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  1. No, it's NOT "just the breed." I've never had a border collie do it and I can't remember how many I've had from all different lines. I've never "blown raspberries" in their faces, either, though. My JRT does it when playing. If she came up and snapped in my face while I was falling asleep on the couch, I would have concerns about her temperament. I sure wouldn't find it cute or endearing.
  2. I'm afraid I would not trust that dog around children or as a family pet anymore, even if you decide to get a professional trainer. He is likely to require a lot of management throughout his life.
  3. You will get more response to this in the general training topics. This one is for sheepdog training.
  4. More space, and moving on to some sheep that are less likely to just follow you regardless of what your dog is doing will help you. Sheep can teach a dog a lot but these are following you while your dog follows them. Since the sheep are virtually attached to your body he can't tell that he's supposed to be controlling them and holding them to you. You can mechanically help him be in the right place for now by lying him down when he's directly behind the sheep. Try not to send your dog at the beginning after the sheep have already turned to follow you so he can get the idea that
  5. IMO it's showing the dog's natural abilities rather than a trained skill (i.e. holding sheep on a fence). Holding sheep to a person that's standing against a fence is very pressure filled for a dog, I assume that he is asking the dog to really put the sheep on him so the dog is walking into a lot of sheep, fence AND human pressure. A potential buyer will like to see that a dog can handle this without blowing up, orbiting off the pressure or refusing to walk in. He'll also usually back off and have the dog go between the sheep and the fence, also something a buyer wants to see.
  6. It sounds like your dog is very frustrated and the training methods are making him more so. Things like: are indeed building up rather than diffusing his "drive". The pressure cooker analogy is a good one! Coming once a week and then being asked to be "calm" (heh heh) before getting on the sheep may be causing his brain to fall out of his head. Is he "sport bred"? I have seen this more than once in dogs that were bred with the main criteria being HIGH DRIVE. Training for agility and some other dog sports also encourage this. In my experience, dogs with a ton of DRIVE but
  7. Please do not fall into the trap of trying to give a border collie "enough" exercise. There is no such thing and you will just create a dog with an insatiable need to go, go, go, go. It's not that fun. I've seen a lot of ball crazy dogs that were created by their owners' wish to "wear them out;" that never happened. The dogs just developed amazing stamina and a ball obsession. Yes, they do need their exercise, but mental stimulation will probably work better, after a point, to fulfill them. Your puppy is very cute, have fun!
  8. I always will keep my old dogs. I may let one go for the first time in the near future. He is not yet actually old (8), really really loves being the farm helper AND trialing, but I have 2 younger Open dogs as well as a third ready to move up, a Nursery dog with a promising future, and some avid youngsters who will benefit from doing chores with me. Key consideration is that this dog is terrified of my old male guardian dog and will not work around him, so he's not doing as much as he would like. If he crosses over the threshold of another year here, he'll remain for the duration.
  9. I use the term "deal breaker" in all kinds of situations where no actual two way deal was made; for example, when I was online dating, hearing a man complaining about the ex wife was an automatic "deal breaker" for me. But, there was actually no deal. There was every chance that said complaining man was not interested in me anyway. Still, there was that "deal breaker." Without the "deal." If I'm looking for real estate, and the property has less than 20 acres, that's a "deal breaker" for me. Except ... I have not even made an offer on the property, there was no deal or even the beginn
  10. I appreciate your post and don't fully disagree with it, but I am being honest, and I am not kidding myself. I'm also not anthropomorphizing; I certainly don't think that my dogs came to me and signed a contract, or that they are effectively comparable to special needs children. Who are we to say that an individual dog would hate to be in a different home than the one I am providing for it, and that they will experience that the same way that you, as a human, experience rejection? Some dogs, maybe. Other dogs - life is an adventure, they are opportunists, bring on the better deal. The bet
  11. If you are too picky with all conditions, you may well end up with a puppy bred with very poor priorities in mind. I'm not dissing your priorities, they are mostly fine IMO. I will say that I know personally of some depressing backyard breeders who have no idea what they are doing with border collies. What they do know is that they want to appeal to a buyer like you, who will pay much more for a puppy simply because of health tests than those who are willing to go to a farm and get one from a line that they know and like. In their favor, they do the health testing that is important
  12. When I was starting out with these dogs, I read "A Way of Life." In it, Glynn Jones wrote about moving dogs on if they didn't work out, and how it could be better for the dog to be someplace where it was the right fit rather than where it was not. I thought, "what a cop out." Now, I'm there. I actually think that it's more like an apprenticeship than a solid deal when I start working as a team with a dog. I think it's my responsibility to do everything I can to FAIRLY teach the dog what I need from it and give it opportunities to fulfill that role. That is my part of the deal. The do
  13. Several weeks is not a long time. ABCA was not under any type of requirement to make a statement at all; they did it by request of the membership, to which they responded in appropriate and timely fashion - just not by Facebook standards! The inflammation of many avid users of social media doesn't set the pace of thoughtful research, communication or decision making, thank goodness! Peace out!
  14. Not specifically in response to you, gcv, but I take issue in general with this trend: something has become a hot topic in social media, and then an entity or individual is maligned for "failing" to immediately respond to it, on public media. It was generally known that ABCA was discussing where they stood on this. ABCA committees are volunteer and it takes organization and time for everyone to weigh in and for a statement to be created and reviewed by all. This is not an "excuse," this is reality. They came forward with theirs in a timely fashion. There was not "secrecy" or lac
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