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  1. ROFL! I like that other people love him and care about him! Though he probably wouldn't run away so much as be like "...??? Why?" He's a pretty tolerant dog. Disinterested in general! But tolerant.
  2. He got second AND third in our division oflocal disc league - because he was running for both my husband and I.
  3. Also your Molly looks a lot like my Molly
  4. I just tell people Molly's an ugly border collie and move on with it (she is not ugly at all). Occasionally online I'll show a video of her failing to lure course because she's exhibiting herding behavior, but mostly I just move on with it.
  5. Thanks, guys. He is nowhere near as smart as (my) Molly, but he's a Very Good Boy (tm).
  6. I'M BEING HELPFUL. But yeah, seriously do what works. Dog decides what's reinforcing just go with it.
  7. I think that him being aroused/excited by the motion and trying to stop it is normal. I also think doing so could still escalate and lead to injury and that expecting you to keep a dog away from your kids every time they run fast or move is unfair to you, that expecting the dog to be separated that much is unfair to the dog, and that asking the kids not to have fun/play as normal kids because the dog can't get it together is unfair to the kids. So no, I don't think he is inherently dangerous, but I would absolutely look for a more suitable home for Ned and a more suitable dog for your home.
  8. When she looks to you, reward and give attention to her EVERY TIME. It really helps to think of dog training not so much as... stopping behaviors but of building them. What do you WANT? When you know that, reinforce the ever loving heck out of it. Dogs are, like all biological creatures, animals that seek out what gains them reinforcement and avoid what causes them discomfort. No, you don't need to reward everything forever, but when you're trying to develop a habit, the history of reinforcement is your friend. And even thereafter the occasional bit of rewarding will keep the behavior strong. It's very easy to anthropomorphize the heck out of dogs and think that they should do what you tell them because you told them. Because they know. Because loyalty. Because you're the boss. Because they love you. But reality is, even in people, all living things 'do what works to get them what they find rewarding' - and avoid doing things that lead to negative/unpleasant consequences. I don't like using the negative stuff much - I find it less powerful, but I will use it some - but really boil it down that far. "What is the dog getting out of this, and how do I make what I want more rewarding/likely lfor the dog" and stuff gets a LOT less confusing.
  9. My guess here is that she didn't eat for a while, got nauseated from not eating (hunger pukes in dogs is a thing), and because she was nauseated also didn't drink.
  10. That is hysterical and I love it and thank you.
  11. Yes. What everyone has said. Don't allow random chasing. This guy is only a little more than half BC, but he's also ACD so he's not exactly disinclined to chase and. It can be done. Really. Prevent self-rewarding via chasing/worrying things, and build value and understanding that the goal is working with YOU. It will pay off in the long run. (Those stupid geese followed us around hoping for food. They're annoying but pretty easy going for freaking geese, as long as there isnt' food and there are no nests, so. We got on with it).
  12. He's a baby dog and has baby dog brain in a lot of ways, but my god he has focus!
  13. Yep. This is exactly what 'insufficient reward history for the behavior you are asking'. It's not so much that people are necessarily SO rewarding, it's that the reward history in not going to them isn't there, and the criteria for getting reward from you isn't clear. So, make it more clear and consistent, and make what you want -and attention on you- rewarding for her. That will lower the relative reward of greeting new people and fix your problems. (I kn ow it's not as immediate and easy as that in putting that into practice and have sympathy)
  14. So. When I see this it is usually one of two things: 1-) Insufficient reward history for the behavior you are asking, when weighed against the reward of interacting with/being pet by strangers 2-) A kind of avoidance/displacement behavior, wherein the dog is actually stressed (by the environment + behavior being asked of it, usually) and it's trying to escape that stress/pressure by seeking someone other than the handler. So. In either case the answer is basically 'work on reward history for focus/attention on YOU, and reduce reward available in the environment by not letting other people pet her so much. - not cut it out entirely but less). And to be careful of the situations you put her in, in the meantime.
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