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  1. Beautiful pictures -- all of them. Thank you for posting. We are so lucky when we get so many wonderful years from our dogs.
  2. Just brainstorming here -- not sure if this would be what you were after....how about getting something like a ball on a rope, and attaching a longer rope to it. Then throw that over a tree limb. Then you can leverage the ball up and down in height. Next, maybe smear some peanut butter on the ball and lower it to allow him access to it. Then gradually raise it so he has to jump to get to the ball/peanut butter. Reward would be to allow him to pull the ball down and play with it or eat the peanut butter. Once again, never tried this, so I can't vouch for it.
  3. No hijack at all since it's all about the MUD!!! lol. I, too, am curious if anyone has used this. I am also going to try to think of a way to make my own. I have had to resort to paw wiping, however, two 7 month puppies are hard to corral and hold still after running amuck in the yard. Wiping their paws is like hitting a moving target. In addition, I now have a long line of scatter rug runners that lead from the door, through the hall, to the kitchen. They are getting the mud that I missed, and I just have to toss them into the washing machine each week.
  4. I had posted a question previously in another post regarding the difficulty of cutting my puppies toenails. I had done them weekly since I had gotten them at 9 weeks. However, one week, all of a sudden, they had a fit about doing it. I tried dremmel, de-sensitizing, treats, etc. etc. I was beside myself over this. My first BC was from a rescue. I got her at 1 1/2 yrs. She was horrible about having nails done -- and at 13, still is. The vet's office had to totally put her out to do them - she fought through the sedation when they tried weak sedation. They believed she probably had a very bad grooming experience; I'm not so sure about that. I knew I didn't want to go through this again with the puppies. I had German Shepherd Dogs for over 25 years and did countless toenails, both clipped and dremmeled, never a problem. I never took any of my dogs to a groomer -- did it all myself, including scaling teeth! THEN, I read this post. You know, sometimes the easiest solution is the hardest to see. I read it and thought -- why not??? So two weeks ago, the pups went to a groomer (individual appointments/individual days). And it went well! So we are doing nail appts. every two weeks for now. I told her I'm not concerned if the nails are not long and she just takes the tips off or just snips some hair on the paws. I just want them to get used to having their paws handled and the clipping. Eventually they will not need to go so often. She knows I want them to have the best experience possible. In fact, I am thinking that eventually I will have them totally groomed maybe 3 or 4 times a year! So thanks, Cressa! I seriously never thought of a groomer -- but now I'm sure glad I read this and I'm sure glad I took them! P.S. I'm guessing you're happy with all this snow we just got!! I'm blaming you for it!!
  5. So I wanted to update what we finally did. With a forecast of rain, rain, and rain, we had to do something quickly. We filled in the trough-like border around the fence (which used to have mulch prior to having puppies that eat EVERYTHING) with river rock. It was quicker than laying patio stones/pavers (which we may still do later on.) That took are of the mud and of them traveling through it by running the fence border. For the rest of the yard/grass/mud, we used play sand (actually the only sand we had since we use it to fill a sandbox for the grandkids when they visit.) Still a little messy, but way better than they mud. In addition, my carpeting now scatter rugs/runner over it abundantly, and I am making much more effort of wiping paws before coming in. So over all, we are managing.
  6. haha. You're in Erie, right? You should have plenty of snow!! We looked at the wood shavings on-line and decided that the puppies would just gulp them up. Maybe if I had adult dogs....but not with these two. We are contemplating sand. Yep, we know we will have sand in the house. But it may be easier to knock off their paws instead of the mud. The mud is just killing my carpeting. We shampooed the carpets today. Couldn't believe the caked in mud. As for the "trench" that runs along the fence line (which they LOVE to travel), we are also going to look into narrow patio stones (like border stones) as another option to the smooth river rocks. If anyone has any other ideas, I'd love to hear them. I can't be the only one with mud!
  7. I'm loving these mild winters we've been having here in Western PA, but not so much the mud! The dog's potty yard has turned into large patches of mud. We've gotten mats to cover the area just coming off the porch, but we can't mat the entire yard. I googled it, and one fix was to put cedar or pine shavings down. Does anyone know if this would be toxic to the puppies -- who eat everything and anything they get their mouths on. We had to take out all the mulch from around the fence border because they were so intent on eating it -- so even more mud there. Will probably be putting river rocks around it. Don't want to use pea gravel because of the size, and don't want to pea gravel the entire pen as one you tuber suggested. I could do straw, but they love to eat that and holes and mud seem to bleed through that rather quickly. So my main questions are: 1. Are cedar chips toxic if eaten? (One google answer said no and another said yes) Are pine shavings toxic? 2. Has anyone found any other solutions to this problem? Thanks in advance! Bonnie
  8. Sort of glad to hear these stories. I have been soooo careful with very low (8 inch) jumping in agility and not doing too much of it; no a-frame, dog walk or teeter. Picking him up in and out of the hatch back. And then my super dog clears the baby gate the other night (literally sailed over it), jumped up over the back of the La-Z-Boy Loveseat when he was younger (until I corrected that one), and early-on, did two stints of jumping up and walking on the kitchen table. It is a nightmare just trying to keep him from killing himself.
  9. Thank you, everyone for your input. Felt a little better with the comment about not worrying about why it is happening; just dealing with it. I had thought of eye problems, but ruled them out when witnessing he in low light and everyday behavior. I actually see improvement and changes in her behavior over the past week. And the nail trimming....well I know that is going to be a long term problem; I ordered a new dremel tool since mine is over 40 years old. lol
  10. well, I don't know about anyone else, but this sure made my day!! thank you! as for the stain - just think how stressful it would be to have a new carpet (or newly cleaned) and then worry about every little piece of dirt!!! lol
  11. The good news is there is a learning curve for everything, and regressing is a part of it. Never trained anything that did not regress at some time...so do not get discouraged. Sometimes it may not be regressing, however, it also may not be progressing. (That's like when your 4 foot stay is solid, but you just can't get that 6 foot stay to happen.) So it just levels out before progressing again. Also normal. Just stay calm, be patient, back up a little in training and work through it. Know that what he learned is not lost or forgotten. It will come back. Years ago I noticed that in my beginner dog classes, dogs would start regressing between the 4th and 5th week. It was amazing how consistent the regression was. That is, the dog would have been doing well up to those weeks, and then it would come to class and act like it never even heard of the words sit, down, stay or come. And the owners would just look totally confused because they had been doing their homework all along. Got past those couple weeks and then it was back to normal. It happened too often to be a fluke. It was then I realized how regression plays a part in learning.
  12. I decided to respond to your post because I, also, was asking that same question last summer. The fact that you have posed such thoughtful questions makes me believe that you will have a successful puppy experience no matter when you decide to get one. There probably never is a perfect time to get a puppy or have a baby or get married or any life-altering decision. However, you have thought this through and you have experience; you know the positives and negatives; you know how much work a puppy is. I am now remembering (because my puppies are teaching me - again) they are only puppies for a short period of time. My two old dogs are 11 and 13. They have adapted to the puppies quite well, and I totally can see how the puppies have breathed new life into them.
  13. Hi Everyone I would really like to collect some opinions on my little girl's behavior - and especially would like opinions on how you would react/handle/train in these situations. I realize that it is hard to diagnose anything with a dog when not witnessing it in person over an amount of time, so I've tried to give examples and be objective about what I am seeing when relating it to you. I've separated it into 3 situations I have observed in the past couple months. 6 months - female - BC Sees people - outgoing, friendly, loves people whether they come in the house or if she is in other places Other dogs - outgoing, friendly TUNNEL - Both puppies have been exposed to tunnels since they came home. I have a short, solid one in puppy play yard that they ran through while playing. Once I started some play training, I used 6 foot play tunnels. They have been at the agility building since about 4-5 months of age, and she goes through those regulation tunnels with no problem...loves them. Recently purchased 18 foot tunnel. She immediately balked at going through it and will still not go through it. I realize it is a lighter material and therefore different than the building tunnels. Now I simply put it up with the other equipment to get her used to it, but I ignore it and do not even attempt to make her go through it. Sort of trying to desensitize her to it. STAIRS/STEPS - We have 16 carpeted steps to the upstairs bedroom where we sleep. They have gone up and down them from a young age. However, she will not go down our basement stairs (which there are fewer steps and they also are carpeted. There are 16 wood, uncarpeted steps to the play yard and kennel. She had no trouble learning to go up them, but she is fearful to go down them. She will back up from them and refuse to move to go down them. Once again, have chose not to push this on her, as that seems to make it worse. TOENAILS - Started handling paws and cutting toe nails from the first week they came home (at 9 weeks old.) Would do this weekly. Then, one week, about 6 weeks ago, she (actually both of them) flipped out when trying to cut them. So I have tried to go slow and have started with handling paws and nails with her just at night when watching TV and her laying next to me. So last night, she was having nothing of it! She jumped off the couch, went under a chair, and remained there until I said "lets go out!" and she came bounding out from under the chair. NIGHT TIME - She sometimes appears to be weirder at night. She will act strange and act like a different dog at nighttime vs daytime. Not always, but many times. Could she be going through a fear stage? However, some new things she adapts quickly too and others not so much. Could this be hormonal? She has not come in season yet. Could this just be her personality? I already have one quirky BC and wondering if this might just be her personality. Once again, curious as to some opinions on what we might be going through and what you would do in handling these situations. Thanks in advance!!
  14. Sometimes we have one of those HUGE cargo planes fly over. Doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. They are scary to me; they look like you can touch them even though they are further up than they appear. I'm a little worried if they see that!!! Sort of like your hot air balloon.
  15. So here are a couple pics from tonight with my phone; hard to capture. Don't know how well you will be able to see. The black one is the sky and that bright star - and Parker standing there staring across the yard at it. The other pic is him looking up at a plane, while Piper never looks up; she is more concerned if there is a deer out in the yard.
  16. So our puppies are 6 months old now and still continue to amaze me. I have never had dogs that watched the sky before. It was understandable when the flock of geese flew overhead, honking, that they both looked up and watched them go by. But my boy....he seems mesmerized with the sky. The other morning when I let them out, I saw him standing in the middle of the yard gazing up, fixed on something. Didn't see any birds, then I moved out to the middle of the yard to see what he was watching. It was the moon!! It was light outside, but the moon was visible and he seemed entranced. Now I notice that when he goes out at night, he alerts to any planes going by, and tonight there was a very visible bright star/planet (not the north star, because this was south). That got his attention and he just looks so alert and it's almost like I can see him thinking, "hmmm...now what is THAT???" lol. So I am curious if anyone else has a skywatcher. My girl will look up at birds, but does not seem as interested as he is with the sky.
  17. Thank you all for your information. I gave Interceptor years ago to my German Shepherd Dogs. So is Interceptor considered safe for Collies since it is not Ivermectin? Re the flea + heartworm - a friend of mine just recently gave Heartgard and Nexgard (flea preventative) together to her dog on her vet's advice, and her dog became very ill.
  18. Not sure if this would be better served in Health and Genetics regarding heartworm preventatives. I did a search and found much information from years ago on this subject, but not much recently. My vet is really pushing for me to put the 4-5 month old puppies on Heartgard....not so much for the heartworm, but for the parasite / worm control. I live in Western Pa -- not a big heartworm area. I am more concerned when I read of border collies having seizures following the use of ivermectin. Would like opinions on the use of Heartgard and what age to start. My vet says it is safe for all herding breeds (that's a quote), but I have to wonder if that information is coming from the pharmaceutical companies. Thank you.
  19. I remember it like it was yesterday....I was totally addicted to the Kelso Story. I would log in everyday in anticipation of the next installment. lol. And it is a wonderful tool for anyone who adopts.
  20. Thank you for all of your comments. We have walked them around the property on leash ever since we brought them home. My plan to introduce them to the big yard was to take them outside to where we normally sit and put them on a long line. That is what we have done before when we brought a new dog home. What I never thought of (and I don't know why!!) was WALKING them around the yard on a dropped long line! Thank you for that suggestion! I think it will be a great next step. None of our dogs are ever out on the property without someone being there with them. When they go out, usually all the dogs are out there. I agree that getting that recall down is imperative to them experiencing the whole yard on their own. I also liked the comment that we should not narrow it down to a particular age, but to each dog's personality and maturity. Our dogs (and our kids' dogs) all love to run the yard since it is so big and fenced, and my husband is just eager to have these guys do it, too. We have raised litter mates before, although it was a long time ago and we are much older...so it is a tad bit more exhausting now LOL. They are separated during periods of the day and sometimes in the evenings. They are both in separate obedience classes on separate nights. They are trained separately at home. I know the pitfalls, so I'm constantly watching and not too concerned. Because someone asked, I am attaching a picture of Parker and Piper -- though it's awfully hard to get them to sit still long enough for a good photo op! I just want to thank Eileen and all of you for doing these Boards. I found you back in 2008 when I got my first BC through a rescue. Although I have 40+ years in dog training, obedience, showing, and a very small smidgen of breeding, I had German Shepherd Dogs and I really wanted to do right by this breed. I am so grateful to have found this wonderful site, and the knowledge I have found here has been invaluable. I continued to use this site through my second BC, and now again with these two puppies. Using the search engine is a really great reference tool when questions occur. I was around during the Kelso saga, and that has been a treasure for people who are adopting a rescue. You all really provide a wonderful service to all dog owners, and especially to Border Collie owners....and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
  21. Hi Everyone Our puppies are growing and they are now 4 months old (will be 5 months toward the end of November.) We have two fenced-in small yards for them to play in, both within our two acres of fenced-in land. So my husband and I are at a disagreement. He feels that they should be allowed on the two acres to run free (no leashes). I feel they are still too young. We try to keep it clean, but it's hard to control deer and rabbit poop on two acres. I feel if they are free at this age, it will be almost impossible to keep things out of their mouths (sticks, stones, poop, unknown weeds, unknown objects and grass.) Yes, grass. My boy has a habit of ripping grass up from the roots and eating it (dirt and all). I don't feel that they can be managed well at this age on such a large piece of ground. They have been training and learning since we got them at nine weeks and both are currently in a puppy obedience class -- but they are still young. I am inclined to wait until 5 or 6 months and then see how much more they have matured. He thinks I am being ridiculous and too cautious. So I would LOVE to hear opinions on what experienced people think as to when it is ok to give them a wider berth of exploration. Thank you in advance.
  22. Hello I did some past searches on this topic, but would like to know current recommendations for harness/collars on 3-5 month old puppies. I currently am using a step-in harness (which I once had a puppy back out of.) Would like to go to a collar for general obedience training and walking. However, I am fearful of the puppies backing out of a regular buckle collar. Best training/walking collar that you use on a young puppy: Buckle? Martingale? Any other kind? I am ruling out pinch, choke, or e-collars. Thank you!
  23. Thank you! All excellent points that I am sure I can incorporate. I did try searching for past posts, but most seemed to deal with older puppies or dogs; some that were more aggressive and others that were afraid. I knew I needed to get on this immediately. They are never out in that yard (or any yard) unsupervised at this age. My place is on 2 fenced acres, but I also have two fenced enclosures (one off the house for pottying -- which is where this is taking place) and the other further from the house and road which is a play yard.) At this age, they do NOT have full run of the 2 acres (except when on leash for walks)-- only the two yards and only when supervised. Here are their pics; they are Piper (white - girl) and Parker (red -boy)....and they are soooo much FUN!!!
  24. Hi We have a new border collie puppy (actually two) that are 12 weeks old. One has just noticed cars that go by on the road from the play yard (which sits about 50 feet away from the road - so it is not up against the road), and has started to run the fence to "chase" them. Knowing this is not a desirable response, and wanting to correct is asap, would love recommendations on how others would correct this. Thank you for any input.
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