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  1. When you said, "I find myself getting somewhat frustrated with her as well, though I try not to" I think that's worth dwelling on. Dogs will pick up on your mood, so try to stay positive. (I know, it's hard sometimes!). When they're doing something they shouldn't, correct the behavior, but then the moment they stop, go back to being happy and enthusiastic. Your positive attitude will rub off, and soon they'll go back to being the happy and enthusiastic dog they were a month ago . . . but first you'll have to live through this rough patch. It'll pass soon enough. Your dog is gorgeous, by the way.
  2. That looks familiar, except mine would have a frisbee or tug toy in his mouth! (Or, let's be honest, a file folder that he's about to shred...) That's a great looking dog, by the way. I love the friendly, enthusiastic look in his (her?) eyes. Getting meaningful eye contact like that is one of the reasons we love dogs so much, I suppose.
  3. Thanks, Lawgirl -- I bring Finn to the office, but I don't think that's what intended by the term "working bred border collie"!
  4. I just wanted to update the Finnegan photo thread now that the young lad is 1 year old (Happy Birthday, Finn!). Despite his intensity (and he is INTENSE!), he's a remarkably good family dog: great with my wife and 5-year-old daughter, and he comes to my law office most days and is very well behaved. He's a good boy, and getting better each day. (He is still pretty bad on a leash, but we're working on that). Here he is on a recent hike and at his dad's ranch watching a herding event back in May. There's also an action shot of him getting a sheep back in line. Good boy, Finnegan.
  5. Sorry to hear you and Sunee are having such a tough go. I'd go through Dr. Overall's Relaxation Protocol, found HERE. (You can search YouTube and watch people go through the protocol so you have an idea how you're supposed to go about it -- those videos really helped me understand how to do it). I'm sure there is much more to do, but I think the protocol is a great thing to do with a reactive dog. Good luck!
  6. Thanks for your comments, amc. I don't know a thing about herding except from what I've seen at the handful of trials I've been to and the few handlers I've spoken to, so I really appreciate your observations. I'm especially grateful to hear that the handler was doing the right things. That makes me feel better going back to him for some lessons. Finn is typically a relatively hard-charging dog, so I was surprised to see how restrained he was around the sheep. Like you said, his confidence will grow, and I bet it will grow quickly given his temperament. I can't wait to see how he develops!
  7. Finnegan is now 11 months and is turning out to be one heck of a dog. I took him out to the ranch where his mom is from for an instinct test a few weeks ago. I videotaped it and uploaded it to YouTube. I'm obviously a terrible videographer, but if you fast forward to around 3:30, it gets a little clearer. For his first time, I think he showed a lot of potential. I'll start more formal lessons with the handler over the next month or so. Anyone see anything they'd like to comment on? Thanks! Daniel and Finn
  8. I wanted to add one more thing to this excellent thread. Rest. Make sure your young pup is getting enough rest throughout the day. Just like a toddler, if my dog (10 months old) doesn't get his naps, he's much more likely to be unable to regulate himself. It's quite a noticable difference. His ideal nap schedule would be from 9:00-10:30am, then at 1:00-2:00pm, then 5:00-6:00pm. The ideal hardly ever works out, but we shoot for it on most days.
  9. PS: Everyone likes photos of dogs. What does yours look like?
  10. I'll echo walhat everyone else has said, and what you've also endorsed: Mental stimulation is more important than physical exercise (both are obviously important). A game that works for me and my 10 month old is a modified game of frisbee. To start, I have him on a heel and ask him to do something (sustained eye contact, high five, lie down, etc...). The requested behavior(s) buys a frisbee toss from me. Instead of just letting him run off to catch it, I'll make him get it in an interesting way (run wide clockwise or counterclockwise, lie down half way and then walk up to it, stop half way and return to the heel position, etc...). I mix in free throws and also some quick leash training sessions (like for 1 minute, because walking on a good on-leash heel is still a struggle with us). Anyway, my guy loves playing this game. It also underpins off leash control in any situation, which is super important. Loads of other great ideas above. Good luck and have fun! Daniel and Finnegan
  11. 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 months now). I did the same thing with geese over the past month or so to good effect. I wish it would work for us with other dogs, but that's still my boy's weak spot. Good luck! PS: what a cute dog!!!
  12. 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 and we'll go on a short walk, then some training and some cuddling, then back in the crate he goes. If I leave him out of his crate, he's immediately chewing on something he shouldn't be, so we just don't do that anymore. He gets a good exercise in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. Many days, I give him a kong that I've stuffed with kibble mixed with gravy and then frozen. He likes that. Also bully sticks. When I'm at home, I'll give him a raw beef bone to gnaw on outside, which can buy me an hour or so. But's it's really all about the crate. I simply couldn't live/work without it. good luck!
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
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