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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing story. What I love most is that many people worry about adopting an older dog in that they will not have them for long. Here is a dog that gave 7-8 more years after being adopted (which for some dogs and some breeds is a lifetime.) You are very special people.
  2. We are in the exact same situation right now. Packing to leave tomorrow. In the past, our older dogs went to my son's house. This will be new to the puppies. We did what Ruth said. Last week we did a short run-through, taking them to my son's house. We have never left before, and so packing should not mean a thing to them. However, I swear, they are definitely in the "something's up" mode as I pack! I totally think that they take cues from "older siblings" so it will probably a little easier on your pup with his "older brother" there.
  3. I'm interested in collecting information on ways you would correct this problem. Piper (almost 2) will whine and carry on while waiting her turn for the agility ring. She starts out with minor whining, but once the dog starts running she amps it up. We do not sit close to the ring, and turning her away does no good because just hearing the dog do contacts or tunnels triggers the behavior. This takes place in an indoor venue. Posting in General, but feel free to move to the Agility forum if you think it belongs there. thank you
  4. So I'm sure many of you know this, however, I am thinking there are some guests out there who might not think of this. If you are looking for a BC gift, don't forget that many of the BC rescues have stores that have a wide variety of BC gifts. You can just Google what you want, or google Border Collie Rescues to find which rescues have stores. Then your money is going to a good cause. And even non-BC items - Amazon Smile donates a portion of sales to various charitable organizations. I recently changed my Amazon link to Amazon Smile and selected Blue Ridge BC Rescue (where I acquired Kylie through a courtesy listing) as my charitable organization. Now at least a portion of my money will go to that organization. It's nice when you know that not all of your money goes in someone's pocket, and instead, goes to help our dogs in need. Have a great day!
  5. yep! You'd have thought we won the lottery all the fussing and cheering!! lol
  6. SUCCESS!!! Don't know if it was the clicker, the added light, or the motivation. Had my son carry Parker down the steps and he went right up them. Then we encouraged him down with treats and lots of excited praise. Once he went down, he then saw they were "just steps" and he was going up and down them. Once he was doing it, Piper followed. yay
  7. ok, that's what I needed to know (unless there is someone else with another idea that I haven't already thought of.) Actually, it has been about 3 weeks since I started clicker. It is one week that he will put front paws on first step down....and no further. I did not know whether that was a long time to do just one step, or not (since I have never done clicker for a particular action.) thank you!
  8. Mine love the jolly balls that have the ball inside a ball, and have holes to carry them. I have them in all three sizes. However, they are hard and like Michael says -- just wear shoes. We also buy the chuck-it whistler balls, but they are small. They are the only ball that my son's dog (who chews up EVERYTHING) cannot or does not chew at all.
  9. I am interested in getting opinions on how to proceed with a problem we are having with stairs. So -- the pups (almost 2 years old now) will not go down our basement stairs. They have been fearful of them since they were young. Nothing bad happened on them. The interesting thing is they will go up and down other stairs. They go up and down our main stairs, 16 steps, that are carpeted. They go up and down the kennel steps outside (12 steps, bare wood, and quite steep). They even go up and down my husband's workshop steps (12 steps, steep, bare wood, and even open at the back and on one side.) And they go up and down all those stairs like gangbusters! But they continue to balk at the basement steps (only 8 steps down and carpeted down the middle.) We have tried having everyone in the basement (including my kids & their dogs) and other tempting and fun things down there. They just will not approach and go down those steps. I am not a clicker trainer. However, I decided to give it a whirl with this problem. So I have Parker coming to the steps, and going down one step with his two front paws to get a treat. But he won't let his back legs leave the top landing. He at least will come down to the landing now when he hears the clicker. And that first step has been a big deal for him. But we are not progressing very fast. We've been on one step for over a week. I really believe that I could teach this easily by back-chaining up the steps, IF I had access to the basement from outside and could start them down there. But, unfortunately, there is no outside access to our basement. And....because of our age and physical issues, neither of us can carry them downstairs. Anybody have any suggestions? Has anyone had a similar problem where the dogs would do all steps except certain ones? Thank you in advance!
  10. 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 transferring over to everyday life. She ran up and down my husband's workshop stairs by herself with no coaxing (they are steep and open at the back - very scary looking) - something she would never do before! And I think you are right on the nose when you say that teaching this outside the agility ring is beneficial because they cannot associate any failures with the agility ring. This has been one of the most beneficial teaching aides that I have ever done. I do plan on looking for everyday opportunities to give them more exposure to many different challenges. One will be the spiral staircase that is in my house!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 doughnut -- and I loved them! They worked just great for my two. I bought 4 and rotated them so they had clean ones all the time. Everyone came through it unscathed and back to normal in 2 weeks. BTW, Cooper is a cutie and he looks like he's saying, "WHAT??????"
  14. 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/crazy over the board (which sometimes leads to her feet not staying totally on the board), but when I ask for a sit, she just plops with her rear hanging off the plank and on the floor. UPDATE: Was reading about teaching a dog (non-agility) to walk on a bench (like a park bench) so I took her out to our benches around the fire pit and worked with her getting up on those. She was reticent at first, but she finally jumped up and walked it. After a few of those, we went to the plank. I was really pleased that she walked it well, (but fast), and then sat crooked, but still on it. I then went to asking for sits 2 or 3 times while walking the plank - hoping that will eventually slow her down. She did those well, and actually, quite straight. So we ended on a positive note!! yay!!
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