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  1. I think he feels more secure in the kennel, and that is why he is behaving badly when loose. Put him back in the kennel for a while, and then you can test him. Maybe he will always prefer the kennel; some dogs do. Kathy Robbins
  2. I wold have the vet check him out. It is very intermittent, but I wonder if it is some kind of seizure activity. Kathy Robbins
  3. We don't get as much mud as you described, but we have always used play sand. It is sand that is finely ground and safe for children. Hence the name as it is meant to fill sandboxes. It mixes with the mud and you can use as much as you need for your mud conditions. We have been happy with it. Kathy Robbins
  4. This sounds like my Ruby. We adopted her when she was a year old. She had absolutely no focus. I worked with her for two years before I got her attention. The important thing is not what you are doing/training, but CONSISTENCY and never giving up. At three, Ruby suddenly looked at me and never looked away on the Rally course. So keep at it and good luck. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel! Kathy Robbins
  5. I used to do that all the time and the hair will grow back. I never wanted to put a dog through the lengthy process of combing them out. It could take forever! Kathy Robbins
  6. I agree completely with D'Elle. My Ruby was the same way and the Look at That game did the trick with her. She is now almost 16 and still loves to see the squirrels, but we haven't been in danger of being pulled over in years! Kathy Robbins
  7. There is a Control Unleashed just for puppies. It is called just that: Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program. Kathy Robbins
  8. Tapeworm???? Take a fecal sample in to your vet. Better yet, take Splash in and have a full workup. He looks like he is loads of fun! Kathy Robbins
  9. Welcome to the Boards and thank you for the beautiful photos of your beautiful girl! We call the little red ones with narrow muzzles "fox collies" and you can see in our avatar that we have one as well. Her name is Ruby, and she is 15 years old and hasn't slowed down yet. May Astrid do as well. Do you have foxes in Brazil? I think Astrid looks more like a fox than a wolf, even more so in the last photo. I think there was a thread here in the past called "FoxCollies" that had a few photos so you can search for it. Please continue to keep us informed of all Astrid's adventures! Kathy Robbins
  10. At 12 weeks, she does NOT know better. Most puppies usually aren't even ready to start house training until they are 12 weeks old. Plus, I have never known anyone who used wee wee pads to start with who didn't have trouble house training the pup. Your pup has learned that it is ok to go in the house on absorbent surfaces, so that would include the carpet in your bedroom. You need to start taking her outside frequently and praising the heck out of her when she goes out there. Do you have a small grassy area in front, since you don't have a back garden? I have had faster results using a clicker for this, but it can be done with voice praise as well, and then a reward. Most puppies will respond to treats, but some to toys or petting. Sometimes we hear about Border Collie puppies who are house trained very fast, but please don't compare your pup to any other one. They are all different. Also, stop the sternness and anger. This will only make it worse. When she has made a mistake, quickly move her to the area you want her to be. Praise her every time she goes there. Give her no response at all when she goes elsewhere. And to prevent her from doing it when you aren't looking, don't give her freedom of the flat when you aren't there, or when you can't catch her. Use a crate, an x-pen, or gate her into one of the rooms that are set up with pads. She needs to earn her freedom with age and good behavior. Best wishes, and do let us see a photo of her. Kathy Robbins
  11. Thank You very much for sharing your experience, it made me feel better...I am going to ignore her  and hope  this behavior corrects itself in time. .

    Thank You! 



  12. When our dogs were younger they acted fearful when I vacuumed. I just ignored them and their behavior, and always have. They are now almost 11, and 15+ and sometimes I have to poke them with the vacuum to get them to move out of the way. Sometimes Ruby, the 15+, will leave the room with a disgusted look on her face, but Ben I have to keep herding out of the way. A little fear would be appreciated now! I can't say that this approach will work with every dog, and it takes a long time, but that is what happened here. Not making a big deal about it, is ignoring it in my mind. No treats, no coaxing, no cooing. Good luck. DH just just reminded me that the more often you vacuum, the sooner this will work. When we got now carpeting, I began to vacuum daily, then on alternate days, and I still do that. The frequency desensitizes them. Kathy Robbins
  13. At the training club I belong to, name recognition is the first thing taught in Puppy class. Say the name, and when the puppy looks at you, instantly reward. Most puppies respond to food, but some to toys. You just have to know your own puppy. Repeat this exercise a lot until the pup is looking at you whenever he or she hears the name. I personally would use a clicker, clicking right away at the look, followed right away with the reward. Good luck and have fun. Kathy Robbins
  14. The very best program I have found for fearful dogs is Grisha Stewart's Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0. I have used her methods to help a friend with a Border Collie pup who had fear reactions to many things. It worked like a charm and this dog is now an Agility Champion and Social Butterfly. She is adorable, by the way, as if you didn't know! Good luck. Kathy Robbins
  15. Ruby had a vestibular attack when she was 11 or 12. She is now 15 and extremely active and vital. The vet gave her something for the nausea and that took care of it. It did take her a couple of months to recover. The only residual symptom she has ever had is a cute head tilt when she is excited, or wants something. Kathy Robbins
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