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  1. With regard to the cars, I have a suggestion for something else you can try. Make cars and traffic boring. Here's what I mean: go to an area that's far enough away from the road where it's not overwhelming for your dog. Have a seat with your dog next to you and just relax and watch traffic roll by. Yawn some times. Make it really boring and relaxed. Don't give treats, don't make it exciting, just suck all the energy out of it. After a few minutes, go on your way. Again, with no energy. Repeat. Anyway, just an idea. It seemed to work with my guy when he was about 4 months old (he's 7 month
  2. I'm in the same boat as you, song.sparrow: a 6-mo-old HIGH energy boy who I bring to my office when I'm not working from home (I'm 3-4 days at my office, 2-3 days at home working). It's a big struggle, no doubt, and some days are better than others. The only thing that's working for me is the crate. I'm lucky in that my dog really likes his crate and generally settles down easily, especially when I drape a blanket over the whole thing and make it dark. I can keep him in there and quite for 1.5 hours, usually, before he'll give me little barks or whines. When I'm ready, I'll let him out an
  3. What an odd coincidence you'd post this! I'll be putting your product to use at 2:00pm today, when I get some bloodwork done for the 1 month follow up to my second AstraZeneca shot. (I sure hope I got the real thing, but I probably won't know for a while -- either when my spot comes up for an approved vaccine, or when they unblind the AZ trial).
  4. Ouch -- what a heartbreaking thing to read. I've read your posts and know how much love and effort you put in to bringing Darcy into your family. It's tragic that it had to turn out this way. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
  5. Thanks, D'Elle -- while I don't see myself ever using a clicker, I will definitely check out the book and see if its techniques can transfer over to us non-clickers. What I'm doing now is trying to take advantage of training opportunities. For example, when I'm on a walk and see someone else with their dog, I try to keep Finnegan's attention on me as we walk generally towards them. At some distance (say 30 yards), I have him sit or lie down next to me and give him praise/treats when he turns his attention to me (either on command or naturally). I stop all praise when he looks at the do
  6. If you've read any of my recent posts, you'll know I'm no expert, but something I read somewhere (I forget the source) had an impact on me: make the thing you want your pup to ignore boring. As in, "ho-hum, there goes another car, how dreadfully dull that is." For example, Finnegan took an early interest in my 5-year-old daughter's ankles. I would sit down with Finnegan and have my daughter run and skip and jump near by (she thought this was loads of fun!) all the while I would be yawning and quietly chatting with Finnegan telling him how boring little kids' ankles were. We've done this
  7. Thanks -- I'm glad I posted. I had a feeling that letting him go after the soccer ball without structure was bad. When it's controlled play (fetch), he does pretty well, so I think I'll go with my gut and only allow soccer ball play with constant supervision and clear guidance/expectations (i.e., have him bring it right back and drop it at my feet -- no exceptions).
  8. I just posted another thread in which I praised my 6-month-old for being a generally well-disposed dog. The caveat being when he's meeting other dogs or humans: his enthusiasm to get to them overrides his ability to be calm. Obviously, it's no fun to have the dog run to the end of the leash, pulling and squirming, every time another dog or human comes within 20 feet. I think a lot of this is developmental, so I'm not taking it too seriously, just trying to work at it slowly and diligently and progressively. In that vein, though, does anyone have any exercises/training tips that can hel
  9. My 6-month old Finnegan is generally a very good and obedient dog (well, for his age, although we have a long way to go, especially with meeting other people and dogs!). His only real quirk is with soccer balls -- he's obsessed with them and puts the full weight of his border collie attention to the soccer ball when I bring it out to play. Typically, this is fun for everyone (especially my 5-year-old daughter, who loves to kick the ball for him). I can generally get him to bring it back to us and drop it at our feet, especially if I use some sort of lure, like treats, plus enthusiastic prai
  10. Such a great looking pup!! Congrats! I'm sorry to hear that you lost your old gal. Having lost my great Aussie earlier this year, I know how hard it is. Enjoy the new pup!
  11. Thought I'd post a few Christmas pics of Finnegan. Obviously, I'm biased, but I think he's turning out to be a very handsome fellow!
  12. Thanks for the complements, gang! Here he is at rest... Maeflower -- I've seen those awesome photos you take of your gorgeous Rylie. Keep 'em coming! D'Elle -- I think the fact that Finnegan was mostly white is the only reason I, as a pet owner, was able to get him. The rest of the pups went to trialing or working homes, where apparently white dogs aren't as appreciated. SUCKERS! Finnegan is flat-out awesome and would have made a seriously good working dog.
  13. I'm one of those new members. I'd love to post more photos of Finnegan, but capturing a young pup in a photo has got to be one of the great challenges of life. He's ALWAYS on the go! Here's the best one I could manage over the past couple of weeks. Finnegan is an incredible dog and I hope to share more soon, as soon as he slows down!
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