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  1. Put some feelers out to local rescues. Nearest BC specific rescue is a few hours away, but there is a dog rescue in town that I got in touch with. Lady basically told me at 9 years old either leave him in a crate for the rest of his life or put him down. Not exactly the most promising of suggestions there.
  2. Shelter is closed for the day. Also might not be overly helpful as I am about 5 hours away from where I rescued the dog. I'll look up some local rescues. I believe there are a couple nearby that are even BC specific I'll definitely bring that up with my vet next time we go for a visit. Thanks!
  3. I haven't spoken to my vet here about this yet. I will at our next appointment. My fear of medication is how some described as a suppressant and that the dog still has the fear but is unable to react thereby making them feel trapped in their own body. Sounds terrifying to me but those descriptions may be unfounded. That said, I'm not entirely against it if a vet definitely recommends it. Apologies for being unclear. We rescued him from a kill shelter for 55 bucks. Highly doubtful they would offer any support unfortunately. Thanks for the reply!
  4. Hey all. I adopted my BC Sam from a shelter back in 2009 when he was right around 2. He has always had some issues such as submissive urination and severe fear of thunder. My wife and I have dealt with these problems over the past 7 years but with our newborn on the way we want to figure out how to properly address these concerns. Some of the other things we've noticed with him are: Aggression towards other dogs when: they chase him at the dog park (he will nip/bite), have a toy he wants (he will try to steal it from another dog and often times will miss and end up inadvertently biting the other animal), and if 2 dogs are playing he will try to intervene and tackle one to the ground Aggression towards humans when: If I pick my wife up and carry her, he will start to bark and will even nip my legs, if I hug my wife he will start to bark at me Thunder fear: will tear up base boards or doors to try to get to a "safer" place, will claw at carpet in attempt to dig through it as well as the bottom of his kennel, will break out of a wire kennel using his mouth to get to where he wants to go (thunder shirts have not helped) Urination: submissive urination has stopped but now he will pee (not just mark, i mean empty the bladder) on our bed if left unsupervised for any amount of time. Its not a life I want for any dog, especially a border collie. My wife and I work so we are gone 8 hours per day. He destroys things in the house (couch cushions, baseboards, cabinets, etc) and pees so we are forced to leave him crated during the day. At night he will claw at the carpet for hours if we do not crate him when there is a thunderstorm near. And if we are not constantly watching him he will almost always run off and either pee on the bed or chew something. My biggest fear is baby coming. Our other dog, a blue heeler, is amazing with kids. I know some dogs just dont like animals that are smaller than they are, but I need to find a solution. I think most of it can be related to fear: fear biting (myself and other animals), urinating on a place that smells like me to cover his scent (fear of predators), fear of thunder. But how do I move forward?
  5. On a sidenote, he wouldn't be crated for long. I have 2 roommates so someone is almost always home. I'll just make sure if you're the last to leave, he's in the crate.
  6. I agree 100000%, I know that chipping will not protect my dog from harm, but in the event that he does get out again I would at least like to prevent this scenario from playing out again and ending badly. Trust me, we are rebuilding the fences for security when he's out back, and I'm going to crate him when nobody is home, that way he is accounted for 100% before you leave the house.
  7. I'd like to start off by apologizing in advance for any profanity, but there is really no other way to express my emotions at this point. As posted earlier in another thread, my dog is quite the escape artist. Well while I was at work today my dog was just at the house. My roommate was getting ready to leave and forgot her sunglasses after she walked out, so she left the front door cracked and went to get them. Apparently this was my dog's chance to explore. She didn't see him leave so she had no idea he was even gone. He's a very quiet dog and naps alot, so she wouldn't have known the difference unless she searched the whole house. Well while at work I get a call on my cell phone. I was busy so I left it to voicemail. When I checked it 30min later it was someone who found my dog, so I immediately called back. They informed me they found him and he was outside their house unattended. After he went back to check, he was gone. I quickly called my roommates to let them know what was going on and that Sam was loose. I left work within minutes and headed back on the short 10min drive home. As I was pulling into my neighborhood my roommate texted me and let me know Sam was home safe. When I got to the house she told me the story that just made my heart sink: After the last people let him loose, this mother found my dog. He was outside playing with her kids. Well apparently she was so twisted that she thought it would be a good idea to "teach" me a lesson or something along those lines. She took the collar off of my dog with all of my information on it and threw it in the trash, and proceeded to call animal control. What kind of screwed up person does such a thing. Calling animal control to save a dog that you cant contact the owner is one thing, but maliciously throwing away a collar so that the dog cannot be identified and more than likely never recovered is a completely different thing. They save a warm spot in hell for people that would put dogs and owners through that intentionally. First thing tomorrow I am taking Sam to get chipped. I cant take any chances knowing I have neighbors like this. I cant imagine losing him, and its that easy.
  8. Sounds like I have it all wrong, which I kinda figured. Would you be so kind as to link the thread where you outlined it? Would a Kong with treats work the same function? If so I'll give that a shot this weekend.
  9. My technique that I've tried to use is the reward for actually giving the ball to me. I'll show the ball to him and call him over. I'll hand it to him and let him sit there and think about what to do with it for a second. If he turns and walks away, the ball gets picked up and the game stops. If he stays and gives it when I tell him to "give", he gets a treat. I've worked on this for a while now and no results. I was trying to start small and work my way up, just making it obvious to him that giving the ball back to me instead of just taking it somewhere else is beneficial to him, but it doesn't seem to stick. I haven't tried a clicker yet, that might be the next step.
  10. welcome to my world... http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=28595 but I live in a neighborhood with lots of families and kids. I can only see the look on a parent's eyes when some dog comes following a kid home because hes just that playful. My entire neighborhood loves Sam by now
  11. So this happened a few weeks ago, thought I would share now that I have the time away from classes. I live in a house with 2 roommates. We each have a dog, a female pit, a female heeler and my border collie Sam. They get along great and love to go out back and play. Well I work all day on Saturday at a motorcycle dealer here in Denton so I'm busy from 8am till about 5pm. I got a few phone calls from some random number from my area code while I was at work. Apparently my roommates let the dogs out for a bit and Sam somehow got out. We still cannot find the hole he got out from and the yard isnt HUGE (maybe 1/2 acre). But somehow he snuck out. Well Sam has 2 tags, one is his typical name, address, phone number tag and the other is his Rabies vac. tag. No idea how, but he lost his tag with the address on it, so all that was left was a tag with my phone number and his name. One of my neighbors picked him up and held on to him for a few hours and waited for me to call back, but decided to let him go to see if he would go home. Well he didn't. He ended up at someone else's house. They held on to him up until about 4:45 and then gave up and called the shelter. Animal control came and picked him up and gave me a call at about 5:15 (I worked about 30 min late that day) and left a message. Apparently they thought I was Sam and they named my dog Omaha. I called them as soon as I got home and realized he was gone, but they close at 5:00 and all of their phones are on night service so it goes straight to voicemail. I was soooo upset at this point. So I went to check the hours of the shelter only to find out they were closed until Tuesday! $40 fee for the pickup of the dog plus $10/day or something, it adds up. I planned on going to pick him up before class on Tuesday which was at 10. I got a call at 8am, before the shelter even opened asking for Sam. I explained that I was Chris and Sam was my dog. The lady on the other end wouldn't stop talking about how much she loved my dog and how she wouldn't mind adopting him on the spot if I didn't want him back. I quickly declined and headed up there. So I went up to the shelter in uniform (I'm in Air Force ROTC, commissioning next year) since I had class that day and went to pick him up. Got there and needed proof of rabies vaccination. I didn't have it anywhere, but it was about to expire anyway, so they sent me down the road to the vet to pre-pay for a vaccination. On my way out, the lady who had called stopped me from the other side of the fence where they had Sam and several others playing in a courtyard between the buildings. I told her about how I came to be his owner, how he was a shelter dog and all, and she just ended up handing him over to me. Great people at that shelter, and my dog's brush with the law! Glad to have him back though. I know they gave up a bit of money by handing him over so I went back and donated a huge bag of food for them. Figured any little bit helps. Sorry for the long story, just wanted to share my dog's adventures.
  12. He loves it, to be honest. He loves chasing the ball every time I throw it. If I had a bag of 100 tennis balls he would chase every one like it was the best thing in the world. I am just trying to work with him to bring it back. He has brought it back a few times in the past, I am just trying to figure out how to work on consistency.
  13. So it seems my border has a typical issue among others in that he LOVES to chase things that are moving fast, but once they stop, he loses interest. Same with playing fetch. It seems like I have tried everything and I am still at a loss. When I throw a ball he will chase it as fast as possible, pick it up, and maybe 1 time out of 50 he will bring it somewhere near me. Otherwise he just heads off in some random direction and drops it after carrying it for 20ft or so. If I call him to bring it back he will glance but keep on going. Seems to be that hoarding mentality of the dog, but how do I get him to bring it back? The one thing I do not have and it seems I need is a retractable leash so I can bring him back to me. Is this a proper way to train to bring it back and give the ball? I know its commonly used to train recall, but what about when playing as well?
  14. I'll look into getting a crate for him. Its not a UTI, I just had him tested last week and this has been happening for months.
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