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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.
  16. I do not see my instructor permitting me to use a clicker in class. He is pretty set and firm in his ways, and insisted if I wanted to use it at home, I am free to do so of course...but not in his class. I will try fading the clicker to another word, this way I can bring my "secret weapon" along with me to class... I like this instructor, for the most part. But there are a few things--such as this clicker issue--that set me off about him. I mean, srsly, if I havea method for teaching my dog something that works far better than peppering an obstacle with food, why not let me try it??
  17. So, I have achieved leaps and bounds with Ido using the clicker to train her to follow behind my left ('close') or right ('side') hands... But when I asked if I could use the clicker in class to teach Ido what I'm looking for on the command 'End' (which is our cue for two on two off) ...he said no. His reason? It takes away from the human/dog bond. So, now I have to figure out a way to teach her to look at ME for the end, and to stop dilly dallying around the contact looking for tidbits left behind...*sigh* We work on two on two off at home with random objects, but Ido tends
  18. First off...Is your dog very food motivated, or do they need something a little extra that makes them want to work for it?? IF your dog is VERY food motivated, this is easy. Use their own kibble. This prevents them from being overloaded with rich extra tidbits, and you can portion out a bit every day from their regular feedings so that they are not being overfed. If your dog isn't very food motivated, or needs something extra/different for them to work for treats...try cheerios. Its light, a good handful of them can be broken up and last you a real long time.
  19. Miss Priss Ido crosses her little paws in front of her Monk stretches them out side by side in front of her Rune just...sprawls.
  20. *sigh* I've seen parvo affect dogs from as early as 4 wks to as late as 9 months of age. What did almost all of the dogs over 15 weeks have in common??? Poor vaccine protocol. They either never received the necessary vaccines at all, or had an incomplete booster series. Titers are great and all, but the results can be MISLEADING. Particularly in the case of a puppy. Consider this.... "...we do not know the most crucial piece of information that is necessary for interpreting titers. We do not know the minimum titer measurement that correlates with protection from disease. T
  21. Your first mistake was that she was off leash to begin with. For a dog with an iffy recall, ANY OPPORTUNITY for that dog to blow off your recall is positive reinforcement for doing exactly what you do not want her to do. In her case, she has just learned that by ignoring you, she got to play for extra long, swim, and hang with her buddies. Who wouldn't be pleased with themselves?? No more off leash. Put her on a really long leash, the 20-30 ft ones. When you call her, and she ignores you, REEL her in. If she comes right away, have an incredibly great treat on hand for her. This may
  22. Hold you hand out from your side, palm out...so that the back of your hand would be facing the dog at your side. Getting Ido to follow the back of my hand has strengthened her ability to read what obstacles I am trying to guide her towards. When she pops out of a tunnel, her eyes are already on what hand I have out, and it helps adjust her position as I call out 'Side' or 'Close'...she will either be on my left or right side. Its really helped our communication so far...
  23. Ido and I had our first agility class with a new instructor/facility last Monday. As some of you know, my life has been tossed around a lot the past year or so, and since that single 5 week course we took waaaaay back in Oct, Ido has not laid eyes on a piece of agility equipment since. I was apprehensive, as my description as to what Ido was capable of was a bit...well, uncertain. I knew from past experience she could *do* many of the obstacles I asked of her last October. Her off leash manners and etiquette are exemplary. She follows direction well and is very eager to work and learn. B
  24. The only thing I would add is to not crate the puppy in the bedroom. Getting used to a new house, new people, new rules is all very daunting, I know...but the last thing I would want a puppy to grow dependent upon when coping with all of that is my presence wherever he/she is sleeping. I usually crate my puppies within hearing, and as close to the back door or where we exit to go potty as possible.
  25. If you blow in Ido's face, she will dart away and then refuses to look at you if you try and get her attention. She will bring things, come, do anything but meet your eyes head-on, LoL. Monkey and Ido stalk the bathroom when I am in the shower. Ido clears any stray droplets that happen to get past the curtain, and Monkey sneaks in to lick my toes/legs when I get out. I guess people-flavored water tastes better??? I was once at a reptile show, visiting a friend's booth. They did not have hardly a thing on their table. Rune was with me, leashed at my side. She has a thing for jumpi
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