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  3. Lots of good stuff above -- especially the possible coinciding w/ foot cleaning. Just one thing I'd like to add, and that's doing lots of practice recalls in the yard and even to the door with some enthusiastic praise and/or food reward and then releasing her to go back to playing. There's a good chance she's associating the recall with end of play/going back into the house or whatever (and this is where cleaning her feet could come into it). On some of those recalls you could snap a leash on and then release her. Maybe take it off the next time and do it several times. Then when you know you're ready to take her in, snap it on one or 2 last times w/out removing it so you have it to grab onto id she resists going in. If there are lots of recalls that are just for fun then she should eventually stop associating it with going inside.
  4. Just reading this beautiful tribute to your Celt only now, and the equally as poignant memoriam to Megan. You've had special partners in your walk of life, and they most undoubtedly felt the same about you. I did want to add condolences for the loss of your son, as it was almost buried in your sharing. Know that must have been extremely difficult for you. Respectfully-
  5. Just a thought here that may be way off base ... In your original post you mentioned that this behavior has started recently. In your second post you mention cleaning feet in the current weather. Is there any chance that this behavior started when the weather changed and you started cleaning paws more frequently when she comes in? I dunno. Maybe you've been wiping paws all along. But, lots of dogs hate having their feet messed with, and even if they have been conditioned to accept it, that doesn't mean they like it. So, IF her reluctance to come inside coincides with her having to have her feet messed with more than she had previously been accustomed to, maybe that's why she's avoiding coming in. Just something to think about, but if you think there's been a change in the foot cleaning that coincides with her starting to evade coming inside, maybe you can adjust your foot cleaning procedure. Some people are more fastidious than others, but unless the feet are really bad, I just let my dogs in the door, and figure that god gave us Swiffers for a reason. I don't mean to suggest that you can never clean your dog's feet, but if suddenly every, or nearly every, time she walks through the door she's faced with something she dislikes, well, that is sort of like punishing her for coming inside. Again, I could be totally off base here, but give it some thought, and see if you think there could be an association in her mind.
  6. 110% agree with the bolded statement. Some people believe that a dog should obey just because you give a cue. My belief and practice is that dogs who get rewarded/reinforced for specific behaviors are much better at consistently 'behaving' in the way you want them to. I also believe/practice variable quality of reward. Some times the reward is a yummy treat. Some times it's a head scruff or butt scratch. The reward needs to be meaningful to the dog, as well. Some dogs do well with praise, a LOT of dogs like food, some dogs like a game of tug. I like to mix it up, so the dog (and I) don't get bored with the same old thing. Keeps me on my toes, as well. Ruth & Gibbs
  7. I agree that you are on the right track. Make coming in the door highly rewarding, and don't allow the pup to choose otherwise (- use the long line or leash). And, as Hooper said, do this a lot. One thing that I always try to do is make everything that I ask the dogs to do rewarding in some way for them when they do it. This is of course most important with a dog you are training, but I am mentioning this because it pays to continue this practice for the dog's whole life, constantly reinforcing the good behavior. This doesn't mean a whole play session or great treats every time, might just be a snuggle or a little petting and a few words, but there is always some acknowledgement of what a good dog he or she is.
  8. Immediate play inside is tough with the weather, but I'll try and figure something out she can do on towels to clean her paws haha. Catching thrown treats is hugely rewarding for her so we'll increase that while I think of other fun ideas haha And I completely forgot about long lines! Oh my gosh thank you. I'll get something she can drag around tomorrow! Thank you so much!
  9. I think you are basically on the right track, especially with calling her in the house and then rewarding her with a quick treat and letting her go right back outside. I would do that A LOT. The other thing I would do is play with her ("play" meaning possibly a fun training session, or a game of find the hidden treat, or something else she finds really enjoyable) for a couple minutes after you call her into the house for the last time. You want to instill two thing here: a) calling inside doesn't necessarily mean the outdoor fun is over, she may get to go right back out, and b) even if she doesn't go right back out, there's even more fun stuff that happens when she does come inside. Also, until she gets really, really, really reliable about this, a 50-ish ft long line attached to her collar whenever she is outside is your friend.
  10. Almost always my young dog has pretty great recall and wants to make the right choices and she tries very hard to be a good dog. Lately though we've been having an issue where she does not want to come back into the house after playing or going potty. She'll walk right up to the door and then she gets this gleam in her eye, jumps back and won't come in or get within arms reach. I cannot just leave her in the yard for a lot of reasons. Also, she doesn't particularly dislike being alone. I have started taking her out on leash to use the bathroom. She happily does this. When taking her out to play now I do a lot of recalls and collar grabs, with rewards of food or continued play and a few times of bringing her in and rewarding her for coming in by letting her right back out. She always gets a bit of food for coming in as well. I can see we are having some improvement, but, it is slow going, and the fact that she has learned this game/behavior makes me nervous she might do it in a more dangerous or urgent situation. Any suggestions, ideas or critiques are welcome! Thank you!
  11. Wow, your dog was adorable! I totally understand...I just lost my Aussie about 6 weeks ago and it's tough when her pics show up in my Facebook feed.
  12. I don't know that I can watch them, Inertia looks too much like my Oscar as a puppy. That loss is too fresh. They sound like they would be very useful though.
  13. Skip to 6:20. I know your dog is older, but creating positive reinforcement may help and baby steps?
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cndhfrx6CU&t=2s Has anyone else been watching these videos? Inertia is adorable!
  15. Her tan markings keep changing, It's really interesting. She's getting some black hairs mixed in with the tan on her face, but the tan on her legs and tail is getting easier to see.
  16. Dog on a log! Gorgeous! Interesting to see the side close ups of the tan on her face. I love tricolours and their infinite variety.
  17. It may have. With the barbiturate/ace combo lack of body fat in sighthounds and many other dogs that had problems with it was believed to be the culprit. My dog who had problems was a very rangy adolescent when he had trouble coming out of it. IIRC, it's apparently stored in body fat and gets released slowly and w/out the body fat to absorb it it hits them like a ton of bricks and can potentially be fatal??? I don't claim perfect memory with this -- far from it; it was nearly 40 years ago -- so someone else may have a better explanation.
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  19. My dog is the same and her spinning is inconsistent. Sometimes she spins; sometimes she does not. It is hard to fix an inconsistent issue. Her spinning can be before a jump or a tunnel. I can give her a series of verbal cues, a single verbal cue, physical cues, and never know what to expect. We have had four different excellent trainers and none know how to fix it. I have gone back to basics with a tunnel and a jump, taken basic tunnel/agility workshops, etc. and she continues. I can stand in front of a jump and ask her to jump and she does it perfectly. I can do it a second time and she spins. Fortunately she does not bark. She is very handler focused. We have been training for 2+ years.
  20. FWIW, melatonin works pretty well to take the edge off in the evenings. For my epileptic border collie, I had my holistic veterinarian precribe a tablet form of CBD oil that paired with melatonin worked very well on those nights after a seizure when otherwise nobody in the house would get any sleep.
  21. Aww she is starting to look like an adolescent or preadolescent.
  22. We’ll visit a mother/daughter operation in Lovell raising crossed Dorper/ Katahdin hair sheep, both relatively new breeds, but gaining in popularity in Wyoming. We’ll also visit the homestead of the Spear S Ranch in Red Canyon where they work to restore the oldest domestic breed of sheep in the Americas, the Navajo-Churro. Originally broadcast on 5/10/19.
  23. Our two got their very special twice a year (thanksgiving and Christmas) meal ♥️ yes it's a lot of treats for the little guy, but he's old, and his tummy can tolerate it and he deserves it.
  24. The Gampr is a landrace breed of livestock guardian native to Armenia. The dogs for centuries has protected the Armenian flocks from predators, most notably wolves. Brad Anderson a breed conservationist has been working with the breed and shares his insight into the Gampr.
  25. I am going to get him tested for the MDR1 just to see if he has that. I just never thought about that. Bard’s litter mate was double cryptorchid and had no reaction like this. Bard is very lean while his brother is more like a line backer. I wonder if that made a difference, like his brother was able to better metabolize the drugs used. I know I will be asking many more questions before the any further surgery! He is fine now and out of the cone of shame. He really was pathetic wearing that.
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