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  1. I had a huge breakthrough today that I wanted to share in case anyone is going through something similar with their dog. My dog Molly has always had issues with meeting strange dogs on walks. She is great with the dogs I dogsit and grew up with guest dogs at my mother’s house as she dogsat as well. I’ve had her now for almost three years now, before that she was my mother’s dog. When I first got her she used to run up to strange dogs on walks at full speed and “regret it” when she arrived to greet them. Running away from them, hiding, cowering. Sometimes she would try to bark dogs aw
  2. I really enjoyed reading about your progress! That must be a great feeling. She looks very happy with her peanut-buttered muzzle!
  3. Until she learns to be quiet and relaxed in the garden I wouldn’t let her be alone there. When she is alone it’s easy to chase after cars and bark which is self rewarding behaviour (as the cars move off when she does this - mission accomplished the cars are scared off!). What worked well for one of my mother’s dogs was to call her to you when she barked in the garden. As she only barked and did not chase she wasn’t too far over threshold and could still come when called - although we sometimes had to call twice. When she came we told her a friendly “that’ll do” or “thank you” and go about
  4. Such a nice looking dog! Love that look while she is “relaxing” haha!
  5. She is doing her best trouble is she always wants to do things as quickly as possible and at a run if she can! Or she tries to get out of the way (mostly out of my way) when she doesn’t need to and bumps everyone in the process (imagine her walking backwards circling around me whilst hitting everything and everyone with her butt). Although I don’t think she really tries to avoid the other dogs. I’ve never seen a dog just step into other dogs as Molly does, she seems oblivious. I do try to manage and let her wait, but when I am dogsitting that can make it tricky. As she is great off leas
  6. My dog Molly isn’t very sensitive about walking all over others (literally). When I go out for a walk she and the cat goes outside with us she sometimes bumps into him when she makes room for me in the hallway. The cat doesn’t seem to mind and knows to watch out, but still I’d like her to be a bit more sensitive to the presence of other animals and people in tight spaces. She never bumps into me like that, but sometimes will bump into my mother. This is usually when we go out and we have the other two dogs and two humans in the hallway. Molly tries to make room for me/get out of the way a
  7. I’m glad I could reassure you! Most general advice out there is catered to the “general puppy” or “general dog” which doesn’t always suit a sensitive border collie. That’s why I like it here so much everyone has their own quirky BC and there is usually someone with a lot of BC knowledge or someone who has a dog similar to mine. Sure an outgoing Labrador puppy might be able to just take life as it comes and go to new places every walk without being fazed, but that doesn’t mean any pup can.
  8. I think waking her up to go for a walk might be what made her go over the top. She probably was still a bit too tired for a walk and then lots of things happened which spurred her over excitement. A good rule to follow is to never wake a pup up to go for a walk (unless it’s for a quick pee and then back to bed). Don’t worry too much about the pressures of socializing. (Easier said than done- I know). I still sometimes have to remind myself that I know what is best for my dog, or who I trust to ask if I’m not sure. Seeing other dogs when she is on a leash but not interacting w
  9. People usually ask me follow up questions when I say she is in training. “Ooh what kind of training?” I think they expect something “cool” like servicedog or detection dog. I guess most people don’t know anyone who actually trains their dog to be a “calm dog you can take places”. I usually say I am training her to be an awesome dog - which seems to confuse them but stops further questions.
  10. This happened to one of our dogs when I was sixteen. She got stuck in the movable electric sheep fence (the orange net kind), I had to rescue her and she never looked at sheep again. We tried her on sheep when she was a little bit older and she pretended the sheep weren’t there and just sniffed the grass. As it was intended as a hobby we tried twice but after that didn’t push her on it.
  11. I love stories like this! Thank you for sharing sounds like she found a great home with you!
  12. My dog usually sleeps in the living room when I am in my sewing room. I felt a bit bad at first and wasn't sure if she maybe thought she wasn't allowed in or something. Especially since she is usually by my side if I sew in the living room. I think perhaps the sewing room is a bit too cramped for her. When I am at my mum's place she usually wants to lie in her bed in the hallway (where they sleep at night) after dinner, which means she is there all by herself as we keep the door closed to keep the cat out of the living room. The first time it felt a bit weird, she followed me to the bathroo
  13. At the start I only use the whistle in places I know the dog will come to me, so not anywhere near prey animals. Whistle - treat/party- and release to play. Walk about a bit. Whistle- treat/party- release to play. Depends on the dog how long the session lasts, but keep it short in the beginning. When it’s time to leave I would call the dog (not whistle) play for a bit/walk keeping the dog close (with treats if necessary) and then put a leash on. I use a shepherd’s whistle as I am planning on using it in stockwork training with my dog, although I first have to manage to get consistent sounds
  14. Another tip for recall: use a whistle. My mother had some trouble teaching her Jack Russell terrier to come when called. All our other dogs weren’t that interested in hunting, so having a JRT was a steep learning curve. She would often try to disappear when she found a nice scent or saw birds. Her recall became better with high value treats, but no treat can match the appeal of birds and rabbits. The trick is to call them back before they decide to go after the scent/the sight of a bird. Timing is everything. At places where we know there is a lot of game we put her on her leash and le
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