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  1. Thanks @Enzsound! We went back to almost 100% carrying her on the stairs and she doesn't seem to mind at all now which is nice :~) Feels good to not be risking the joint stress too. Re evenings, thank you, that's really helpful! We don't worry so much about a strict bedtime now and just force naps when she gets very tired and it's been working well. She even started to settle on her own a little bit (we definitely owe this to daily Calmness Protocol too!) which is encouraging, and enjoys an occasional cuddle too. Getting ready for teething and puppy teeth falling out next!
  2. Hi everyone Hope you're all doing well these days :~) Just wanted to jump back on here, now with Nala being just over 14 weeks (~3 months) old and ask a couple questions that I've not found good answers for elsewhere 1) Stairs - big one for us as we live on the 2nd floor of an apartment building (no elevator) and with Nala fully potty trained, we make several trips a day down and up. She has been super keen to take the stairs since very early on on her own, but we have only started gradually introducing her to them a couple weeks ago (we are doing lots of training to reinforce
  3. Hi @Enzsound, @Meghan, @D'Elle and others! Hope it's okay to revive this thread with some of our own questions about raising a good BC puppy :~) This thread is really helpful in realising that we have to cut back on our "active" time with our 2.5month-old pup (eg training, playing) but we're really at a loss how to do this with her. She's obviously super young and we've only had her for over 3 weeks so she needs a lot of our help and attention (esp with peeing), but we'd like to know what are some ways in which we can works towards the schedule below. It seems so far off from how man
  4. @Enzsoundand @D'Elle, thank you so much for your words of reassurance! We've started using the x-pen separately from the crate since writing this post and it's been a nice way to give her some more alone time when we can't supervise (she has gotten less jumpy in it) and also the occasional "o-oh" when she's biting flesh. Once or twice she's had a snooze in there too, but it never lasts as long as when she's crated so we'll continue to use that to enforce naps when necessary. Pee pads are unfortunately quite necessary for us at this stage (even if we would really like to teach her t
  5. Hello everyone :~) My wife and I got a new border collie puppy called Nala a week and a half ago (pic below!) and have found lots of really amazing help on this forum - thank you all for asking and answering questions, it's been amazing to see that other people are experiencing similar challenges haha! We do have some of our own little questions, mostly I guess related to what our expectations can be of a puppy that's 9 weeks old. Any words of advice and help are massively appreciated. In the last few days we've started understanding Nala's needs more accurately and we're def
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