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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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!"
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Hi Gonna put my two cents in on this one since I do have litter mates that have been raised together. I am in total agreement of what gcv-border has said above. Mine are boy and girl and yes, in the beginning, there was some rough play. We made sure that we monitored it and limited it. When it got too rough, I stopped it by intervening, leashing, and leading them away from it. We also spent time separately with the puppies (like in the evening, I had one in one part of the house and DH had the other.) We also leashed them while in the family room watching TV and made sure they staye
  23. THANK YOU, Eileen!!! That was AWESOME!!! I was totally mesmerized. I loved how Part 1 showed her training her beginner dog. So many times you see educational training films of dogs that are totally trained and seasoned, so you never get a real feel for the training aspect. This really gave great insight into the training process. Also, a lot of great history and information in Parts 2 and 3. I know I will go back and watch it again - something I rarely do. I thought it was just wonderful!
  24. Hello! You don't say how long you have had her; when adopting I found there is always an "adaption" period where you may not see many traits until she is comfortable and knows what to expect - this includes play mode. I agree with Ruth that nose work is a great option for older dogs, and I don't feel you need to find a class to get started. Just start by taking a treat and placing it in an easy, conspicuous place. Let her watch you plant it. Then take her out of the room and bring her back and encourage her to "find it" (you may even have to take her to it and point it out at first.
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