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  1. Sorry to hear that you're going through this. I have a reactive dog and it can be pretty stressful if you live on an area where avoidance isn't really an option. Border collies can be very particular about personal space and who is allowed into it. I'll let the more experienced members offer advice but I'd like to share a mistake that I made. Orbit, my 13 year old was very rough and vocal and communicative with other dogs as a youngster. It made me uncomfortable that he would growl at other dogs. I discouraged him from doing so and now he doesn't growl anymore, he just snaps. I really wish th
  2. And I meant to add that puppies need a lot of sleep. Way more than I remember from my previous pup. She may be overtired a lot of the time. Something to consider.
  3. It sounds like it's an issue all the time but if she's anything like ours (dogs and kids haha), evenings are the hardest. They're all a bit tired and that makes them all even nuttier. We found that routines were very helpful in setting up expectations, tried to have a dirt of sequence of events each evening. I'm not sure if you have a partner, but divide and conquer can be helpful in the evenings, one parents gets the kids sorted for bed and the other takes care of the dogs (can be a walk, quiet time or forced nap) but we found the physical separation helpful (in our case, upstairs downstairs
  4. Congratulations on your puppy. Kids and puppies can definitely be a challenge. Our pup is 8 months old and we have 3 kids, the youngest being 6 ( I'm guessing yours are younger). It sounds like you're doing the right things. Kids (at least mine) have a crazy energy that sets sensitive dogs off. You could try having a high value toy to give her outside to try and dissuade her from going after clothing. You could also try to ensure that when they are outside together, they are walking calmly as opposed to running and jumping around her (hard I know). Not sure exactly what your outside situation
  5. I agree with the breedist comment. My 12 year old border collie hates doodles. His hackles go up as soon as he spots them. He is quite reactive to their "friendliness". Having said that, his best friend from puppyhood is a labradoodle. Also, because of his intent focus on toys, other dogs become fixated on him. Needless to say, we can only play in public places that are being frequented by excessively friendly and bouncy in your face type dogs.
  6. This. I enjoy a good game of fetch so when I have a puppy, I like to introduce the idea of toys being thrown and then brought back (with minimal running so as not to hurt the pup). Once they get it and it clicks, I basically shelve it until they are mature enough to not obsess over it. And like D'Elle,once I say all done, that's it.
  7. My now seven month old pup has on a few occasions shown interest in cars (from loose leash to tight leash but not lunging and strangling himself). We live in the city and although he came from a working ranch, he has been with us since 8 weeks old and he sees cars every day. How much do I need to worry about this? It happened with me once a few days ago. He was a bit tired from our morning hike and I had left our older dog at home so he was solo (not the norm but it happens a few times a week). He did it twice, not consecutively and there were many cars in between. When I mentioned it to
  8. I would agree with your vet that "evening " zoomies" are a typical puppy behavior (one you may even end up missing once it's gone). I found that an evening chew helped settle our pup but we didn't give him chews in the crate. Puppies need a lot of sleep, but they don't always think they do. That's why a crate can be so useful because it basically forces them to sleep. If you think your pup is tired during her crazy time, why not leave her in her crate or pen for a nap? Maybe others can offer more advice but I never put toys or chews in the crate if I expected the pup to sleep.
  9. Make sure that her crate space is only big enough for her. If there is too much room, she can pee in one corner and sleep in another. Also, be sure that she has emptied her bladder before you put her in there, this may involve a fair amount of going outside and waiting for her to pee.
  10. Border collies don't melt in the rain. I live in a temperate rain forest and if we didn't go out in the rain, the dogs would be indoors for months on end. Most dogs love the rain: the muddier the better
  11. Hi, As a parent of 3 kids under the age of 11 and the owner of a 6 month old border collie puppy, I hear you on how hard it can be. This is my first puppy while also a parent and it is soooo much harder than training a pup without kids. The small humans are such a nuisance when it comes to dog training. I try to think of all the situations from the dogs perspective. The adult humans and child humans act so very differently that I think it can be confusing to the pup. We expect them to treat the small humans like adults even though they do not act like adults at all. While I try to h
  12. This is our newest addition. Wisk came from a cattle ranch and has been an absolute dream puppy (so far -he hasn't reached his teenage days yet). And one of our senior (the original puppy), Orbit. As always, it's so informative to read the questions and answers provided here.
  13. Never leave him alone. Ever. Most behavior is a result of motivation and opportunity. Digging is very self rewarding so he's motivated. Remove the opportunity, every single time and try to create a fun new association with the backyard.
  14. We recently got a puppy and I found that the first week was really about making the pup feel at home. It's a big change to be away from their mom and siblings. You want to build a relationship with them so that they feel safe and trust you. Depending on the pup, very early training could cause frustration because you're essentially a stranger. I watched a few youtube videos of border collie puppies learning all sorts of stuff and temporarily felt like I was letting my pup down. Now at 5 months, he is relaxed and happy. He knows basic stuff that makes our lives easier. He's not perfect but he
  15. In my experience (and I'm on my third border collie), if you want to spend time with your dog and are willing to include them in your daily activities, you can totally have a border collie. Having said that, all dogs are different and you need to be prepared to meet the needs of the dog you end up with. Maybe your dog will want to jog longer or maybe your dog will hate jogging. As long as you're getting a dog because you want a dog (all the time) and not just because you want a jogging buddy, a border collie can work for you. I'm not sure if I understood that you would be away 6-8 hours every
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