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    Aylmer, Ontario, Canada
  1. Photo of our latest BC rescue Cinnamon; aka "Cinnabuns" as her foster mom called her. We have little to no information on her except that she's from Tennessee. She is 100% BC in terms of her personality traits and behaviour but may be a BC/mix of some sort. She was fostered with someone who already had Border Collie experience to help work through her issues. The rescue and foster mom figure she was hit or dragged around by the collar so we have to be slow and gentle in approaching her to earn her trust. Pulling on her collar in any manner is a problem but she is tolerating the harness well. She has no aggression issues so far and is settling in well.
  2. Thanks everyone; here is another one....taking a puppy nap.
  3. Photo of our new boy Quinn....He is from the same mother as our other Border Collie Dexter; tri-color father.
  4. We had two guinea pigs and had the same problem with Dexter...He would sit by the enclosure and fixate on any movement. It was an open top pen and he would run around trying to find the pigs when they were hiding. When they ran from one end to the other he would chase them. I'm honestly not sure if he would have grabbed one or not. In the end we had to keep them in a seperate room to keep the stress down and eventually re-homed them when our kids lost interest. I think rabbits could be a different story as some are quite tough and stand their ground. My wife raised rabbits when she was a teenager and said they would chase the family dog around if it got to close.
  5. I made the mistake of reading this at work on my lunch hour...I think my co-workers thought I had finally lost it from the laughter! Dexter scored well this week with half a block of old chedder from the counter (my fault) and 3 burgers from the dinner table when we all got up to answer the door during dinner (silly peoples). Our Golden retreiver ate a calculator once...only found bits of circuit board all over the ktichen floor.
  6. Saw this on TV the other day; The Border Collie and Jack Russel can snowboard better than I can! It's a commercial from a Cell company named "Fido" in Canada that uses dogs for all of it's advertising. I tried to find some info on the BC who was in the commerical but no luck yet. Extended version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUUB--WJO2U&feature=relmfu Actual Commerical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS7qlKVrH_4&feature=relmfu
  7. yes, they are lap dogs (in the literal sense)...Dex is the most affectionate dog I have owned (or been owned by). TV time in the evening always means time to sit in someone's lap. If I lay down on the floor he will sit on me until I get up...or lay beside me with his feet in the air (belly rub please). If there is a storm he tries to climb behind my back or on my shoulders on the back of the couch and bury his head. "Protect me Dad!". never a dull moment
  8. Must be alot of destroyed houses in Sweden!....What do people do when they go to work? (Doggie daycares must do very well). I'm not sure how you would enforce such regulations either?. Neighbors spying and reporting you if your dog was in it's crate a little longer than allowed.
  9. I noticed in your post "grab his attention at a distance"; I have similar problems with Dex in obeying commands or re-call from a distance. He always responds promptly close-in but will often ignore my commands at a distance. There is no problem with his hearing, I think it has more to do with the fact that I have let him get out of the "zone" and he feels that since he is off on his own he can now do as he pleases (Usually after I have let him wander without a regular command for any length of time). I'm by no means an expert but maybe staying closer to Huck (if possible) will yield better results...Breeder may have advice as well.
  10. Dex is the same with our Yorkie cross, he just sits there and takes the jumping and nipping. She also likes to climb all over his back when he is laying down. He only proceeds to correct her or play with her if I tell him to. I was getting annoyed that he wasn't giving any correction (My border collie getting beaten up by an 8 pound dust mop). Now I give him permission to play and it has evened out. He is very gentle though which impresses me other than sitting on her once! which I don't think was intentional?....but maybe it was. I can't say I take it for granted as I'm still suprised by it on almost a daily basis. I'm used to Labs and Goldens which seem "dumb" in comparsion (I had two goldens before Dex and grew up with black labs). I actually had to adjust my training to suit Dex and I've found that he responds better to being treated like a "Human". I tend to talk to him like I'm talking to a person when I'm trying to teach him something and not much repition is required either. I've also found, like others have noted, that he picks up things on his own just based on what I say and what he "thinks" I want.
  11. I use the command "drop" when I want Dex to give up the disc he is holding. I started this with a single frisbee so he would learn that I woud not throw again until he returned the disc and responded to the commad. Works well with mutliple discs as he returns with the previous one, accepts the command and heads out after the next throw. He understands that drop means the next throw is coming in addition to drop the disk. Not sure if anyone else uses similar commands?
  12. Our new puppy is turning out to be a bad influence on Dexter. We havn`t had problems with Dex destroying things or chewing things he shouldn`t since he was a puppy. Now it seems like we are back to square one and have to keep an eye on both dogs now....arrgh! I thinks it`s a case of monkey-see-monkey-do. He sees the puppy grab things and now he figures he can to ``they are scolding the pup but not me``. He is stealthy about it as well and will slink in and grab one of our kids toys and slink away thinking he is undetected. (dang smart border collies!). We spent a lot of time teaching Dex what toys are his and not his and now we have to start all over again. The fun of having two dogs! (Partners in crime). This picture sums it up....glad we don`t have a cat as well.
  13. All I would add is that you need to be patient and don't give up. It may take awhile to reinforce the behavours you want to see and weed out the ones you don't. As was noted by KelliePup you can not train most Border Collies like a lab or Golden. I know from experience as all my previous dogs were Goldens before Dex. We are still working on some bad habits with Dex and he is 2-1/2 now. Border Collies can also re-learn behaviours or re-assert old habits if you don't continue to reinforce what you expect from them. Socialization with other dogs and people (strangers) from a young age is also extremely important. Stay the course and you will have a fantastic dog in the end. Best breed ever!
  14. Thanks for the responses...this is pretty much what I assumed from my limited knowledge of these animals. I think Alpacas are a little more subdued than Llamas from what I have heard but they would probably still be aggressive towards a dog as I'm sure they would perceive a dog as a predator. I have a very big, problem skunk on my property...Dex has barely missed being sprayed a few times. Maybe I should borrow a couple of Llamas for a day or two. . I've crossed paths with him at night and luckily he doesn't see me as a threat.
  15. I'm just asking this out of curiosity as we have a large number of Alpaca and Llama herds in my area and I've always wondered if anyone uses stock dogs to heard these types of animals? How would they react to a stockdog?...more agressive than sheep. Would they be likely to chase, kick or jump at a dog? They seem to be popular and I know someone who actually quit his day job to raise Alpacas.
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