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  1. Is your trainer suggesting that the dog be tied to this rope for containment purposes? If so, I'd recommend another trainer. There are too many dangers for a dog is left tied out unattended. There's no escape route if another animal enters their area and attacks. There's a risk of the dog getting caught up in the rope and possibly getting injured or even strangled. Any tether that's not chew proof is an invitation for a dog to chew through it and break free. And if the rope is attached to a collar there's the very real danger, bungee or not, of the dog doing some serious damage to its neck if it happens to chase after something that grabs its attention and hits the end of the rope at full speed. For these reasons the rescue I volunteer with won't adopt dogs into homes where people plan to leave them tied out unattended for any more time than it takes for a quick potty break.
  2. I feed raw and am a big proponent of bones, but do have to offer some advice. Please be careful that the bones are completely edible. No weight bearing bones (e.g. "marrow bones") from large ungulates or you're likely to end up with a broken tooth and a vet bill that'll exceed the cost of a cleaning.
  3. Google, and the search function here, is your friend.
  4. 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.
  5. It's a completely normal merle thing. This Aussie site explains it: http://color.ashgi.org/color/Aussie_dilute_spots.html (though I really wish someone would come up with different names for the various kinds of "dilutions." I know of at least 3 very different ones and it gets confusing.)
  6. That would've fallen under my comment above. It's an important consideration but w/ some dogs it could even be something not directly applied to or worn by the dog.
  7. Some dogs just react to certain music. Dunno if it's still current but years ago there were scads of Youtube videos with dogs singing/whining/howling to the intro music from Law & Order. Several years ago I noticed Bodhi was doing a lot of whining and I was very concerned he might be ill. Several visits to the vet, bloodwork and even a trip to a vet specializing in ultrasounds (not as many practices had them then). Several hundred dollars later we'd found nothing that might be causing it. I'd been having a difficult period with my own health and been lying on the couch for hours drifting in and out of sleep when one day I noticed the whining was occurring at regular intervals. Paying closer attention I finally realized it was every hour on the hour. I'd had the TV on and he'd whine every time a new episode of Bonanza came on! No Bonanza, no whining. It was 100% confirmed when we were at a therapy dog visit to a nursing home and a woman was watching a DVD of Bonanza. When the new episode began he started whining again. BTW, he's never reacted to Law & Order, but will react more mildly to Gunsmoke's theme music. It must be certain frequencies or pitches that some dogs are sensitive to. If you've had a vet check and everything seems OK, I'd guess it might be something like this.
  8. Any chance you'd share that translation for the rest of us who have no clue what it means? Thanks.
  9. IMO, and in the opinions of most behaviorists and many veterinarians, limiting proper socialization during the crucial period between 8 and 16 weeks is far more dangerous to the future well being of a puppy than the small risk of a puppy's contracting disease, especially if the pup's gotten some puppy shots. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/uncategorized/plan-ahead-to-socialize-your-puppy-early/ https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/puppies/pre_puppy_prep/the-guide-dogs-of-americas-puppy-socialization-schedule/ https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/01/06/puppy-socialization-class.aspx https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/01/20/critical-importance-of-socializing-your-puppy.aspx https://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/11017269-happy-dogs-get-rarely-ill?_pos=6&_sid=fbd19ca62&_ss=r https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-socialization-training-games-you-should-play-your-puppy/119978?fbclid=IwAR2B_rFAH9Vdr2rVdMeT96b36wwDjrChOF7m_fbBwyzMcTQvk3q2_kc8dw (info about risk of not socializing at the end of the article) https://moderndogmagazine.com/blogs/modern-pets/socialize-your-puppy-bucket-list-top-trainer And here's one about stopping unwanted behavior: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/training/five-steps-to-stopping-unwanted-behavior/?MailingID=80&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Five+Steps+to+Stopping+Unwanted+Behavior&utm_campaign=TOTW20190705-DecodingYourDog
  10. Prevention is really the best method for avoiding unwanted behaviors. It's true for house training, chewing and many other things. If you don't want them to do a particular thing then do as much as possible to prevent its happening in the first place or interrupt it and prevent its continuing at the earliest second possible. She needs to learn to be chill in her crate whether or not you're there, so I'd just pop her in her crate and go about whatever I had to do, whether it's in her her visual range or not.
  11. I've seen a couple adult border collies that didn't look like any border collie I'd ever seen up to that point (one looked like a miniature greyhound, the other like a completely nondescript mutt) . . . until they got out on the trial field. There was absolutely no doubt whatsoever then that they were border collies. Too many people forget that border collies aren't defined by what they look like, but by the work they do. So by that standard a very classic looking border collie really isn't, no matter what "papers" it may have, if it can't work livestock. It also means that the occasional mixed and/or other breeds (like working bred bearded collies) that are Registered on Merit are full fledged and legitimately pedigreed dogs, as are their offspring produced by another registered sheepdog.
  12. Here are a couple more articles that may be useful in understanding the issues. I make no claims about the authors or their expertise, simply offering it for anyone who's interested.) Canine heart disease has spiked - Here's why: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/08/05/nutritionally-related-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-dogs.aspx?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=facebookpets_ranart&utm_campaign=20190805_nutritionally-related-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-dogs&fbclid=IwAR0MCet4JWops8ehqn3E8oas2cWfDxkkIw475KwcTfYJg0Ab-lQprX3dG7Y Bad Science and Big Business Are Behind the Biggest Pet Food Story in a Decade: https://medium.com/@danielschulof_18279/bad-science-and-big-business-are-behind-the-biggest-pet-food-story-in-a-decade-5cdafae7be77 (The link in the article directly above to the retraction materials is also interesting IMO.)
  13. I have almost no experience with seizures but have read that some can be caused by various chemicals in the environment. Have you introduced any new pesticides (environmental or to the dog), herbicides, even cleaning products, etc. into her environment? ETA: I've also been reading that vets are having some pretty good results w/ CBD for many seizure dogs.
  14. Thanks for the correction, @D'Elle. From the pictures it looks very much like the stripper I use and I mistakenly thought it was the same type of tool. Clearly the one you posted is different.
  15. Welcome to the Boards. I've also fostered a couple very fearful dogs and honestly I'd be much less concerned about exercise than I would be about making sure that there's as little pressure as possible put on him and making sure that his experiences are as pleasant for him as they can be. Stress hormones build up in the body so making him go places he doesn't cope well with can be counterproductive to his progress in the long run. His initiative in seeking attention from you is very encouraging! Let him build up more confidence in those low key situations where there's no need to ask him to do anything and it'll do so much to strengthen his trust in you. That's the relationship you're going to rely on later when you do have to take him to other, scarier places and situations. It's fabulous that he's so gaga over your other dog. You can use her both as a soothing influence on him and as an enticement and reward. That is, when he does something brave you can make sure the other dog comes to join him if she's not already part of whatever he's being brave about. I have to end by saying not only kudos to you for adopting this dog, but especially for being able to completely let go of your expectations for him to be emotional support for your niece and instead focus on becoming the emotional support for him. Very, very best wishes for continued growth going forward. Please be sure to keep us posted on his progress.
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