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  1. Thank you for the advice! So, there was a stack of books there that he peed on, and I moved those. Then he just peed straight onto the carpet in a similar location. I’ve cleaned everything-but I’m wondering, if I just put furniture there, wouldn’t be just pee on the new vertical object in the same place? Lol Your dogs avoided the area after you rearranged? My partner and I have come up with a strategy and schedule for his bathroom breaks now so hopefully that should help-but he is very very sneaky so I’m sure we will miss some learning opportunities.
  2. Good point! It was, the previous owners had a shepherd, and we cleaned the carpets very well but I'm sure there's plenty of things lingering. Do I want to even KNOW what a blacklight would reveal in an older house I just purchased?! Maybe not...lol
  3. It's possible he's marked down there every once in a while this whole time, but I didn't notice (as bad as that is to say :/). But I will get him checked for a UTI. Based on his past, it seems more likely that he hasn't connected the dots about my expectations, which is my fault. The tethering seems like a good idea. He is SO stealthy! He's also just somewhat of a weirdo in our house still, its only been three months, lol. I like the idea of figuring out his patterns for bathroom time though. With some things, it's so plainly obvious to me what he wants/ doesn't want. But now that I'm thinking about it, I don't think I've learned his signals yet for needing to go to the bathroom. Thanks!
  4. Hello everyone, for those of you who have helped me before- thank you & I'm back again for more advice! To bring my story up to speed, I adopted a ~6yo male BC named Rooster a little over 3 months ago. My husband and I found him alone out in the desert, and we learned he used to be a stock dog and has had several owners (a bit of a story there). It's been a heck of a 3 months, but we've made such amazing progress that I can't complain. When we first brought him home, he had several accidents in our basement. This wasn't surprising, as I'm pretty sure he had not lived in a house prior to us. Our roommate lives in our basement, and there is a small living room there as well, but for the most part, my partner and I inhabit the top floor, and so does Rooster. Last week I noticed a stench walking past some books we had on the floor (we just moved.. ) and realized Rooster has marked this spot several times, and a plant as well. [We had him neutered about 2 months ago, and the marking outside has declined, but I think he spent his whole life peeing on anything he wanted.] This hasn't occurred upstairs. Ive ordered some enzyme solution to clean it up and I will be storing the books in a closet until I can get a shelf. We have a 6yo male Shepherd, and they get along very well. I'm sure theres doggy drama and jealousy I'm unaware of, but nothing to note in regards to aggression/ overly dominant behaviors. Could "not being fully house-trained" and "marking" be analogous in this case? It's hard to tell if he's just straight up relieving himself in our basement, or if he's sneaking down there to mark things because of our other dog or various other reasons. But either way, I recognize he hasn't put it together that peeing inside is a hard no. I'd love some tips on how to teach an adult to stop marking/learn that bathroom outside is the only option. I couldn't think of much, besides intentionally taking him into our backyard on a leash throughout the day and telling him to "go potty" and then praising him/giving a treat when he goes outside? Side notes: He's on a regular schedule of feeding, mental stimulation and exercise, with frequent opportunities throughout the day to use the bathroom I've considered a crate, but we found out he had a history of kenneling for long periods of time- his teeth are in poor shape from gnawing on bars, and we removed 5 cracked/rotting teeth...so, you get the picture.
  5. Thanks for the inspiration D'Elle! The progress we've made in three months blows me away, so even looking a year out shows me that there are endless possibilities. Every dog is so different, and rescues are in a category of their own. Rooster has completely stolen my heart, Ive never had this sort of connection with another dog before, though my lab came close. It's amazing to me that your dogs lived to be 16 and 17, that's quite a feat. It sounds like you gave them a great life, backcountry travel with dogs is so special.
  6. Hi Journey, We rarely, if ever, go to the dog park. My Shepherd could care less to be there and Ive quickly found that my BC is in the same boat. By park, I mean an empty field by our house. We generally take our dogs into the backcountry-hiking, skiing, canyoneering etc. Otherwise when we have less time we do walks through local natural areas and in our neighborhood and play fetch in open fields.
  7. It could have been, but it's hard to say. We found him abandoned in our campsite on the side of a canyon in southern Utah. He had a collar so we spoke with the rancher who happened to be the previous owner and he very briefly filled us in.(someone else had him for the last year, but failed to tell him that he lost his dog) "Uninterested" was the word he used for Rooster, and told us we should keep him. He was pretty skittish when we got him and he absolutely loves my husband and I, but sometimes he will voluntarily approach us and almost close his eyes and wince, like he's afraid he's going to be hit. He just recently started being somewhat comfortable with us touching his back and rear. It's been a discovery process for sure, not knowing how long he was solo in the desert, how he got there, his past life, what makes him uncomfortable, etc so everything feels like a trial with so many variables. Its been a heck of a three months.
  8. Thank you! I'll look into the fetching for sticks. I'm hoping to get to the place you are with your dogs. It would be nice to have them both at the park enjoying themselves, and maybe over time as Rooster starts to enjoy toys more this will be a possibility!
  9. Thank you this is what I was worried about. We’ve done this maybe 5 times, so it is not part of our routine. We noticed the chasing and tried to create more structure around it Thats why I was so excited when he finally ran after a stick and a ball! He’s come such a long way in three months so we’ll just keep encouraging his new interest in toys, and keep our shepherd’s frisbee time to himself.
  10. Hello everyone, I’ve had my rescue BC, Rooster, for just over three months. We’re guessing he’s about 6yo. He was previously a stock dog who became uninterested in both cattle and sheep. He’s been to several obedience classes and we are now taking a short break to reinforce what we’ve learned. We are always looking for fun and engaging outlets for him during the week and yesterday was his first day playing with a ball AND fetch with a stick (I assumed he never played ball in his past life). I was STOKED and I’m hoping to continue this so we can use it as a reward and exercise whenever he’s ready. We have a 6 yo male shepherd who lives for ball and frisbee, and now a BC who loves to chase our shepherd while he’s chasing the frisbee. I’d like to get to a place where I feel comfortable with Rooster’s *chasing*, have them at the park together, and avoid injury in both dogs. (We spend time with them both separately and together, training and playing, btw) Here’s what we have been doing for these park sessions: -Rooster locks in our shepherd -I have him lie down and wait -I move our shepherd a distance away so he can get a head start and throw the frisbee -Rooster chases and I call him off before he reaches our shepherd [many times he realizes he's too far behind and backs off] and throw them both a party when they come back. There is no party if he lunges at our shepherd This is of course a work in progress, but it’s going pretty well and both dogs seem to be enjoying themselves. We were trying this as a way to manage the situation. So far Rooster hasn’t chased another dog, and doesn’t have much interest in other dogs, but I could see how this could encourage chasing. My question is: Is it okay to play this way? I don’t want to send him mixed signals. Could this be detrimental to our training? We don’t have sheep for him to herd, but we will have chickens in the spring, so witnessing him chasing now has been very beneficial for me to understand him better.
  11. Thanks Diane! He LIVES for food so I always have treats on hand. I have a shepherd who already stays very close and as soon as he seems me whip the bag out he’s giving me the stare for his reward. So needless to say, I go through a lot of treats, lol.
  12. Im so sorry to hear that you lost your dog. Thank you for your words. He really is a gem. I’ve completely fallen for him. I realize I’m asking a lot of him, but we are building slowly. I know that patience is key. In addition to the “games” I’ve been playing while on trail, I’m seeking other opportunities to engage him to be mindful of me while we’re out. I want to have these in my tool box for now and in the future, and I love to hear other people’s stories and ways in which they train.
  13. To be honest, I get tired of calling him back so frequently. And of course I’m doing this. I’m hoping to gain insight to other tactics people have used that have taught their dogs to stay close.
  14. Hello! I’m new to border collies and rescues and I’ve been following these discussions for the last few months. About two and a half months ago, we adopted a ~6 yo male BC, named Rooster. We found him abandoned in the desert at our campsite, and luckily he had a collar. It’s quite the backstory, but we discovered: -he’s had at least 3 owners prior to us, all of them ranchers -He became uninterested in cattle and sheep -Was kenneled for longer periods of time later in life (we had to pull five teeth) He’s such a sweet dog but generally only allows me and my partner to give him love. With others he’s rather skittish and becomes afraid when people pet him for too long, especially men.(were practicing “doggy consent” now) I’m going to obedience classes with him (he is excelling!), we will start agility this week and we are training him as a backcountry dog (I.e. hiking, backpacking, skiing, etc) Top things we’re working on are: Confidence Socialization Recall and staying CLOSE Recognizing that he herds and is used to operating at a distance, he hasn’t a clue that his new owners do not prefer the wide berth he gives while traveling in the backcountry. His recall within 30 yards on trail is stellar but the farther we’re out, the more wild he gets. We absolutely cannot have him far ahead of us, or lurking in the distant periphery and ignoring us, due to the nature of our objectives and tight navigational boundaries. I give him lots of praise for checking in, we play hide and seek, and I will also change directions on him when he hasn’t checked-in to keep him on his toes. I’ve learned to trust that he will find me (the nose goes!), but after heavily practicing recall, we need the next level up. I’ve purchased a remote collar(beep vibrate shock, likely only will use the beep) and am learning how to use it before I put it on him. I would love all of the tips and tricks to get Rooster to stay close with and without the ecollar. [Side note: we regularly work on lead, and he excels with this. I truly need recommendations, stories, successes, challenges, etc for off leash training] Thank you all! P.s. he is very cute
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