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  1. For mind games, stupid pet tricks are excellent they are inconsequential so if he doesn’t learn it doesn’t matter. Break out the clicker and start shaping silly behaviours there is an endless supply can he cuddle toy put the rings back on a kids toy ride a skateboard pick up toys and put them in a box climb in a box. One of our border collies had not been taught to think as a puppy and 10 minutes of learning a new trick would exhaust him. He was also prone to nipping and it was about mangement, keeping strangers away from him. Muzzle training is an excellent suggestion a friend with a border collie with a bite history was heart broken when she had to start using one, but it was a positive experience as she relaxed on walks as her dog could do no damage, and her dog relaxed. you have invested so much time and energy and you have clearly made progress, if you really have reached the end of the road then re-homing is the right choice but reading your comments it really doesn’t sound like you are ready to give up.
  2. When my dogs have been on sheep the shepherd has handled them, especially when they were really starting to get a feel for sheep. Both my dogs are agility dogs and are used to watching my body and arms for signals, with the shepherd they focused on the sheep and the commands. Once they had a decent understanding of what was happening I started to be able to work them, new skills he would start them always.
  3. We have always loved having 2 dogs. And for the last 17 years we have had 2 border collies, plus some fosters. Having 2 we find our dogs don’t rely on us as much more for their entertainment etc. on walks they check things out together, they run together sniff together. At home if they are bored they will interact with each other if we aren’t interested in playing. My older dog was an only dog for 2.5 years and he became very needy during that time, totaly reliant on us for his entertainment. We got the youngest as puppy, but it was 3 weeks before we all got home (long road trip and vacation to get him) initially he just ignored him but by the time we got home they were playing together and 5 years later they still are, and the older one was clearly in a better place mentally. I am slowly starting my search for border collie number 3, I compete in agility and my dogs are 5 and 12 so its time to add my next team mate… l do think 3 will be a bit made
  4. You have been given excellent advice so far. Regarding using that highly intelligent brain, get the clicker out and teach stupid pet tricks, they have no consequence if they go wrong. One of our rescue border collies had never been taught to “learn” and 10 minutes of track training on a cold New England day would exhaust him more than a 10 mile walk. My current 2 we got as puppies and both started clicker training as babies and it doesn’t have the same effect on them but it does settle them down and we all have a bit of fun doing something pointless. Another consideration is exercise without fetch, my older boy is obsessed with anything that can be thrown, so on walks we simply don’t throw things for him, we want him exploring and sniffing, being a dog, at the end of those walks he is much more relaxed than if we thrown toys for him. He is 12 now and it’s the same as when he was 2.
  5. Sorry to read this Geonni, I used to enjoy reading about your activities together.
  6. All our border collies have preferred our company to doing their own thing. I am currently in my office and have a border collie asleep under my desk and another out of sight but will move as soon as I do. At home they go off to their favorite spots but they always know what we are up to, go hang the laundry out and we have helpers although are useless using pegs. Our last foster dog (my jealous boys have stopped me fostering) had the choice of 2 homes, one living in a flat with a single women who wanted a constant companion, going for coffee, going on runs etc... or a country property where they talked about how much space he would have to explore. I chose the single lady with the flat, he is a very happy boy and they have a great life together, he needed a companion not acres.
  7. My old man is 12, in his heart he think he is 3, I retired him from agility just before he turned 11, he has mild hip dysplasia in one hip and he was showing stiffness in his hips which is why I retired him, he was no longer fully extending when jumping but starting to slightly bunny hop so thought it was time (we don't have reduced heights in Spain if we did, without Covid I would have continued) when playing ball or on walks he is still the same, we have to to end the game. His recovery is longer but after a few hours he is ready to go again. I have started to see some changes but with covid limiting our exercise last year, and this year I ruptured my achilles I suspect some of that is simply a lack of fitness, I am horribly out of shape so I reckon my dogs should be as well! Our first border collie we did not know how old he was, we got him as an adult and had him 10 years we suspected he was around 3/4 when we got him as he had none of that young immature dog thing going on. He never really changed until the last 3 months of his life when he was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, he had given us no clue he was ill and then he had a seizure. I would also suggest a vet visit, at 7 a border collie is in the prime of their lives all mine at that age have had the same drive and love of life as they did 3.
  8. My friends dog as well as the rest of the litter are all agility dogs, my friend had a similar experience he thought she had just over done it, (she shares a house with 2 other border collies, and 4 other dogs so it’s busy) but when her litter mate had the same symptoms he had her checked out. They were the only 2. She had the keyhole surgery and the recovery was very quick, and she is well on her way to becoming an agility dog, the surgeon was not concerned about her future as it was caught so quickly.
  9. I would definitely contact a rehab pro, a friends young border collie had this surgery done last year (in her case it was genetic as a litter mate also had it) and she was never under full crate rest, she had restricted activity.
  10. The only thing I would disagree is this. I grew up in Yorkshire with a farming family and most sheepdogs I knew/know roamed the farm yard or today would ride the quad when not working, they are generally not put away if they are regular farm dogs. A trainer/breeder with a lot of dogs will do that, but a farmer with one or two isn’t likely. The other thing not mentioned is sheepdogs on hill farms don’t work everyday they have a lot of down time, they are bred to work hard but be able to chill as well, a hill farmer doesn’t want a dog that will be a total pain when not working.
  11. Sorry I am late to the thread, I know you have already signed up to some Denise Frenzi classes. I follow her on Facebook and she has posted about her work with Dice her young Mali, I think you could find a lot of ideas from her journey. It’s been really interesting to follow and see her techniques in action
  12. I hope you like them, we have modified how we use them which doesn’t make them as safe but we feel will still be effective in a crash, particularly with 2 larger border collies who weigh enough to make the seat belts work properly. What we have done is rather than have the seat belt feed through the back of the harness which keeps the dog secure to the seat but really restricts their wriggle room, which would be fine of shortish trips but not 14 hour ones. We use a short loop of rope that is called a soft shackle and link that through the back of the harness and seat belt, it gives them an extra 6/8 inches of movement, means they will move on impact but will be pulled up before slamming into the front seats and certainly can not become airborne. The shackle is a speciality piece of kit used on racing sailing boats and came of a 100ft boat so is certainly strong enough to restrain a border collie. They are comfortable and relaxed in the car, safe in the passenger compartment, and acting as faux body guards for me.
  13. I use sleepypod harnesses. When we came to Europe I bought an Allsafe German harness with us, it’s very German and it doesn’t use any buckles and is a real pain to put on and take off, plus it just didn’t look that comfortable, but it was made really well. When I got my second border collie, once he was an adult I went looking for a new harness and found the US based sleepypods, and promptly bought one for my older dog as well. They are well made, much more comfortable for the dog, easy to take on and off, there are no buckles that can fail where the harness attaches to the seat belt. neither harness is a walking around harness, the sleepypods are fine for travel breaks but I wouldn’t want to use one on a walk. Both my husband and I feel that we want the dogs in the passenger part of the car and not in the crumple zone of the car, especially on the busy highways.
  14. A slightly different perspective. I have crash tested harness for my dogs, prior to COVID we would drive from Mallorca, Spain to the UK once a year which is about 1400km usually I do either there or back on my own, plus I travel to the mainland to compete in agility in random towns I haven’t been to be before and I like having my dogs close, strange things can happen at highway service stops, and no one has ever come near my car with 2 sizeable dogs in the back, especially one that barks when people come near the car!
  15. It’s a very common problem, all 3 of my agility dogs have had some version of this. My first competition dog was a nightmare to start, I worked through some of the exercises in controlled unleashed and it made a huge difference. Eventually we could hang out a few feet from the ring and he could get belly rubs. I like my dogs calm and thinking going into the ring, they have enough explosive speed without reving them up, tugging comes at the end.
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