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  1. I find this response to be extremely odd. No one asks for references with the expectation that they'll be given a list of people that you've had problems with. If a breeder (or employee, or anyone else who may be asked for references) can't come up with one or two names of people who might have something positive to say about them, then that's not someone I'd feel comfortable dealing with.
  2. Just looking through Seamus's records, here's what I found 6 Weeks: 7 pounds 8 Weeks: 11 pounds 12 Weeks: 17 pounds 16 Weeks: a whopping 29 pounds (To be fair, this was directly after he got back from spending 10 days in boarding, where they seriously overfed him - he was incredibly round when I picked him up). 20 Weeks: a nicely proportioned 28 pounds. I haven't weighed him since then, but I would venture to guess that he's currently somewhere in the 40-45 pound range at 11 months, but still skinny as a rail. He's insanely tall.
  3. Wow...that's like the guy who told me that he really liked the last two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My flabbergasted response - NO ONE likes the last two seasons of Buffy!
  4. My housemate's dog does this kind of thing all the time. Daisy is definitely top dog in the household and will generally try to steal any bone that another dog shows interest in, even if it was previously sitting completely untouched. There is also a hierarchy of bones, some being generally more desirable than others. My housemate's dog, who really shows remarkable survival skills in general, will regularly pick up a less desirable bone and parade it in front of Daisy. As soon as she goes for that bone, he'll drop it and then casually (so as not to draw attention to himself) walks over to
  5. I dunno. That pup looks like trouble. You should probably box her up and ship her out to me before things get too out of control.
  6. Thanks for all the suggestions. What makes it doubly difficult is that I have a part-time housemate who stays over 3-4 nights a week, so I think I'm going to have to wait until I know she'll be out of the house for a few days and then just cut them off cold turkey. And I will DEFINITELY invest in some ear plugs. And just to be clear, I always cave into their whining not because I feel bad for them, but because it is the most annoying sound in the world!!
  7. For the past several months Seamus has been waking up between 5:00 and 5:30 every morning, and it's really starting to take a toll on me. I've been assuming that he will grow out of it eventually, but now I'm beginning to worry. He is so much more a creature of strict habit than Daisy, that I think he might happily keep up this routine for the rest of his life. So, I'm thinking it's time to kick the dogs out of the bedroom. Ideally, I guess I should try crating them at night, but I know that neither of them are going to take it well. Daisy's generally fine in her crate, andthe few times I
  8. Cute cute cute! Kind of reminds me of this popular fellow. http://365puppy.blogspot.com/
  9. Just wanted to add that sometimes other dog owners will take such a request as a criticism of their own training methods, which can make them defensive and less willing to listen. Because the OP is concerned about maintaining a good relationship with the landlord, I would suggest adding something like "Gee, Tug is a really sensitive puppy (he's one of those crazy border collies, you know) and he's not as mentally tough as your Pom, so I have to be really careful about being too hard on him." Then use PSmitty's suggestion about consistency and how you teach him.
  10. Oh doG...another smooth-coated, prick-eared, right-and-white (sort of) split-face border collie? I am green with envy. Why must the BC gods taunt me? He is so so so pretty.
  11. Oh my goodness - I want to nom that belly. Nomnomnomnom.
  12. I don't know about fear of new things, but Seamus has spent the past month or so being afraid of EVERYTHING. He's 9 months now and has become a leash reactive monster. We've been working really hard on it the past few weeks and he's improved a great deal - to the point where we can pass most adults on the street without incident. But we still have to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from children and keep other dogs out of sight altogether. He is also intermittently afraid of the stairs, and just this morning he decided that the rear driver's side door of my car is haunted. He wou
  13. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is awesome. As for guesses, I'm gonna go with (slightly overweight) bcXaussie.
  14. I'm not at all an expert and really have no experience with this sort of thing, so take my thoughts with a boulder-sized grain of salt. From what I can tell your concerns are that he will be somewhat violent in initiating play, and possibly that he may get too rough during play. If that is the case, it seems to me like it is actually important to keep up the rough play, but manage it very strictly. Under no circumstances is he allowed to initiate forcefully. I would suggest that any attempt to do so should earn him an immediate time out. He really should be playing on your terms, not
  15. Like I said, the decision wasn't mine and maybe it wasn't wise, but that's what we did. I'm almost too embarassed to talk about the circumstances because I was so completely idiotic, but what happened was that Red (the foster) and Daisy were on the verge of getting into a brawl over a bone. I was distracted because I was on the phone, so rather than handle it rationally by sticking Daisy in her crate before taking the bone from Red and putting it away, I just reached down to take it from Red, at the very same moment that Daisy did. Red tried to snap at Daisy, but my arm was in the way. So
  16. My first major dog bite came from one of my fosters. He broke the skin in multiple places and I ended up spending most of the next two days in the emergency room with an IV drip of antibiotics to deal with the resulting cellulitis. We still adopted the dog out, and even though I had no part in the decision to do so, I agreed with it given the context of the bite and what I knew of the dog's general behavior. I'm not sure what the organization's specific policy is, or if they even have one, but in general they seem to cover all of their legal bases quite well, so I assume they've done their
  17. You wrote this in response to my last post and I'm afraid I don't really understand how it relates. I absolutely agree that there are some things dogs know they should do that they don't do because there's no incentive for them to do it. RDM and others have better elaborated on this point. My statement related only to the idea that some people believe that dogs do some things with malicious intent. I disagree with that belief. I think your dog's reaction to your old neighbor is different than her general fearfulness issues only that it has a specific target. But you yourself
  18. And yet there are soooo many people who believe this. It's the old "My dog pooped on my bed to get back at me" trope. At the risk of starting an unfortunate Cesar Milan blow-up, I think there's an element of this belief wrapped up in the whole dominance mindset. Of course, dominance is a word that also has a variety of meanings, but I think a lot of people who buy into dominance training would say that when their dogs disobey they are being willful - as in, they are actively attempting to establish a hierarchy that is contrary to what the handler wants. I would argue, and I think mos
  19. Well, I'm not entirely sure that politicians don't believe that it IS expected for them to behave badly in their personal lives. Often people in powerful positions are given so much leeway when it comes to their personal failings that they come to believe that what they're doing is indeed, they way they are expected to act. A sort of "everybody does it, everyone expects me to do it, ok let's do it" type of thing. What they DON'T necessarily expect is to get caught. Anyway, not sure that actually adds much to the conversation, but I do believe that our expectations of human behavior are
  20. RDM's points aside, my point was less about people and dogs making conscious logical decisions to do something they are told not do, and more to do with the emotional component of disobedience for disobedience's sake. I guess it's a semantics issue. Willful disobedience, as a phrase, suggests to me that the purpose of the action is to disobey. When I think of the phrase "willful disobedience" my mind immediately goes to the defiant child/teenager who is angry that they're not allowed to do something and decides "I'll show Mom," and ends up doing something even worse. To me it's more like a
  21. I just wanted to say that I agree with everything Mr. Snappy said. Now granted, I never did a great job training Daisy's recall, but she definitely knows that when I call her it means I want her to come to me. The problem is, of course, that she doesn't have much incentive to do that. Especially if we're, say, at the park and I'm holding her leash. She knows that coming to me means it's time to go home, and she's not terribly interested in doing that. On the other hand, if we're at the park and I just want to distract her away from something or get her to check in with me, she'll come
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