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  1. I have been walking with healthy dog snacks in my pocket, and that is really keeping Bobby's focus from whatever demons lurk in his head. And by accident my son found out something that makes Bobby very happy and playful. He was watering something with the garden hose and Bobby stared jumping at the water. My son took a bunch of pictures of Bobby in mid air with his mouth wide open snapping at the water. He has a very active border collie and the two dogs had a ton of fun. If I knew how to send a picture I would. I will check out the references that were recommended. Thanks so much. Till next time....
  2. I think it is coming up to four weeks I have had him. I will use this forum next time he has an episode. Gotta keep a pocket full of treats. Always have sugar cubes for the horse, so it is only fair. Thanks for all the help Seona
  3. Yes, by fragile I mean emotionally. He has moments when he is playful and happy and demonstrates that he has been trained to be really in tune with his owner. I guess what I am saying is that I think it will take a while till he will repond like that all the time. But overall, I am not complaining about Bobby. I just love him. It is in my nature to ease him into the house. I am sure by the winter things will have changed. I am in British Columbia, Canada, and our winters are long and mean.
  4. As far as I was told by the vet, Bobby is 5. The vets brother is a serious border collie trainer, and takes his dogs to sheep trails, etc. It was actually the vets brother that ended up with the dog as he would seem to be the guy who would know what training the dog had.Bobby has some training but because he is so fragile, it is hard to know what it is. So the vet helped his brother find a home, and they both tell me Bobby is a BC.
  5. I should add that he was found in the back of a cattle transporter covered in cow poop and I was told by the vet who ended up caring for him that he was an outdoor farm dog in another life, and that is what I am going on. I live in the country and he really really doesn't want to be in the house. My little dog is, but Bobby just stands at the threshold, not wanting to come in.
  6. It sounds , from the response,like I am doing something wrong by having the dog live on the porch/deck/ front step, (whatever term works)!? He picked the spot where he sleeps, so I bought him a bed and a nightlight( the kids thought he needed the light). I have the door open a lot and the way the house is set up, I see him all the time. I am in and out all day, so is my little dog and my kids, so he is not isolated during the day. I have a bench beside where he likes to sleep and I sit there with him. Like I said, he stays close to home. I only put him on a chain ( and it is long and he doesn't move anyway) when we all go to bed. A real homebody. In time he won't have the chain either.
  7. I have had him through one thunderstorm and brought him inside ( he lives on the front porch and normally doesn't try to come in) . He was terrified and vibrating, so we all sat on the floor keeping him cheered up. So yes, hates thunder. That I do know.
  8. I thought of there being a physical reason this morning. There was no thunder or rain, but the sky was overcast, and the lighting a bit weird, and it did eventually rain, so I wondered if maybe he had a headache. It is the sort of weather when people get headaches. All this feedback is so helpful. I am a horse person more than a dog person, at least in understanding behaviour that is a bit off the regular course.
  9. Sorry in advance if I am in the wrong place on the forums. Never seem to get it right. I have been reading lots of the posts from the past to see if I can figure out my 5 year old rescue dog, but so far no luck. I have had him about a month now. At first he was fearful of leaving the house to go for a walk, but if I kept him on the leash, he would stay and enjoy his walk. I have had some great long walks in the woods. I have another little dog, and those two are starting to interact. In the woods Bobby follows me, no leash, and we have a great time. I need to keep him leashed till we are away from the road, but then i let him off. Last night, as we were walking to the woods he just lay down, When I tugged the leash, he rolled on his back and just stayed there. I couldn't move him. He was almost comotose! I spoke very softly too him, he wouldn't look at me, and then I just carried on with my small dog and walked away and left him to see what he would do ( there is no traffic on the road, it is a country side road). Eventually he got up and caught up to us and we walked in the woods a bit, but he kept laying down and was not feeling safe, so I put him on the leash and we went home. I thought he was getting more confidence, but this was a setback. Any ideas?
  10. Still trying to figure out my new rescue dog, and I do admit to not knowing much about BC's but I have been reading lots. He is getting a bit more confident and stays with me walking in the woods without a leash, he actually stays within 2-4 feet of me at all times. When I stop, he sit at my feet and waits.Not bad since I have only had him two weeks!On the road, however, I have to leash him, as he wants to go home ( it is a quiet rural road, hardly any cars). At home he doesn't wander, he just sleeps on the front step on his new doggy bed. My mom has a pug and my mother in law has a foofy lap dog with a french name I can't spell, and Bobby snaps the air very close to them when they come near him. I have a small "mutt" but Bobby and my dog ( Min.poodle/Chiu/Pom X) just rub along. My dog isn't in your face, but the other two are hyperactive. My question is : Is Bobby going to bite those two annoying dogs or is he just getting them to keep thier distance? I don't know what Bobby's background is, what his training is. Any thoughts? I really like this dog!
  11. Still trying to figure out my new rescue dog, and I do admit to not knowing much about BC's but I have been reading lots. He is getting a bit more confident and stays with me walking in the woods without a leash, he actually stays within 2-4 feet of me at all times. When I stop, he sit at my feet and waits.Not bad since I have only had him two weeks!On the road, however, I have to leash him, as he wants to go home ( it is a quiet rural road, hardly any cars). At home he doesn't wander, he just sleeps on the front step on his new doggy bed. My mom has a pug and my mother in law has a foofy lap dog with a french name I can't spell, and Bobby snaps the air very close to them when they come near him. I have a small "mutt" but Bobby and my dog ( Min.poodle/Chiu/Pom X) just rub along. My dog isn't in your face, but the other two are hyperactive. My question is : Is Bobby going to bite those two annoying dogs or is he just getting them to keep thier distance? I don't know what Bobby's background is, what his training is. Any thoughts? I really like this dog!
  12. Thank you for the input. He is a very content fellow on his own new porch. He never really tries to get in the house. I leave the door open and my other little dog wanders at will, but he is happy just being there. He is not what you would call a self excersizer. He gets along with other dogs but doesn't really interact. Funny old soul. I will take my time and I hope I will find out what it is he knows, because he seems to know something. He is very affectionate and licky..a bit too licky at time. Thanks again for help
  13. I just adopted a 5 or so year old border collie, and it has some behaviours I do not understand.It lost its way by finding itself inside a cattle truck, and being driven far away from home. I have never owned a border collie, but I think this guy has some training. I just need to know how to communicate. I think he is a bit insecure right now, and we will bide our time. Only had him 5 days. But what he does is, well one of the things, is that he runs home if you don't have him on a leash. He won't want to leave the yard ( and he has only been there 5 days!) but he comes along on a leash. A real homebody. He tends to want to walk in from of me, and I tried to walk him beside me, and he laid down on the road and didn't want to more. I think I hurt his feelings. He is very sensitive. But he does come when he is called, loves vehicles, but I can call him away from chasing. But when he puts his head down and heads for home, then he doesn't come. I want to take him off the leash, but I can't. Any ideas??
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