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  1. I agree, but I have a problem, His name is Moose and he is the most vocal dog I have ever come into contact with. He voices his unhappiness with situations loud and clear- sometimes it sounds as if he may be dying- I wish I were kidding- this is the reason our sweet pup is not crate trained- we and the neighbors couldn't take the crying. Does anyone have suggestions for keeping this vocal pup in line. If he is tied and doesn't want to be, or not allowed out of a room, or just not allowed to do something- like if we're training and working on down-stay, he is so very vocal, i'm not sure what to do about him. Things we have tried- firm "no" and praise when he stops. Water bottle. Ignoring him, this works for inside situations- but that's it. Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
  2. So I just want to clarify, don't do any herding lessons or put pups in with livestock until they are at least a year old? I had taken Moose to an intro lesson and the trainer told me that there is a small window for herding intinct and if you miss it that's it. Is this true? Thank You Mandy
  3. Pippin, I have a good friend that is in the military, he drives a tank. My friend and I have been sending care packages since he has been gone and I'd love some new ideas. Thank you to your husband and to the other military men & women that risk their lives everyday mandy
  4. Vicki that story is so sad. What happened to the other dog? To not only lose your master but then your best pet buddy too
  5. Moose knows exactly what look to give us to get out of trouble, get what he wants, rule the universe... You see my point
  6. My dogs get either a 4ish mile hike up and down hills off leash, them running around like wild animals or an hour walk on leash- guess which one they like best Then they get a good 45 min of ball fetching in a big field by our house. Besides that we wrestle indoors and play mind-stimulating games. I can always tell if Moose needs a walk because his behavior hits an all time low- whining, barking, attacking big brother...
  7. Thanks, I'm pretty excited. My husband was really concerned that if Moose was a working dog, that's all he would be- a working dog. Luckily, the trainer showed me that they had a great working dog that loved to play too. Now hubby is on board too But he did say that Moose has to have a bath after sheep before he can get under the covers with us
  8. Wow! Moose and I had our first introduction yesterday and it was quite an education. First off, thanks for the pre-lesson advice. Moose is a bit of an uninterested ninny. I was really suprised that he didn't seem to care about the sheep, at first he ran behind the trainer and my legs, whining (he's the whiniest dog ) then would run to the fence for rescue- nothing to do with the sheep. THe trainer called in an experienced dog who worked the sheep, once Moose saw that he got a little interested- in chasing them and barking. He didn't care about controlling the sheep or keeping them together at all. I haven't lost hope though. He's only 7 months old, and we've been given the assignment to work on his down/stay, and give him access to sheep to build his interest. Once he's doing something with them we will be back for more lessons . Okay- back to the WOW! I had never seen sheep worked like that in real-life. It was so cool. I saw a 10 month old pup that had previously had no interest or skill controlling the sheep and balancing with the trainer. The pure intinct shown was unbelievable- now I understand the really passionate threads of preserving the working border collie. What really got me was when they put a 10 week old pup in the ring and she started moving the sheep. No training, she'd just been watching on the sidelines and decided to give it a go. We will continue to work from home, learn more about herding and hope that Moose gets interested. Mandy
  9. Moose and I have our first herding lesson/introduction tuesday. I really don't have any idea what to expect... I'm just excited to see if Moose is interested in sheep at all- he's terrified of cows (we took a walk among them the other day at my parent's ranch, Moose was on a leash wishing he was at home on the couch ) Any advice or tips for Moose and me before we plunge into the herding pool? I just saw the little hats website and will be exploring that tomorrow. Thanks in advance.
  10. We bought Moose a chilly bone, from petsmart. You just wet it, freeze it and pop it in your pup's mouth. Works like a champ! Moose wasn't too sensitive, but it was fun to watch him go through the teething process. I was following him around trying to save at least one tooth, no luck
  11. At petsmart they have the ball bins with red tennis balls with a Petsmart logo on them for $.99. Does anyone know if those contain silica? Are pig's ears bad? Thanks!
  12. Thanks everyone for the explanation and links. Very interesting.
  13. I'm very new to the breed and I enjoy reading all the posts, I always learn something new- never a bad thing. I read this on the another post and I was really curious why merle/merle breeding produces unhealthy pups? Is there a flaw in their genetics? I did a search and didn't find the answer. I'm probably extra curious about this because my lovely pup is a blue merle- (nope, not going to breed, he's getting neutered tuesday-ouch!) Anyhoo, thanks in advance for the info!
  14. We have two dogs, a golden X, Chase Brown and a border X, Moose. They are both inside dogs, although Moose has decided he likes to be outside as much as possibe. Luckily we have a fenced yard so I don't have to worry about cars. Both dogs sleep on the bed with my husband and me. Moose stays all night but Chase gets annoyed if we move too much and will sigh and get off! We actually just bought a king bed so we'd all be more comfortable. Needless to say they are both spoiled rotten, emphasis on the rotten in Moose's case!
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