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  1. Just playing devil's advocate but... Don't you think your vet might just have been trying to be helpful, knowing you were interested in raw and already having a client who seemingly knows a great deal about it? If it wasn't convenient for you to take the call, or you found that woman's style a bit abrasive, you could have cut the call a bit short, politely saying either "it is not convenient for me to take this call right now, let's talk later" or something like "thanks so much for the help but I think I've got this covered now." Either might provide an alternative to "I can't beli
  2. I haven't read all the replies, since the discussion is still going on I'll pass along the most reasonable answer I've ever heard. To sheep, predominantly white bc's (and white in the face) look too much like sheep, and not enough like wolves--so they are believed to be less effective. The black faces/blaze and even split faces go a little further toward stirring the "oh, oh, a predator" alarm in sheep. That's why sheep guardians, like Great Pyrenees and Kuvasz, are predominantly white. It makes the sheep think "it looks enough like another sheep so I'm not that concerned." Now, how that all t
  3. Okay, I'll take it one step further. Me: 50-ish married male writer, two bc's, loves the country life, lives the suburban life. (1) About how long a drive from Atlanta? (I can actually drive up from my cabin near Franklin, NC) (2) What chores need to get done? (3) I'm guessing I can bring my dogs. True?
  4. It's wonderful and flattering to think about our dogs protecting us when we're in trouble but, the truth is--as much as we'd like to believe otherwise, most dogs don't really have great instincts about who is a friend or who is a foe. So, while you'd like to think your dog will attack the bad guy who lays hands on you, the fact is, that dog is just as likely to go after the old friend who meets you at the park and hugs you. I've got two bc's now--one that would drop a tennis ball for the attacker to throw, and one that I have no doubt would take a chunk out of an attacker's leg. Sadly, she a
  5. Even more important than recalls recalls recalls is socialize socialize socialize. Check out the number of posts about "reactive dogs." BC's are prone to edginess anyway so make sure you get your pup in front of as many different people and dogs as you possibly can. And everybody on this board will emphasize mental exercise. That's important--but in my experience absolutely nothing can replace a good 30 minutes of off-leash sprinting twice a day. A good BC is a tired BC.
  6. Years ago, I wrote and produced a public service announcement for the Atlanta Humane Society that had people turning their children in because... I never thought he'd get so big. We're moving. I caught him digging up the garden, again... This sort of reminded me of that, in kind of a reverse way.
  7. This comes up a lot. I was always a firm believer in the sharp knee-in-the-chest correction as you say "off." Believe me, that works just fine. But with my most recent pup I learned that by far the quickest and best way to solve this problem is simply to turn away from her every time she jumps up and give her the command to sit. This way, she does not get what she wanted--your hand. She gets nothing. But as soon as she sits, praise her and pet her. That way, per Diane's post, you've made not jumping is more rewarding than jumping. My dog was a world-class jumper-upper. But now she will rac
  8. This issue comes up time and time again. Some people will tell you that, unless you can do it a lot, never ever put your bc on sheep. It will change your dog--and maybe not for the better. I've seen posts from other people who say it settled their dogs down and gave them a better sense of purpose. I would be interested in hearing both sides of this myself. I have avoided introducing my dogs to sheep because I know I wouldn't have the time to do it even once a week. I can do frisbee daily, which makes it a better solution for my lifestyle--and a better outlet for my dogs-- than herding or agi
  9. Also, a great concept to introduce to a bc puppy, which becomes critical if you have multiple dogs, is that outdoors is for playing, indoors is for settling down. That's a really easy concept for a bc to understand, and will pay dividends for the next 15 years.
  10. Don't forget your pup is just 14 weeks old. And here's the bad news: for the next year he's going to get bigger, stronger and more energetic. The best advice I can give you is--a good puppy is a tired puppy. I looked twice at the words "he gets two long walks in the evening." I don't think the word "walk" should ever be used in reference to exercise with a bc. A walk may be a pleasant diversion, a way to see the world and share time with you. It may even be good exercise for you. But unless you are walking off leash somewhere, which means, in general, you are walking 2 miles, but your bc
  11. I think what they've done to GSD's is criminal. Why doesn't somebody stop that whole slant back thing? Anyway, I recently went to a canine frisbee clinic here in Atlanta. It was almost all bc's and aussies. There was one bc there and the owner really wanted to teach it to play frisbee like the other bc's--but her dog had no interest in chasing the disc. As you've already guessed, it was an AKC bc. Her name wasn't Barbie, but it could have been. To recap some of the other comments, it was not an ugly dog. It just wasn't a bc. And while all the other dogs were exhibiting their drive and desi
  12. As an avid tennis player, I can assure you that every neighborhood tennis court in your area is loaded with free tennis balls. Even most semi-serious players open up a new can of three balls every time they play, and throw out the old ones. If these tennis balls are used as toys in a game of fetch, there's little chance of long-term wear. The dog picks up the ball, brings it back to you, and drops it. I just don't let them serve as chew toys. The texture is rough enough, and the balls are hard enough, so that will erode the teeth. So after the game is over I pick 'em up and serve as th
  13. Puppy Rule #1: A good puppy is a tired puppy. When you say 30-minute walk, does that mean putting you dog on a leash and taking a loop around the neighborhood? That's not exercise for a 5-month old border collie puppy--it's a warm-up and, at best, a way to keep him occupied for half-an-hour. He needs to run--a lot. Not flyball, just run. He's old enough to chase a tennis ball, run after a frisbee rolled along the ground, or just play some hide and seek. The problem here is that you're assuming the exercise needs of an adult lab and a young bc are the same. If you can figure out a way to wear
  14. It sounds to me like a great way to spend time with your dog and give her added socialization. My dog was well socialized as a pup and still doesn't like her personal space invaded. She even showed her teeth and air-snapped at a puppy last week. A puppy! But she's not aggressive, isn't a fighter and I just keep throwing her back into the fray and tell her to get a grip and deal with it. My advice: you sound like you worry too much. Bring your dog. Have fun.
  15. You wrote that Lance is the first dog that you've ever solely owned and you want to train him right. Then I would make every effort to socialize him, socialize him and socialize him. People constantly write on these boards complaining about rude people and rude dogs and the infamous "my dog just wants to say hello" rant. Well, the fact is you cannot control what other people do with their dogs, so the best thing to do is make sure yours is well socialized. That eliminates so many problems and potential problems. Then if somebody's rude dog comes running up to you and your dog, you can jus
  16. Okay, I'm going to pass along this info that is worth its weight in gold. I was always thinking about writing a book about it. Now it's going to be public knowledge. This is the short version of all you need to know: You can get your dog to love your daughter, starting now. I assume you are fixing up a room for the baby. Whenever you're in that room, and the dog comes in there--give him a big "good boy." When he sniffs the baby stuff you're unpacking--GOOD BOY. When he checks out the crib--GOOD BOY. Anything baby is GOOD BOY. Send a baby blanket home from the hospital before the baby
  17. I'm surprised no one has suggested this. Your dog is perfectly capable of finding an unlit ball in the dark. You just have to show him how. Teach him to use his nose. It's really easy to teach "find it," and if there's a usual place where you always play ball, your dog should know the general area. We have some woods across the street from my house and my dogs will search for balls I've buried under several inches of leaves until they find them. They ain't usin' their eyes. Teach your dog what the game is and you'll not only never lose a ball again, you may find the ones you've already lost.
  18. Swimming is no different than agility or any other skill--it can be taught with patience, positive reinforcement and confidence-building. I adopted an older rescue who looked as though she had never seen water. We have property on a lake, so we wanted her to swim. We started slow, in shallow water and built up her confidence. We also made it a game. Now we're working on dock jumping--with the full running start. She's awesome. Key words with BC's: make it a job, make it a game. Then they won't just want to swim--they'll need to swim.
  19. Pitbull/lab. Definitely, at most shelters, any black and white dog will be identified as at least part border collie. Most potential adopters prefer hearing border collie and/or lab to pitbull.
  20. I tried agility with my bc's at a facility in Atlanta. The instructors were good, and we moved up the chain a little. But the lessons were held once a week, and it didn't take long to realize that, if you want to get good, you've got to do this more than once a week. So, my question is, how do you get good at agility, and get some serious 4-7 days a week training in? Do you guys form clubs or agility training groups and train free of charge together? Is anybody in the Atlanta area out there who would like to figure out how we can do this together? I'd buy some equipment for my yard, but would
  21. Step one in the frisbee process is always the same: roll it along the ground. And if she likes to play ball, use the same word--toy, ball--whatever your word is, which may put her in the right frame of mind.
  22. I read the article linked above, then Googled the author because I really couldn't believe what I read in the article. I bet that lady is a barrel of fun. A vital part of functioning in the world we live in today is learning to put up with the unpleasant behavior of others. It's one of the risks we face when we leave our homes. This goes for people and dogs. Just as people draw a line, for example, putting up with crying babies on airplanes because that's just the way babies are--but maybe speaking up when that baby is next to us at a nice restaurant--dogs kind of have to learn to do that,
  23. Many people here dislike dog park's immensely. I don't regularly go because I can let my dogs run loose anywhere (not legally, mind you) and I just find better places to play frisbee and let them run. That being said, I think dog parks are terrific places to socialize dogs. BC's especially, can be shy with people and nippy with other dogs. At 5 months, your dog ought to be large enough to handle himself against all but the most aggressive players. I tend not to want to rescue mine unless they absolutely need it. Both of mine learned to early snap a little if another dog gets too aggressiv
  24. I rarely post here anymore because I never seem to agree with anybody. It's like I'm the only one on a different page. I try to be a positive person and hate to hear people complaining again and again about the same old topics: dog parks, Jon Katz, and lazy dog owners. But I'm a BC guy so I still check in pretty regularly to see if, just possibly, somebody has posted something that will enrich my life and add value to my relationship with my dogs. Thank you for this link. Kitch, I don't know you, but that short little film made my day. Thanks for sharing.
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