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  1. Dogs have different play styles and needs. Some dogs aren't that interested in playing with other dogs. Some dogs LOVE it and all levels in between. Dogs communicate with each other in ways that most humans can't see/define. If your dog doesn't want to play with another dog, don't insist on it. Simply walk away. If your dog has dogs she loves playing with, that's great. Just like human children, and adults for that matter, have humans they like to socialize with and those they don't like to socialize with, dogs have 'friends' and 'get away from me right now' feelings about other dogs. Ruth & Gibbs, who seems to love puppies but not adult dogs
  2. I'd check first with an ortho -vet just to make sure you're not dealing with an injury. AND, there's a good chance she was frightened by something the last time she jumped and remembers it. Most dogs have a good memory for things that frighten or hurt them. Have you tried setting up a very low hurdle and coaxing her to jump over it? Something like a piece of pvc pipe laid across a couple soup cans would work. If she won't be coaxed over something like that then I'd say find that vet sooner rather than later. Let us know what you find out. Ruth & Gibbs
  3. I've no experience at all in working sheep with a dog. I have heard/read of border collies becoming fixated/obsessed with a particular object or pattern of behavior. In my very amateur opinion, at best the 'sheep ball' game would be neutral. Or the dog might need to be trained out of behaviors that it learned in 'sheep ball'. At worst, the dog might become fixated on playing sheep ball at every opportunity. IMO, it would be risky.
  4. From out of left field ~ try singing an upbeat song. Singing is great for the human body, you breathe more deeply and (IMO, I have no science to back this part up) I think the vibrations that singing creates everywhere in your body are wonderful. You don't need to sing at top volume, possibly humming might be enough. I submit this idea because singing makes me feel calmer and more alert all at the same time. I'll hum or sing when I'm anxious and it frequently calms me down. My Gibbs is fairly chill, so I can't experiment on him. If you try it, I'd love to hear the results. Ruth & Gibbs
  5. Ask your vet if he will prescribe Clomicalm for your boy. It's an anti-anxiety drug rather than an anti-depressant. Clomicalm worked very well for one of my dogs. Ruth & Gibbs
  6. What Flora said ^^^^ It doesn't seem like you've taught him to relax. If you're doing things with him every single minute, which is the impression I get from your post then the next step is to teach him to chill. Send him into his crate while you're there. A lot of adult dogs sleep 10-12 hrs a day. He may be a little young for that, but he can learn to chill while you're there as well as while you're out. What anti-anxiety med did your vet put him on? Would you say it's helped or not? Ruth & Gibbs
  7. You currently have a 2 yr old bc ~ am I understanding correctly? I've had experience taking in another adult bc, have never had a puppy. I can tell you that introducing another adult was challenging for me. I don't remember details as the last time I did that was 10 years ago, but we did have some challenges. Resident bc was not all that happy to have another dog in the house, even though she had lived with 2 other dogs for most of her life with us. I'm sure someone else with more experience and a better memory will be able to weigh in soon. Ruth & Gibbs
  8. About the CBD treats ~ there's not any info I can find about research into use of CBD oil for dogs that I can find. I wouldn't chance it. Ah HA! I got my vet to give me some doggy prozac for Shoshone, didn't do a thing for her. She was having issues with the other critters in the house. Asked the vet if there was anything else he could suggest. He gave me some clomiprimine, (clomicalm is the trade name) and it worked like gangbusters. She was a different dog within a couple days. I had a friend at the time who has Tourette's Syndrome, which means she made sounds and movements all the time. Shoshone was terrified of her. Well, my friend dropped by unexpectedly about a week after we'd started Shonie on Clomicalm. Friend came in, got down on the floor to play with the dogs, I left the room for a minute . . . when I came back Shonie was ON MY FRIEND'S LAP! Friend was petting her, and cooing to her and Shonie loved it. Friend and I were both pleasantly shocked. We kept Shonie on that med until she passed away. She was happier, calmer and all around easier to live with. Ruth & Gibbs
  9. For a toy that he can't just dump out, try an IQ Treat Ball, you can see what they look like on Amazon. The ball is rigid plastic, it has one hole for kibble to fall out of. You unscrew the two parts, drop in some kibble or hard treats of any kind, screw the 2 parts back together and drop it on the floor. My Gibbs gets half of each meal in some kind of thingy that makes him work at least a little. Don't fall for the advertising ~ 'Hours of fun for your dog!' All of my dogs have gotten the food out of the whateveritis in under 4 minutes. You're doing great! Ruth & Gibbs
  10. Gentle Lake ~ thanks for this reminder And lastly, don't forget to quietly praise and reward the unasked for moments of cam and quit when your dog decided to settle on his own. Sorry I forgot to include it ~ in my experience this is very, very helpful. Ruth & Gibbs
  11. Janna, thanks for the further info. Another suggestion ~ if he's fearful of noises, teach him 'look at me'. Start by just teaching him 'look at me'. He looks at you, you toss him a treat so that he has to move a few steps to get it. Get that one down. When he's solid on the 'look at me', add in a noise that will startle him but not scare him, if you can. Create the noise and as soon as he turns his head to investigate cue 'Look at me'. When he looks at you, toss treat. Repeat, with very slowly escalating noises. You might want to use really great treats that you only use for 'look at me'. Tiny cheese cubes, hot dog slices, etc. And you may already know this, but several brief training sessions throughout the day are better than 2 or 3 longer ones. Keep him guessing. When you've got the 'look at me' down well you can start using it when he gets scared by a noise. Oh, and if you have fireworks in the neighborhood at 4th of July, New Year's Eve, etc, ask your vet for a few tranquilizer pills. He might be able sleep through all the commotion. I feel for you. My 2nd bc had been badly treated/neglected for a couple years before she came to us. On top of that, she'd been with another dog in that awful situation and of course they'd bonded. When Shoshone came to us she had a lot to learn ~ housebreaking, humans constantly around her, and the loss of her close friend, who had gone to another adopter. I had a lot to learn, too, she needed to be managed/treated much differently than any of my previous dogs. I had to learn new techniques for working with her. Best of luck with your boy! Please let us know how you get on. Ruth & Gibbs
  12. Border collies crave mental activity with their humans. They've been bred for a long time to work as part of a team. Physical exercise is not enough ~ they need to work those brains. If you haven't taught him the basics, such as ~ come, lie down, sit, sit/stay, heel, etc start there. If those cues are already 'installed' and reliable, find a book of dog tricks and start working on those. One at a time. I think there's a book called '101 Tricks to Teach Your Dog'. It can be a lot of fun for humans and dogs both. If there is some one in your area teaching nose work skills take some classes. A good nose work session can tire a dog out mentally. To me it doesn't sound like you're doing that. Do several short training sessions throughout the day. If you're not home to train him do a quick session in the morning and a couple quick sessions in the evening. Teaching fetch ~ make it very clear from the beginning that the game ends when The Human decides it ends, not when the dog decides. If you encourage/allow your dog to become a fetch addict, you'll have a very difficult time if he becomes injured or ill, or if there's weather so harsh that fetch is not an option. I learned this one the hard way. I'll say it again ~ border collies crave mental activity with humans. They're bred for this kind of activity. You have to fill that need. Good luck! Please let us know how you get on with your boy. These dogs are awesome companions, but it takes work to meet their mental/physical needs. Ruth & Gibbs ETA ~ What Mana19 says about training to see the crate as a 'happy place' is crucial as well. If all this advice seems overwhelming, go at it bit by bit. I'd start with a little trick training and some 'enhancement' in his crate. Also, I've got my 4th border collie right now. I learned what I shared above through reading posts on these boards by people with far more experience than mine. Current bc benefits enormously from that received wisdom.
  13. Glad she's healthy, adadrian. You've got some fun and adventure ahead of you both! Ruth & Gibbs
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