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  2. Hello My 4 month old female, amazing in every way! Is very fearful of the vacuum cleaner... I tried now turning it on for just a minute , turning off, trying to give her treats.. associate good things with it ? and very limited exposure to the sound, a couple of seconds..... however, she first put herself in a corner, looking at the wall, then under the bed... it has been turned off now for several minutes, and still... I can not coax her out, in my cheeriest voice... with salmon? I am trying not to make a big deal out of this behavior.... ? Help please... do I leave her there, under the bed... until she chooses to come out? What is the very best way to over come this? I hope to travel with her... and of course hotels have vacuum cleaners... etc. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated, Thank You Trudy
  3. Please can people spam me with stories of their dogs (past and present) who have managed to get to a ripe age without starting to randomly bite/attack people/other animals. Or even stories of dogs who have had an unfortunate incident but went on to never have another one. I know people only tend to post when things go wrong, but there seem to be an awful lot of those stories and I'd really like to read some posts of when things have gone right. Our boy is a few days off being a year old. The puppy nipping seems a long way behind us now, and the only thing he growls at is his reflection when he wakes up and it catches him by surprise. But every time I read a 'gone wrong out of nowhere' story it makes me feel a bit nervous for the future.
  4. I don't know of anyone who offers classes but I do seem to recall some people that were suggested earlier on. I hope someone can give you contact information if they haven't already. In any group, you may find people who are dissing others but I am sad you have run into that. As for chasing, etc., that's what you often run into with "all breeds herding" and just one of the many reasons why people here do not normally recommend anyone who does "all breed" or AKC "herding". I hope you are able to find a good mentor. Remember, check with the USBCHA trial schedule and try to attend (or volunteer at) some trials, meet people, see who has a relationship with their dog(s) that you would like to emulate, and make connections so you can ask and find a good mentor.
  5. If anyone knows anyone else who offers classes in the central Florida area please let me know. I am looking for a different environment to continue learning. My dog definitely has a knack for it and she is easily trainable. Not saying she is the undrafted 2019 sheepdog champion but she is definitely not hard to work with and has potential. I have nothing bad to say about JK but some of the ticks who hang out on the weekend really rub me the wrong way and seem to be more interested in putting new trainees down rather than just having fun. Plus It is a waste of time to sit there for hours waiting your turn while having to watch all types of random breeds run around trying to eat the sheep. Thank you to everyone
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  7. This may sound really weird, but one of the favourite non-dog-specific toys for my boys when they were young, along with the usual plastic bottles, cardboard rolls etc, was a hard plastic hose trigger gun. The sort of thing that goes on the end of a hose, that you can adjust to a thin stream, or a waterfall, that you use to water your garden. It lasted forever!
  8. With these laps, is she making hard fast turns, stopping suddenly, jumping over things, or up and down steps? If not, I would not be too worried about some short sessions of the zoomies.
  9. What they said about jumping. There is sooooo much more to agility than just learning to jump! And stairs - just don't let him do it. You can do lots of foundation work without worrying about his joints. (Look online for any number of foundation courses!) Teach him to learn - that is the most important thing pups can learn. Let him balance on soft items (like a pillow). Teach him to get up on a low stool (I use the Rubbermaid ones that are about 10" off the ground). Teach him to back up. Teach him to touch your hand with his nose. Teach him to give you a paw. Lots of these are "silly tricks" with application for agility later on. And mostly - have FUN!! They don't stay puppies long enough (or too long for some - LOL!). Also, he seems pretty fearless, but it's a good idea to expose youngsters to as many different things SAFELY as you can - walking on different surfaces, eating from different bowls (metal, ceramic, paper, etc.), riding in elevators, and any number of other things that will help make a balanced and eager agility dog. Good luck! diane
  10. Your puppy will learn, sit, paw, down, touch and wait long before his name. Just keep repeating it and all of a sudden it clicks.
  11. That usually requires very slow introductions (or re-introductions) beginning with just approaching the car with lots of treats to create positive associations, then getting into the car with out turning the engine, then just sitting in the car idling and gradually working up to 1 minute, 2 minutes in a moving car, etc. all the time will lots of treats and play and not moving on to the next step until she's showing no anxiety with the stage you're at. Sadly, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to achieve that in just 2 or 3 days. You might want to ask your vet for something to settle her stomach for this upcoming trip. Not only will it make this trip less unpleasant for her (and you) but the more negative associations she has with the car, the harder it will be to undo them.
  12. Great info. I was finding a lot of conflicting articles before. TY It's a bit tricky. On one hand I don't want her to develop anxiety, but on another we can't keep pushing it out. She has a 1 Y/O companion that roams the house and keeps a good eye on her, but I think we will bring her will and just stop 1/2 way for 20 min. and leave her in the car checking on her ever 30 min. or so. She has been getting car sick, but we have 4 miles of bumpy road before we get to paves, so I'm wondering if that's part of the problem.
  13. Thanks for adding that very important difference that I neglected to mention. Rather than the dog feeling guilty and knowing he's done something wrong, what he's actually doing is asking you not be angry with him or to attack him. It's a big difference.
  14. D'Elle

    Ben -The end

    My heart goes out to you. You were put into a position any one of us dreads almost more than anything in the world. I wish you the best. Only one comment: only you know what is best for you right now, but sometimes the best medicine is another dog to love. It is never replacement, but it is comfort for both you and the new dog.
  15. this is not a one-answer-fits-all question, as every pup is different. Just experiment, slowly, and see how it goes with your puppy. It is good that you don't want to leave her alone for too long, but you can gradually increase the time and simply observe how she does with it and base your decisions on that. Over 7 hours would in my opinion be too long unless there were no option. Thanks for the articles, GL.
  16. I know this isn't exactly what you're asking about, but I was rather surprised to read these articles (below) recently. I know lots of people who leave their dogs 9-10 hours a day while they work. I used to too, though for the most part there were multiple dogs in my home. One with pretty severe separation anxiety was fine as long as he was with another dog. Separated by even a baby gate he'd destroy things. What really caught my attention was that adult dogs shouldn't have to go without relieving themselves for more than 6 hours. I know that most dogs with working owners routinely spend those 9-10 hours without getting a potty break. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/21_5/features/Leaving-the-Dog-Home-Alone_21832-1.html Based on previous article: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/06/27/how-long-can-you-leave-a-dog-alone.aspx Puppies will obviously require both more attention/interaction and more frequent potty breaks. How long will be dependent on the puppy's age and how long the puppy can reasonable and comfortably go between breaks, and that wo't be the same for all puppies of the same age. Some take much longer than others to be able to reduce the frequency of potty breaks. I'm not sure there's really on easy answer to your question, but I think you made the right decision to reschedule your app't. Hopefully you can arrange for a friend or pet sitter to come in and give your puppy a break and some attention once or twice while you're gone.
  17. I just use the name all the time with the dog, no matter the age, when teaching a new name. I use it in praise, I say it randomly in the dog's hearing and reward immediately if the dog looks at me, I pet the dog's belly saying "what a good ____, what a good dog" etc. By 13 weeks he should know and respond to his name, so perhaps you are just not using it enough or you have not rewarded him enough when he does respond to it by looking at you. When you have a puppy, it's a good idea to keep treats in your pocket all of the time, and a clicker if you are using one. ALL of the time, so that you can instantly reward all good things, and responding to the name is one of those. Reward with a treat every time he turns his head toward you when you say his name in a happy upbeat tone for a week and he will know his name. And, of course, never ever use his name to scold or correct him.
  18. I understand that you are not going "all out". But even the height of the jumps I see the puppy doing on the video is too much for his age and risks serious injury, so I hope you will stop doing it.
  19. I don't know how old this puppy is, but I would set the alarm and take him out on a schedule every two to three hours at night, depending on his age, regardless of whether or not he is making noise.
  20. I agree with GL on this. Consult a behaviorist on this and work to try to find the trigger, because in this situation you describe it sounds as if there may be one. What were these people wearing, for instance? Did they have hats or big hair? How did they move? Many dogs do not like to have anyone come close to their face or touch the tops of their heads. It is also very important for you to realize that as GL said dogs do not by any means necessarily know they have "done wrong". they are wired differently from people and do not feel guilt the way we do. It is more the case that they react in the moment to whatever stimulus is there, positive or negative. I too have seen dogs many times "look guilty" when they have done nothing. It is not guilt - it is appeasement behavior. If you work with this situation correctly starting immediately you may very well find out why your dog reacts this way and by careful counter-conditioning change it before it gets worse.
  21. I agree with this 100% This is not true. You have taken the dog from a room where he was doing nothing and made him go to another room and then shocked him for, from his perspective, no reason at all. This trains the dog to be fearful that at any random time for no reason he may be shocked. You think your dog has "body memory" of what happened in that spot (ie: biting) but he does not. He has no way to associate the shock and pain of the electronic collar with the bite and only thinks he is being randomly harmed. No wonder he bites. Your hands are the wrong hands. This is very clear from what you have written. I am very sad as well, because I agree that you and others in your human family have ruined what was probably a perfectly good dog, and now he is probably irredeemable. This is tragic. Maybe from this you can learn something so that another dog doesn't suffer the same consequences at your hands.
  22. Actually there's no evidence that dogs understand that they've done wrong or experience guilt. In fact, some fairly recent studies have demonstrated that dogs will react in that same guilty-looking way even when they've done nothing to deserve the scolding. What they're reacting to, most likely fearfully, is their owners' obvious displeasure even if they don't understand what caused it. All they know is that something's wrong, their people are angry and that they'd better be cautious around them. I see this all the time when I'm correcting one dog when caught in the act of something inappropriate that the other will look just as guilty, if not more so, as the one who was doing something wrong. There could have been something he perceived as threatening in the behavior of both the people he bit, even if it wasn't obvious to you or to them. For example, many dogs find it threatening for someone to reach to pet them on the tops of their heads, or to make direct eye contact, especially if it's prolonged. The latter is a threat or challenge in dogs' body language. I also notice that both of the people he bit were on the floor with him. No sure just what this might signify, but there's a good chance it has something to do with it. Still recommend a thorough vet check and behavioral consult.
  23. I suspect she will be just fine. My vet and agility coach keep Wallace ( 11 months ) under a little bit of restriction until his growth plates are closed but nothing too crazy. We don't do repetitive exercises with a lot of pressure like full height jumps, a-frames, etc. and we do not practice flat work every day. We do go for walks, occasional hikes, and play fetch with a chuck-it a few times a week. I couldn't imagine not letting my him run now and then, but we certainly aren't training for any marathons or 20 mile backpacking trips. I think of it a bit like human kids, they need exercise and play and sports can be good for them. However, if you religiously make your kid train every day to be an Olympic gymnast from age 4 their probably going to have joint problems early on in life. Are you going to to do agility or flyball or anything like that?
  24. I have a 10 month old. One day when he was around 6 months old he was standing at the door of my car and I was preparing to let him in the car. When I said "load up" he jumped on the hood of the car and stared at me. My old dog Rocket hopped onto the washing machine after I happened to pat my legs ( a signal that it was okay to jump on me) while I was doing the laundry. Each of these happened from a complete standstill. So, your story seems like a border collie story. I am glad she's okay. In each of these cases I told the dog, "NO! not there!" and they got the hint. Wallace doesn't load onto the hood of the car and Rocket did not develop a habit of jumping on top of the washing machine or dryer.
  25. We had an appointment on Friday and had to cancel because we didn't know how long we could leave our pup in a crate at home for. It would have been for over 7 hours and she has gotten car sick a few times, so a two hour drive one way wasn't happening. The longest she has been alone for is 2 1/2 hours. We re-scheduled for this Tuesday, but I'm just not sure.
  26. To clarify I've had Win for 2 weeks. We didn't just wait 6 month for her first vet trip haha
  27. Hi, yes I have read through that previous post however my circumstances are almost opposite. He is in a very stable environment, which has not changed at all since we got him. Same family members, same daily routine which includes two walks which always include some intense exercise for him. (We are the only owners he has had) When he first bit it was one of my sisters friends. He had made it known for a good while beforehand that he was upset and was wanting to be left alone (he was growling and trying to avoid them) and he was separated from them. However they went back to him despite being warned, and one of them went down onto the floor with him and was face to face with him, which was when the bite occurred (I'm not trying to defend him biting but just stating all the facts). As punishment I told him off verbally and took him through to another room and ignored any attention he tried to get for a good hour or so, he definitely knew he had done wrong, as he was very sheepish and quiet for quite a while afterwards. Due to the circumstances of the bite, after keeping him on a tight lead for a few weeks in which he was entirely his normal self, I began becoming more relaxed with him again. This includes seeing regular faces on walks off the lead and him mixing with big crowds in pub etc. which he always loves. He will make a point of going to say hello to everyone he can tail wagging and perfectly happy. However this time was, as far as we know, completely out of the blue. He was laying on the floor next to someone, she lent down to stroke him and he jumped and went to bite her. Now like I said he had spent the last few days with this person, and had displayed no warning signs beforehand. The only thing linking both the incidents is they occurred at home, and have both happened to friends not those he lives with. He is not a particularly territorial dog, he will have the odd bark when someone knocks at the door but as soon as he sees its a person he is always tail wagging and wanting to get a stroke off of them. He is also used to having his mouth be handled when having his teeth brushed etc and he has never once closed his jaws on my while I have been doing that.
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