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  1. Yes, she definitely is very sensitive to my moods. So, back to basics and try to stay positive. Thanks everyone!
  2. As far as the classes, I think the point is learning how to listen in that group environment. Even if your dog already knows the commands they are teaching there. i have been thinking of doing a class with our dog, she is one year old. She hasn’t done any classes since puppyclass, but we do a lot of training with her at home and she knows lots of commands and tricks and stuff. I think a class will benefit her, even though she might already know everything they teach, just because she gets very distracted by and reactive to her environment lately (lots of teenage stuff going on with her lately) and I think just being in that setting and learning to listen despite the surroundings might help her. Might help your case too?
  3. Thanks. That’s helpful. We will keep at it and hope things improve.
  4. Is there something that goes on at one year old? katie had her first birthday earlier this month, and i have found the past few weeks very challenging with her. Could it just be some sort of delayed adolescent thing? She has shown some teenager tendencies over the last few months, but nothing major, just some minor rebelliousness or scatterbrained sort of stuff. The last couple weeks have been different. It’s like every naughty thing she did as a puppy is back in full force. Like jumping up on people, having hyper leash chewing episodes on her walks, barking at other dogs on walks, barking at everyone who passes our house, chewing on stuff in the house that isn’t hers, etc, etc, I could go on. I find myself getting somewhat frustrated with her as well, though I try not to. It just seems like these are all things we worked hard on at the time, seemed to be resolved or improving and now here we are at square one, but she is obviously much bigger and stronger than she was, so jumping up on the kids isn’t cute at this stage. Thing is she hasn’t jumped up on the kids since she was 4 months old, she knows not to, why is this all coming back? If I tell her “no” I swear it’s like she’s laughing at me and thinks it’s all some great game. Is this the REAL teenager phase, and if so what do I do? Maybe I was sort of lulled Into thinking we were through it because she is generally a real joy and it was just the calm before the storm. Help.
  5. Not much help as far as what breeds get along well with border collie, been wondering something similar myself for the future. i just wanted to reiterate what was mentioned above about looking for a rescue from a foster home. Especiall6 with young kids involved. We took a dog through a rescue in a foster to adopt situation. She was a lovely dog from a shelter, pretty shut down in the shelter. Shelter said she was good with dogs, cats, kids, etc. Important for us, we have a very senior cat and two small kids. We got her home, she was very timid and shy at first. Long time to decompress and start to come out of her shell, apart from chasing the cat. That she wanted to do from day 1. As far as the kids, she was terrified of them at first. Once she got more comfortable it because clear she wasn’t suitable around young kids, very mouthy with them, knocked them down, etc. Pretty much like an overgrown puppy, but being a 3 year old coonhound wasn’t good. We ended up fostering her a couple months, worked on her training and were able to give a much more detailed report on her behaviours and needs and she found a lovely suitable home. The point of my story, lol, is that a foster based rescue can tell you lots more about a dog in a home situation and give you a better idea how it will fit into your home than a shelter can. The foster home will often work on basic training with the dog as well. Important when you have young kids you need to consider. We are looking at getting another rescue down the road when our current dog is a bit older, will definitely look for one already in a foster home this time.
  6. We fostered an overweight jack Russell once years ago. At the time the vet recommended feeding him carrots as a treat. He loved them. I would guess other veggies might work as well if your dog had other preferences.
  7. Thank you for your comment. I will check out those resources. Might be a fun family road trip and would also be cool for the kids to see I think. Would be good to get a feel for it and see what is involved before diving in.
  8. Hi everyone, our puppy Katie is now almost 10 months. She has been doing better with the barking. She still barks, I think she is just a vocal dog. However, she will give a couple barks and look to me for guidance now (for the most part) rather than going nuts and charging up and down the fence line. One really positive thing is I have noticed lately (I think this happened gradually over a period of time) that she is finally starting to settle in the house more. Whether it is a bit of maturity beginning or all our relaxation protocol work starting to finally pay off (been doing it since 4-5 months old) but she is calmer in the house. She will actually sometimes go lay down somewhere and chill and has actually been laying down and taking a nap in the mornings after her morning walk all on her own. This is a BIG step for her. I think the challenges have been partly that she is quite a high intensity dog even for a border collie (from what I have read on here) and the kids are quite active themselves and very exciting for her. We are still working on not getting too excited when we see dogs on walks and reactivity to a couple of things (skateboards mainly right now). I liked reading that article posted that mentioned how border collies don’t like changes in environment. We got a new barbecue a couple weeks ago, put it in the yard and Katie was quite nervous about that for a number of days. Lots of treats were required. Actually many things in that article seemed to apply to her, so thanks for that. It was a good read. Also still working to get the recall to 100% off leash so we can head out on some trails in the future without the long line getting tangled everywhere. My question is: Katie is in heat for the first time right now. I have never had a dog in heat before. My 2 previous female dogs were spayed through their respective rescues before I adopted them, Katie is our first puppy. We are planning to spay her, but waiting for her to mature a bit more. We are doing ok with keeping her isolated from male dogs (and coyotes, my husband found one prowling around our gate at 3 am when he left for work the other morning!). What I can’t seem to find info on is how do you know when it is over? Everything I have read has such varied times, because I guess the time varies. She did swell up ALOT, when the swelling goes down is that a good indicator? my other question is something that I think I caused myself inadvertently. My 3 year old son is not a great listener, like all 3 year olds everywhere lol. We were hiking one day, the boys and I had Katie on her long line. There is this massive steep hill on the way home, I tell the 3 year old to go slow down the hill, don’t run, etc. Of course he takes off at a sprint and was in danger of tumbling head over heels, I was behind him and reached to grab his shirt and missed. Katie actually got in front of him, put her body like a T in front of him and helped him slow down with her body so he didn’t fall down the huge hill. I was glad he didn’t fall and probably said good girl. Problem is this seems to have stuck with her, she is very smart. So now sometimes when I am telling Rory to stop doing something, often in a strong voice (I am normally a very soft spoken person, but this kid tries your patience at this age!), she will go and walk in front of him. This is harmless at this point, but I think should maybe be nipped in the bud. I don’t want it to develop into her trying to control their motion, even though I was grateful in the first situation. Thoughts? sorry, one more thing. Does anyone know of good herding instruction in southern Ontario. I have no experience whatsoever. I think Katie might really enjoy it and she is shaping up to be a dog who really needs a job. I think it looks very interesting. I would like to maybe go check a place out, but I have no idea what to look for when scoping out a place. There is a place not far away called Mayrich kennels, if anyone has heard of them. Has been recommended for dog training classes, but no one I know does herding. Thanks.
  9. Our pup just turned 9 months in July, we also have been under lockdowns and “stay at home” orders since we got her. Things are finally starting to loosen up a touch here. She also gets very over excited when someone comes to the door, I’m thinking it’s also because this never happened in her early puppyhood. Mine also gets way excited, barks in a way that sounds quite fierce, but when the person enters she is often friendly if she gets to meet them. Sometimes to the point of going too far, jumping up and all the things she really knows she shouldn’t do. I think this will be a long slow desensitization process. It would probably help to work on the relaxation protocol stuff first, then maybe have a friend or someone who can do kind of controlled doorknocks, so you know when it is coming and can work on that with your dog. In the relaxation protocol there is a section where you are leaving the room and knocking on a door, even opening it and pretending to talk to a “visitor”, it kind of builds up gradually to these things and can be a big help.
  10. Not a great picture the light is bad in it. An updated method of couch sitting, she now sits on the top of the couch behind me and kind of hugs me with her paws and rests her head on my shoulder. Pretty cute I guess. about a week shy of 9 months now.
  11. Thank you for clarification nuance, food for thought there. yes, good idea Michael Parky. We are still working on learning proper greetings with Katie, but in some situations that would be good. The most intense barking is at dogs who walk by and while she loves dogs she can be a very excited greeter so still working on manners with that on the leash. We are making progress with our method. Generally she runs over and barks, I call her and she comes, I reward and usually have her stay for maybe 10 seconds or so, reward and release. She is kind of just a bit barky by nature I think and I don’t mind her giving a few barks at something, but she can get carried away and excessive without management. thanks for helpful comments!
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