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  1. Don't know how much help I'm gonna be here, and you have gotten some excellent advice. As I read the original post, I could just feel the tension and frustration and worry. And I had to smile. Because it was one very short year ago that I had the same problems times two! Yes, litter mates. The difference is that I am old and have done this many times before, so I knew that we would all come out of this unscathed! So on top of all the excellent advice you have gotten here, my advice is "relax"!! They are only babies for such a short period of time and you will be surprised how quickly he
  2. This is the most insightful thing I have read in a long time regarding living with a dog. Applies to puppies, adults, and re-homed dogs. If I were only able to convey one thing to a new puppy or dog owner, this would be it. I am copying it down so I never forget it. Good work, D'Elle.
  3. Hi Julieh! I am going along with much of the previous input. My puppies were "barn puppies" that I brought home at 9 weeks....I did not see any difference with them than with puppies that were not born in a barn. I am wondering what the "nightmare" behavior you referred to was before, and if it has any connection to your leash-walking problem. One thing I discovered with my puppies was that they seemed pretty wild until I realized that the crazy behavior I was seeing was actually puppies that were overly stimulated and therefore overly tired. (Think I got that insight from someone on t
  4. Right off the top of my head: AKC = more awareness of the breed (via televised dog shows like National Dog Show, Westminster, etc.) More televised dog sports that usually have border collies (i.e. disc dog, agility, etc.) Commercials - hard not to see at least one commercial with a border collie in it any given evening of television-watching. Movies - wasn't there a surge after Babe came out? Will the surge harm the breed? Absolutely. History tell us this. Ask the Dalmatian people who live in fear every 6 years or so when 101 Dalmatians is re-released. Ask the Ger
  5. Two things. One: my first BC was from a rescue courtesy listing. She came from a loving home, was never abused, and I swear it took her 2 years or more to adjust. My theory on that is when you adopt a dog that had a hard life, they are many times "grateful"; in this case, she was plucked from her home and landed in mine. I think she was confused and maybe even resentful. Ah, but she did adapt and turned out to be an awesome agility dog. The fact that you've stated how he has come along so far says that he is adjusting well, and he still may be adjusting. Two: my two 11 month puppies
  6. I debated where to locate this; Health or General Discussion. I was thinking I might get more looks in General, but if it should be moved to Health, please do so. From the day I brought the puppies home, Piper would always chew her food in an odd way. Sort of rolling it around in the back of her mouth; spitting it out sometimes, then picking it up again. I racked it up to puppy teething. However, she is 11 months old with permanent teeth now, and still chewing in that odd way. The vet finds nothing wrong with her mouth, her bite, or her teeth. She does not find anything wrong wi
  7. I lost my 13 year old girl Kylie to kidney disease in April. She was diagnosed in July. I believe she may have contracted it from Ehrlichia, but I cannot be positive on that. My Vet gave her til December to live, so I got four bonus months. She really had no symptoms except for urinating two or three times when let out. I had two friends who also had dogs with kidney disease, so I knew a little about what would happen. Both gave sub-Q fluids. One lasted almost 2 years, but her quality of life would not be what I would want for my dog. The other started sub-Q thinking she would also get
  8. I found this very intriguing. I have been, since I got the puppies, making an effort to hug and hold them and even lay on them as a child would, all in hopes of preparing them in case such a thing happened. (Let me just say that I do NOT ever leave kids and dogs un-monitored and would never condone such behavior....but children can be quick and unpredictable.) So now you have me thinking -- it actually might be a good idea to build this "unpredictable" behavior into their training....not just for childproofing, but it would probably be a good thing to prepare them for any unexpected thing t
  9. Wow. As simple as that sounds, it is not a question I actually asked myself until reading it now!! Of course, I would be thrilled if my dogs totally loved children of all ages; were very patient around them; did not startle if they did something unexpected; and we all lived happily ever after. However, I am old enough to realize that it is not a perfect world with perfect people and dogs. And I know that every dog has a different personality that many times is hard-wired. So my answer might be that I would like my dogs not be reactionary around children and be friendly toward them.
  10. I certainly understand that it is my responsibility to take them places to socialize them. Not as simple as it sounds when you live in the country and around small towns. Classes have started again, and we have been out on the walking trail even during the quarantine. And while socializing them was certainly a big part of my plan when I got them (much less 2), I knew even then that the kid socialization was going to be difficult. I am not writing to whine; I am writing to see if anyone can think of any other resources I can tap into. I can and do walk them in town, but am not guaranteed to
  11. Thank you Gentle Lake! We have been working with each puppy separately (for instance, today we worked on the bike the grandchild was riding is not scary). I really like the idea of one adult, one kid, one puppy in one room. I never thought of that! You are right that I should have this dialogue with my adult kids. They are understanding of the situation since they both come from dog-oriented homes. I am also doing a lot of this work on leash, not only because I have more control but because it seems that when the leash is off and they are in a situation, they don't know how to handle it,
  12. So I knew this day would come. The puppies are 11 months now and this is the second time my out-of-state kids have come with their three children (2 toddlers and an infant). Last time they visited, the pups were 5 months. Since then we have been to classes; walks in town; and then, of course, quarantine. However, even without quarantine, I knew this would pose a problem. If these puppies were raised with children, I have no doubt I would not have any problem. They absolutely love people, and I have witnessed the sire and dam who had lived with grandchildren. However, we live rural an
  13. I know simply by the two pictures that juliepoudrier posted that I would LOVE to come and visit her!!
  14. Now that someone has brought this up, I have always wondered if this is a trait related to the breed? My BCs have all been like that. They could go out and get filthy, and hours later, they were clean and bright...especially the white. And I had not witnessed them overly grooming their entire bodies. We have always marveled at that. I also would like to know the difference between a rough coat and a long hair BC.
  15. Years ago I had an 18 month GSD that had a gray muzzle from then to maturity. She was a "show dog" and it made it difficult when they would think she was an old dog in a young class. I had one rescue that one vet said was probably 2 yrs. old and another vet said 7 years. He lived to be what we determined to be 17-18, and if the one vet was correct, he would have been 23 (highly unlikely.) With rescues, a gray muzzle is only one factor. I had one shelter dog who's teeth made him look way older than he was. My vet chalked up bad teeth to bad breeding (genetics) and poor early nutrition. I
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