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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 to get the others to lose theirs. I swooped in, gave her a firm NO, handed the others out and made her 'work' for hers with a few tricks. The next time she tried to abandon hers and swoop in for some one else's she got a swift pop on the butt and put in her crate with NO rawhide. The next time, she chewed on hers a bit and tried this again. Another pop, another time out with NO rawhide. And so on. After a week of this, she finally figured out that the only way she was going to be permitted to enjoy her rawhide was to mind her own business and her OWN rawhide. I have applied this rule of conduct for all my dogs when they were growing up. No one is allowed to bully another dog out of a toy, and no one is allowed to guard said toy. The way I see it, they're MY toys, I bought them, and my dogs are borrowing them. I get to say who gets what. If Ido is chewing on a toy, and Rune pounces in and tries to grab it, Rune gets told off and put in a time out with no toy. If Ido tries to blow up about it, they BOTH get a time out with NO toy. I do not dish out more toys for them to fight over. By time out, they're put in a crate that is isolated from people/dogs/activity for a good 10-15 minutes to cool off. You don't want to crate your dog within sight of the winner/loser so they can give each other hairy eyeballs until you release them. If I were you I'd start by teaching them their own space. Each dog gets their own corner, and their own toy. Start with JUST two toys, one for each dog, same size/shape/toy. As long as they mind their own business, keep to themselves and avoid bullying one another, they get to continue to play with their toy. Consistence is the key. Also keep in mind that your female could just be irritated by your puppy and trying to instill a lesson. Take a step back and put yourself in your adult female's position. Would YOU tolerate a 6yr old kid bouncing around your face, poking at you, begging you to play when you are just trying to enjoy a good book? Would you tolerate them picking food off your plate? I do not expect my adult dogs to entertain the whims of a puppy. The puppy best learn to respect the adults and their wishes the hard way and absorb some manners fast. A well mannered puppy gets played with, and a well mannered puppy plays nice. At the same time, I do not allow them to correct the pup if it is not deserved. This means if the puppy is only walking by Ido while she's chewing on a bone, and Ido growls/bares teeth, Ido loses her bone and gets a time out. (I take up the bone, I do not give the bone to the puppy.) If the puppy jumps on top of Ido while Ido is sleeping, the puppy just earned herself a correction.
  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 monitor what they're eating, and when they go off food its usually a good indication something might be wrong...
  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 butting heads for dominance) in close quarters competing for attention = TROUBLE. In the future, I would teach them to cool their game a bit, teach them to enter and exit calmly. No more barreling around the house and such, especially when there is going to be competition for food/attention/toys. Teach them the importance of taking turns for what they want, in addition to NILIF. I currently run a household with 4 female dogs. I'm certain that if I allowed them to reach the point of over-excitement and over-stimulation while playing indoors there would be bloodshed. Too little space, for one, for there not to be dogs bumping pell nell into one another and pissing each other off. For another, with me as the sole provider for entertainment/attention/affection there is GOING to be competition. Thus, I do not encourage them to be bouncing off the walls excited where all those factors can enter into a dangerous equation. Its different when they are rough housing in the back yard. They have room to give one another space when some one gets offended. If toys are involved, I monitor the use of them to be sure they play fair.
  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 know if thats baloney or not. An unaltered female dog will go into heat every 6 months, so its reasonable to assume your girl will get her first heat between 6mo-12mo...though I have not seen/heard of a dog going into heat sooner than 10months...
  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 stick or a rock. So, after I hear Tweak being shut back in her crate and BF walks into the bedroom, I laughingly ask what it was she was so against giving up. BF explained that she'd come running in with a frozen poopsicle. Unwilling to reach into her mouth after it, BF was employing every other manner in trying to get her to drop it so he didn't have to touch it...even resorting to picking her up by the back end and attempting to "gently jostle" it free of her mouth. The mental image of him hefting the back end of a very excited puppy into the air and trying to shake a poopsicle out of her mouth sent me into hysterics!
  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.) ...she does not know what 'come' means. Oi.
  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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