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  1. Great to hear about your progress! It's amazing what time and consistency can do. Very happy for you and Molly both Ruth & Gibbs
  2. You and Moche are a GREAT team ~ keep up the good work, and the updates! Ruth & Gibbs
  3. Pick one technique and do that ONE as consistently as you can. You're giving him way too many signals for him to understand that when he nips, he gets an unpleasant consequence. He's not getting a chance to understand that nipping causes something unpleasant. If possible, you could try putting him in his crate when you notice he's getting revved up and overly excited. Think of it as putting a fussy toddler down for a nap before the eruption of tears, protests, etc. He needs a break from the activity just the way that 3 year old would. Best of luck! Ruth & Gibbs
  4. No worries, Maria. We were all beginners once. Welcome! Ruth & Gibbs
  5. Hi, MB25, you've posted in the 'Working Stockdog' section of our site. Please re-post in the 'General Border Collie' section which you'll find right below this section. You'll get helpful information there. Thanks, Ruth
  6. Dogs, (and a lot of humans) take cues about what's gonna happen from the environment. If you've ever been in a car accident and then found yourself a little sweaty when you approached that intersection again the first few times, it's the same darn thing. Changing the 'look' can make a big difference. Glad it's helping. Ruth & Gibbs
  7. This is a tough one. I've done similar things accidentally to a dog. I've had to just take it slowly, and very very low key. I used super high value treats in sparing amounts and only cued the action once. Then praised, again very low key, keeping it 'oh this is no big deal, just practicing a bit' then left the dog alone for a while. Breaking through the 'superstition' that bad things happen when she approaches you in that room takes some time. Her fright might also be compounded because you not only stepped on her tail but you were quite likely yelling in pain from the burn. So double scary
  8. I'm so sorry that you're facing this loss and I know how difficult it is to let them go. As far as preparing a dog for an upcoming loss, I don't think it can be done. Dogs are aware in ways humans are not, that's for sure. AND, I don't believe dogs look much further into the future than a few minutes. 'Oh, she's grabbing the leash ~ we're going for a WALK!' type of thing. Dogs in general and I think bc in particular read human moods and movements very very well. They see and respond to what's in front of them and not much further than that. I had 3 border collies all at once, and the
  9. Was the house lived in before you moved in? If so, there could be urine smell from previous 4 legged occupants. Do check check for a UTI as gcv recommended. Also see if a local pet store has a black light you can 'borrow' (sometimes for a fee) to check and see if there are urine deposits elsewhere in your home. If it's brand new housing, never lived in, then proceed with the advice above. Ruth & Gibbs
  10. Wonderful 'gotcha' story, Nancy. Mouche looks like she's settling in well and happily. That second pic of her play soliciting, (at least that's what it looks like to me!) is the look of a happy dog, ready to get down and do some doggy play stuff. Congratulations to you all! Ruth & Gibbs
  11. Your boy sounds like a good-tempered, happy, 'introvert' sort of dog. It seems to be working for both of you ~ enjoy it! Except pictures. Pictures are always appreciated here. Ruth & Gibbs
  12. You could go on FB or Yahoo, (or whatever browser you use) and do a search. If you have dog loving friends, ask them. Call the animal shelters and boarding kennels/groomers, ask if they have any names. You'd need to interview them and check to see if they're a fit for you and your dog. And check out YouTube for training, as well. Again, you'll come across people who don't meet your needs, just sail on past. Totally agree with your response to the one trainer. Good luck! Ruth & Gibbs
  13. I too have made a point of leaving my guy home regularly. I believe it's healthier for the dog AND the human to get used to alone time. And yep, asking for advice and then taking it is sometimes rare, in any arena, not just dogs. Good work! Ruth & Gibbs ETA ~ my guy is soooo not into cuddling. I miss that.
  14. You could tell them that you've decided that you want Minnie to return to you reliably every single time, so you're putting a focus on her training right now. Say you'd love to re-join, if that's okay with them, once Minnie is reliable. Question, do the other dogs recall every single time their humans cue them? Or is it a looser sort of thing. The other owners might have different standards than you seem to want, and that's ok. R & G
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