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  1. Flyer, that is so interesting! Thanks for the tip! Any idea where you read it? We'd like to read the article... But it seems on the mark. She does seem better since she started hiding in the bathroom (basically, yes, pressed up against the tub).
  2. The board-certified veterinary behaviorist who worked with my last dog (who had fear aggression, sound reactivity, territorial aggression, misdirected aggression, and resource guarding to humans) quoted articles in veterinary and veterinary behavior journals that say 95% of "aggressive" dogs are actually "fear aggressive," which is a particular type of "reactive." Only 5% of aggressive dogs are actually "dominant aggressive" which is the problem that most people try to treat when dealing with an aggressive dog (the treatment for which can actually make fear aggression much worse). That bei
  3. She sounds like Vala. All the same things, finding hidey holes, a place from which to survey the world, and then like some of the other people who described their dogs shaking with fear when they brought them home... That's my sweet girl. Thankfully not a bone of fear aggression in her body, she just hides or stays put and refuses to move. I never forced her to do anything except when she was being completely unreasonable (like sitting and refusing to budge to come inside the house 'cause she was afraid of anything but grass under her feet). Then I just pulled her inside and ignored the fear a
  4. I'm no expert but I don't think there is anything wrong with Bea. She didn't start anything. She was just defending. To me, it sounds like those other owners are just trying to rationalize their own misbehavior (and misbehavior it is--dogs that attack other dogs should NOT be allowed off leash). If this were me, I would probably stop taking my dog to wherever this place is, for this season, and find someplace more remote, less dog-populated. Or walk my dog on leash during the week in safe locations where other dogs are always onleash, and save off leash time for when I could get to a safer off
  5. I would guess Lab/BC too, after the six-month pictures. That's exactly what I was thinking!
  6. Ooh, this is an interesting discussion! While I agree that border collies are in general leaps and bounds smarter than most other breeds and mixed breeds I've met, I would argue that defining biddability as part of intelligence is kind of a human-biased way of looking at it. I love the biddability aspect of border collies I've met! It's so endearing and wonderful. But it is something separate from the pretty startling abstract language perception abilities of which I agree border collies seem to be capable also. That can exist apart from biddability, or vary independently from biddabi
  7. This is true. We can almost tell the declawed cats at the shelter, actually, by their shyness and the way they tend to nip more often. It's very sad.
  8. This is off subject, but go Ooky! I hope you explained to them what declawing actually is. And to the OP. Glad to hear you don't declaw either. I'll admit I did it once, to my beautiful cat Jupiter when I was about 19, before I really understood the surgery. Looking back on his behavior now, I think it was severely disordered. This was a cat who more than one vet had offered to put to sleep (after which, both times, I changed vets). I'm not terribly knowledgeable about behavior disorders in cats... know a lot more about dogs now... but this cat was very tall and very large (over 14 p
  9. ^^^I agree with everyone above that if extremely high quality treats aren't getting the dog's attention and the mild corrections like hand claps and stuff don't work to snap her out of her quivering cat-trance, you're probably going to have to do something worse to snap her out of it at least once. A "come to jesus" moment like I described is probably something you'd be comfortable with--you sound like you are pretty-positive based and not yet frustrated enough that any physical contact would feel natural to you--and only doing what feels natural is important. Then, after that, shaking a can o
  10. Yep, Vala is like this. Also Colin, the most recent BC to go up for adoption at the shelter where I volunteer. They're not all like this but I sure do love the ones who are!
  11. Tim, Did I miss a post? When did you get the puppy? Congrats!
  12. Not to hijack, but thank you! We had been trying to conceive for eight or nine months before we did so I'm really, really excited! We had started to worry we couldn't.
  13. That's how you know it's truly worked! My Vala will let the cats eat out of her food bowl too now. I really like Geonni's approach too -- better than mine, which is more negative than I'd like, all I had to do for my Vala to snap her out of that mode was clap or snap when she went toward them or say eh, and I did reward them for being good with one another too, once the chasing stopped, forgot to mention that -- as long as you can keep the cat safe the whole time (in your arms?). And I'd have the dog drag a leash at first too to give you extra control. But Geonni's approach reminds
  14. Sending good thoughts. You called the vet about the explosion right? My first thought was a reaction to the meds (though I've never had a dog prescribed Rimadyl so don't know its side effects, and the soft stool seemed to start before the visit). My other thought is, since you were gone, maybe your sister just fed him something his tummy wasn't used to?
  15. I think the general consensus here is that you have to have a really serious moment with the dog if the dog tries to prey on the cat. Like really get up in the dog's face and make it totally clear that it is *NOT* acceptable. I think the term others on the board use is give the dog a "COME TO JESUS" moment (don't touch the dog, just immediately get into her space, wave arms in her face and be visibly upset yelling no, etc.) If you do this right, and your dog is well trained, and respects your rules, the dog can learn not to chase the cat. I have a very high prey drive (squirrel obsessed)
  16. I used the treat/lure/knee method with Vala after weeks of trying, and she got it almost instantly. (Her problem was simply a case of not understanding what I wanted--she is a very eager to please, goody two shoes type, submissive dog.) Now her down is great and treats are not needed anymore--all her commands she does for fun, in order to please--the treats were just teaching tools. In the rare situations where she is too riled up (like for instance if she is nervous or if she sees a squirrel), all I have to do is touch her on the tip of the nose--I think it just serves to remind her oh right,
  17. What a great image. Also love the title of this thread. Made me smile.
  18. I'll admit, I'm not yet middle aged, but this struck me as hilarious. Working as an animal rescue volunteer, the difference between BCs and Aussies, temperament-wise, as far as I've seen, is the BC drive to please and the way they look at you. That soul-searching stare... the intense one-on-one connection that BCs will try to form even in the first five minutes of me taking them out... I met Colin, a gorgeous red and white BC (possible mix, we don't know of course) on Friday. His eyes are an unusual color for a BC, but his temperament is very BC-like, at least in my experience--within five
  19. 3 yo, 30.5#, but she is petite and a bit short for a BC...
  20. OK, this post REALLY wasn't worth the trouble of all these multiple posts--sorry everybody, I'm on my work computer and I don't know what happened! It just posted a ton of multiple posts without me posting them manually; I'm not sure how. I have PMed Eileen to ask her to delete them. ETA: Fixed. Thanks Eileen! ANYWAY I was just going to say, yeah it is really important only to scold if you catch them in the act. Scolding once it has already happened--I've read and been told by trainers the dog won't even realize it was something they did. So it is important they're not afraid of you so th
  21. Glad Mel is opening up, but I second the above, and I don't think it's really very compassionate to let Sam work the cats either. Vala has the instinct to do a similar thing for me but I don't let her, after folks here reminded me of what I'm about to remind you. Imagine how the cats feel in that situation. Imagine how Mel feels. It is your job to interact with the cats or Mel, and to do it positively and without scaring the other creature(s). Even if Sam is being nice, you're using him as an intermediary and enhancing his status while detracting from theirs and possibly scaring them. He's bar
  22. That must be nice. I know I love when that happens to Vala!
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