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  1. You are so right about all of this. Right now she is working on a plank and we have slowly worked up to 6 inches high. I have the plank on my screened-in back porch, so it is there when we go in and out of the yard. She is doing really well. She will walk the plank, sit, and lie down...all on command. We are still working to perfect "turn around", but she does that willingly - just a little sloppily. She is still jumping and walking on the benches, and she has gotten really good with that. No hesitation. What I am finding is that all this is giving her more confidence that is tran
  2. I don't know if Journey was making a joke with "rearrange the room" (I say this because of the smiley face after it)....but if you consider doing this, I would be very interested to know if it makes a difference. I find that to be a very clever way to approach the problem. If the room is re-arranged so that the incident in the dog's head is no longer in the same location, I am curious to see if that corrects the problem. So I'm not telling you to re-arrange your furniture, BUT IF YOU DO, please let us know if it makes a difference. If it were me, I know I would definitely try it.
  3. You'll need to snap that leash on him immediately while he's in the crate/at the door, so that he is leashed as he comes out of it. Sit and heel/walk commands - this is when obedience training pays off. Lots of kong/chew bones to keep him occupied. Mine had surgery, and he still acted like nothing happened to him. They recuperate much faster when it's a normal neuter - so you'll not have as long to keep him quiet.
  4. Hi Mine were both neutered at the same time (male and female) and mine were crated when they couldn't be watched and overnight. No stairs (we slept downstairs for that period of time). When we were together (like watching tv), if they got revved up, we leashed them. They also were leashed to go out to the bathroom. Males usually heal much quicker than females unless the vet has to go in to search for a testicle (which unfortunately was our case) and so recuperation for him was equal to hers. By the way, this was the first time I ever used "onesies" on them instead of a cone or a dough
  5. Both of my dogs have an issue of doing everything way too fast, and it makes them difficult to teach. My last two dogs were never like that, so training them was a lot easier. My old school used to teach a two on/two off stop at the bottom of the A-frame. This school puts a treat near the bottom so the dog stops to get it. Except -- my little girl (the one I am having difficulty with) will run down the frame, jump off, then turn around to eat the treat! Never had a dog do that before! I have the plank 1 1/4 inch off the ground right now. Not only am I battling her running super fast
  6. I have also put out a hand and simply said, "I'm sorry, she is in-training right now" and that has worked equally well. "In training" can mean obedience, therapy, support, or any number of things. Once that is said, people usually do not ask questions since they feel you are busy and shouldn't be bothered.
  7. I have had very good results as long as I made the area inaccessible, and no, they did not pee on the vertical object. Of course, you will still need to keep an eye on him since he is adopted and probably not sure of the routine or the rules of your house. I had a similar problem with a male I adopted - he was about 2 and quite frankly, I think he just didn't know he wasn't allowed to lift his leg on whatever he wanted to. He was a shelter dog, found running, and I don't believe he ever was in a house. One time he was in the family room with my husband - I was in the loft - and I heard thi
  8. This is what I noticed. Whether he is marking or having to relieve himself, you said he has marked the spot several times. Dogs will go back to the same spot when there is an odor -- and urine odor is really, really hard to eliminate. Even when you can't smell it, they still can. So, along with the other excellent suggestions of UTI check, watch him like a hawk, and be patient, I want to address the actual spot. Here is what I do: 1. Thoroughly clean the spot. If carpet, consider a carpet shampooer. 2. Use an enzyme-based cleaner (I use Nature's Miracle and have been pleased
  9. These are really great ideas and something I never thought of! thank you!! I especially never thought of the sitting and turning around. And I never thought about mini dog walks being a problem with the stride.
  10. Also agreeing with the above. If the desire is great enough, many dogs will take the shock to get to whatever motivates them outside the fence. However, they probably won't take the shock to come back in. I truly believe that a fence itself does not deter a dog. Dogs can jump and/or climb a lot of fences (or even dig under). Fences are great boundary markers, but it's all about training the dog to respect the fence. Starts with training the dog to respect you and your commands, then progresses to training the dog not to breach the fence in any way.
  11. He sure looks happy to me! And he sure is handsome! Your schedule sounds perfect. The two BCs that I adopted were also not crazy, off-the-wall border collies. One was more of a couch potato and had a wonderful, laid-back personality with people. The comment I got many times from many people was "I'd get a border collie if someone would guarantee they would be as laid back as yours!"
  12. Thank you. Good advice. Instead of progressing to the ramp on the table, I will find something way, way lower. I'll put my thinking cap on for that one. I knew I was going to have to approach this very, very slowly -- and I'm ok with that.
  13. Thank you for your responses. When I said this: " Even with this, she never seemed to grasp keeping all four feet on the board and she would sloppily go off the board. Once it was time to raise the board, we put it on the table. " "Once it was time" meant that she WAS walking the board with all four feet on it. She still does that when the board is on the ground (walks with all four feet on the board) but raising it to the table is sort of freaking her out. I will also say that when she walks the board on the ground, she flies over it. Both these puppies don't do anything slowly.
  14. Turning to the Boards in search of some kind of miracle in training the dog walk (just kidding; it's really not that dramatic). Piper is 21 months old. She is usually a cautious dog and takes longer to acclimate to new situations and training. Background: when starting, we did foot awareness with a box, then walking on ladder on the ground. Then walking on a board on the ground. Even with this, she never seemed to grasp keeping all four feet on the board and she would sloppily go off the board. Once it was time to raise the board, we put it on the table. She really did not like doing
  15. Hi I am guessing that he is unsupervised, otherwise he wouldn't get so far as to dig. At 6-8 months he should not be out in a yard unsupervised. I have 2 acres of 3-foot fence. My puppies are 20 months old and still not left out there without someone watching them, because they are young dogs. Height of fence doesn't much matter -- dogs need to learn to respect the fence. When he is out with you and goes toward the fence, he needs to be given a deterrent (with mine, they only need to hear "uh uh!" or "ack!") Then he needs to be brought away from the fence and praised for coming awa
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