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BorderlineCrazy(:

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About BorderlineCrazy(:

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  • Birthday 04/11/1995

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  • Gender
    Female
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    The sunny California (:
  • Interests
    Border Collies,
    photography
    modeling,
    &my dog.
  1. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong here, but I really do not think that punishing him for that is going to do any good. In his mind, this is HIS toy, and the other dog is trying to take it. He warns the other animal away, and you punish him for giving that warning, and then give his toy, which he was trying to protect, to the other dog. I had this issue with a dog before, but he wasn't with me long enough for me to be able to fix it. However I was told that fixing dog/dog posession is much more difficult than fixing dog/human posession, but that it should be treated the same way. He needs to learn that another dog by his toy is not a bad thing, that they aren't going to try and take it away. That's just my 2 cents. I've never actually dealt with the problem, since that one dog was only with me for a short time, so I'm not sure how to actually fix it. Hopefully someone else here can give you help you more than I can!
  2. I might be more inclined to call it 'mischief'! Don't let that I'm-so-innocent look fool you! lol! She doesn't have much in the way of humor, it took me 2 years to teach her to play with toys! And she will still only play if the foster dog isn't around. If I pick up a toy while there's another dog around, she runs out behind them and starts to herd.
  3. Hi guys! I haven't been on here in quite a long time, I got busy with school, foster dogs, health issues, moving, and just life in general! I moved from Sacramento to Redding, CA a couple of months ago and have not had any luck finding a herding instructor up here. We were previously working with Rusty Jeffers, and on occasion Nola Jones, from Performance Dogs in Action in Pleasant Grove, CA. Nelly does not like to work unless I am out there shadowing the instructor, however she would (a bit reluctantly) work for Rusty while I was at the fence. She just seemed to like him better. She's not a trial dog and probably never will be, we just love to work sheep for fun! And she goes crazy when she knows we're going herding. She would recognize when we were getting close to the old place and would start to literally howl with excitement once we were 5-10 minutes away. I'm willing to drive a little ways, I would travel 45 minutes to get to the last place. So, I'm wondering if any of you on here know of any herding instructors in or near Redding, CA? Or know how I may find someone.. My girl...
  4. By the way, has anyone on here ever seen a smooth coated AKC Border Collie?
  5. That's exactly what I was thinking! Chances are low that they'll actually start encouraging breeding for working ability over conformation, but ya never know
  6. The AKC's Border Collie Society of America is holding a survey, and will be revising the breed standard if enough people want them to. The survey is here; http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CXWHFG8 And be sure to send in comments here; [email protected] The people I've talked to so far have sent in comments suggesting to focus on working ability over conformation. I don't know what the chances are that they'll actually do this, but if enough people speak up they may listen. Worth a shot, hmm?
  7. This is awful. It's hard enough for people to find their lost pets - and giving them only 72 hours to do so? And all to save "$23 million dollars - or 1/5th of 1% of California's budget. Some state that the repeal might not even save that much." Adri
  8. Oh yes, that face is just to die for That face in the first picture is what I see whenever he's "relaxing". I know he's probably thinking "treat...treat...must hold still..." I was just taking him in for two weeks to make a video for him, to hopefully generate more interest in him...And after this I have to take a short break from fostering since I'm not going to be home for a few weeks. But I may ask to have him back aftwerwards so I can work with him more. He's a good boy, and learning very fast!
  9. Hahah, how does he manage that?! We used to have sinking algae wafers for my Mystery Snails(now I just put in lettuce for them), and I once caught Nelly eating them out of the package that got left open. Naughty dog!
  10. Did this. He thought it was just another trick he was learning, and was very intently focused on me the whole time. But that's okay, because it's still a lot of progress! That is a great idea, teaching him to settle down on a mat. I'm definitely going to work on that. We made a lot of progress last night, he actually settled down for about two hours!!
  11. I do have live plants. Right now, just two Amazon Swords, but will be adding more soon. Since I used dirty filter media from my old tank I was able to add fish almost right away to my new one. Went and got a Dwarf Gourami from my LFS, and he got ICH when I was gone over the weekend, so I didn't catch it in time to treat it. I tried, but he didn't make it, poor guy ): So my sisters two goldfish that were SUPPOSED to be staying in my tank for just a couple days before being moved to a pond are now on quarantine and undergoing treatment in the smaller tank in my living room. She's not obsessive over the tank in my room right now, since there's no longer any fish in it. Now it's all about the quarantine tank. I'm able to leave the lights off in there since there's no live plants, however that does nothing in the way of detering her from watching the fish. ATM I have the tank covered with a towel, but that's not a practical option with the one in my room. I'm going to try being very strict about discouraging it, and see if she starts listening..
  12. This is how my Nelly is. It was after I had first gotten her, before I realized that not all dogs will come lay down next to you when they're tired. She ran so hard that she laid down, and when she tried to stand up, she wobbled and fell back to the ground. Scared the living hell out of me, and since then I have to keep a close eye on her exercise. I normally let her run until she decides she's done(unlikely) or her chin is covered in slobber(eww!). I know by that point that she could very well run more, but that it would be starting to push the boundaries of what she can handle! She loves running, and I like her to be able to be in tip top shape, physically. I go on short-ish bike rides to the river, and it's nice being able to take her with me. Every time she sees me going for the bicycle, she starts crying and jumping all over the place because it's just sooo exciting! But she does settle pretty well in the house. Granted, there's the occassional spaz moments, but I think every dog has those! Are you referring to my foster dog? If so, no. It would make my life a heck of a lot easier if he could! But we're still working on that. I've been sick the past couple days so he's been spending most of his time crated or outside.
  13. Yes, ever since I got her she's been extremely obsessive. It got a LOT better after she started having jobs to do, but she still is a bit obsessive about some things. Hah! Border Collie TV, I love it. What did you do when the bird couldn't be kept outside, though?
  14. LOL he could care less about me wanting him to calm down! I have tried at least a few of the tricks that people have suggested, and none have worked so far. Even with the Kong, instead of just licking/chewing it, he would lick it a bit, pick it up with his mouth and toss it, and then paw at it, and repeat. I have never seen a dog move as much as this guy does. In fact, he was limping today, and I could not get him to hold still enough for me to take a look at his paws. Eventually I had to give him a very firm "That is ENOUGH, Wiley!" and he looked at me like "Oh, she's serious." and stood still. Still have to try the rest of the suggestions that people have posted!
  15. Ever since it was set up about a week ago, this is what my dogs life revolves around: I mean, no joke, I hardly even see her any more. She spends all her time staring at the fish. I've put down a towel in front of the tank because she gets so focused that she drools like there's no tomorrow! It used to be the cats, but I didn't really mind that. She would mostly just find the cat that's napping, and lay there staring at him to make sure he stays right where he is. To me, that's much better than her wandering around the house, getting into who knows what kind of trouble! However, these fish are MUCH more interesting than those sleepy cats. They are always moving around - obviously attempts to escape the aquarium. And that is just not acceptable to miss Nelly. Now, it's not like she doesn't have enough to do when it comes to 'work'. We do a lot of trick training, and sheep herding, and "chores" around the house(bringing in the cat if he gets out, keeping the youngest cat in check, because he gets mean with the older one, etc). She's still eager to pay attention to mama, come lay on the couch with me, do some tricks, all that stuff. But any time that she is not 100% focused on something else, she'll be watching the fish. Right now it is almost midnight, and she has been staring at them since I got home at about 7:30. I'm mostly just wondering if this could eventually be a problem, and if it should be discouraged. And if so, HOW do I discourage it? I do not think she would be very fond of having to ignore the fish. What do you guys think? On the bright side, as long as Nelly is around, I can be sure that those fish will not be escaping the tank.
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