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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
  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 s
  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
  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
  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
  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.
  16. To answer a question someone asked about wouldn't water effect the collar. If you get a collar get one of the best brands, not a cheap one made in China, they can hurt your dog. The good brands are water proof. One of the biggest users of electric training collars is hunters and people with bird dogs that swim in water. They use them for many reasons but one of the reasons is there dogs may run a mile away through the woods and they can signal the dog with the collar to come back. They use them in the water too.
  17. Here is a link to Anna Holland a herding dog trainer in New Zealand has written about the e-collars. I think what she wrote is very good. http://www.annaholland.co.nz/electricdogtrainers%20-%20thedosanddonots.html
  18. Love the white ones, and any border collie with unusual markings. I can see why people would shy away from breeding predominately white ones— it might raise the chance of completely white dogs or no pigment on nose and eyelids and ears.
  19. I'm in New Zealand and its a labra spoodle designer mutt, but please don't hold it against him. He is about 3 now. I have two border collies, one is a NZ barbie collie and one is a ISDS farm border collie. They all went running around the river the day before Baloo got sick. My dogs go into the river almost every day. That's one of the reasons I'm a bit worried— It does sound like a tick borne disease, or a micro-organism, virus bacteria that attacks the nervous system— I'm wondering if its some kind of water borne disease. There is something called cyanobacteria that can is in algae in riv
  20. Maybe I shouldn't be posting in the stock dog forum, but to all the people who say the electic collars are torture, they are only torture if you use them wrong. Shock collars when used the right way are humane, if its not humane you are using the shock collar incorrectly. That trainer you described sounds like he she was doing a number of things wrong. One, using a shock collar in a big group of dogs sounds idiotic, there is a good chance the dog is going to associate the weird tingle with the other dogs, the park itself, etc... and develop a fear of the setting. Good chance one of the dog ow
  21. That's ok, I do that all the time its a long thread- you where right by the way, about changing gear, pulling on Sam's collar, trying to force him not to look at the dog physically, makes him worse- no matter what collar. I do think the neutering helped, it seemed to tone his aggression down a notch, but it was still there.
  22. My friends have been doing renovations to their house, so some kind of chemical poisoning or lead is possible. There house was built in the late 70s so lead should have been banned by then, but they just sanded a outside deck and varnished it-- and I know the outside boards are treated with chemicals to keep them from rotting. Some kind of inner ear infection could also be possible- vestibular- but the vet didn't think that was it. I wonder if you would get a high fever with lead or chemical poisoning? Baloo is at my house now because my friends went out of town, I am dog sitting. He isn't
  23. I have a cookie cutter border collie who's parents were NZ Australian champs (I live in New Zealand so she was the only border collie puppy I knew of at the time). I got my second border collie from a farm, father sheepherding trial winner, ISDS, papers etc... I think the farmer couldn't find all herding homes and gave the last two to non farm homes. Anyway, they are very different, Farm border collie is tall skinny funny spots ticking on his coat, pointy nose, long legs. The cookie cutter NZ bred show dog looks just like the ones in the video, But she is better at agility and was easier to
  24. Thanks everyone for advice, (I just wrote a follow up- its 8 months later, the thread might be dead by now but I wrote a follow up anyway. Sam is 8 months older now than when I first posted, so almost 2 years old. I no longer worry that much about him being aggressive (he is much better), but I remember at the time of posting this he really scared me. I think his aggression calmed down a lot after he was neutered, but it was still there. I tried lots of different things. I did get the Leerburg choker collar. I pulled up on the choker collar, just as Leerburg said, and Sam would stand on h
  25. I looked up rickettsial disease in New Zealand and it seems like it doesn't exist here. I don't think they have ticks here at all. Only fleas.
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