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  2. I am kinda new to this group but I have been seeing a bunch of post with the growth of puppies into adult pups. I wanted to add my baby girl to the feed since I am really enjoying these types of posts. I want to introduce my girl Anzley. She will be 5 months tomorrow. Here are some pics of her from when I first got her till now.
  3. Adorable pup! Thanks for keeping us up to date. I enjoy seeing the pictures from a puppy to now. So cute!
  4. Gorgeous pup!! I have a 5 month old Pure bred BC and she is about 23 lbs, but has always been a little on the small side. Love the pictures and the updates. So glad you are enjoying your pup. They are a lot of work and full of energy but I can see the love and bond you two have. Thank you for sharing your story.
  5. I don't know that my Border Collie is typical, but I adopted him from a herding dog rescue into an apartment (though there was a small fenced yard for the triplex), then moved to another apartment with him, now live in a duplex with a yard. He was about 1.5 years old when I got him. He is sound reactive -- but in the second-floor of the three famiily, pretty much just barked when people came in the front door or up the stairs past our front door. Occasionally when he heard foodsteps upstairs. In the next apartment, he barked far less, even though it was a big building with lots of people coming and going! It had concrete floors and heavy doors on the apartments and was more soundproof. He's most barky in the current place -- he barks at people walking by on the sidewalk, anyone coming in the creaky front gate and sometimes barks after neighbor dogs bark. It can be a little frustrating at times. I haven't made a concerted effort to train him out of it with the pet corrector spray. My Border Collie does not need massive amounts of exercise. In the first two places, he walked about an hour a day. Now with the yard, we've gotten a little lazy, and it's more like 35 to 45 minutes a day. My dog is reactive to strange dogs, and even that was okay in the big building.
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  7. I have to disagree that a dog's personality is set by 6-8 months. I've seen too many who develop completely different personality traits at 10-15 months that can make them unsuitable for certain situations. For example, I adopted a 6 month older border collie mix who I hoped would become another therapy dog. I spent a lot of time socializing and she even came along to some of our group's visits where she did very well. At around 14 months old she started exhibiting increasing anxiety in unfamiliar situations and developed a fear of unknown dogs that manifested itself as fear aggression. 7 years later we still struggle with these issues and I can't envision her living comfortably -- for either her and me or especially neighbors -- with her barking at sounds outside and her reactivity to unfamiliar dogs, especially if they appear suddenly. I later adopted a 13 week old border collie puppy. Again, lots and lots of socialization and he was doing really well until about 9 months old when he began to develop unpredictable aggression. By 10 months it was so bad I returned him to the rescue, where despite medical and behavioral intervention he became worse and was eventually euthanized. I really don't mean to be an alarmist and both of these situations are the exception to the rule. But I'm looking for another dog now and because I need to be sure of its temperament I'll be looking for a dog a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 years old.
  8. agree with all the above! It will be harder to get yourself a bc, but should be still quite do-able. The thing I wanted to add is that you'll need to make certain that the dog you adopt is not overly rambunctious with your dachshund (some bc's are standoffish and not much inclined to play with other dogs, but others are total play machines), because the dachshund will be more vulnerable than most other dogs would be to being injured (bowled over, squashed, folded rapidly in half by a pounce, etc). I have found I have to be careful with my 9.5 month old rescue BC (who is more towards the total play machine end of the spectrum, and probably always will be) when he's playing with my 16 lb dachshund-chihuahua cross. Fortunately my guys go to the chiro every 3 wks for maintenance *anyhow* (agility dogs), and knock wood nothing too traumatic will ever happen, but the long back really is an injury magnet, considering my particular BC's style of play. So, just another thing to add to the checklist Good luck have fun, Pat P.
  9. Thanks for the input! I will keep her out of the park until we’ve nailed the training and I will reread Control Unleashed again tonight.
  10. I concur with the general advice above. If you are ready to involve, really involve, a BC in your life and train it to satisfy the mental requirements, apartment living with a BC is doable - but probably more work than if you lived in a house with a yard. I volunteer with a BC rescue, and we will adopt to people living in apartments - depending on their plans for exercising the dog, their work schedule, and the personality of the dog. For example, a sound-reactive dog would not do well in an apartment setting (and BCs are quite notorious for being sound reactive). I strongly agree that adopting an older BC (or BC mix) would be an excellent option in your circumstances. (Older being defined as 6-8 months or older). You then have the advantage of a pretty good idea of the adult size and personality (sound reactivity, drive, focus, etc.). Puppies are such a black box. You can get a pup from an excellent breeding and do all the 'right' puppy training, and sometimes end up with a dog with 'limitations'. Since you are in the Midwest, check out Clancy's Dream Rescue. I am not a member, but I do follow them on FB. They are a very active rescue group.
  11. I think because of your agility experience you will stand a good chance. When I was involved in border collie rescue in the US we always struggled to find adopters who wanted to be active with their dogs. I would start networking with potential rescues, so they start to get to know you and understand that you would be a good home for a border collie I spent 4 months living in an apartment on the 6th floor with no elavator, with my border collie he adapted really well, we are all glad when we moved out though those stairs were brutal!
  12. Working on "leave it" and "look at that" are the ways to go. The key to countering all obsessive behaviors is keeping her under threshold. Do a search here for explanations of what that means. Without understanding and working with that you're not going to get anywhere.
  13. I agree completely with D'Elle. My Ruby was the same way and the Look at That game did the trick with her. She is now almost 16 and still loves to see the squirrels, but we haven't been in danger of being pulled over in years! Kathy Robbins
  14. I adopted a 2 year old border collie when I was living in a small space in LA with no yard. The rescue let me have Jester because they had gotten to know me over the course of several months and they believed I would do right by the dog, and I did. It meant I spent every moment that I was not working or sleeping doing things with the dog, and he got two very long walks a day that included frisbee retrieving. I had to be dedicated, but it worked fine. Some rescues will not adopt to someone in an apartment but it should be taken on an individual basis. As a rescue worker I have approved adoption of a border collie to an apartment dweller when I believed the person would make the effort to give the dog a good home. Your agility experience will go a long way toward convincing them you will. In case you have not, please familiarize yourself with the info on these Boards concerning breeders and how to choose a responsible breeder if you intend to look into that as well as adopting a rescue.
  15. I would suggest you avoid that park entirely until you have her training farther along. I also suggest using the "look at that" game from the book "Control Unleashed". You have to take this kind of training very slowly, one tiny step at a time. You cannot train the dog when the dog is over threshold of aroused the way she gets in the park. The more you take her to the park, where she throws the training out the window, the more you un-do all the hard work you are putting into training the cue to leave it.
  16. I don’t know what to do about Ruby’s obsession with squirrels. I walk her through a park twice a day on leash and the moment she sees a squirrel she’s practically pulling me over. I’ve been working on the “leave it” command with her indoors at home and she does fine but it all goes out the window for squirrels. Do I stay put until she is focused back on me or just keep walking and telling her to leave it? I give her high value treats when she can pass by one without lunging even though I know she’s only passing it up because it’s far away. She’s 14 months old.
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  18. Welcome to the Boards. That will depend entirely on the rescue but I think many, if not most, would be receptive for an appropriate dog as long as you're prepared to meet the dog's needs and can provide your landlord's approval. A lot of the rescues are thrilled to have someone interested in doing serious agility. Wishing you the best.
  19. Tons of ribbons! My 7 year old dachshunds competes in AKC masters level. He has 11 double Qs, just not a lot of points. Been doing it since he was 7 months old. I live in Evansville, IN. I have a somewhat connection with Mo-Kan Rescue. Thank you for your reply!
  20. Adopting an adult or near-adult dog is a great idea because you can know the energy level of the dog before you adopt. A good rescue group should be able to help match you with an appropriate dog, and allow you a trial period. And good rescue organizations always want and/or require that you bring the dog back to them if it doesn't work out. Of course, be honest with the rescue about your situation. But it is perfectly OK to emphasize your agility experience and show them some ribbons if you have any! Please post your location so people can refer you to a good group if they know one in your area.
  21. Hello, Ive been interested in border collies for years now. Ive only ever had dachshunds. I know dachshunds and border collies are far from being similar, i understand that. Im in the agility scene. Ive fell in love with agility. My dachshunds are fairly successful in agility. My puppy is pretty driven and she not running yet. I understand all the border collie quirks and issues that can develop. my issue is that i just moved into an apartment from a house (pretty much started over in my life) Im not looking for one YET. My older dachshunds has to pass first. He wouldn't do well with a high drive border collie. So Im just looking and exploring options. Ive looked into rescues as a puppy would be hard to have in an apartment and my apartment won't allow it. Id love to know the activity level and drive of the adult. Do you know any rescue that would allow a border collie to be adopted into in an apartment knowing that i do agility and other dog sports? Or a breeder? We do have a fenced in area and walking trails. My female dachshunds has a lot of drive and mental stimulation needs but im sure less than what a border collie would need. Just exploring my options here. Been wanting a dog with legs and being in agility, ive falling in love with border collies.
  22. He’s 5 months old now and 40 lbs. We live in CO now but he came from TN. I’m starting to wonder if he’s got some Catahoula in him.
  23. Sorry, I wasn't clear. The empty poop bags, when unused and pristine, sometimes didn't get taken out of pockets before those pants went in the wash. Drippy but not disgusting. If I washed a full poop bag I'd have to throw out all those clothes AND get a new washer. ICK! Toys work really well for a lot of dogs. Great idea to carry the rags. I wonder if rope toys would serve the same purpose and be carried in the pocket, as well as stuffed into a boot every now and then to 'season'. They'd probably last a lot longer than the rags. Ruth & Gibbs
  24. I am not as experienced as most on these boards so I can only tell you about some of my experiences with our boy who is nearly 16 months old. At six months old our boy got frustrated very easily, especially if being restrained. Thankfully he never bit any of us but could throw a complete hissy fit, especially if already over stimulated. We responded by trying to avoid situations where he might throw a hissy fit and trying to keep him below threshold. Now he is older he can cope with more stimulation and I am better at recognising when it's better to ease back (eg ending the walk early if cars are starting to bother him). He also has better self control, at six months old he just reacted, now there's a split second of consideration before a reaction which is enough time for me to interrupt the chain of events. It sounds like you are doing well with cars. At six months our boy was terrible and each attempt was worse than the previous. We took a break from lead walking because every experience seemed to reinforce that lunging and barking was the thing to do, then we started again very slowly from scratch. We eased into traffic very slowly. Lots of walking practice in places where the cars were far away and slowly (over time) moving closer, but retreating again if he started reacting. I would suggest if you are having to restrain him (however gently) when cars go by then you are too close. My aim is that eventually any car can pass us however fast/noisily/close and the lead will remain slack. Therefore I try to keep enough distance that we can achieve the slack lead when a car passes, because this is the behaviour I want. I was very guilty of trying to rush things and push him into more challenging situations, it is always tempting if things are going well to go that bit further but now I've learnt that if things are going well it's a good time to stop. Since I've been challenging him less, progress has been quicker. If I get it right we have a successful walk with no reactions, if I get it wrong we both arrive home sore, wide eyed and spitting expletives. There is something called trigger stacking, where a little thing (like a car zooming past) might not be too bothersome by itself but each car causes a little bit of stress. All the little stresses add up until the dog can't take any more and has a reaction. Like the saying 'The straw that broke the camels back'. Maybe that's what happened when he bit you. I don't know what the recommended advice is for dealing with a dog that has bitten but my thought is that while absolutely unacceptable, he was in a stressed and frustrated state, if it was me I'd be aiming to avoid letting him get to that state again. The length of time our boy is exposed to cars on our walks depend on how his day has gone up until that point. Some days it'll be the twentieth car to pass that causes him to stiffen slightly, other days he'll start getting jumpy at car number 3. Do you think you'd be better walking and asking for a sit to watch a passing car rather than sitting down with him? Our boy seems better when moving and doing something than when expected to just sit. At six months old he found sitting still very challenging. Wonder what upset him about 'over the road'. Does anyone else ever walk him? Could his harness have pinched him or something at the exact moment you said those words? We have adjusted words and phrases if they trigger an undesirable behaviour. This border collie ownership thing is certainly a long term, work in progress project. I've got a feeling we'll be tweaking things for the next ten years.
  25. Hello I am having some negative and unsettling experiences with my 6 months old (neutered) BC male, and I was hoping you guys might have some insight.. This is my second BC, a spirited male from strong herding lines. He’s mostly very well behaved and very sweet. Obedient, a quick learner and has great focus during training. So far we have mostly been doing obedience and some scent work. I got him at 8 weeks, and he learned quickly that play biting had to be gentle, and the play biting on people was phased out entirely somewhere between 1-2 months ago. He still gets to play and bite on appropriate things, but doesn’t mouth me (or other humans) anymore. The main issue that we have been working on is that he has a strong urge to chase cars. I have gotten help from a professional dog trainer, and he has been getting so much better. It is all positive, training focus and contact with toys and treats. I have been sitting down with him, holding him gently and praising and rewarding when he looks at me instead of the passing cars, while gently holding him back/preventing him from running after the cars. He used to bark and lunge at the cars, ignoring everything else around him, but now he is so much calmer and usually sits calmly and looks at me again a few seconds after the car has passed (or doesn’t even look at them if I have a toy out). He has improved so much, however today a car was passing on a road we have walked quite a lot on (and we have had many cars pass us here). And so I was sitting with him, just petting him a little and kept a hand on his collar just in case as the car passed. But suddenly he started pulling, growled, started pulling towards the car and bit my arm when I held him back. Not just a nip, but a proper bite. He’s never bit me this hard before ever, his teeth broke the skin even through a thick woolen sweater. My arm is swollen and turning blue. I was caught entirely off guard, and for the first time he has actually scared me a little. I am quite shaken, and even though he is still just a puppy, I worry something might be wrong. About 6 weeks ago, I discovered a very odd behavior in him as well. Everytime we cross a road, I would have him sit next to me, tell him “over the road” before we cross the road. It was never a problem, and I cannot recall any situations where he seemed scared or agitated while doing this. But one day it was like something just clicked.. I was walking him and I had him sit before a crossing and when I said “over the road” he just started screaming. It sounded like I was torturing him. And then he started growling and lunged at my legs. I had never seen him behave like that (it didn’t seem like playing at all). And since then, any time I say “over the road”, no matter where we are, he would freak out entirely - growling, screaming and attacking me. Whether we were by the road, in the garden, in the kitchen or the bedroom.. Even if I said it quietly and calmly, while petting him or when he was relaxing. So my trainer told me to just not say those words again, and just drop it. And he hasn’t had any episodes like that again since. Crossing the road was also not a problem at all as long as I didn’t utter those words. I just find the behavior to be very strange, and paired with what happened today, I find myself a bit concerned for his mental state.. I suppose I’m just hoping someone can tell me that this is all normal puppy stuff and that it will pass, and maybe hear from someone who has seen similar behaviors in their dogs who can reassure me a little? I apologize for the long and messy post, but I could really use some help. I offer up this photo of the cute lil goblin in exchange for advice
  26. Lol! Washed poop isn’t fun! i’ve stopped taking treats now because for the times I need it they have zero impact - no matter how high value they are! But the rags in my pocket work provided I keep getting new ones. I’ve started to leave them stuffed in smelly boots as this increases their value hahaha!
  27. Have to check out the Ikea leads now, I'm getting bored with the one I've got. As far as carrying poop bags, I bought a really inexpensive small purse, I think it was at Target, years ago. It's a small shoulder bag with a zip top and a couple Velcro closure compartments on the front. I realized I hate the treat bags that you clip onto your pants. I don't know if it's the design of the bag or 'operator malfunction', but they just are not easy for me. Anyway, this cheap purse has a string so that I can sling it over my head ~ the purse rests at my left hip and the string rests around the right side of my neck. It holds treats in the large compartment that zips closed and poop bags in the front compartments that are Velcro closures. So easy to grab a treat or a poop bag. I've had to stitch the sides of it a couple times, but I think I've had it at least 10 years and it sees at least 2x/daily use. The other reason I like this bag is the unused poop bags don't go through the wash because I forgot to empty my pockets. I do some thrift store shopping and from time to time see small purses that would be ideal for treats, etc. Ruth & Gibbs
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