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  1. If you want a clear idea as to how big your border collie will be, check out their parents if possible. I've seen 75lb border collies, I've seen 50lb border collies, and I've seen 23 lb border collies...I think most fall in the 35-45lb range, but there are exceptions to the rule as always... Ido is 28lbs... Rune is 31lbs... But they are both very small for border collies. It varies.
  2. If you're shoving more toys in your dog's face when they're trying to get a toy that doesn't 'belong' to them, the only thing I see you doing there is rewarding bad behavior. Adding more toys to the picture is not likely to decrease the resource guarding issues you are having. Tweak is a 6mo foster in my house. A certain time at night I'll pass out rawhides for each of them. Her first experience with this was chaotic, because being a greedy puppy who didn't know how to share, she immediately tried to grab up everyone's rawhides and hoard them herself, to the point of hovering and pawing
  3. No baby-makin' for this little rag-a-muffin. Check out that face. Its so kissably pathetic...
  4. It wouldn't hurt to see if your vet does 'daycare'...call and explain your pup is having Diarrhea, drop them off while you're at work, to have them look after the little guy until you can pick him up. Most vet clinics I know and have worked for will do this.
  5. Such WONDERFUL news! Omigoodness, your daughters are downright GORGEOUS! How precious. And the new little peanut, congrats!!!! How to the border collies get along with the kids? You're right about one thing, you're one lucky S.O.B.! Great to have you back!!!
  6. First, take your puppy to the vet so that they can eliminate the source of the diarrhea, be it a little stomach virus or intestinal parasites. They will also likely give your pup medicine to help with it too. Second, boiled chicken and plain white rice for a few days in place if his kibble might go easy on his stomach.
  7. Oooh ho ho she is GORGEOUS! How about: Fate Eva Blip Cy ...Thats all I have right now.
  8. I'm with you here. At best my SO will mimic some of my rules and commands, but as far as consistency and patience go, he has nothing...
  9. Sounds like he is trying to bury his food... Get a bowl with slanted sides that cannot be easily tipped, place it down and discourage the tipping behavior. If he does not eat in 15 minutes, take it up and its tough love until the next meal. Ido used to do this as a puppy, and it about drove me nuts, due to her special diet that was EXPENSIVE. A week's worth of the above got her ironed out andshe now knows that when food is offered it is time to eat. Feeding to a set schedule instead of free feeding can benefit you greatly in the future if your dog should get sick. You can monito
  10. A lot of sudden excitement can cause a dog to become more reactive...in a sense it will build and build until they have to take it out on something. When that something happens to be a pack mate with which there are fuzzy boundaries regarding dominance...well, one wrong move or nip can escalate very quickly, as you witnessed. Now, whether it was one stepping on the other's toes, a misplaced nip, one laying across the other's shoulders, what have you...I would pinpoint the issue at hand during the hubbub while they were 'jockying for position.' Two overstimulated dogs (who are already but
  11. Whenever I see an elderly dog picking up on bad habits such as counter surfing and trash diving, I initially worry there may be some medical issue at hand that is messing with their appetite... Has he had bloodwork done recently? Or, is he on any medications that are increasing his appetite?
  12. I was in a pickle for funds and so Ido's first heat came before I was able to spay her. She was just at 11 months at the time. Monkey's situation was a bit different, as I technically didn't officially own her until she was a year, and she came into heat right around 10mo. From what I've gathered, it is more common for the smaller breeds to go into heat sooner than larger breeds. Larger dogs develop slower, so I guess this makes sense. I've heard speculation about other influences--such as unaltered males in your area marking--can bring a female into heat sooner...but I really don't
  13. So, picture this... Last night I'm lying in bed, reading my book, listening to my BF let the girls out the last time for the night. All is quiet for a few minutes until he lets them back in. Suddenly the kitchen erupts with: "TWEAK! Drop it! Drop...No, drop it! Drop it NOW!" ... ? Now, Tweak knows drop it...but she only knows it if you have your hands on what it is she has in her mouth. Otherwise, she attempts to entice you to play with it. (we are working on this, of course, but progress...) ...She is also famous for bringing in little prizes from the back yard, usually a st
  14. Yeah, Pat...Ido and I waited a long time for this. She turns 4 this year. We have done so much work, only to find that the hardest part of all is finding some one we can learn from... ...I shouldn't be too harsh. He *IS* teaching us some things. But it is frustrating to see that my dog could be excelling far better if he would only let me use my clicker in class. He's just so set in his ways...for instance, he got on to me for saying 'here!' to call my dog to me. He stated: "The word is COME!" ...*sigh* I taught her 'here' (because I feel that word carries over distances better.)
  15. They were not encouraged to do them fast, just 'walk' them, but the dog was still tripping every which way regardless. Looks like my search is on after the end of this 6 wk course.
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