threw a stick today and she held onto it for 1/4 mile and brought it home."

    She has now upgraded to a bone and won't let it out of her site, she brought it on her morning walk today lol. We brought her into town for the first time yesterday and she did great, the town hosted a festival, so it was filled with other dogs and livestock. On the way in, I slowed down the car so she could see some cattle and she barked,her hair was standing straight up like a cat lol. Pany also had her first up-close deer encounter. 


  8. 34 minutes ago, Bordercentrics said:

    Pandy is a real cutie!  Looks can change dramatically as a pup matures, so it is too soon to tell by appearances what she might be.  When evaluating a dog that may be a mix, I always pay the most attention to the dog's behavior.  Does she stalk things?  Does she circle around things?  Does she stare at things? (Including you if she wants something!)  If a pup or dog displays herding behaviors, it is part herding breed!   Is she extremely alert to sounds?  Movement?   Even these behaviors can develop a little later.


    Kathy Robbins

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks so much. all of the traits you listed she has with the exception of sound. She walks in circles outside the house perimeter and cars, but she doesn't spin in short circle like most dogs I've seen do right before they lay down. We've had her one week and her instincts started to kick in on day 4. She has had her nose to the ground after her first few walks and goes after rabbits and rodents with a sharp focus. I threw a stick today and she held onto it for 1/4 mile and brought it home. She keeps nibbling at it on the porch. She has nipped at our heels a few times also and I was reading that is common behavior for Border Collies, but she is also a puppy, so I might be over analyzing. 

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