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  1. Border Collie Crazy, Do you let our rabbit run around the house all the time? And is it litter trained? Is in spayed/neutered?
  2. How does he act when the rabbit is out of sight? When the rabbit is in sight he is actually less focused more relaxed. Its when the bunny goes into its box, that he is suddenly fixated on it. Its been a few weeks now, and I have taken the rabbit out of the hutch with Sam out at the same time. Sam actually was happy to see the rabbit, and frisked around it, when he got to frisky and close to the rabbit I told him "no" "leave it" which he seemed happy to do. Then ran over to the hutch to stare at the box the rabbit goes into. Its like when the rabbit is out in the open, its not nearly as exciting anymore, when it goes into its box and can't be seen is what makes Sam interested. The rabbit is a female and has a crush on Sam, I think she is "in heat" she comes up to the front of the cage to Sam when he is there, and she rubs her chin and face on everything to spread her sent, and she sprays (I think I'm going to have to get her spayed). But, Sam gets bored when she is out in front of the cage in plain site and leaves her alone. I should also add, Sam stares really intensely at a lot of things. For instance, The next door neighbors son has a dog, and when he comes to visit his dog sits in a certain spot on the other side of the fence, and Sam and the dog sniff and bark and whine at each other whenever the son brings his dog— but the son, only brings the dog once every few months. But Sam goes to that spot, everyday, even when the dog hasn't been there for months, and stares at the spot as if the dogs there. Now he is doing that same thing with the rabbit hutch and rabbit.
  3. Here is a picture a a BC focusing on a lamb, with a look that is a lot like Sam's expression when he looks at the bunny. The BC in this picture isn't going to attack the lamb, so I think its possible that even though Sam is focusing on the rabbit, he may have no intention of trying to hurt it— maybe its just that border collie herding stare.
  4. Thanks for the advice, its all very good. I guess the best I can hope for is that Sam will turn out to be like Border Collie Crazy's dogs and stare at the rabbit in a nice way. It sounds like a lot of people are scared that the rabbit is stressed but this rabbit is pretty brazen for a rabbit. She eats her pellets, and parsley, and washes her face right in front of Sam like he is not even there. It is a female and she does not seem afraid of Sam, the cats, or people. She comes up to the front of the cage when she sees Sam, or my other dog, and she rubs her cheeks on the sides of the cage like she is trying to leave a scent, so I think she fancies him. I also think the rabbit likes being in the living room so it can watch us. I think it would be bored and lonely if it was in a room by itself. Since I posted, I have let her out of the cage while I hold Sam by his collar, he didn't try to kill her, he sniffed her and his tail wagged back and forth like it does when he greats another dog, looks more like he wants to play than kill, but since he seems so excited I still don't trust him. The rabbit walks/hops right up to him— she doesn't seem afraid at all. I've also been sitting on my sofa holding the rabbit with one hand and petting Sam with the other hand and telling him to relax, "be a good good dog Sam". He finally calms down and rests his chin on my knee, and starts to look relaxed and sleepy eyed- but then the rabbit moves and he is wide awake again, staring. I do think Sam is getting better with the rabbit, so I want to keep working with him and see how it goes. I don't think I would ever be able to let the rabbit be free range though, running around the house or backyard. I am planning on building a nice rabbit run outside.
  5. How did i introduce him to cats? I already had two cats when he was a puppy- they where almost his size so I didn't have to worry that he would kill them. I did actually pick Sam up, if he bothered the cats, and put the cats outside- so I guess Sam knew he wasn't going be allowed to hassle the cats. The cats, of course let him know as well.
  6. I'm sorry to hear about Edgar, makes me tear up a bit, I've heard of dogs with anxiety disorders, like extreme shyness being given Prozac and it helping. Maybe that's something you could try as a last resort. Also would like to add, I know your not going to use a shock collar but.... But I did massive amounts of research on shock collar - e-collars a few years ago, one of the things I found out from my research was.... Never use a shock collar to correct aggressive behavior-- an aggressive dog will most likely think whatever he is focusing on, the other dog - is what is shocking him and attack it. I know you aren't going to use a shock collar- but posting this incase others read this.
  7. Liz P's advice is genius. I am going to try to do this to introduce rabbits to my dog.
  8. My last border collie seemed to stop growing in Height at about 10 months- then started filling out a bit.
  9. I know a lot of people on this forum must have chickens, ducks, rabbits- how do you get your BCs not to chase and kill them? I've gotten a new bunny rabbit. I don't dare let it out of the hutch because I'm afraid Sam my BC will kill it. When Sam looks at the bunny his eyes look like they are going to pop out of his head. He stares at the rabbit with his nose on the mesh of the cage for hours and hours, frozen on its every move, if the rabbit moves quickly or jumps—Sam goes nuts, runs around the cage and wines, and I have to put him outside. Does he want to kill it or herd it? I'm hoping if I just let Sam sit next to the cage and be with the rabbit he will eventually be desensitized to the rabbit and accept it as being a normal part of his life- not something to eat and kill. Will he ever accept the bunny and be friends with it? Sam doesn't kill my cats so I'm hoping he will treat the rabbit like a cat, and ignore it. I know BCs herd Ducks without killing them- but will a dog get used to a rabbit? Anyone got any advice on this?
  10. I had a really similar problem with my dog Sam, and I posted about it on here as well. It did help a lot to get him neutered, so I would do that if I where you. After I neutered mine it took a lot of the "kill" out of his aggression. But he still had leash aggression but he didn't seem as much like he really wanted to kill the other dogs- it softened the aggression. One thing I did that I think helped was -I started walking him on a leash at a dog park on a path where I knew I would be passing other dogs on leashes. On the dog path I would walk him toward other people with their dog on a leash, let him sniff the dog for 2 seconds and keep walking straight past— sometimes he would growl but I'd just keep walking as if it was nothing- then I would do some heal work on the leash, make him walk forward backward with me and give him a treat. After doing that same thing over and over for 2 months- he started to just walk past other dogs without lunging or growling. If other people had dogs his size that were not on a leash- and their dog ran up to my dog- I would just drop the leash- because pulling on the leash would make him crazy- so I just started dropping the leash. Sometimes he would jump on the other dog and try to pin it in an aggressive way- but it always turned into play- like play fighting- he's never really gotten in a fight and by now he's played with 100s of dogs- so I don't think he really ever wanted to fight.
  11. I'm thinking about rescuing this BC cross (or what they call New Zealand heading dog) from a shelter. Her name is Jezebel the vet says she has a neurological disorder. She steps high with her front feet- prances. - I'm worried it could a degenerative disease. Here is a video of her and you can see her step high with her front feet- prancing. Does anyone know what this would be, or if it will get worse with age?
  12. Are you sure its not mange- ? My friend had a puppy and the vet misdiagnosed it as having an allergy, but it really had mange- so make sure your vet does a scraping- or go to a different vet and get them to analyze it. I'm not sure if the program drops for fleas will kill ringworm since ringworm is not worm or insect- it's a fungus you need a fungicide.
  13. Baloo was put on an antibiotic. Its been 7 days and each day he's gotten a little less wobbly. He actually seems better. I still wonder what he had though, if its something he ate or algae from the river— he could get it again. Maybe if it was something like an inner ear infection the antibiotic killed it.
  14. I think beware of the "no treats trainers" I think a lot of the people who are hardcore, no treats people, also use more methods having to do with punishment or correction to get the dog to do things— like leash corrections to get the dog to heal instead of giving treats to the dog for healing.
  15. Also, a bark collar is completely different than a e-collar used for training. The guy who zapped his dog for barking is stupid and you are never supposed to use the e-collar for things like that. A good barking collar senses vibration and tingles right when the dog begins to bark- so the timing is right. The training e-collars are more sophisticated, you control it by hand remote and you don't use it for barking— if you don't do it correctly you can hurt your dog, or train him to be afraid to go in the back yard, or outside.
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