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  1. 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
  2. yep! You'd have thought we won the lottery all the fussing and cheering!! lol
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
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