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  2. And as a quick follow-up, our trainer recommended a bungee style rope outside tied to a tree or post. If people have experience with those and lessons learned, I'd love to hear them.
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  4. My dog frequently wants to hang out outside as it is cooler out there than in the house. Do you leave anything in the yard for your dog to play with? In the past, our dogs always just ran around and sniffed but they weren't BCs. Our BC, as you all know being BC owners, is much more work and activity focused and less adept at entertaining herself (at least in a constructive manner). So for those who let their dogs run around in their yard, do you leave bones outside or toys or just let them sniff and do their thing?
  5. Apologies for the drop off D'Elle. I live in Hawaii. And I actually solved, I think, the teeth cleaning issue. I bought her a real bone from the butcher. The difference in her teeth before and after chomping on that thing is dramatic.
  6. That sounds like heaven! Did Kevin travel with you internationally? From Washington state or do you live over there? Lol I’ve been thinking of going to France or Poland and just been trying to figure out traveling with my dog(s).
  7. It seems there are two options here. One is to terminate the pregnancy but leave the mother intact, the other is to spay the mother therefore terminating the pregnancy and preventing any future ones. I know nothing about the dangers of terminating a dog pregnancy with or without spaying at the same time.
  8. I see no medical reason not to have spayed the bitch, but some countries generally don't routinely spay/neuter, and if the dogs and their owners were in such a country it might just be that the culture is against spaying no matter what. If the dog was intended for breeding later that might also be a reason not to spay. I hope they found good, responsible owners the the resulting puppies. J.
  9. How lovely! Our little guy is happiest when we are at our boat and he can go swimming. He can’t do it off leash as he’d be off to the kiddie’s sailing school to join in with them haha! But yes it’s good. Back at home I too wish that could be everyday living but he seems quite content to switch off and snooze down the side of the sofa lol!
  10. You might also try giving him some ginger before any trip. Ginger settles the stomach. Ginger snaps (real ones) or just plain ginger maybe 30 minutes ahead of a trip.
  11. Even though I can't have a second dog at the moment, I enjoy looking for border collies on the internet. It has become one of my silly hobbies While looking at ads I came across one which I have thought about a lot the last couple of days before deciding to post a question about it here. The ad was about a deaf double merle puppy from an accidental breeding between two merles. Apparently the male was chemically castrated (is that the term in English as well?) so they thought they were safe. Obviously they weren't. To make matters worse the dogs were full siblings. They said they had a long discussion with the vet and in the end decided, together with the vet, that it would be better for the dog to have the puppies. Now my question is this: why would it be better for the dog to have the puppies? Wouldn't the risk of the puppies being unhealthy mean that is would be better to terminate the pregnancy? Now I don't have any experience with this with dogs, but one of the cats I adopted was at the vet's to be spayed when the vet found out she was pregnant during surgery - a rather unpleasant discovery - that was one difficult phone call. But because there was a risk the kittens would be unhealthy due to the anesthesia the vet advised not to go through with it. So this made me wonder if there could be a medical reason to go through with it, or that these people just wanted a litter and went through with it anyway.
  12. My understanding is that car sickness in general (that drooling and gagging you describe may indicate nausea) is also very common in puppies up through young dogs, because just like in young humans, their inner ear stuff (very scientific language there I know ) isn't fully developed yet.
  13. Hi all! No particular question here, I just wanted to share some feelings. Kevin and my husband and I spent the summer at my family's countyside home here in Sweden, where Kevin can run free in at least one direction (down to the beach), dart around on "mountains" (I'm from Washington state; Swedish mountains aren't really mountains in our sense of the word, ha, more like big hills) amidst heather, and swim in the sea to his BC heart's content. We're back in Stockholm now, after a 4 hour train ride yesterday that went very well. And even though on the whole I am a total believer that a border collie life in the city can be a great life (as my mom says, what's good for the BC is good for you), naturally we do have to be intentional about getting his needs met, rather than just opening the door and letting him frolic like we can at my family home. Here, we have 12 dog parks (!) within walking distance (most of them empty most of the time), plus areas where he can be off leash and go swimming, again all within 2 or 3 km. Dogs are welcome in many cafes and bars, and we make use of that privilege. But I think am projecting onto Kevin my own sadness that I won't have the rural romance again until next summer of making my coffee in the morning and saying to him simply, "Let's go!" -- and dashing to the beach. Alas! A good summer for the humans is also a good summer for the dog. I know I'll feel better as we get back into our city rhythm, but we definitely have an adjustment period ahead of us - we've been away for 2 months and he will take a few days to re-acclimate, I think. But he is also 2 months older now, and 2 months more mature. We're currently sitting in the courtyard, and he's off leash, just sitting here next to me observing the plants and listening to the distant sounds in the neighborhood. That's not so bad I wonder if others also project their feelings onto their pups? Presumably so. Aiyiyi. Feeling wistful! Kevin's mom
  14. I'll keep you posted on our progress - thank you
  15. You may even find that moving from hand on the door latch to the door open one inch is too fast - you may just have to lift/press the door latch so it clicks and then reward. Small TINY steps. Rewarding a look at the car initially, or a sniff. Kikopup has videos on YouTube about this, if I remember correctly. This may give you an idea of how to progress. And if there is a negative reaction, don't just go back one step, go back as many as necessary to make him comfortable, and go slower, with tinier steps.
  16. These last 3 replies have been brilliant, thanks you Gentle Lake, Law Firm and Hooper2. In his early days, (at 12 weeks onwards) Bodi pulled away from any cars, and vans we walked past, ours too. Now at 5 months, he doesn't notice them. So now, it's all gently, gently gently. Lots of tips and advice we can follow up. He's one of these pups that isn't really bothered about treats, but play of course, is EVERYthing. Also I hear ginger is good for car sickness, so perhaps he'll like a ginger biccie treat? Hooper2, thanks also for the tip about the door handle, wasn't thinking that simple! He is but a baby still, if he lives as long as my other BCs have, we've all the time in the world. But will bring the boards up to date from time to time.
  17. Although I can't think of any off the top of my head, I'd be willing to bet that there are entire books written about desensitization. But the basic concept is pretty simple really - overcome fear/anxiety by having rewarding experiences very distant from what you (general you, not you specifically) fear, and very very gradually bring that rewarding experience closer to the thing you fear. So with a dog that is anxious about riding in the car, you would start by giving your dog his very bestest favoritest thing ever (food, toy, whatever he really really likes) when the car is within sight but far enough away that your dog isn't at all concerned about it. You gradually, over the course of days, or even weeks, start presenting the reward closer to the car. Any time the dog shows ANY anxiety or concern about the car back yourself and the dog up until he is no longer anxious. Eventually, he will be comfortable right next to the car, and your next step might be to simply put your hand on the door handle, then give him his reward. When he's comfortable with that, you open the car door an inch, then reward. When he's been completely comfortable with the door being fully open, you might place his reward on the edge of the opening to the car, then gradually further into the car until he's comfortable entering the car to get his reward. Then gradually get him used to you closing the door when he's in the car. Then turning the ignition on, and then off immediately. Then rolling the car forward a foot, and stopping. Then gradually going for a ride to the end of the driveway.... The key is that every step has to be done much more gradually than you think it will, and you have to be willing to back up to where the dog is comfortable ANY time he starts to act at all anxious. This all sounds incredibly tedious, and frankly, it can be. In other cases, sometimes a dog (or person) can have a break through at some point and suddenly you can progress very quickly. But never try to "push through" any expression of anxiety. The more slowly and gradually you work the faster you will make progress.
  18. Try looking for the thread about Car Anxiety in this forum. It will have some specific advice about desensitisation to cars and car travel.
  19. Fun little compare/contrast exercise here: Late cue, too much movement, MY turn being too wide= Failure to turn her off the weaves. Better timing (still late but less lately), but more importantly plant and pivot and I got the turn.
  20. Google, and the search function here, is your friend.
  21. Thank you Gentle Lake, can you tell me more about this desensitising, how would I go about it? it's a desperate situation here as with my other collie, we like to go places for new walks and experiences - he has to be left alone at home so this isn't good for little Bo. There is no-one around here who would keep an eye on him. It's not good.
  22. Have you tried classic desensitization and counter-conditioning? It's often a glacially slow process and people tend to try to push too much too fast and undermine their efforts, but it's what I'd recommend, done correctly of course.
  23. My new pup, now 5 months old, reacts very badly to travelling in the car. He drools, gags, tries to get out. It's painful to see, but we live out a bit and use the car every day. The older dog, Jack, now 13 months old, loves riding in the back, no problems. I don't feed Bodi if I know we're going out, and try to make sure we are as calm as possible; we have tried wrapping him in a small blanket to help him feel more secure, and making a little nest under the seat where it's dark and 'safe'. Nothing seems to work. He has quite a large overshot jaw (not serious enough to stop him getting through a whole chicken carcass though), but I am wondering whether this abnormality has affected the vestibular workings of the ears? Any advice or suggestions gladly welcomed please.
  24. It is always a privilege to have an “older dog” who is willing and wanting to learn tricks! My girl is 14 year old who is now deaf but wants to train still. Lol At least we have always include hand signals. It’s just figuring out how to remind her what they mean. <3 some behaviors she still out performs then the younger pack.
  25. I’m glad she is doing better. My one border used to be a picky eater and turn his nose up to food till he got a little brother. Lol but he never had digestive issues... He currently just ate a bag of flour without issue. =/ other then an upset human. although I couldnt figure out if he started eating better because he was just mature, medical reasons, or his brother is a food hound and would put pressure on him/ made it valuable to eat better.
  26. It's great to hear stories like this, adding a new dog to the pack is always worrisome. Our 9 year old Buddy didn't have any digestive issues, but many positive changes in his behavior happened after we adopted 8 month old Levi. A possible explanation for Zucchini's improvement might be connected to gut flora--the community of beneficial microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. If Zucchini did not get normal gut flora from her mother, or it was disturbed by antibiotics, this might cause her digestive problems. The new puppy Fennel probably did have the normal gut flora, and this could transfer, to Zucchini. I'll leave it to your imagination exactly how this happened, LOL.
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