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  1. I was being a bit facetious when I posted that photo. He loves that ball and loves to pitch it around. He loves to get his nose up under it and hoist it over the baby gates. then he likes to do his seal impression and try to balance it on his nose. I even bought him his own child's basketball hoop so he could put it in the basket. The "hang-up" was purely accidental, I believe (I was not in the room; came in to find it hanging on the door.) I left it there for a couple days while he studied it, wondering how it got there and how he should go about getting it off of there. When it landed there, it pulled the door out of the clasp. Therefore, any time he tried to remove it, the door would come open "after him". It was hysterical watching him try to figure it out.
  2. I would like to know more information on his past. Is he a rescue, or did you get him as a puppy? What age was he when you got him and where did you get him? When dealing with a rescue, many times it is impossible to know the dog's past and what led up to his behavior. However, if gotten as a puppy, it is helpful to analyze what has led up to his behavior at the moment. I cannot access the link at the end on either of my computers. Is it a video?
  3. My dog hangs his toys up when he is done playing....does yours? LOL
  4. Thank you everyone. D'Elle, I'm just curious as to why you said you can use Charlee Bears "occasionally" - are they not good to use consistently in training? I've never heard of these before. I've tended to avoid carrots, as they seemed to stick in my other dogs throats.
  5. To answer your female in season question, I always isolated my bitches for the full 21 days from the first sign of blood. Then bathed them up and life returned to normal. Never had a problem with that scenario.
  6. Hi Everyone Looking for ideas on low calorie training treats to buy (I don't bake, so no homemade ones.) Yep, turned around and suddenly I had an overweight dog. Can't believe I let that happen!
  7. Yay. Sounds like a great beginning. Braunschweiger was always my go-to High Value Reward. And I have to admit - I actually like it, too. LOL to $85.00. Been there/done that.
  8. I am so excited for you and I applaud you for taking the initiative and doing the work! I look forward to the updates on Tucker. Having an owner that recognizes the problem AND then actively works at the solution is refreshing!!
  9. ahhh, so that answers my question in the other post. The vet's office may be one place that triggers his anxiety, however, it is not just a vet's office problem; it is a temperament problem. Totally agree with all of gcv's post....probably not all your fault, but you must deal with the whole problem at hand. I would definitely explore the Denise Fenzi class on line. Also prepare to get him out a lot once you have a plan to work with him on his reactivity. While it is a lot of hard work, if successful, you will find it very rewarding as you embark on changing his behavior and helping him navigate this world successfully. Has he been to any kind of a class or trainer? Are you able to do so? Just remember that it will take time and don't expect a complete change quickly. You will need to be vigilant, but I think we all need to be vigilant when owning a dog....even with a dog that displays no temperament problems. Keep us posted and best wishes for success.
  10. I think this is the best advice of the whole thread. I'm not a stock person, but the first sentence seems logical. Too often I see people say that a re-homed dog usually adjusts within 6 months, but we all know that every dog is different. With my Kylie, it was (seriously) more like two years before I saw the dog she really could be. I'm guessing the problem is that you had your heart set on herding. I'm thinking that unless you purchase a dog that is already proficient in herding, you are never guaranteed that will happen either with an untrained, young dog or even a puppy from excellent herding lines. So I think it might be wise not to take him back to sheep for a while and just let him mature with you; then try him out later. You have a lot of experience with dogs and training....I have no doubt that you will be fine.
  11. Tucker is beautiful! Wouldn't have guessed a skin/coat problem from the picture. How is Tucker's temperament with other people outside of the vet's office? Is Tucker a Covid pup that suffers from lack of socialization? Or is he great with everyone, and just nervous at the vet's office? Has he been to an obedience class and been trained - or is currently being trained? I agree that you will have to do some exploring as to which food might be best for him, and it is very frustrating to keep trying dog foods, I know. But hang in there. I also have heard good results from Apoquel. Depending on any prior or current training, if he is not enrolled anywhere, I would look into obedience or agility training for him, or even nosework. Working with him will give him confidence and may help you with handling him at the vet. He also may need a lot of socialization. I also agree with desensitizing him at the vet's office. You said that he was going to the vet for the past 3 years. Was he always good for the vet, except the last 2 times? Was there anything different about those visits? I adopted a dog that would not let the vet touch her for the first year or two. She was not a biter, but we didn't push it. Obedience and agility classes gave us both the confidence to tackle those problems. My vet was amazed when she could actually examine her, and I credit that to her non-stop classes. Best of luck! Don't lose hope!
  12. It actually makes me feel better to know that this is not uncommon. thank you! We are working at it!
  13. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Have never used (or heard of) a snuffle mat, but I'm gonna get one. I had tried doing obedience exercises away from the ring during our down time to stop her behavior, however, it did not take up enough time. Also, I questioned that while taking her focus off the ring, it was not teaching her to remain quiet. There is so much down time at class, I like to sit and watch what everyone else is doing - or just talk to everyone else sitting there. This extremely annoying behavior (to me, and I'm sure, to others) was stopping that. I have seen people using tug toys at class to keep their dogs occupied, but mine aren't "tuggers" and I'd rather they learn to stay quiet. I will be searching "teaching calm". And I will be researching and getting a snuffle mat. I am not the person who likes an amped-up dog. I am the person who expects her dogs to be under control at all times, so that is why this is driving me out of my mind!! It's funny, her brother is the dog who is very active at home, crazy-fast, and is the dog you have to watch so he doesn't get obsessive. Yet he just lays calmly by my side during down time in his class. She is my couch potato at home, usually calm, yet she is the one who is displaying this behavior. Well, I feel like now I have some options, so THANK YOU for the input! I will let you know what works!!
  14. I posted this in General in May, and got no responses. I am hoping I can get some input under Agility. It is regarding Piper's amped up behavior while we wait our turn at agility class. I started my usual go-to remedy for this type of problem - the Look At That game - but once I started that, she focused on getting food and would bark for that. Granted, the bark was better than the amped-up whining, but still annoying. And if I am not constantly alerting and feeding her, she focuses back on the ring. Has anyone else ever dealt with this? My old dog would bark when someone was working in the ring, but it was not as amped up as she is. Would it be better if I removed her from the building while we wait our turn? Or am I better off trying to work through this?? Below was my original post. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. yep! You'd have thought we won the lottery all the fussing and cheering!! lol
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
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