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  1. Thank you all for the kind and supportive comments! I will take it easy on the liver treats--we have other types too to throw in the mix (all of which are less than 1 calorie per treat which is good because we are going through treats like they are going out of style). For relaxation protocol time I use small pieces of hotdog and cheese. I was watching him pace around tonight and thought, "someone just needs to take the weight of the world off this poor pups shoulders". I gave him a hug and a good belly rub which seemed to help some. I am hopeful that more calm capturing will help to
  2. Readers of this forum may recall that we have had some challenges with Darcy, our first dog and first border collie, now (nearly) 7 months old. These challenges included biting the children and resource guarding. After putting in place strict rules and procedures for the humans and an improved training program for Darcy (including The Relaxation Protocol for Dogs, Capturing Calm, frequent practicing of "drop it" and "leave it", etc.) things are definitely improved. Nevertheless, we kept the appointment we made with a board certified behavioralist. That appointment was today. Since some of you
  3. So this morning I combined all the above advice. We did a short bit of (attempted) loose leash walking to the wooded trails by our home, then I switched to a longer lead (15 feet, which is the longest I have at the moment) and told him to "go play". He wandered about and sniffed and there was very little pulling (a fifteen foot radius was sufficient apparently, and I stopped whenever he stopped). Then when we got back to the road I put him back on his short leash. On the way back to the house there were several pretty decent stretches of nice walking (pretty fast, but I need the exercise). A p
  4. Thank you Journey and D'Elle for the excellent advice as usual. Just to clarify one point...I am not shocked not to see results, but after doing it for the first time it seems like quite a bit of effort for both Man and Dog. Which is totally fine but I just wanted to check with the experts that this is a reasonable strategy before deciding to stick with it. I think I will (1) make these training walks shorter and (2) stick with it and (3) continue reading Bones Would Rain from the Sky in the mean time =) Thanks again, Eric
  5. A flat collar, and I have used leashes of various lengths. This morning I used a 6 foot leash. It has always been an issue but I have never done any work on it. I have been focusing on The Relaxation Protocol and Look At That! in an effort to help with him be less reactive, and during that time have not done many on-leash walks (he has plenty of yard to run around in). But I felt that this would perhaps be a good time to start work on the leash walking too. (I know I said "our usual walk" but by that I meant the usual walk we do when we go for a walk, which recently has been not very often.)
  6. So as I make my way through Suzanne Clothier's Bone's Would Rain from the Sky, it seems to me that appropriate leash walking is one of the next steps in advancing the Person-Dog relationship with Darcy (now almost 7 months old). This morning we made our first concerted effort. We took our usual walk, and I let Darcy for the most part dictate the path and when to stop and sniff. The only rule was that if he pulled we stopped until there was slack in the leash again. Our walk lasted an hour and was almost entirely one step at a time (with sniff breaks). The sniff breaks are completely fine with
  7. Disclaimer: I am a few months into my first BC which is my first dog. I am sure our friends who actually know what they are talking about will be by shortly with true wisdom. On the other hand, readers of this forum will know that I have gone through similar trials with my pup. My general sense is that at this stage, the pup's brain is a churning mess of chemicals related to rapid development, figuring life out, and hormones switching on (although in your case it is probably a bit too early for that). Which is to say, every day is a new one with new challenges, new behaviors, and new acco
  8. Looks like I can go take a nap while he does my work done for me. (6.5 months old here). (I think he is actually shopping for sheep on Amazon) -Eric
  9. @AussieBC, the experienced experts will be here shortly with the real answer, but in the meantime I can tell you we ignored that sort of behavior and now crate time is drama free (except for a minute or two of barking if there is too much noise coming from upstairs). In addition to the 3 x 30 minute exercise times you mention, I assume she is spending additional time outside her crate hanging out with you and/or exercising her brain in various ways? One thing I wish I had figured out earlier is the importance of reinforcing calm behavior. We now do some work with Karen Overall's rela
  10. Thank you D'Elle! I have just gotten started with the timeouts, but I can already tell it is probably going to take a substantial commitment for a little while. So I thought I better steel myself with some good advice from here before I get too far into it. But if it seems to be going nowhere I will try the pause-reward approach. Meanwhile, Control Unleashed is already on its way from Amazon! (Actually, it's Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program. I assume the Look At That protocol is in there too, but if not I will track it down.) What? Darcy excitable??? Lol. As I mention
  11. So after a little drama which I posted about last week, with all of your help Darcy (6 month old pup) and the Humans have chilled out so it seems Darcy is here for the long haul. So now on to a more mundane training question... Darcy barks at noises coming from the floor above him (which are pretty much always my children tromping around.) I have tried saying “thank you” and checking out the ceiling he is barking at (as Doggy Dan suggests) and then quietly putting him in timeout for a couple minutes (bathroom) if the barking persists. He quiets right down in timeout but then the barking
  12. Ask and you shall receive...in the spirit of Halloween I include a picture of him posing by a bag of deck railing spindle brackets he recently “killed”. I hope that isn’t too ghastly.
  13. So not too much to report since it has only been a few days, but... First a minor detail: Both myself and Darcy are male. (Yes, "erikor" is non-descript, my first name is Eric. And yes, Darcy is usually female, but he was named after Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.) It seems to me there is truth in all these posts. After reading these posts, talking to the breeder, and friends, I have come to the conclusion that my youngest daughter smothered Darcy, and Darcy innocently gave her a nip on the nose to say "stop that". I was not supervising the interaction, and that was a mistake. M
  14. Thanks Pearson’s and Ruth and Gibbs. I am actually very relieved to hear these perspectives. I am perfectly willing to take the blame! I can certainly fix the environment (child behaviors, level of supervision) so we will press on with this delightful pup. And yes, we have an appointment with a respected, DVM trained behavioralist in three weeks to make sure we are doing all we can for this creature.
  15. Thank you D’Elle. And I agree. This is harder than I anticipated, but I see in Darcy a wonderful dog. (I mean, he IS a wonderful dog, doing his best with these weird upright creatures. At least they have treatos!) It is a huge help to have this community to level set expectations, keep it real, and give perspective to these situations.
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