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  1. I don't know where you live, but Canada geese are a protected species in the USA (although I think they are flying vermin). Because of that, I would not allow my dog to 'herd' the geese in a public place since you never know who is going to complain to the authorities. Goose dog people are usually licensed with state and/or local authorities.
  2. Congrats on the new puppy. I am happy that she is so perfect - now. Just wait a while. Tee Hee. As you know, puppies will be puppies, and stuff happens - to everyone. Just keep an even keel and a sense of humor. Is this a new vet for you? Or do you have other animals that you bring to that vet? Certainly not a good start for a vet relationship. I hope you can find a more knowledgeable vet (including staff) that you feel comfortable with. We have all been surprised at times by clueless people. I think you will be better mentally prepared for later inappropriate interactions and can step in to stop them sooner. We all have to learn. The vet exam might be stressful the first time. I will usually bring (lots of) treats with me to distract and mollify the puppy. Even my older dogs, who are fine with the vet, still get treats during vet visits.
  3. Game On! Glad she healed well.
  4. I am glad you are being careful, but an even better way is to just roll the frisbee. Having said that, I think that the frisbee is such a bad idea before 9-12 months, that frisbees are banned in my house.
  5. 15 years ago, I read a couple of his books in which border collies were prominently featured, along with life on the farm. They seemed OK. Then I read a more recent (maybe 10 years ago) book, and was disturbed by his 'ponderings'. Have not read any more. Based on your description, he has totally lost touch with reality.
  6. He is lovely. He looks so thoughtful in the profile shot. He definitely has BC in him. But I think he really looks like an English Shepherd. My friend has a dog, found as a stray, that she thinks is an English Shepherd. There is a couple in my area that have 2 English Shepherds that they run in agility. Your dog certainly could fit right in with them.
  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. Run free, Cowboy.
  8. Just went back and read your OP. Please post a photo. We love looking a 'new' dogs', and if you think he is a mix, we also love to provide our opinions. And, as an aside, it is not unusual for a border collie to have tick marks on muzzle or feet. Once again, the wonderful variety that can make up the breed.
  9. Short training sessions and increased frequency --- is the formula I follow for EVERY DOG. Admittedly, once some dogs are well along the path of training, you can increase duration, but even with a well-trained dog, any time I am teaching a new skill I will usually start with shorter training sessions. Frequency - well, that is another topic for this lazy trainer. ;) Border collies are individuals too. Some will be OK with longer sessions (particularly once they have gotten into 'training mode') because they do like to work, but there are many that also get very bored at having to repeat a task that they think they already know. Train the dog, not the breed.
  10. Oh, maybe I should look into more NADAC trials to see what we can do before next year. Where in 2019?
  11. Agree with the above posts. Train a recall - really well. Don't expect to have a recall in a week or even 3 or 4 weeks. It may take months. Lots of positive reinforcement with whatever is his favorite - toys or treats or tug or all of them. And additional training will also add to the bonding and focus. Curious as to how training a recall on a border collie differs from training a recall on a setter? from your perspective.
  12. D'Elle has excellent suggestions about additional activities. There is so much information available now on what to do and how to do it with regards to training your pet. Kikopup is a favorite on Youtube. I agree 100% with D'Elle also about the halti. If you take the time to teach proper loose leash walking or heeling, you should not need a halti - which IMHO is a crutch for people who don't have the knowledge or patience. But it can take A LOT of time and patience, particularly when distractions are added in. Consider checking out Youtube videos for leash walking also. And if you are able, many people recommend Denise Fenzi's online classes. To pay for a class to learn techniques to train leash walking (even if you just audit) may very well be worth every penny.
  13. Her weight at 4 months might be a better indicator of her adult size. In general, the 4 month weight is about 1/2 of the adult weight. There is no way to know at this time. Perhaps if this is a repeat breeding, you could find out the sizes/weights of a previous full litter (i.e. same dam bred to same sire). A guess would be the pups might be a size between the 2 adults, but then again, I know of several litters where one or more offspring were larger (or smaller) than either parent.
  14. Are there 'special' awards awarded at the Sheepdog finals? By that, I mean things like 'Best Lift' or 'Best Gather'. I was scribing for one of the judges on the Nursery field (that was fun!), and heard them talking about their pick for "Judges Choice Nursery Dog" - for lack of a better name. If so, can you point me to the source where I can find the list of awards? Thank you.
  15. Definitely not too young. I am assuming she is up to date on her vaccinations. And you will most likely be visitiing kennels ahead of time to find one that you trust. For my pups, I think it is a valuable life skill to be able to stay at a kennel without too much stress. I prefer to introduce the kennel by 'boarding' for one night - even if I don't go out of town. A trial run. One pup was 6 months old and stayed at a friend's house for 3 days, and then I put him in a commercial kennel for a night a couple of months later. Another pup was boarded at a commercial kennel for a night when he was 7 months old, and again for 4 nights when he was about 11 months old.
  16. Beautiful poem and a wonderful tribute to Trout. So sorry for your loss.
  17. Very interesting video. Thank you for posting. I can not speak to the work of the Sheltie, but I found all the old buildings very interesting. Do you know what their original intent was?
  18. I have a foster dog that barks at any little noise. Some of this behavior may stem from being in a new house (but she has now been here a bit over 2 weeks). I have informed a potential adopter about her behavior, and she is willing to work with the dog. She has asked for advice on how to deal with this behavior. So far, when I am home, if she alert barks, I may try 1) getting up and going over to reassure her (she is standing and looking at where she heard the sound) and calling her to come back with me and then petting her 2) calling her to me and distracting her by giving her treats and/or asking her to do a couple of sits (and we are trying to work on a down) and then treating and 3) when I am lazy, I may just say "hush" or "knock it off" I would love to hear better suggestions since I know I can improve my technique and I would feel more informed to help the adopter. Also, does anyone know if the dog is helped not to alert to small sounds when the owner is around, will it translate to when the owner is not at home? I am also hoping once the dog is comfortable in a new home, she will not feel the need to alert so much. Thanks in advance.
  19. It worked for my dog. Torque (now 10 1/2 years) would pull like crazy to get away from any young child he saw when we were in a public place (Lowe's, Petsmart, etc.) He wanted out of there! Or he would crawl and hide behind my legs. He was probably about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years old in this 'fear' stage. Over a period of 12-18 months, whenever I saw a young child (probably less that 7 or 8 years) eyeing Torque, I would tell him/her that my dog was afraid of them, and then I would ask the mother if she minded if her child threw a few treats at him. And then I would thank them and walk away. I didn't think about it after a while because we just didn't see many kids, but one day when he was about 5, he seemed to want to go and greet some kids so I let him after I gave the kids some treats to give him. It progressed from there to the point that he is now embarrassingly ingratiating when he sees kids. He pulls on the leash and scoots his butt towards them while sitting. Once he reaches them, he flops over on his back for belly rubs. One day, he must have had 5 or 6 little kids rubbing on him. He was loving it.
  20. I love my older boy too. He was my gateway drug to the wonderful world of border collies. Even though we don't train agility as much as before, he still loves it and lights up, prances and woo-woos when he knows he is going to do a few agility obstacles. He is 10 1/2 years old. On a whim, I entered him in an agility trial last month. No worries. He was entered in a class with lowered jumps, only one set of weaves and a couple of tunnels. He was just so excited. It was awesome. Like slipping into a favorite pair of old slippers. Such a smooth run. He can read my mind. And the old guy still has some speed. He came in 6th or 7th in a hugely competitive class of about 40 dogs - several were dogs and handlers that have made a world team. He deserves all the naps he wants.
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