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  2. My 13 week old is still taking biting lunges at my husband and I once or twice a day. He’s mentally and physically entertained and I know he’s just impolitely instigating play albeit he mostly does this when over stimulated. We typically give a loud verbal correction and then time out in his crate. He doesn’t protest. We did try the ‘stand still’ to no avail and the diversion method. The latter just seemed to let him know that lunging got him a toy! Water bottle had no effect. What have you found most effective? I really want to be consistent so this doesn’t get out of hand when he’s older. I don’t think I can pick him up and put him in his crate for much longer!
  3. starry777

    New Puppy Older Female BC

    My Corgi has a human name Her name is Madison.
  4. Thanks for the reply D'Elle much appreciated. I have not actually left my property with him yet. So far he is a little fearful of the lead so I spend a short time holding the lead and petting him as he sits next to me ( reward the calmness). When I attach the lead he is quite accepting but sits still and does not walk when asked to. last night I encouraged him to take his first steps on the lead by offering some treat in front of him and walking slowly. Hooray!! he did follow and was praised and given the treat. Only a few steps but progress I think. Does this sound like I am on the right track? Thanks again, Brian
  5. Maja

    walking backward

    Make a video next time you are in the open
  6. I'm back again. Gracie is a great dog, in every way shape and form. Couldn't ask for a better dog. I also have you wonderful people on this board to thank for helping me with her every step of the way! Now the problem....Gracie has it in for one person that comes to my home. She doesn't like him in any way. She snarled at him, growled at him, lunged at him, he went to shake hands with a client that's when she bit him. She has never acted like this before with any other human being and I mean no one ever!! Why? Doe's she know something I don't? Can't say it's the beard, she knows and loves many men with hair on their face, it isn't because he is loud, hell, I'm loud. I can't figure this one out. He addresses her, he is nice to her, he doesn't get in her space, but she hates him, watches every move he makes with her head down, I feel like she wants to bite him every minute. It's just this guy, no one else.
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  8. GentleLake

    Logan's 12th Birthday!!!!

    Awwww. And we weren't invited. Happy 12th, Logan.
  9. Weaves. Yes, yes absolutely I would normally be throwing a toy at the end to reward him, but my spouse videoing at the end of those poles REALLY would not have appreciated either the ball to the face or being tackled by Kiran Turning back to me in this case is actually what I wanted.
  10. urge to herd

    Logan's 12th Birthday!!!!

    Happy BD, Logan! That cake looks yummy!!!! Ruth & Gibbs
  11. ^^^ This. Stopping him from eliminating in the house is much more powerful than scolding afterwards. He might be wary of eliminating anywhere that you can see him, which definitely leads to problems with getting him to pee/poop outside. And to my way of thinking, it weakens the bond between you and the dog. Elimination is a natural and necessary thing. If he can't trust you when he's peeing/pooping, that could really affect your whole relationship. Put him on a fixed schedule. Outside after meals at a minimum. He's on a leash or long line, not so you control him, but so you're reminded that you're out there for one reason ~ to watch for him to pee/poop. And then reward him. Depending on his response, you might want to praise calmly & quietly, and give him a treat. Or you might throw a party, with some petting and lots of treats and tons of GOOD DOG! exclamations. You can also tether him to you if you don't want to crate him all the time. If he doesn't eliminate in front of you the first time, somehow contain him by crating or tethering to you. Take him out again in an hour or so. It sounds like a lot, but it's not forever. He'll get there. You could talk to your vet about using a baby suppository a couple times. That way he eliminates within a reasonable time frame, and you have a little more control. Ah, one more thing. Take one of his poops outside and leave it in the area of your yard where you prefer him to poop. Walk him over there, if he sniffs it, tell him he's a good dog, give a small treat. That might reassure him that it's an okay thing to eliminate in front of you. Do it a few times a day. Good luck, you may be working with overcoming some past 'programming'. Ruth & GIbbs
  12. D'Elle

    Logan's 12th Birthday!!!!

    Happy birthday Logan!
  13. So, next time you are watching the dog in the house don't take eyes off him for a moment. That way, as soon as he even starts to hunch into poop position you can hustle him outside so that he poops outside and gets praised heavily for it. Much better to create a situation where he does the right thing and gets rewarded, than to let him do the wrong thing and get a corrective action enforced. You can stop him from doing it rather than catching him in the act.
  14. Donald McCaig

    walking backward

    You’ll need a good down and the willingness/ability to know when your dog is going wrong. Donald
  15. NW_MONTANA_BC

    New Puppy Older Female BC

    Thank you everyone for your advice. I have started protecting both of them. I didn't know. This was my first puppy and I thought Taffy was out of line to attack the puppy like that. I guess I need to learn a little bit about how dogs think. I am not sure I was ready for a puppy. What a hand full. He howled and wined the first two nights. Last night he was great. Slept all the way through till morning but, he sure is and active crazy little thing when he is awake!
  16. Baderpadordercollie

    Strange Tan Appearing?

    One time my dog bumped her face on the coffee table, and one side of her snout swelled up a bit. I had forgotten about it when the swelling started, and somehow got myself in a tizzy thinking she had foxgrass up her nose, (despite the complete lack of sneezing, nasal discharge, etc.) I was talking to my mother about OMG foxgrass and I'll have to take her to the vet, and she looked at me like I was nuts and said, "Sarah, does foxgrass even grow around here?" Oh. It doesn't. And then I remembered the coffee table/face collision. The swelling disappeared within a few days. What I mean to say is that I am the exact same way, I always jump to the worst case scenario in my head and worry myself half to death, but more often than not, the most obvious thing is actually what's going on. Which is not to say that you should ignore signs of ill health, or that it's wrong to have a chat with the vet. But usually, if the dog is otherwise healthy, there's no cause for worry. Also, look at the whole picture. Simply having one thing that could be a symptom of a disease/health problem does not mean they have that problem. Heavy panting is a sign of heat stroke, but that doesn't mean that every time my dog pants heavily, she has heat stroke. She pants heavily after a good run in the snow and I'm pretty sure she doesn't have heat stroke then.
  17. TheWoman

    Crate training and attachment

    Also re: daytime and barking. No, neighbours confirmed that he barked almost the whole time we were gone that day. We were only gone for about 45 minutes, it wasn't hours or anything. When I left him yesterday though, he was quiet when I came home, so here's hoping he's getting used to it. I've tried my best to get him slowly used to being alone, and I haven't left him for longer than an hour yet. I'm slowly leaving him for longer periods, hoping that it makes it easier on him if it's phased in gradually.
  18. TheWoman

    Crate training and attachment

    Thanks folks. The crate is in a corner of our kitchen/dining/living area (open concept). Putting it in my bedroom is out (I don't like dogs in bedrooms as I'm a VERY light sleeper, but also there's simply no space. We've already got our toddler's crib in there.) The night after this post I put a cover over the crate and that seems to have solved the problem completely. He's slept right through every night since, with no crying at all. He whined a little when I put him in, I gave him a firm 'no bark' and told him goodnight, and he hasn't made a peep in the crate at night since. Daytime is another issue entirely, however. He's happy to go in during the day if the door is left open (he often chooses to sleep in it, and also enjoys taking chew toys in there to chew on rather than to his bed in the living room. But as soon as you close the door he cries. I'm sure we'll get over it (I hope?!). Also, re: separation anxiety - I know that this behaviour ISN'T separation anxiety yet... my point was that I don't want to reward behaviours that could turn INTO separation anxiety, or encourage anxiety around being separated from me. He already often cries when I'm out of site, regardless of whether there's another family member in the room. I want to help to curb this behaviour now, rather than reinforce it. That's what I meant.
  19. Lawgirl

    Strange Tan Appearing?

    I agree with Hooper2 that I do not think what is shown in your video or photo above is the result of any illness or malnutrition. It looks like your dog's coat governing genes are coming out. This is not a BC website but covers agouti, sable and creeping tan in dog coats http://www.doggenetics.co.uk/tan.html
  20. I'm guessing you have little or no idea about his past, so he could have some negative associations with going outside. I treat any dog that comes into my home not house trained like I do a puppy, no matter the age. If you can't be watching him for signals that he's getting ready to go, then crate him when no one can be watching. This is the clue to what you need to be doing until he understands. He'll get it. Just be patient.
  21. Hooper2

    Strange Tan Appearing?

    I think what you've been reading about sun damage and diseases and nutrition is a different phenomenon that what is happening with your dog. With your dog it just looks like he's developing more tan as he matures, and I don't think that's all that unusual. When people talk about sun damage or poor nutrition causing a reddish color in the dog, they are talking about the black parts of the coat taking on a distinct rusty reddish color over much of their body. As the dog sheds out old coat, nice black new hairs will replace the reddish hairs, and then as those hairs get older they'll take on a rusty color until they are shed out, and the cycle starts again. This is because black hair contains a reddish pigment that is masked by darker pigments. As the hair shaft gets older the darker pigments get bleached out and more of the red shows through. When this happens, the tip of the hair shaft gets red first, while the shaft nearest the skin stays blacker. Diet may play some role in this, and exposure to uv radiation may hasten the reddening of the black hair, but in my experience the tendency to develop a reddish cast to black coats also runs in some lines more than others. I've had dogs fed the same diet and kept in the same living quarters, and one would keep a nice deep black color all through the summer, and the other would get a nice new shiny black coat after shedding and then within a month or so the red would start showing through, and that reddish color showed up in many of his relatives. I've even read that this is controlled by a single incompletely dominant gene, although I doubt that it's really that simple. When white parts of the coat turn reddish (especially around the paws) it's because the dog has been licking that area, and that could be a sign of an alergy or some other skin problem. But I digress. That's not what's happening with your dog. I doubt that he's been licking the top of his head ;-) and from your video it looks like it's just a localized patch and it's the base, not the tip, of the hair shaft that is losing the black color. Your dog is just developing some more tan hairs as he matures.
  22. Hooper2

    New Puppy Older Female BC

    All puppies are cute. Yours is extra super duper cute! I agree with advice given above and want to emphasize that Taffy isn't being bad to defend herself from puppy antics. You don't say how old Taffy is, but apparently she's at least 13? That's sort of equivalent to a person in his/her late 70's. Even if she loves kids you wouldn't expect great Grammie to put up with a rambunctious 2 year old tearing around. That's not to say they can't interact, but as others have said, Taffy needs you to protect her from overly physical interactions with a baby that doesn't know any better yet. Some dogs are absolute saints with puppies and will put up with a lot of silliness but also give clear but harmless corrections when the puppy crosses a line. If you know someone who has a dog like this, let your puppy interact with this dog to learn some normal doggy manners without putting Taffy in a position of having to do the all the teaching. But remember that neither of your dogs is being bad. They are both just acting their age, and as long as you protect them both from each other and give your pup a chance to learn doggy manners with other dogs, within a few months they will be fine with each other.
  23. Happy Birthday Logan, you crazy bugger, hard to believe it's been 12 years. Here's to many more!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. urge to herd

    Strange Tan Appearing?

    I wouldn't think it's a big deal. You might give your vet a call, to get her/his take on it. And it seems from Lawgirl's pic that it's fairly common. Ruth & Gibbs
  25. Okay, so we got the crate. Set it up nice with a mat and blankets, inside and out, to create a nice den. Good news, he likes it. Hangs out in it voluntarily. First night was Saturday night, I walked him around 10:00, and asked him to go in the crate, he did, closed the door, not a peep all night. I had set a 6:00 am alarm, got up, let him out, no problems, but no emergency poops either. He was running hard around 8:00am but still no action. at 9:00am I went out, told my wife to watch him. He pooped in the house while she wasn't looking. It's clear to me that he thinks the house is the right place to do this. I need to catch him in the act to enforce a corrective action, not easy to do. The crate is doing it's job, I cant stop him at 3:00 am, so now we should be able to see it. It's just a bad habit that needs breaking. Hef
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  27. Lawgirl

    Strange Tan Appearing?

    Look into creeping tan. One of my tri boys has a lot more tan coming through on his head, legs and flanks than when we got him as a puppy. Not the best photos but you can see the tan creeping up his legs.
  28. Luana

    walking backward

    i will try what you are suggesting. today was our first day in the open (meaning a large fenced field, that is all I have available). it was not horrible, I was able to work much better on flanking in both directions and wearing, but the outruns did not go well...very tight.
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