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  1. Silly anecdote here: my beloved Tillie, whom I took off the streets and was a very sweet natured dog . . . Well, she was taught a Very Bad Habit by a roommate I lived with. He'd toss her bits of food from his plate. Nothing I said deterred him. One day I'm eating dinner while watching tv in the living room. I notice Tillie is sitting about 4 ft away from me, staring intently at me while I eat. THEN, I notice that she is drooling in anticipation. I should have put her in another room but I wanted to finish my dinner. THEN, I notice that's she's swallowing when I swallow. I had to watch for
  2. You might do some research (recent, the last couple years) on dogs using urine/feces as markers. It's possible that Aiko, (I'm assuming that's her name) is marking and over-marking what she believes is her territory. As far as keeping her area 'clean', believe me, unless you're digging out say, 4 inches down and at least 4-5 inches across, you're not getting all the urine. A dog's ability to scent is at least hundreds of times stronger than a human's. Do a little research on it, you'll find estimates ranging from 1000x stronger to 100,000 times stronger. Your ideas of what she can scent
  3. albuquerquedan if you can 'click' with your tongue, you can use that. I found making that little clicking sound with my tongue at exactly the right moment was much easier than trying to use that tiny little thing held in my hand. And I always have my mouth with me! Ruth & Gibbs
  4. Liz, anecdotal evidence for bready stuff helping her appetite. I had 2 duodenal ulcers when I was 17, one very large one and one medium one. I had a lot of nausea, as you might imagine. The dr. told my mom to feed me before I got out of bed in the morning, he recommended a piece of toast, no butter or anything else. It was darn near miraculous. Just eating that bland toast first thing made a big difference. I had to wait a few minutes, and then I'd actually feel some hunger. What's going on with Masi might be similar and having something very bland first thing could be key to keeping her
  5. Littlesplash, his behavior isn't 'bad'. He doesn't understand what you want from him, because you haven't known how to teach what you want specifically in this situation. You're not bad either. Training a very intelligent and intent dog is challenging. The human has to be several steps ahead of that bright and focused canine and that's not always easy. And it seems like they watch every flipping thing you do and interpret it so much differently than you intended it. They keep us humans on our toes, these beasts. Ruth & Gibbs
  6. Keep a tight watch on it, Dan. Put the ball out of his sight when you're not playing soccer with him. If he were my dog, at the very least I'd be introducing him to other fun stuff. If there's nose work classes or tracking classes in your area try those. Dogs get sooo much information through their scenting abilities. If he's a swimmer, take him swimming. My first bc loved every single body of water she encountered, from the smallest puddle to the Pacific Ocean. Except of course, bath tubs. These beasts keep us humans hopping! Ruth & Gibbs
  7. I tried a raw diet with my departed Shoshone for 3 months. Didn't make a whit of difference in her itching or her oily coat. It was expensive, time consuming, and I had to feed her separately from my other 2 dogs and the 2 cats. It was a lot of work for no change in her itchiness. I know that raw diets have worked well for other people and their dogs. It didn't for me. Gibbs is healthy, just turned 13 in October and doing well. Not gonna do the raw diet again simply to have less poop to pick up. Ruth & Gibbs
  8. Absolutely what Journey said ^^^. With my first bc I got into the 'drop the ball and get in the car' routine and had to fix it. Wasn't that difficult, but I did work at it for a couple weeks ~ 'drop it' , I'd grab it and toss it again, do that several times. Then the last time, I'd add in a GOOD DOG! comment, give her a treat and quickly attach her leash. Then lead her to the car, chatting in a very upbeat voice, 'Wasn't that FUN! Now you get to have DINNER!' as I'd load her in. Keeping your tone and demeanor bright and lively is important. If your dog gets that you are angry he's going t
  9. Any obsession like behavior is not healthy for a border collie. They are naturally dogs with intense focus, and some of them are prone to Obsessive Compulsive disorder, or OCD. Once OCD gets going it's very, very hard to stop. I'd not let him play with a soccer ball at all. OCD behavior can switch from one particular object to another. Get him interested in other things, other kinds of activities. Trick training, agility, scent work/tracking. Get him used to the idea that there are lots of interesting and fun things to do. Do some research about canine obsessive compulsive disorder.
  10. The above might be termed technical issues. I am flat out madly in love with b. collies. I really like most animals, and the individual animals I don't like, (pets) it's usually because they've not been trained to have good manners by their humans. I've left friends' homes because there dogs wouldn't stop yapping/humping/begging for food, etc. And then wouldn't go back. I had an elderly friend who refused to train her dog to be left alone. This was a very sweet and friendly small breed ~ I'd have a dog like her in a heartbeat. Friend refused to even talk with a trainer about the issue. This re
  11. I won't get a larger dog because I can't pick one up. And I've had to pick up a border collie to get them into the car when they were injured or very ill. And, not as serious, but still an issue ~ bigger dogs = bigger poops. I really don't want to pick up more poop every day than I already do. R & G
  12. I had no idea what I was getting into when I got my first bc, a 'hobby breeder' young dog, about a year old. I was madly, passionately in love within 48 hours. Within about 18 months, (it was in the 1990s is all I remember) I had 2 more. I didn't have much experience at being a dog owner and I threw myself into the deep end of the pool. Loved them all, don't regret a minute of it. Would love to have another one to keep Gibbs company but it's not in the cards right now. R & G
  13. Semiowner by default, this part of the BC Boards is aimed at training dogs to work sheep and cattle. Scroll down a bit further on the home page and post there. A lot more people will see your post. Ruth & Gibbs
  14. Oh, Liz, I am so sorry to read this. Hoping you and Masi have a peaceful few days ahead.
  15. A friend of mine who was a wonderful help when I had my first b. collies had Tourette's syndrome. Shoshone, the dog who went on meds for anxiety, could not be in the same room with her. A couple weeks or so after we started Shonie on Clomicalm, my friend dropped in for a visit. Friend loved dogs and was active in rescue and plopped herself down on the floor so she could pet the dogs, (I had 3 b collies at the time) while we chatted. All of a sudden, there's Shoshone, shoving the other two out of the way and pretty much climbing into my friend's lap, so she could get her share of the attention.
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