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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
  16. In my 18 plus yrs with Border Collies both genetics, their start in life and their home/training come together to affect the dog. I sold a pup to some folks years ago. Sounded like a great home and great people. The family did not have much dog experience but were pleasant, educated, professional...The pup was a nice, calm, female middle of the litter pleasant pup. In two weeks she was growling and would not let them take her bone. I would have no problem correcting that pup, taking the bone and then everyday working on that behavior and others when they arise as a natural product of
  17. I have no problem with correction. I think it provides dogs with valuable info - that behavior is not accepted- simple. BUT you need to correct at the right time and appropriately for the individual dog and 'offense.' Every time he successfully does unwanted behavior without some sort of interruption/correction, something, it will be harder to break. Yes some dogs are sensitive, shy, submissive... that does not give them permission to do as they wish. They still need to know what is and is not appropriate. I still correct I just do it differently for every dog. Does he need a prong coll
  18. Doesn't sound like trauma to me. Sounds like he is being a little turd and knows he can get away with it.
  19. I would correct till he 'gives ground' - backs up, moves off ect. not just appeases you. If he is still repeating the behavior he is not believing your correction. Putting him outside will not fix it.
  20. David are the object he is biting and grabbing always moving?? Does he react the same way to other moving objects - balls, tires, birds maybe? If he is jumping and grabbing moving objects I would leave a leash and collar on him and correct him for this with a correction that makes him stop and think, talk to him and redirect. This correction could be a simply AH or a leash jerk or loud noise...The more times he practices the behavior the harder it will be to correct. I would set up sessions where you are prepared to deal with this, correct it and move on to something else. Then come b
  21. I think we do our dogs a disservice when we treat them differently as pups than we do as adults. Yes there are definitely developmental stages that need to be kept in mind. Pups have a short attention span, training should be short multiple sessions etc. But I think we should expect manners and good behavior from day 1. If in kindergarten your teacher let you hit other kids then first grade the rules changed it would be confusing. You wouldn't know what to do. Dogs are far more receptive to new things and changes in environment when they know they have a stable, consistent person they
  22. I almost adjust the amount I am feeding weekly if needed. Of course, it isn't by a bunch but If we are in training or active I feed more depending on body condition. If it is summer and less active, I feed less. I want to run my hands along the dog's sides and feel/see a waist line and honestly feel a touch of rib. Most growing dogs, sometimes up to age 3 if they are active. burn lots of calories. Are you feeding a puppy/growth food or adult or one that is all stages? That can make a difference.
  23. I find dogs with lots of feel adjust to the sheep themselves. My Meg is "careful'" with ewes and lambs especially so with a single pair as in the video. Meg shows much more patience than I most of the time. I do think her way is better, slow and steady it goes smoothly, no stress. Watching your dog I see the same things Meg does. When the ewe turns and looks she either turns her head/eye away or she lies down, at times she does both. She is taking pressure off. I have learned she is just telling the ewe " I am simply here doing my job, move off nice and all will be fine. We are not in a
  24. There is a fine line between having the dog under control and controlling the dog. If you are trying to keep the dog right and prevent things from happening as opposed to correcting the dog when wrong then the dog doesn't learn as much. It turns into very mechanical training. If you correct mistakes he gets a chance to figure out why and what he did that was wrong. Not trusting your dog will lead to you trying to be controlling. I have been there, totally understand but you can't progress in that dynamic. Does you no good to work in a larger area if you and the dog are not ready to
  25. I have been using dogs to help me manage my flock for 18 years. For the first 5 years or so with sheep it was just me. My Border Collies were first purchased to work beside me. I had a ton of dog experience - owning dogs, a vet tech, training, grooming, helping clients and 5 yrs with sheep but honestly I didn't know what I was doing with the pup I bought. It took me buying a trained dogs that I could learn from before things began to click. Still after that I made a point of lessons every so often and attending clinics at least once a year, twice if at all possible. It was 10 years of wo
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