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  1. Hello, My boy is two and a half years old. He was rescued from a shelter at 5 months and I have no back story on his life before we got him. He is a very friendly dog, loves people and other dogs, completely housebroken, doesn't bark too much. He knows sit, lay down, stay, come (although not reliable and he is NOT off leash), but I am really struggling to train him anything new. Every time I put him in a sit to try something he just lays down and gives up instead of trying to do what I'm asking (even with a treat lure). Sometimes he even gets a weird vibe and just leaves the room and goes and lays down (even if I have treats out). We have never used physical punishment, never yell at him, nothing like that but he is so timid with us. He is pretty noise phobic about sneezes and raised voices (even if never directed at him) and the typical dog stuff like thunderstorms and fireworks. I just want him to trust me and feel confident that I have his best interests in mind. I'd love to get him into agility or herding but without being able to train him/keep his attention I don't know how that would be possible. Anyone out there with a shy BC? How did you build trust and confidence?
  2. Hello! This is my first post to this board though I've been surfing through your posts for a while. I currently have a beautiful BC x Aussie cross and she just hit a year old this month (YAY!) and this means that I have to get more serious about what type of sports I want to do with her… Border collies were always my favorite breed and I always had in mind that I will have to do some kind of activity to keep her stimulated. My first instinct was stock work however there seems to be no good trainers in my area (less than an hour away) so I am debating on a few other options.. I have a good lead on an agility instructor however I haven't gotten a response in a wile. In the mean time I don’t want to give up on my pup so I want to work on something that may be a little easier to tackle on my own being that I have no formal training/experience in dog training. This led me to teaching tricks at home. I was inspired by the cruft's heelwork to music competition that you can find on youtube… So my question is this what tricks should I focus on? My pup already knows: Sit Down Stay Shake Stand (a little rusty…) We are working on: Heel Sit up/ beg /sit pretty Directions (spinning left/right with the respective command) Weave (between legs) Obviously this is nowhere near the level that the people at the cruft's show were on but I don’t expect that… My favorite trick (that I've seen) is where you get the dog to lift a paw and sort of pretend limp/skip (by switching paws as it walks) has anyone trained this? Do you have any tips on that? Ps. My puppy's name is pepper (paprika for long) and she is my avitar
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