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About haleigh

  • Birthday 10/04/1993

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    I'm from Illinois, Joy from WI
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    Dogs. Horses. Herding. Agility. Flyball. Obedience. Rally

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  1. We used to live on 7 acres of woods in the middle of the suburbs, and a couple of coyotes shared our little land. I brought our malinois Mo to visit Knox (also a mal) one day, and my mom and I stepped out to walk to the store. While walking up the driveway, we saw two reddish brown dogs running through the forest. Of course, we started running after them screaming. My sister calls out and asks what we were doing- of course, we were chasing coyote. At my dads house, we only have the dreaded combine
  2. I don't really think she sees, hears or smells anything. It's just one of those gut feelings. She won't stop at anything....even her favorite toy or treat. I ran away from her screaming Ouch! (which she tries to 'protect me' no matter the circumstance or place) and she was still staring at the wall. I don't know- maybe I need to post a video. I've seen OCD dogs but not this intense. If I get her into the vet, should I just ask for a complete physical and blood workup, or any other specific things that might not be included?
  3. I had my private lesson with Amanda Nelson a couple weeks back. She said that yeah, Joy and I have a bond, but not a working bond. So, it's only me doing the feeding, playing...etc., I hand feed her, and I provide EVERYTHING for her. Her agility lesson a week ago was a little more than stellar. She only ran off for 5 minutes, but when she came back, she didn't do her random jumping crap. A few days ago (monday, maybe??) she started this weird thing at home. Joy's been barking nonstop. Yeah, 'typical' border collie stuff. But I mean nonstop. She will wakeup and just start her high pitched panic bark. If I leave her alone for five minutes, she starts barking. She also chases the walls. If I'm playing with her, she'll stop bringing it to me half way and run full force to the nearest wall and start scanning the base like theirs gold or something. Even if we're cuddling she'll do this. Before training last night, I ran out of Joy's anxiety drops, and it was raining. I thought Joy would be iffy because of the rain, but she was fine. I was able to get a solid 15 minutes in with Joy actually listening, before she glazed over and started chasing the wall. We called it quits, and tried getting Joy over for treats and toys. She only came back for a whole 2 minutes out of a half hour. Most dogs with OCD things would think this gets boring after a while, but not Joy. If she's not starting to get back into her normal self by next week, I'm taking her to the vet. I was thinking we should get a CBC or an eye exam.
  4. What I'm doing right now which would probably benefit you is to start out with some private lessons and gradually add in other dogs. The minute your dog becomes overstimulated, remove a dog and start from base one (or which ever one you were at before). How about a kong when practicing LAT? I started this because when I was practicing LAT with my girl Joy she would bite the heck out of my fingers and it would HURT...badly. I used a kong and she was able to take out her frustration on it instead of me. If it's the interaction you are looking for, you can let your puppers lick it for a couple seconds then start playing with it. I don't like using games during our CU exercises because they can be stimulating and boost Joy's adrenaline, but I can't say that for all dogs. If your boy pays more attention to you when you have toys than food, then use it by all means!
  5. I don't really like dragging Joy anywhere. If I'm giving her a 'correction' (using that term loosely here) I give her an option. If she's being to rough with the kitty Angel, I tell her to stop. If she doesn't let up in a few seconds by her choice, I use slight pressure. If she still doesn't listen, I grab her collar and she gets a time out from playing for a bit. It's like my 4 year old cousin with Joy. If she runs around Joy (major no-no!) I tell her to knock it off, or she'll get bit. If she still doesn't listen, TV stays off for a 1/2 hour. If she doesn't listen after that, she gets picked up and gets a time out in her room. Just upping the ante for punishments. I also understand that your boy doesn't WANT to stop harassing the kitten. By giving him the option to correct the situation himself first, you're helping him become more of a 'critical thinker' as an adult. Some dogs have trouble figuring things out for themselves (if I do A, will it get me B?) and that can be a pain in the butt during training later in life. I prefer this to correcting the dog right off the bat. Correcting immediately by physical punishments may get the job done soon, but it isn't as effective in the long run, IMO. For treats, I would boil a pound of chicken a week, dice it and freeze it. Low fat, low calories, low cost. ETA: Something I've learned with the whole dog vs. cat thing: Most people seem to think that the dogs are the only issue. Cats need to be trained too. If your kitten is taunting the dog, don't be afraid to give time outs. In this case, you have two young animals. It's hard, and unfair, to train a dog to idly sit back while a cat is taunting them, pouncing on their tail..etc. The cat should be taught how to behave. I took my cat Genghis (our original cat Joy grew up with) and would give him a time out in the bathroom when I was training Joy and he would come sidling up to her and yanking on her tail.
  6. Joy's been like this lately. She wants the attention and wants to be by me--on her terms. I don't crate her while I sleep anymore, and she usually slept on a big pile of pillows next to my scraggly one (yes, Joy gets my three down pillows...sadly I'm stuck with the worn down synthetic pillow that's thin as a pancake ). Now she either sleeps on a chair that I stuck a quilt on for her, or in the farthest corner of my room that I can't see. The only time she comes near me in bed is in the morning. That's when Joy gets all wiggly and licky. Other than that, Joy's not really a velcro dog. She's always in the same room as me, but never really next to me.
  7. I try to remember regression is normal when Joy's being especially naughty at training one week. Now that there isn't any dogs in the ring, Joy seems to be pushing me even more to see what's allowed. I hope she doesn't do that tomorrow...we actually have a lesson with Amanda Nelson!
  8. That sounds like play, not dominance! You have it lucky. When my Joy was a puppy, she would chases down our cat and try to kill him. Now they're best friends. My stepmom has a cat (we just moved in together) that is a different story, though. I would just keep Nate on that hand dandy long line when he's interacting with the kitten. If he starts showing undesirable behavior, gently lead him away from the kitten and give him something to do. If he's biting, say Ouch (like he's biting a human), lead him away, and give him a treat or a toy. If he's mounting, lead him away and play ball for a couple minutes. When he's totally reliable when you're holding the line, you can try letting go, then eventually doing it off the line.
  9. I switched the remainder of my agility group lessons (7 weeks worth) to privates for no extra cost a few weeks back. Our lessons are right after her last group lesson of the day (which was our class), and they tend to run over a lot, so Joy still gets to interact with the dogs a bit. The first time we were in the waiting room/office Joy was totally calm while the class was running and I was able to keep her focus on me while the dogs were walking out. Not so much luck the second time. But the third times the charm! I brought her kong and practiced watch with it, and I gave it to her so she can take out all of her stress (for lack of a better word) on the kong rather than my cheesey fingers. When she wanted to lunge at a dog, she licked the kong extra hard and stared them down, but no lunging or growling. Because of her privates, we're now able to work on more of Joy's issues as well as mine. Joy would get distracted and run off, and I couldn't get her back until 5 minutes later. I started walking out of the ring when she ran off, she would panic and run back, and now we don't have that issue. Her sequencing is 10 times better, since she can focus with no dogs! I think training with other dogs and gradually adding them in (trainers dog) has given her confidence. Some of you might remember how I moved to a new town this summer where people like to walk dogs with no leash, and let them run around however they please. Well, thanks to her newfound confidence around other dogs, she can calmly walk past them. A girl in my school a few houses down has two uncontrollable labs that she takes out (on purpose, I think) on a flexi whenever she sees me. I always tell her that Joy isn't friendly, but she still lets her dogs greet Joy! I usually block there interaction, but Joy was really calm. I can now walk Joy AND Bear at the same time! I'm so happy for my girl. Small successes with huge pay offs
  10. Joy had this issue for a little while, but it wasn't that serious. It only happened after I let her run around in the park, so I chalked it up to her being excited. If she started being "mean" I just stood there and waited it out. I wouldn't let her bite me, obviously, but I didn't want her learning that her antics would get her any where- home or the park. I used a gentle leader on her. I found more success with that than a muzzle. You might want to check into that?... That way I was able to physically close her mouth to prevent the biting, and it was easier for me to control the lunging. It also prevents pulling, which could help for you.
  11. One thing I always read in articles about border collies is their level of independence. I know they're bred to work far distances from their handler, and this is kind of carried along to other day-today activities (correct me if I'm wrong on that one, I could know wrong) I know a million dogs who would give anything to sleep on the bed with their owner. Joy has the opportunity to, but she only does of my rooms a terrible mess and has no comfy place to sleep. Her usual sleeping spot is on a chair with my comfy quilt on it, on the other side of my room. When I'm watching a movie, it's at Joy's utter inconvenience to lay by me so I can watch her. The only time I can get her over for pets is when she's been alone all day when I come home from school, or she's insanely bored out of her mind. Forget monitoring pets for NILIF! I can't even pet her to regulate them! The only time she stays by me and actually enjoys being around me (rather than it being a burden) is when we're playing or training. You'd think distance work in agility would be a breeze...not at all. She gets anxious when we attempt it, tucks her tail and runs back to me. For some reason she can't stand being away from me like that. I can't touch her when we're training, or else she *tries* to run off. I've had people accuse me of hurting Joy. Nope, she's not head shy. She's never liked to be pet, or touched otherwise. I can brush her and handle her on cue without issues, but she just doesn't want to be with me, right next to me. Is Joy's levels of 'independence' atypical, or is it the norm?
  12. Joy's around 25-30 pounds now, when she was weighed last time at the vet (a few months ago). She didn't gain a lot of weight between 8-16 weeks (which made us concerned of worms). If I'm right, she was around 15 pounds. She was a tiny girl, but she's certainly grown a lot taller then we all expected. I know that thing certainly doesn't work for malinois! Knox was 20 pounds was he was 16 weeks and now he's 75 pounds of solid, rippling muscle. It seemed like the 'formula' estimated Joy's weight pretty good.
  13. Yeah, I think I read something on here about that. Don't get me wrong, the newf/bc's are cute, and I'm sure borderdoodles (or border-poos, ) are quite cute from the unknowing dog owner POV, but I don't see what the craze is. Not the concerned border collie owner craze, but why would someone want to pay 800 for a shelter dog? I think it's what it usually is in America. People are A) ignorant or greedy. This isn't to say that ALL doodle and poo breeders are ignorant or greedy, since I know of a few who are actually promoting the 'breed' for what it is, and not going overboard with litters..etc. There are still many doodle breeders who go oh hell, the public is going insane over my hypo-allergenic labs! Let's sell them for 800 bucks even though they're worth half as much!
  14. Maybe shepherd and smooth collie? btw: you're mom was extremely pretty
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