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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. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. We are so sorry. It is always too soon, isn't it? Kathy and Steward Robbins
  20. I have used TTouch, but not for the purpose you are thinking of. I used it to calm down nervous shelter dogs and it worked wonders. It might calm your dog down. It would certainly be worth a try. Kathy Robbins
  21. Lupo is adorable! While it isn't easy to tell about breeds in one so young, she does look like a Border Collie to me. And it sounds like she acts like one, as well. Have fun! Kathy Robbins
  22. Besides what you have already been told, one thing we always did was take the dogs with us on each trip to the new place, so they know you aren't leaving them behind! Good luck. Kathy Robbins
  23. These objects smell like you, and this is his way of being close to you when you are not there. The Bull Terrier, my first breed, is known for this kind of behavior, so yes, other dogs have done it. It's not common, but it does happen. It is very sweet, when you think of it. Kathy Robbins
  24. He might be a bit young to start obedience classes, for one thing, So yes, your expectations may be too high for now. He is an infant/toddler. They don't go to school....It took me two years to get Ruby's attention.(Ages 1 to 3) She repeated Rally I four times before the lightbulb went on. (age 3) She is now 15 and still acting like a puppy. Enjoy! My training club offers a Puppy PreSchool class for dogs Tuckers age, but it doesn't involve any real obedience, just "pre-obedience using toys and food." A real obedience class at this time probably put him over his tolerance levels. Kathy Robbins
  25. She is adorable! You really can't tell this soon what the mix might be. As a shelter volunteer, I see breed id's based on color all the time - all black & white dogs are BC mixes. All brindle dogs are Pit mixes. All black and tan dogs are Rottie mixes. Well, ya know, Yorkies are also black and tan!!! All merles are Aussie mixes.....and on and on. Let us know what the DNA test tells you. Kathy Robbins
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