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  1. Geonni I'm sad to read that Sugarfoot has passed, my thoughts and my heart are with you. It's truly the only thing I don't like about dogs, they don't live long enough. Ruth & Gibbs
  2. Seeing the vet sounds like a good thing. I had a bc, Shoshone, who was, well, quirky and definitely had some behavioral issues, especially around our cats. Talked the vet into giving her prozac, it didn't do anything. I asked him if there was any other medication to try and he suggested clomipramine which I think is an anti-anxiety med. It worked for her very nicely. That's another avenue to explore if you like. Best of luck, I hope everything goes well from here on out. Ruth & Gibbs
  3. He is so CUTE! Two bits of advice: let your family know your plans and your reasoning with Bailey before you get there and make sure you take a couple of Bailey's beds with you, so that he has something familiar in this new and intriguing place. Have a GREAT time! Ruth & Gibbs
  4. Make sure your doors are closed tightly when you go out without him. When you do go out with him have him on leash All The Time. If there's a doggy door, put a solid cover over it for now. PUT A LEASH ON HIM BEFORE YOU OPEN THE DOOR. If he's not going with you, put him in a crate or a room with the door closed, so that he can't slip out. I wouldn't ever let him run loose except in a contained area that you know is tight. You do need to find some specialized help for him. I know this is frightening for you. And putting him down is not necessary if you're willing to a) keep him safely contained and b) work with a specialist on his behavior. It's hard to think of it this way, but try ~ would you rather spend money/effort on training him to accept restraint and being confined or spend money on a lawyer if he bites again and someone takes you to court? You don't say if you own the property where you live. You could be risking a lot. Please don't give up on him until you've tried everything. He might be confused and unhappy at first with the changes, but it's his best chance at staying alive. Ruth & Gibbs
  5. Wouldn't quite call him velcro, but Gibbs likes to rest where he can see me. And he will wake from a sound sleep if I even tiptoe across the carpeted floor. BC radar, I guess. Ruth & Gibbs
  6. Beautiful! Ruth & Gibbs
  7. ^^^ Agree with checking for diabetes. Except for the one I lost to bone cancer at around age 8 my dogs were up for any adventure. Around 8 - 10 yrs they 'd quit playing fetch a bit earlier. Current dog will be 13 in a month and he's definitely slowed down. Ruth & Gibbs
  8. I just did a search for 'crate rest tricks for dogs'. You'll have to search a few sites to pick out some tricks that will work for you and your boy but it will help to have some different ways to interact with him other than feeding/sympathizing etc. If he's not used to a crate yet then start working on that. Some bc are water lovers. Ask your vet if you'll be able to take him swimming at some point before full recovery. I know this is difficult, best of luck to you and your boy! Ruth & Gibbs
  9. ^^^^ What Michael Parkey said. I've got my 4th bc now and they have run the spectrum in sociability. One loved everyone, one was shy but warmed up nicely and really liked kids, one had been badly treated and she remained stand-offish around people she didn't know. My current guy is careful around new adults, and I just have a feeling he wouldn't do well with kids in general. The suggestion of taking her to an adoption event is excellent. And in your shoes, I'd be okay with a kid friendly bc mix. Good luck! Let us know how it goes. Ruth & Gibbs
  10. ^^^ Two of mine, including the current beast, came with the hobbit feet. I trim it during the winter just to make cleaning paws easier. Not a big deal. Ruth & Gibbs
  11. I've ordered the Duralactin and Cosequin, arriving by the weekend hopefully. I'm thinking it will be 3-4 weeks before I see a difference. Will keep you updated and thanks for the info! Ruth & Gibbs
  12. I too wouldn't medicate a dog, (or a human for that matter) until all other options have been explored, sorry I didn't make that clear. I've had useless conversations aplenty with people who would not even consider against anti-depressants/anti anxiety agents. For anything ever. I know from personal experience that medication can do much more harm than good if not prescribed and used appropriately. Once a medication such as those mentioned above is prescribed and is shown to be effective, it's usually given for life. Expense can be another issue, but as I recall the clomicalm that Shonie was on was inexpensive. Best of luck as you move forward with him! R&G
  13. "It sounds like a confident dog will be confident regardless of exposure or training tho so this is something that will get better with training but it is also who he is." Not necessarily. If he's more confident within a couple months, he might blossom into a new dog. You won't know until you get there. R&G
  14. My Gibbs is a 'washout' from working. He's also the offspring of high-winning working parents and spent his first year, (after being weaned) with Bill Berhow in TX, who does a lot of training of working dogs. He got sold on as a working dog to some friends of mine in CA. I got him because he wasn't really showing any interest in sheep. They kept him till they found a good home for him, which turned out to be me. What Journey says is absolutely right on. You may be able to help him be a calmer dog and a good pet, but I doubt he has working in his future. And FWIW Gibbs had to be housetrained. He was well-treated, but as a working dog prospect, not a pet, so he had some new stuff to learn. IF he continues to be 'squirrely' please consider using a medication for him. Give him at least a month to settle. If he's not calmer then talk to your vet. I had to be talk my vet into doing a trial run of the clomicalm, generic name clomiprimine. Even HE saw the difference in Shonie when I took her in a couple months later for something or other. She became much calmer, friendlier to people in general, and a lot easier to live with. Please let us know how you get on. R&G
  15. Not a herding dog trainer, here, BUT, when I took in Shoshone she was pretty much feral from being isolated and half starved. and god knows what else. The advice I got from experienced dog trainers was to treat her like an 8 week old pup, in terms of everything. Housebreaking, leash training, obedience, everything. To me it sounds like you've got a dog with no training at all. So you need to start with basics, house-breaking especially if you want him in the house with you. If he's crazed with fear at thunder/lightening, you might consider getting him a tranquilizer. I found that doggy prozac did nothing for Shoshone. Clomicalm, which is prescribed for dogs with separation anxiety, worked like gang busters. A few days into Shonie on Clomicalm and she was sitting in a friend's lap. There's no quick fix here. Start with the dog you have and work with what you've got. PS ~ I wouldn't get a dog from this 'breeder' again. I also wouldn't recommend anyone to her. Ruth & Gibbs
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