kropupkin Posted August 27, 2011 Report Share Posted August 27, 2011 hey there! I've been lurking for quite some time and recently signed up- this website is wonderful, so much good advice! My boyfriend and i recently adopted an eight month old border collie mix. most people think she has some husky- but she's only 30 lbs and it might just be her blue eyes- here's a link to her photo- i'm not sure how to paste a photo. callie! - any thoughts about her origins? i'll post some more once i find the camera cord Her name is Callie and she's an absolute love. She comes from New Hampshire via San Antonio. According to the shelter staff, she used to cross a highway everyday to beg for food from folks waiting for entry into the Alamodome. Consequently, she thinks all humans are her personal treat dispensers and she has a healthy respect for traffic patterns, looks both ways before we cross the street. Callie is my first dog, well the first dog i've had living on my own. I grew up with Molly, a border collie/golden retriever mix and Honeybear, a german shepherd/yellow lab mix. Callie is different, in a good way- far more observant, [maybe "biddable"is the right word]and spirited [we're working on a 'nothing in life is free' program per the advice of the dog trainer] She's on a grain free diet, had some eye discharge that has since cleared up, but she has been scratching and biting herself more than seems to be normal and rubbing her mouth on the carpet. It doesn't seem to be an obsessive behavior, [but maybe it is- what do i know?] We're taking her to the vet tomorrow, hopefully they can give some insight into what's going on We're attending a basic obedience class and it seems to take only a few tries for her to learn a command...but consistently obeying when she's in the 'real world' is a different story. She came to us house and crate trained and knowing "sit" [she spent three weeks being fostered before coming up north, but was a stray before that] We're working on leash walking with the easy walk harness, she's pretty good until she sees another dog and then she pulls and pulls and pulls! I'm hoping to eventually get her canine good citizen and maybe do agility once she's older and more trained...but we've got a long way to go! one question/concern...she likes to watch cars from inside our apartment- should i be discouraging this behavior? she'll stand on her hind legs and rest her front paws on the window sill, does it for maybe one minute at a time and then moves on to something else. When we're outside she doesn't seem to be focused on them and in fact shies away from the cars when they pass. thanks!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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