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  1. Another contributing factor, in my mind, are all the studies that list the Border Collie as the smartest dog. When I was in rescue, I can't tell you how many calls I got from people who had never had one. When I would ask them why they wanted a Border Collie, they almost always said it was because they read that Border Collies are the smartest breed. I then told them about living with a dog that is perhaps smarter than you are, and how hard you have to work to keep ahead of them. And how much you should be doing with them. Most people just want to "have" a dog but not work with it. They want bragging rights that their dog is smarter than everyone else's. I didn't hear back from most of those people, thank goodness. Kathy Robbins
  2. I agree with D'elle. When that happens in our house, the dog is invariably sick in some way. Get her to the vet. Kathy Robbins
  3. We once had a Bouvier who behaved this way, even when one of us simply went into the garage to take the trash out. You come in the door, she got excited and jumped! This is not fun when the dog weighs 85 pounds. She had been clicker trained, so we started clicking and treating for "four on the floor." We practiced in the house at first, then we would click as we opened the door when her feet were still on the floor. She stayed there for the treat, and then we were in already so there was no need to jump. It didn't take long for her to figure it out and the behavior stopped. Good luck. Kathy Robbins
  4. Ruby is 16 1/2 and still very active. Our house is a rancher, so no stairs. However, she now has trouble jumping in the van if it is in an enclosed space, such as in the garage next to the other car. She wears a Ruffwear harness on her walks, and we simply hang on to the harness as she jumps and just give her a little boost. We do the same when she jumps out. At the park, she doesn't need the help because the light is brighter and there is more space. I can see where going down stairs would be problematic however. You will have to really slow her down so that she stays at your side. Kathy Robbins
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. There is a Control Unleashed just for puppies. It is called just that: Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program. Kathy Robbins
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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! 

    Trudy

     

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