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  1. It has been many years since I have been on the boards. Life just got in the way, I suppose. Unfortunately, what has brought me back is losing my beloved boy, Koda Bear. He was an amazing BC and saved my heart after losing my previous boy. He passed at age 13 in late September 2019 from a 7 month battle with CHF. I spent probably 10K altogether from his hospital stay, to meds and vet visits to receiving his ashes. I’m still devastated. I know many of you understand because most of you have probably lost your heart and part of your soul after losing a BC. Life is just empty as he was everythin
  2. I have been trying to figure out how you all have made such wonderful picture collages in your signatures. I have several photo editors and cannot figure out how to blend several photos together to make one like many of you have. Tips would be great! Ryan
  3. No sympathy here. I understand the money aspect but its not worth selling your soul for. Every BC I have purchased in my life has been from very strong and proven working lines. My Koda's Grandpa and Uncle have both been world finalists in herding trials with win records as long as my arm. BUT, Koda is due to be fixed next month as I have with all of my dogs. The reason I wont breed them is because I am adamant about the dogs themselves and what has made them this way. The high drive, intelligence and herding instict are all important to me and thats what make them the wonderful
  4. I have four dogs and Koda gets all wound up too. I was deeply worried about his increasing behavior and then started working with a friend and her dogs. None of the methods you described worked a lick with Koda either. She has a very good alpha male and we just decided to let them be together off leash. It took about a 5 second scrap (all noise of course) and Koda (now nine months) was put in his place. Since then Koda has been 95% better with other dogs. He then met all of her other dogs (5) off leash and mostly nothing at all resulted from it - just a few sneers. He didnt want th
  5. Yep, this is the ticket. Here is a picture of Zak's first birthday (carrot) cake. And him excitedly waiting for it Ryan
  6. Yesterday I noticed something I had not seen before between my two BCs. Now Zak has this thing where he creeps from down the hall at Koda and then it ends up in a chase and burst of play. However, yesterday I noticed Koda in the creep stance staring back. They both must have stood there frozen for at least a full minute or better as I watched wondering if it was going to end in a scrap or play....not to mention how much longer this could possibly last! This morning it happened again and they stood frozen in the creep stance for at least another minute - it seemed like FOREVER. Both tim
  7. My Borders LOVE icecubes! In the Winter they get them for cheap treats but in the summer they get them all of the time. I have a big and deep Tupperware container that I keep in the house full of ice water for them. I fill it up to the brim with ice and then fill it up with water and they love it. I even go buy the big monster bags of ice for them so I dont use all of the freezer ice up - my wife complains she cant make iced coffee I think the round ice from the bags is probably less brutal to the teeth anyway. The best part is watching them bob for icecubes. Koda gets his face so
  8. Your avatar is one fantastic looking BC. I have always had classically marked dogs myself but not with the prick ears. Boy he looks handsome : )

  9. I just thought that I would add a little bit on how to train this trick if anyone reading would like to do so. The most important thing is to train it slowly and its a two stage process for best results. The first is to teach your dog to beg where they are sitting on their rump but front paws off of the ground. Lure your dog up with a treat from a sit by taking the treat over his head and then placing your forearm even with his chest and hooking your hand at the wrist. Just picture making a snake shadow figure standing up and ready to strike with your arm and hand and thats exactly how
  10. A fellow disc dogger on my clubs email forum posted this story today. I liked it so much that I asked if I could share it here. His dogs are three Border Collies and fantastic frisbee dogs...well, Irish is just a wee pup but she will be. I hope you all enjoy this story as much as I did. Ryan --------------------------------- My 82 year old mother had hip replacement surgery last weekend and for three weeks now is going to be living in a rehabiliation center/Nursing home until she can go back home. Well I for one was not to happy about her being in this place but it was
  11. Absolutely! Root Beer mentioned freestyle but given that Im into disc doggin' (frisbee dog competition) it is an absolute MUST to have this trick incorporated at some point. Getting said pup on his hind legs while you quickly shoot 4-5 discs in his mouth at close range is very cool. Not to mention all of the spins and freestyle moves you can incorporate along with it - having your dog doing spins on his hind legs while he circles you. Koda has been working on this one for a while and is doing great for 9 months old. It takes a lot of muscle memory for most dogs, although small dogs d
  12. My input is "click and treat!" If she is doing it on a regular basis I would take advantage of it and have her do it on command. Then you can get her to do the walk and spins with it. She has already done the work for you.
  13. One more thing I do love about male dogs is that when its time to go to the restroom they do it quickly. In my experience, females sniff and sniff and sniff as if they have to find just the right spot to go - like they are afraid to offend certain patches of grass or something. Its really aggrivating when a dog takes their sweet time to go when its pouring down rain! Speaking of which, both females that I have had hated the rain. It was a pain to get them out the door in the rain. But once they were out there they piddled around forever but looked as if the rain were making them melt.
  14. If its Koda then its Frisbee...Plain and simply frisbee. If we are stuck inside then I get out the clicker and we work on the next trick that applies to disc doggin' and obedience. I work from the clicker and treats, then to the soft disc indoors to get him doing it in the "presence" of the frisbee and then move it outside. If its Zak then its basic obedience and tricks in general. He's too concerned about bugs to play disc with any seriousness
  15. I have had both sexes and been around many of both genders. As other posters have said, it is best left up to the individual dog. That being said, I do find that I have always prefered males and that they tend to have the personalities that I want. Males tend to be much more affectionate and goofy and glued to your side - a spay/neuter helps here with either gender. Just remember that either gender can have dogs that are behavior challenged and it is best to pick from a litter if you can. However, every time I have done so I have always picked a male. Both my BCs are males - one from
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