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  1. I purchased both books. I read the pup one first and then read the original. Unlike what most people have said I actually found the original book easier to follow and more in tune to my adolescent dog. It was also a nice refresher to have read the puppy book first and then read the second. I found I was still learning new things with each book. I'm also in Canada and purchased both books from Amazon.ca. Such great useful books.
  2. We live in Northern BC Canada where temps can get as cold as -30 degrees Celsius. My older BC actually prefers to be outside even when it's well below zero (celcius). I find the only time I really start to see my dogs raise their paws when on the snow is when it's reaching -15. Both of them grow lovely thick fur around their paws which I'm sure helps. I often have to trim there paws in order to prevent ice balls developing when we're cross country or down hill skiing. I was worried about my 13 year old girl getting too cold this year and spent a bunch of money on outdoor heated dog beds and wi
  3. By "physical pressure" I'm mean body blocking him when he gets off his mat so I am in front of him, then using my body to persuade him to go back to his mat. Often this works when it doesn't I take his collar and put him back on. I will stop with the treats when correcting (makes total sense!) And only reward when he has sat quietly for a period of time. He is totally a juvenile delinquent and I think the great responses I have received from people in this forum have made me realize that I need to switch gears from training a puppy to training a pre-adult who needs a little more oomf when bein
  4. Thank-you Journey. Using the muzzle is mostly for my own piece of mind as sometimes the cats will approach him while he's on his mat. He has not reacted negatively yet but that's because I am always there with him. I think I will consider using a prong when working with the cats and chickens. He is not a sensitive dog like our other older girl and although he does respond well to treats.... when he's "locked" on to the cat a cue and treat doesn't always work and I'm using physical pressure to move him back to his mat. I think possibly the collar could work in this scenario to get his attention
  5. Thank you D'Elle, I have been using the flirt pole to work on his "leave it" training. We are at the point in training were I can be luring him with the flirt pole and say "leave it" and he will stop mid flight and wait again for my release cue "ok" before he continues his chase. I also ask him to return to his mat and make eye contact before I release him for the chase again. He is making great progress and my intention behind this game is to have some form of control when he chases something like a cat I can cue him to disengage. Maybe this will come with age?? I don't know. I think you are
  6. Thanks D'Elle for your response. I am 100% determined to try to make this work and am realistic to the notion that it could take many more months or even years. I have read from people in similar situations that it could be puppy exuberance and things may settle as he ages. He is just such a great well rounded sensible dog in every other aspect and when he's in the house with cats on the couch he is fine (although it's still a very controlled environment). He just can't help himself when a cat runs. Have you had experience using flirt poles. Am I doing the right thing by using one? Or could I
  7. Ok so a bit of background info: We've had our intact male 8 month old Border Collie since he was 8 weeks old. His parents are both working stock. Since day one I have been following Leslie McDevitts Controlled Unleashed and Dr Overall religiously. He is crate trained and I use the crate periodically for "time outs"). He's been to puppy classes and obedience classes and gets plenty of mental and physical stimulation on a daily bases. We also have a 13 year old border collie who we rescued as a 2 year old that was incredibly reactive and fearful but over the years she has developed in to a well
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