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  1. What Journey said^^^ There's something called vestibular disease, which causes dizziness and can cause the eyes to move back and forth rapidly. It usually goes away on it's own within a few days and rarely repeats. My Shoshone was one of the repeaters. Get to a veterinarian and see what he says. At a minimum your dog is probably stressed from not seeing the world clearly. And it's exhausting, I've had a couple episodes of longer lasting dizziness and it's nasty. Let us know what you find out, and I second the request from Journey ~ PIX! Ruth & Gibbs
  2. Thanks for the update! Sounds like things are going very well Ruth & Gibbs
  3. Yes, my first bc wore her pads to shreds. I think I played fetch with her on an asphalt surface. Very Stupid Human. My vet, after a couple visits, said to me, "If you don't let her pads heal fully, they won't." His advice was to limit her walking to outside to relieve herself and not much more. It took a while, can't remember how long, but we were very happy when she could walk without limping. I did try some kind of wrap and it didn't speed healing time at all, and she hated the wrap. I would have had to use a cone over her head to keep her from licking at the wrap. Without the wra
  4. Respectfully disagree with Journey about playing ball with your BC. I've always done it, and I've got my 4th bc right now. The Very Important Key to successful use of a ball for fetch or soccer is that the ball belongs to the Human in the equation. That means the Human decides when and for how long ball play goes on. It was never an issue for me, not even when I had 3 dogs at the same time. I simply assumed that I was in charge of everything. I did start out with one very sweet natured and already an adult bc, and she was fine with stopping the fetch game whenever I wanted to stop. She m
  5. Here's the advice I've been given when I had these issues, so here's what I was told. Set a time for how long YOU want to be out there walking around with her. Don't let her behavior be the thing that stops the walk OR keeps the walk going. If by chance she gets over stimulated before the time limit you've set you should of course take her home, 'jolly talking' quietly and calmly the whole while. "In this park, boiled chicken, salmon treats, ball on string, none of them can get her attention back until she's tired herself out." You are training her to become aroused until she's exhausted.
  6. Great to hear about your progress! It's amazing what time and consistency can do. Very happy for you and Molly both Ruth & Gibbs
  7. You and Moche are a GREAT team ~ keep up the good work, and the updates! Ruth & Gibbs
  8. 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
  9. No worries, Maria. We were all beginners once. Welcome! Ruth & Gibbs
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Hmmm. I'd say cut those out for right now. The two of you need to be the Most Important Thing in her world right now. Until you've got a solid history of her responding to you when you call her, no walking with other dogs. Minnie will focus on them instead of her human because that's what she knows. It's draconian, but making YOU TWO the center of her world will make everything else about your lives with Minnie much, much easier. Are you able to leave her alone in her crate while both of you leave? That's also very, very important. R & G
  21. Yes, it is consistency that she lacks and that is a training issue. Each command/cue is to be obeyed No Matter What Else Is Happening. That's the part she's not been trained to do yet. Therefore she's not fully trained. She doesn't know that you demand that of her. You have to tell her that 'come' means right now ALL THE TIME, not just when there's nothing else going on. The point of taking her different places with different distractions is to teach her that consistency. IMO a dog is not fully trained until that consistency is in place. Just like a human is not fully trained to dr
  22. You're very welcome. Right now, you're focusing on just the recall. When she does not respond to your cue, you use the leash to tug her gently to you. When she gets to you, praise, maybe give her a scratch where she enjoys it, (my guy loves his rear end scratched). Repeat. Save the awesome treats for when she responds to the cue. But ALWAYS acknowledge in some way that she did what you cued her to do, just with a little help. The acknowledgement also needs to be something that's rewarding to her. A simple 'good dog' won't do that, not yet. She does not understand what you want from her. B
  23. What's your girl's name? She's not trained to come when called. That means she doesn't get to go off leash. Step One: So practice, practice, practice at home. If you can find an enclosed space without other dogs in it, (your own yard, a dog friendly neighbor's yard, etc) you can let her go explore WITH her leash on. Call her. If she doesn't return, walk her down. You keep walking after her, even if she darts away, until you can stand on the leash. That's why you need the smaller, enclosed space. This will take a while to take effect, as right now she's trained to ignore your command.
  24. Hi, Jim, I can't help with the first question as I've never adopted a puppy. For your second question, the more you can interact with him in all ways, the more he'll bond with you. Yes indeed, take him on walks around your property. Put a long line on him. Teach him silly tricks. If you need some ideas google 'trick training for dogs'. If he does ok in the car, take him on car rides with you, even if it's simply to the end of your driveway and back. Take over his feeding completely. I suggest as well with the 'love on him' that you make each love session short and sweet.
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