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  1. I saw this on Facebook and was saddened. If I could emulate anyone in the sheepdog world, it would be Kristi. I only knew her online, but she shined through as an intelligent, competent, kind, encouraging and all around good person. Kristi Oikawa (Airbear) was a class act.
  2. I think Hannah must have found my copy of Asimov on Physics. She somehow calculates the trajectory of the frisbee so that she can pick it out of the air with a minimum of effort and without breaking her stride. It reminds me of this cartoon I found:
  3. Agreed; Bravo! Our internal dialogue has a huge impact on how we approach life in general (which is why CBT is so often used by psychologists) and dog ownership in particular. Reframing that dialogue definitely helps!
  4. Another FDA update: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm630991?fbclid=IwAR3PjZhaAnOSSp5frXrmTMvd4_IpX4Tj_0mH9beieurI83hmd0XyUvwSl0w
  5. I have this clicker, which I don’t have to keep in my pocket. The wrist band is probably more comfortable though. It takes a while with mine before you get comfortable with the sensation of having something in your hand, even though you’re technically not holding it. https://www.google.com/search?q=clicker+worn+as+ring+dog+training&client=safari&channel=ipad_bm&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiY-5Gi0p7gAhVMGt8KHac6AoEQ_AUoAnoECA0QAg&biw=1024&bih=638#imgrc=uQ08gpE1pTqwgM
  6. Just to expand on my post... This does seem to be a case of "she's just not that into you". I can see where a young, rambunctious dog's attempts to engage might turn obnoxious. However, although your girl is tentative and unsure, she doesn't seem to have made up her mind that he is being utterly offensive. When she does, it's time to separate them. Still, it is clear from his body language that he really is just trying to coax her out and engage her in play, and she gets that and engages him a bit. It is all perfectly normal. He is a lovely dog.
  7. I agree with D'Elle on this. After your boy comes out from under the chair, he does make contact with your female, who is very tentative. However, in a lovely move of appropriate interaction, he backs up and does a play bow after she reaches over him with her front leg. Sometimes it is easy to see the challenges with adolescent dogs, but it might help to recognize the positives as well.
  8. @Dinkle I am truly sorry if my post came off as inappropriately critical. I get it. Sometimes it isn't what is being said but how it is being said; and sometimes an uncharitable message board reply IS more about the poster's ego (or insecurities) than it is about any real desire to be helpful (not on this board, necessarily). However, I assure you that my intention was to be helpful; not demeaning. I think if you will read my post again, you will see that my warning about these games was specifically geared toward those who might want to take their dog to stock. Speaking as a novice sheepdog handler, one of the most difficult things to learn, particularly if you've come from an obedience background, is that sheepdog handling is not about commands, focus on the handler or control. The dog needs to be able to feel its sheep and even, in some instances, ignore a command to save one's novice ass . What's worse is that, particularly in some 'herding' venues, there are 'mechanical' trainers who might steer you in the wrong direction. So, I just wanted to put that out there in case it could be useful to someone who will later take sheepdog training lessons with their dog. Like I said, I have done these games with my own Aussie/Border Collie mix (btw, "walk up" and "lie down" are not the exclusive domain of shepherds). However, I had already decided that it would be pointless to try her on sheep, even if she did show some interest. So, I by no means meant to disparage your use of the terms. If you're not taking your dog to sheep, it doesn't really matter to anyone who really matters.
  9. I'm assuming that you're not counting on her rebuffs to continue throughout her cycle, as this is not at all unusual in bitches who later accept the male.
  10. No condescension was intended. I was actually just trying to be helpful.
  11. Just a caveat about the away/come-by/walk up et al. If you think you might ever want to take your dog to stock, where you would use these words to communicate with your dog, these games are not a good idea. I do sometimes engage my Aussie/Border Collie mix in the types of games you describe, but that is only because I decided I would not be taking her to sheep. I don't engage in these types of games at all with my Border Collie (a trained sheepdog). She has no natural inclination toward ball play, other than to occasionally pick up the ball, run around with it a few times and drop it (which is hilarious). The commands you mentioned should be taught on--and in relation to--stock, if that's in your plan.
  12. FWIW, my post was intended as an illustration of the whimsical nature of newfangled breed creations and the resulting naming acrobatics; not as a correction. Other examples are the Parson Russell Terrier and Russell Terrier— spin-offs from the JRT after a political dust-up; the Miniature Australian Shepherd which was nixed for the politically acceptable Miniature American Shepherd. I could go on. ETA: Although the breeders of those examples will likely say they started out as variations, not mixes, and in some cases it starts with a name change vis a vis the Anatolian Shepherd and the Kangal.
  13. Silken Windhounds are Borzoi/Whippet crosses with perhaps Longhaired Whippet aka ‘Silken Windsprites’ or just ‘Windsprites’ (Whippet/Sheltie/X) added to the mix. Honestly, one of the reasons I could so easily relate to D. McCaig’s “Dog Wars” is that Ive seen how easily and fancifully new ‘breeds’ continue to be created for the pet market. Good grief, enough already.
  14. This ESA alligator guy seems to be basking in the attention. I have never, ever known a truly depressed person who seeks attention in this way. Quite the contrary, people who are clinically depressed tend to want to fade in the background; or even avoid other people entirely. I’m not saying I’m an expert on depression, but I’m certainly not buying it in this case. Call me a skeptic, but one of the pitfalls of the “soft” sciences seems to be that they attract their share of quacks. That would explain the ESA status here. </cynicism>
  15. Simply sitting and watching, or even staring, is by no means limited to Border Collies. Good grief, if that bothers a person, maybe instead of a dog they should get a parakeet.
  16. I second the warning against weight bearing bones from large ungulates. Root canal therapy performed on a dog’s molar isn’t cheap. Ask me how I know. I think I paid less for my own root canal.
  17. None of my dogs have ever had lungworm, but I do find slugs on my sidewalk sometimes, which prompts me to be concerned enough to fling them outside the fence, just in case. Aliykeys: It might be beneficial to at least seek a second opinion. It sometimes helps to get a second perspective. I actually have separate veterinarians for two of my dogs. An added bonus to this is that a veterinarian with which you have an established relationship is more likely to take you in for emergencies. I like to cover my bases!
  18. An x-ray could reveal fluid retention in the lungs and size/shape of the heart. It is also one diagnostic tool (other than a bronchoscopy) used for lungworm, which might not be detected in the feces.
  19. The first three things that come to mind are roundworm; heartworm and congestive heart failure, but of course there are a number of things that will cause coughing and labored breathing, so I would move down the line with my vet in a process of elimination. I'd do a heartworm test and a fecal right off the bat, as these are basic tests and worthwhile as routine measures. The roundworm cycle includes travel through the lungs after hatching, and a heavy infestation can cause coughing and labored breathing. My understanding is that lungworm infection isn't always detected in a stool sample, so detection is often more involved. Lungworm in dogs is can be transmitted by ingesting snails or slugs or animals that have eaten them. I would definitely ask my vet about congestive heart failure, like Michael Parkey said. That was actually my first thought as well. Good luck and best wishes to your dog.
  20. When my Whippet had his first seizure, during the last part of it, he staggered toward the front door and urinated on the carpet. He remained dazed for a bit afterward. He only had maybe three seizures in 12-13 years. All the best to Meg.
  21. Here are two YouTube video examples of scent games:
  22. That was me being hard on you. Sorry about that and about the “hand shyness” comment. I think because I’ve dealt with some very sensitive “second hand” dogs, I wanted to make sure to throw that out there, just in case. It doesn’t sound like it fits, so that’s good. I am glad you are reassured, as well. Puppies can be challenging, so I hope you will continue to use these boards as a resource.
  23. I may be interpreting this harshly, but from what I’ve read, you feel you have been “heavy handed” a handful of times; you say the pup will “duck under [your] hands”, which I hope isn’t hand shyness rather than toy/play expectations; and you reflexively smacked your pup on the nose. I applaud you for recognizing the latter is taboo, but I can’t help but wonder if you need to ‘reset’ your relationship before introducing any new commands; especially since this is a young puppy. That fact that you characterize the pup as “seemingly unhappy” and fear you’ve “ruined her” adds to my assessment. So, maybe concentrate on trying to gain her trust in you as a benevolent leader, rather than looking for new command ideas. My recommendations: Never ever, freaking ever hit this puppy again (but you already know that). Lower your expectations to meet her age; she is 10.5 weeks and already knows a few commands. Let her be a puppy. Concentrate on good manners rather than commands. If she is tired of fetch, realize that most puppies that age have the attention span of a gnat. If she gets mouthy, replace your hands with a Kong and end interaction. Scent games are an excellent suggestion, as you’re not commanding the pup so much as you’re providing her the opportunity to use her nose to seek out treats. I hope you will take these comments in the spirit in which they are given. Clearly you are concerned about the pup, which is commendable. I seriously doubt you’ve ruined her. Just give her some time to bond with you.
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