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  1. Congratulations on adding Ruckus to the family! I would transition from puppy food right now. Many breeder never feed puppy food ever. I promotes fast bone growth, which can cause problems later. Get him on a good adult food. I wouldn't get a second dog until Ruckus is fully trained. Trying to train two dogs at the same time can be maddening for you! Best wishes for a long and happy life together. Kathy Robbins
  2. Way to go, Lizabeth!!! I never could understand why they didn't at least install porta-potties. The county uses them to augment the permanent restrooms in the busier county parks. Kathy Robbins
  3. Tommy, Think near Brown's Addditon, but down below. And Steward thinks you definitely should contact the media. No one will do anything unless they feel public pressure. That is the way it works around here.....I knew you would get the run-around when you listed all you had spoken with... Kathy Robbins Spokane
  4. OK Schrev, One of my 4 is a puller, or I should say WAS. After years of trying all the "tried and true" methods for teaching loose lead walking, I found something that worked for Ruby. It is from Pam Dennison's "Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training" 3rd edition. She devised this for her rescue Border Collie who pulled like crazy. It is very embarrassing for a nationally known dog trainer to have a dog that pulls like crazy! No special training collars, required, rather a regular buckle collar will do, though if your dog is trained to pull on a regular collar, you may want to switch to a harness. Attach a long line that is at least 15 feet long. Start out. Your dog will take off. BEFORE Ziggy gets to the end of the line, click and treat and throw the treat toward Ziggy. If you haven't done clicker training with Ziggy, you will have to charge the clicker first. Pam's book will tell you how to do this and much more. The reason for throwing the treat is that you are not teaching heeling. You are simply teaching loose lead walking, and Ziggy doesn't have to be at your side all the time. Keep clicking and rewarding when the line is loose. If the line tightens, then no treat. " Hmmm. I get a treat when my neck feels good." Start this out in an area with no or few distractions, and gradually work your way up to other places that may be more exciting. The "Be a Tree" works for many dogs, but what Ruby and Pam's Emma learned from it is that when Mom stops, you run back, get a treat, and then go out and pull again so you can come back and get another treat! It all depends on how a particular dog's mind works! It is the challenging dogs that teach us the most if we are able to think outside the box. And the very best trainers do that. They observe a particular dog and figure out what that dog needs. Good luck and have a great time! Kathy Robbins
  5. Geonni, here is what we do with Ruby, who is also subject to BCC. She gets a short frisbee session early in the morning before it heats up. The frisbee is thrown gently and fairly low so she doesn't have to leap up to get it. She still loves it. As Ruby got older we noticed that it took less exercise to bring on an episode, and extreme weather conditions, heat or cold, also seem to contribute. Ruby is a very excitable dog, and when neighbor terriers get her all worked up, she starts running laps around our trees. She gets two laps max, depending on her intensity. She knows this and seems to be able to count herself now, often stopping herself after two. Sometimes she hears me shout "That's ONE!" and she will stop then. We do rally and a few tricks. We go for a short walk once a day. She isn't allowed any intense exercise. I would forget the hard exercise completely and concentrate on trick training and other mental exercises, as others have already suggested. You are NOT a bad owner. Your concern proves that. You just need to get used to her limitations. Ruby is almost 11 now, and this has been going on since she was about 6. She is a very happy dog, and we only intervene when we can see she is getting too intense. Kathy Robbins
  6. Lizabeth, I am a former CGC evaluator. The important thing is that Gidget is on a LOOSE lead and pays attention so that she goes in the direction you are going. Please remember that Petco trainers are trained by Petco and may or may not have ever trained dogs before. They have a manual they go by. You and Gidget should pass the CGC from your description. Also, inform the evaluator of your disability, as the AKC requires that accommodations should be made for this. Also, in general terms it is NOT necessary for a dog to walk in heel position. This is a competition obedience exercise and not relevant to everyday life. Best wishes to you both Tuesday night. Kathy Robbins
  7. Just keep on working at the training. It is her age. Results vary as far as age goes. My Ruby was 3 before I had her complete attention. We adopted her from a shelter when she was about a year, so it was two years of constant and consistent training, and one day I had her attention and she is my best trained dog to this day. As far as getting a different behavior in certain situations, you not only have to stop the behavior you don't like, you also have to teach her what you DO like. Instead of controlling her with the leash and forcing her to stay in place with pressure, have you tried immediately asking for sit, downs, etc. as soon as you seen someone coming? That will keep her mind on something else that she should do. Follow with profuse praise, treats, whatever she responds to. You could also turn away when you see something or someone she will want to go to. Keep her either moving or thinking in those circumstances when she might succumb to excited distraction. I have never had a dog whose recall was 100% at the age of 10 months. She is an adolescent, and you know what that means! I think most dogs are better off lead in certain circumstance because they can't rely on the leash/line to tell where you are and what you are doing. They have to pay attention to keep track of you. For both your problems, Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed, specifically the Look at That exercise, would probably help. Kathy Robbins
  8. It seems that Princess Gidget and Princess Ruby have a LOT in common. If she is like Ruby you don't have to force the issue. When she has to go badly enough she will run outside and do it and run back in. Ruby hates to get her feet wet unless she is herding, chasing, or playing frisbee. Then she doesn't even notice the wet. Princesses are princesses!
  9. The best program I have found for helping a dog overcome fears, build confidence, and most of all to trust his owner is called Behavior Adjustment Training by Grisha Stewart. I have used it to help a friend's Border Collie who was presenting with some odd and inconsistent fears. You can get it on Amazon. Good luck, it really works. Kathy Robbins
  10. Hi Lizabeth, Where are you training with Gidget? I always like to hear about good trainers in town. Kathy Robbins
  11. One of my neighbors was recently hospitalized, and it turned out to be water toxicity. They told her it was a good thing she got to the ER when she did, or she might have died. She was in for three days, and when she was discharged she was shaky for a while. She was told to LIMIT her fluid ingestion to no more than 16 oz. a day until further notice from the doctor. So Mya probably should not drink as much water as usual for a bit. And make sure that vet educates him/her self to water toxicity! It sounds like it takes a while for the body chemistry to get back to normal, but the vet should at least be able to tell your friend if Mya's continued disability is normal. Of if not, fix it! Kathy Robbins
  12. The shelter where we volunteer uses them on dogs that come in frightened, and it helps them a lot. Quite amazing, actually. When it thunders, I use Rescue Remedy for my own dogs. The storms here never last very long, and it is easier than getting three dogs "dressed." The oldest dog pays no attention to thunder or anything else. Kathy Robbins
  13. A lot of dogs play this way. If her playmate doesn't care about it, that is a sure sign that it is all just part of the game. I wouldn't worry about what others think when they hear the noises. Kathy Robbins
  14. Very strange, but Gidget is legally yours. You did more than what is required to find her owners. Besides, nothing may come of it. Kathy Robbins
  15. Ruby was a year old when we adopted her from the shelter. I worked steadily and consistently with her for two years, never having her attention. Then when she turned three, suddenly the lightbulb went on an she was my partner! She is ten now, and to this day people who see us work together comment on how attentive she is.....so keep on keeping on! Kathy Robbins
  16. Oh Lizabeth, Gidget is beautiful. It is amazing that someone didn't care enough about her to even look. My red girl is lighter in color than Gidget, but Gidget is the shade of red I am used to seeing in other BCs. The only other one like Ruby is a youngster that is coming to Rally practice at the club right now. Ruby gets even lighter during the summer when she gets more sun. We call it her sunbleached period! You can see her in our avatar. Kathy Robbins
  17. When I got my first puppy, I was having the same problems you are having now. When she was about your pup's age, I complained to a friend who was a Boxer breeder about it. She told me that the puppy brain is not able to process house training until they were about 12 weeks old. I thought that was funny, but when the pup turned 12 weeks, she suddenly went to the door and signaled she wanted out!!! I couldn't believe it. Even the pups who seem to be housebroken can still have accidents when they are young. Just keep on keeping on, and one day it will happen. You can still use the clicker to mark and reward going potty. I have had great success doing that for a dog that seemed resistant to house training. You don't have to give a command to reward a dog for something good. In fact, you may be saying "go potty" too much. Just wait for it. Kathy Robbins
  18. Hi Lizabeth, You have already gotten some good advice, so I won't reinvent the wheel here. Spokane Dog Training Club will have new classes beginning in July, with registration the week before. Next week will be the last classes of the current session. There is a month off between sessions. You would want one of the Home Companion classes, rather than a Puppy class. There are several each week. Who is booked until September??? Kathy Robbins
  19. I thought so!!!! This is such a wonderful outcome for everyone, especially for Gidget. As for barking at Orion when he is playing, I have four Border Collies, and when I am going to do anything with one of them outside, the others are in the house where they can't see us. Motion can turn a Border Collie on, at least mine (haha), and watching another dog having so much fun may be too much for Gidget right now. At some point you could try playing with two balls, so that Gidget has something she can run after herself. When she is as well trained as Orion, you can put each one in a stay in turn and give each a chance to go for their own ball without competition. If her other behaviors are motivated by fear issues, as Kim described, the best program I have worked with for that is BAT, or Behavior Adjustment Training by Grisha Stewart. I helped a friend with her Border Collie with this program and the results were amazing. You and Kim should feel free to keep in touch. Kathy Robbins
  20. First of all, let me say that I really admire your courage in dealing with your disabilities. Second, thank you for giving Gidget a loving home. Third, are you KIM's mother????? Kathy Robbins
  21. Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue is a network of rescuers all over the Pacific Northwest, including That'll Do mentioned in the previous post. The web address is www.pnwbcrescue.org Also check out the photo in the Gallery called "But I Need A PUPPY For Agility." All the dogs in the photo are rescues from That'll Do, as it happens. You don't need a puppy to train in agility. A good fosterer knows which dogs have potential to excel in this area. Good luck with your search. One thing I would recommend is that you NOT get a puppy from an AKC breeder who is breeding for agility alone. I know a bunch of dogs from this background and many of them are nuts and very hard to live with. (Granted, these are dogs owned by serious agility people and they are not primarily pets.) Kathy Robbins
  22. My Ruby was a terrible leash puller, and I tried every recommended method over time, none of which worked. Then I discovered a completely new method from Pam Dennison, an excellent trainer, in her book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dog Training". She devised this method when nothing else worked for her rescue Border Collie! You put your dog on a long line at least 15 feet long. Do not use a retractable leash. Begin in a no or low distraction area and gradually work your way up to higher distractions. Have your clicker and treats ready. Your arm will be straight down at your side. When the leash is loose, click and throw your dog a treat. The longer leash gives you more time to do this before there is tension on the leash. The dog does NOT return to you for the treat. In loose lead walking, the dog does not have to be in heel position. What Pam realized, and what I realized when I read this, is that we were training our dogs to think that the proper way to get a treat is to pull on the leash and run back to us to get it. Not all dogs think this way, but it turned out to be the perfect method for Ruby. After 6 years of struggling with this, she finally became manageable on walks. She will always have the tendency to go out, but all I have to do now is remind her "easy" and she lets up on the speed. She is now 10 years old. Pam also suggests that if your dog is "trained" to pull when wearing a collar, change to a harness for walks. Ruby's harness is a regular one, not a "no Pull" style. Good luck. Not all dogs learn behaviors in the same way. I can't help with the barking, as I have never left a dog outside the house when gone. They don't like to be alone, but if you leave Jet inside in a crate with things to do, as has been suggested, he would at least have the security of being in his home. Kathy Robbins
  23. We have 4 Border Collies, and two of them are so inclined. One just in winter, one year round! Years ago we had terriers who loved to do it as well. We have tried Adolph's and the stuff the vet sells. They work for some dogs and not others, so try it. I think it is not so uncommon as people wish. Our terriers did it, one of our 4 Bouviers did it, and now 2 of the 4 BCs. One of ours now seems most interested in the results of the dog who is on a special diet. She would also like it if she were fed THAT food, so it may be that some feces just are attractive to certain dogs! There's no accounting for taste, eh? Kathy Robbins
  24. My husband and I take photos of shelter dogs for posting on Petfinder.com We get a fair number of dogs who will NOT look at the camera, and tons of them who make submissive gestures like averting their eyes, lip licking, etc. They can't get away as I have them on a leash. The camera lens is a stranger making direct hard eye contact. That is what it looks like to the dog! How are these dogs when meeting a stranger who stares and behaves inappropriately? I'll be they don't like it and avoid that person. Well, the camera or phone is in the same category to a dog. Desensitization to the camera is the only suggestion, and others have made a good case for that. You have to make the camera familiar and safe. Kathy Robbins
  25. Control Unleashed exercizes worked for us! Ruby will always get excited when she sees a squirrel, and I let her have some fun, but I can now call her off the squirrel and everyone is happy (including the squirrel, presumably). Kathy Robbins
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