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  1. I would suggest contacting his breeder. There are definitely some behaviors and tendencies that are genetic. Not saying his are but they should be aware of them no matter what. Some behaviors are rather typical of a pup, at least at the start - like jumping, nipping, food guarding...I find when these behaviors are corrected right away they do not develop into an issue. When not corrected, in the eyes and mind of the puppy, they escalate. When correcting the pup has to feel it is a correction so I look to them to tell me if my correction is effective. The dog once corrected should say - w
  2. I have had border collies for 19 years, use then for daily assistance on the farm for livestock management. I had lots of dog experience when I bought my first pup and even trained a few horses for pleasure/trail riding, was a vet tech, dog groomer, obedience trainer... I came from I say it you do it background but was not harsh just thought that is the way it needed it to be. The dogs and stock have taught me differently. Stock dogs are so incredible they Think through things in a way using their instincts that they are born with and their experiences to figure things out. They unders
  3. Start with taking his temperature. Should be 101 to 102F If he is acting and eating normally otherwise with a normal temp and normal stools then I would keep an eye on things. If any one or more of those is off then a vet visit is in order.
  4. I went from no sheep experience, any other large animals except horses for that matter, to a sheep flock and training my own border collies. Took me years but I am doing it. Check out a book and video by Julie Hill " the Natural Way"
  5. Well if people are throwing balls and frisbees then it is the person at fault. I am talking about a dog going for a walk on a beach knowing if it wants to go into the water. I am not talking about the dog choosing to play with someone. When working my dogs go to water or not on their own. Yes I expect them to be self aware. If it is 100 degrees I am smart enough to not be working them. I don't have to monitor their drinking, They drink when they want a drink. I dont have to tell them to eat, they eat when hungry. It is when people get involved that problems tend to increase. We have
  6. Honestly I think it all comes down to his physical conditioning like it would for any dog. If he normally runs and romps all year at the beach I would say have at it. He would have to spend excessive time in the water to get soaked to the skin. I expect my dogs to be smart enough and have some self-preservation instincts rather than needing me to dictate - go to water, stay out of water. Do my working dogs jump in a water tank when it is cold out and I think to myself 'really, yikes', do they do it every day - no, do they play in the snow way longer than I would - Yep. If they would get s
  7. OH I have been on the other end of 'conversations' like that more times than I can count. Life with a Border Collie who knows their mind is quite an adventure. Hold ON and keep listening, the places he will take you will amaze you.
  8. For those of you who know Jack his long-awaited book is available for presale. I am sure this autobiography will contain many gems of wisdom for your life and your journey with stockdogs. https://thehomesteadpress.com/product/jack-knox-learning-lifes-lessons-with-stock-dogs/ For those who have not had the privilege of meeting Jack - he has spent his life dedicated to teaching others about stockdogs and sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience selflessly. He is an advocate of breeding and training dogs with the mind and instinct capable of doing a days work regardless of working o
  9. Does she do it during the day? If only at night I would try turning on a light and see if she still does it. Does your husband usually have someone with him, close by when he is moving through the house? List those things that are different at night and then go through and change them to try to figure out why. Maybe she is uncomfortable with him being up and alone at night??? Thinks he should be in bed??? Does she stand in front of him when he is leaving the bed and behind him when he is going back to bed. Dogs often sense something if off . We have a hard time understanding that
  10. Is the walker new or has he used one since you have had the dog? Is his movement 'different' at night than during the day? Has she been nipping only since she has been sleeping in the bedroom? Where did she used to sleep? What does she do if you get up during the night? I would simply tell her Ah, No or your word she knows to stop doing something then ask her to go lie down. The other option is a crate in your room at night. I personally would try to figure out WHY she is doing it and then desensitize her. It may be she is anxious because she senses something is not right.
  11. Just one thing to add - for most parasites they are looking for worm eggs. Worms have to shed eggs in sufficient numbers on that particular day to be seen on a small slide. Simply not seeing them does not mean they are not there, it just means they did see them. Since he did have coccidia I would specifically ask your vet about their thoughts on repeating the treatment. Coccidia lives in soils and is easily contracted and does not take much to cause trouble. That is were I would lean before I began the long battle with food. Although if he has been eating from ONE bag I would toss
  12. I would really attempt to keep your reactions and emotions under control. You have to KNOW and PROJECT that you have everything under control, people and kids are no big deal. If you are nervous even if it is because you are nervous about Dallas he will pick up on that and think people and kids are making you uncomfortable therefor he has a Reason to be worried. I feel like crossing/avoiding the situation could cause him to be concerned as could leaving when others approach. I agree you have to do what it takes so he does not bite but just keep an eye to how these things trigger reac
  13. Make sure you are using appropriate tones - deeper, slow, harsh for correction. If verbal correction winds him up he is not thinking it of a correction. Either your tone is wrong or intention is wrong or attitude that he is not 'believing' you. Some people tend to get higher tone and faster speech when upset so dogs interpret that not as a correction
  14. Dogs are experts at picking up on intention, emotion of others - other dogs, and People. What I know for sure is that YOU have to decide IF YOU, not a trainer, can help this dog figure out life it is not a black hole full of wicked, scary stuff. YOU have to be confident, you have take charge. You have to walk through every day and show him there is NO reason to act like some monster is around every corner going to eat him. You have to let him know that lunging and growling and biting to scare things away before they come close and eat him is not going to fly. If you can not he needs to go
  15. Shelly I don't ever have a dog or pup do that kind of thing twice because I nip it in the bud first time they THINK about it. Not uncommon for a young dog to test the waters and see how far he can push things. Resource guarding, food aggression is normal I think. Just look at pups eating, everyone is trying to get their share. The more aggressive, dominate,scary the more food you get. Fine for a pack of dogs, not fine for a dog living with people. The correction must fit the situation. Least amount of correction to make them think twice and decide it is not worth repeating. If
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