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  1. ^^ That's not an unreasonable guess by any means. She was probably in a fear period at the age when it started and dogs can make all sorts of strange associations that have no real connection to whatever initially triggered the fear. I had a young dog who was scared silly when she crashed into an oven rack I'd taken out of the oven because I needed the extra space while processing soap. She was running through the kitchen and ran into it. She not only became very noise sensitive because of it, but also associated the slick floor with the incident and became terrified of all smooth floors. That led to an association with agility because there was a slick floor leading into the building, then the bang of the teeter, then clickers, even other people's. She became so terrified of anything having to do with agility training that I had to stop with her. It was pretty awful for her. I don't know that this is what's happening with the OP's dog, but it seems like spending some time focusing on desensitization in the kitchen when you're not cooking is probably the way to go . . . paired with putting her in the yard while you are cooking so you can focus on that with triggering whatever's going in her head. Best wishes. Situations like this can be tough to deal with.
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    Catching him in the act!

    Border collies are actually a pretty early maturing breed. I know the dogs I've had may only be a pretty small sample, but between them and others I've known, I've never known a border collie to take 4 years to mature. A lab or golden, yes, but not a border collie. Wiston Cap won his first international supreme championship (sheepdog trial, not conformation) at less than 2 years old. An immature dog couldn't have done that. And what Pickle is doing isn't herding. It's juvenile predatory play behavior shared by all canids, both domestic and wild. Young mammalian predators of all species hone their hunting skills through play as youngsters. Perpetuating these inaccurate and illogical myths about border collies isn't doing anyone any good, and certainly not the dogs themselves.
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    Catching him in the act!

    Leave a leash attached to his collar and let him drag it. It will be much easier to grab the leash in that moment that it will be to catch the pup. Another thought would be to nip these in house zoomies in the bud altogether before they reach this intensity. There's nothing wrong in a pup's learning where it is and is not appropriate for that kind of nonsense. In my house, inside is indefinitely inappropriate and the puppy's caught, put in a crate and ignored for a few minutes before being released and then taken outside to play.
  4. This is a really important part of the process. If they don't interact with him, he'll have less reason to react and that will free up some brain capacity to respond to the treats for desensitization. As long as he's over threshold he won't be able to respond as well, or maybe not at all, to the food rewards to begin creating a different emotional response.
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    Frequent urination

    Could she be more active in the evening and therefore thirstier? What time is her last feeding and is it dry food? Maybe she's needing to hydrate at the end of the day. As long as she's sleeping thru the night I don't think I'd be too concerned about it.
  6. https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm620934.htm FDA NOTICE POSTED 9/20/18 ON BRAVECTO, NEXGARD, SIMPARICA (potentially Credelio too) and adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class. Since these products have obtained their respective FDA approvals, data received by the agency as part of its routine post-marketing activities indicates that some animals receiving Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Another product in this class, Credelio, recently received FDA approval. These products are approved for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, and the treatment and control of tick infestations."
  7. I was thinking of you and Roan earlier today on my way back from the vet and hoping that you'd send an update. Thanks for this. He looks and sounds wonderful! I can't imagine how those ears felt. And is that a bald spot on his head? I'd read years ago that baby shampoo was very drying for dogs, so happy you're not continuing with it. But he looks so much better thanks to all the great care you're giving him. That poor, previously neglected dog must be so very happy to have something as soft and wonderful as your bed, and even more so all the attention you're showering on him. I think doing therapy work with a dog is one of the most rewarding things. It's truly been one of my greatest joys and one of the most amazing things I've ever done with a dog. And Roan has a look about him that reminds me very much of Bodhi, so I'm going to go out on a limb and predict he may be a good candidate for this work. As Bodhi's getting older (somewhere in the 13-15 range, though I think closer to the lower end) I'm starting to look for another dog I can continue with when he has to retire. I'm almost a little jealous of your finding Roan; I haven't been having much luck. If you'd like to talk about therapy work feel free to PM me. If nothing else I can tell you a couple of registries to stay away from.
  8. Welcome to the Boards. I'm sorry to say I'm not very good with the barking thing. But one thing I've been told is to click and treat each time the dog takes even the tiniest break between barks to reinforce the non-barking moments in the hope of prolonging them. Considering that he stopped barking at your friend when you gave him treats, I'd be hopeful that this might be effective with him. I've also been told that teaching a dog to bark on cue can help them to learn when it is and isn't appropriate. Perhaps most importantly is this really sounds like reactivity and not knowing how to react when he encounters people he doesn't know. I really think the Look at That protocol might be the ticket for your dog. It's outlined in Leslie McDevitt's book Control Unleashed (the puppy version is said to have better instructions), but there are tons of sources online including videos you could access. It's helped me a lot with my dog reactive dog. Best wishes and I hope your ankle heals quickly.
  9. GentleLake

    Trouble teaching stand

    I'm not sure where the thinking comes from that border collies require different breed specific training methods (or trainers), but I'm on a mission to bust that myth. Border collies are dogs too and the same training methods for basic manners, sports, etc. that are effective for other breeds (working on livestock would be the exception) and types work for them too.* And any dog of any kind may not respond well to, or understand, or not easily learn a particular instruction. I've had to use different approaches for different cues I'm teaching with different border collies, and I use the same variations with other dogs of other types as well. It's more the individual dog that has to be accommodated, not the breed. The way I've taught the "stand" cue is to have the dog walking slowly at my side, When I'm ready to ask the dog to stand, I place my open right hand in front of their face (similar to the usual hand gesture for "stay" but with fingers horizontal rather than vertical). If the dog tries to sit at that point I'll be ready to quickly position my left hand under the dog's tummy near the rear legs just to prevent the dog from dropping its butt and sitting. Click and treat when the dog either stops in a stand or at the instant s/he runs into the hand positioned to prevent sitting and stops the downward rear movement. I'd expect the first few times to be rather sloppy, hesitant and even confused, but all the dogs I've taught to stand this way picked it up quickly. Because Molly's default position for just about anything is sit, it may take a few more attempts till she gets it, but she's a bright dog and I'm sure as soon as she figures out you want her to do something other than sit she'll catch on quickly. Be consistent and practice whatever methods you choose often. Without actually seeing you train, I suspect you may indeed have been giving up too soon. As an aside, I know the general rule these days is to wait to add the cue until the behavior is learned, but I'm old enough to have been taught to use the cue even as you're training the behavior. I've changed most of my training methods pretty substantially over the years, but that's one thing I haven't been able consistently to stop myself from doing. At least so far I don't see where it's caused any complications for the dogs I've trained. *And I'll add, as most people on the Boards already know, I believe in general that positive reinforcement methods are preferable to aversive ones.
  10. GentleLake

    Go with Insurance?

    Thanks for the specific recommendations and experiences. That's really the most useful information ppl can offer.
  11. GentleLake

    Owl Sniffer Dog

    Very cool!
  12. GentleLake

    Go with Insurance?

    @Liz P, would you mind telling us which insurance company you have your own dogs covered through? Tx.
  13. GentleLake

    Bad Breeding?

    There's a link at the bottom of their homepage to email them. http://americanbordercollie.org/ [email protected] <[email protected]>
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    Bad Breeding?

    Welcome to the Boards, and so sorry you've found yourself in this situation. I second the recommendation to at least notify ABCA of everything you know about this situation. At the very least they may be able to identify this breeder as a high volume one. Not much perhaps, but at least some people will avoid purchasing based on that alone. And I'd also recommend identifying both the breeder (most likely a puppy mill) and the broker who sold you the puppy. People like this need and deserve to be exposed IMO.
  15. Be aware that if you don't enforce compliance at these times when you ask for something from her that you're setting up a pattern of her not having to respond to your cues. She may not be learning to do what you ask her quite yet, but be assured she is learning . . . in this case probably that she doesn't always have to do what you ask her to do.