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Flora & Molly

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  1. I have a dog that borders on obsessive about balls. With other dogs around I enjoy playing fetch with her more, because then they are actually playing: they steal the ball from each other and run around chasing each other. When I am alone with her she can get a bit too intense for my taste and she fries her brain pretty quickly. So standard fetch of human throws ball, dog brings it back is something I can only do for three throws. After that she gets too intense/frantic. It’s difficult to describe, but she won’t be able to listen to anything I ask of her. A bomb could go off and she would
  2. I have no experience with carpal pad injuries, but my dog tears one of her other paw pads once a year now (still can't figure out what happens... sigh) Giving it time to heal fully is the only thing that works. I have made the mistake of thinking it had healed "enough" and going for longer walks and letting her off leash only to have them get worse again. The vet was useless and gave me some ointment that would speed up to process but it didn't really do anything - except maybe to soothe ignorant dog owners? Those wraps look great, I tried boots for my dog but that made her chew her
  3. My dog acts differently depending on who she is with. She knows exactly who will tolerate what. Sometimes it's a case of getting more excited with certain people because they represent fun fun fun (ball! endless cuddles!). A friend used to walk her every Tuesday while I worked from home. It was really interesting to watch them walk off through the window: Molly pulling, walking on her left and then on her right, jumping up. Completely different dog. With me she never ever pulls, always walks on the right unless I ask her to walk left and she wouldn't dream of jumping up. Molly is a very swee
  4. 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
  5. I really enjoyed reading about your progress! That must be a great feeling. She looks very happy with her peanut-buttered muzzle!
  6. 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
  7. Such a nice looking dog! Love that look while she is “relaxing” haha!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I love stories like this! Thank you for sharing sounds like she found a great home with you!
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Love that he sticks his tongue out when sleeping! What a cutie!
  19. I’m glad I could help! Because of the people on here I bought control unleashed, and that made all the difference. Helped my dog, but also helped my confidence. I used to get a lot of comments and advice from other dog owners. “They’ll sort it out themselves” “it will make your dog more insecure if you walk away from other dogs” and on and on. Or judgy people who felt superior because they “didn’t have to use treats” to train their dog. I used to feel really bad about it. Now though, I can see that all these people either have a different breed (usually Labrador or boxers or other wres
  20. My dog has some issues with meeting strange dogs as well. She used to bark at dogs approaching her, not a aggressive bark, more of a woo woo please don’t come closer bark. With LAT training this now rarely happens. I second what D’Elle says: for now avoid meeting dogs. This is what I did when I started LAT. I didn’t do LAT in such “formal” settings as D’Elle describes, but used dogs I encountered on walks -but at a safe distance. I made sure that I chose dogs that were on leash and avoided off leash dogs. This meant lots of turning around and going back the way I came when I was walking m
  21. Oh my what a cutie! I see there’s room to snuggle with her in her crate... I would be tempted to do it
  22. I can imagine! Unfortunately I don’t really know another way of doing this. Although when you keep it up he might get tired of it too and stay a bit closer. One thing that keeps my dog really close is the tennis ball, I don’t really have to throw it often, as long as I have it she stays close in case I do throw it. Might be something to try if he is toy motivated. Although I’m not sure it translates to learning to stay close without the ball Lovely dog by the way, he looks a bit like mine with that thin stripe plus the adoring look in the first picture
  23. Why can’t you call him every time he hits the boundary? That’s exactly how I taught all my dogs and is what I do with all my guest dogs (I am a dogsitter). I don’t see the difference in calling him back and hitting the button on the collar.
  24. I agree with D’Elle. Lots to see and smell in town, which can make it difficult for your dog to focus. I would work on it closer to home. Sometimes we humans forget that places that are normal to us can be very different for a dog. Especially when the dog hasn’t been there before or doesn’t go there often.
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