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  1. Open Regular title today and a good start on Open Touch and Go. Truthfully, I''ll probably drop him back to Novice after the fall trials, here. I'm changing how I'm handling (lots more distance going on) and that means he needs some room to adjust and novice courses are a good place to do that. In other news he has a really nice running dog walk and I have no idea why but I'm keeping it.
  2. Yes, this. Even with my FIVE YEAR OLD, our games of fetch are on and off, and honestly mostly training with fetch as a reward. Do some heeling, BALL BRING IT BACK. Stay. Release. MORE FETCH. Do a trick or three. MORE FETCH. Etc. Not just... chasing the ball until they drop. Some disc games look vaguely like 'go till you drop' for a whole 60 seconds at a time ;p but my dogs are all fully grown adults.
  3. I am the person who originally suggested border collie collapsed based on a lack of physical stamina. An overaroused dog who gets naughty after being aroused, even getting mentally tired of it isn't BCC. BCC is a neurological thing with physical symptoms. It CAN be made worse by arousal, but I was SOLEY addressing his lack of physical stamina, nothing else. Your description here makes me agree with your vet. Probably this is either a dog with behavioral problems, temperament problems, or is just a normal BC in a home that's definition of normal doesn't encompass BC behavior. Which often, honestly, includes being a pain in the ass who gets into trouble a lot and needs a lot of management.
  4. WOOHOO! I have a pretty impressive yarn collection, but I will definitely take the help with the puppy shopping when it's time! a (With you on the hate of clothes shopping, too)
  5. I need to make you help me find my next dog MANY YEARS FROM NOW.
  6. Erm, that is an insanely a high amount of money for those puppies, regardless of breed. Actually working dogs bred and producing puppies I might expect 800 local to me. What amounts to purebred by BYB puppies? Well, I know people selling them for 1800 but I sure ain't buying If I want to spend that I want health testing and PARENTS to be proven in SOMETHING (not just assuming BC here, but any breed).
  7. Walk him for variable distances and variable locations and not always to the park. He needs to stop anticipating going to the park. the barking you should probably actually tell him it's okay, reassure him, and then if it continues crate him - and cover the crate - as many times on loop as it takes.
  8. Everything GL said. Breed purity and standard appearance in the way most people are used to them from kennel clubs have little bearing on border collies. it isn't how they LOOK, but what they do and how, that defines them.
  9. The fur pattern is just puppy fluff shedding. Lots and lots of dogs of all sorts do that, it's just more obvious with him because he's white. Doesn't answer the question of BC or Not, but it is why he has that funny widows peak looking thing. My BC X ACD had it (less obviously), too. And no, I'm not suggesting your dog is a mix based on it. Just using my own photo as another example.
  10. I think it was Donald who said 'no amount of training will make a young dog an old dog' a nd those are, truly, words to live by. My youngest is now a little over 2. He's not a puppy anymore, but he's still a Baby Dog and will be for another year or two, I think.
  11. I think a lot of his misbehavior likely stems from inconsistency, lack of clarity, and generally frustration caused by both. I also think border collies tend to be very sensitive and pick up on the emotional states of their owners pretty well and to be impacted by them and you admitted you have been, and are, miserable. I don't think that's an ideal situation for YOU or the dog. It isn't that I think BCs need a farm - I live in a suburb with a BC and a BC X ACD and it's fine - but I do think that there is altogether too much stigma in life about rehoming dogs when the fit isn't right. I think a lot of your post reads like you're super frustrated and don't particularly like your dog. You got blind-sided and said in your original post you feel like you made a mistake and weren't prepared and you know what? That's okay. It's okay if you want to work on it and make it better - in which case I recommend a professional training done regularly with both of you, and regular training at home as well as a pretty predictable routine and structure. Also a lot of involvement in your daily life and a lot of clarity. They are, for all their intelligence, not always the easiest dogs for people to train because they're not particularly 'forgiving' of mistakes or inconsistencies. They also very much tend to not need exercise so much as to be, like Flora said, a hobby that you spend lots of your free time and money on. It's also okay if you just plain don't. I'd rather see a dog rehomed than everyone be frustrated with each other, and unhappy, for 15 years.
  12. This may make you angry, but: The dog's got no major issues beyond being a 6 month old BC in a home that's a really bad fit. You admit you're miserable. The dog certainly seems miserable. Why not rehome him to someone who is better equipped to handle a border collie (ie: experienced in training and will involve the dog in their daily life in the way a bc needs). And if you don't want to do that, please bring a professional, rewards based, trainer onboard and keep them involved in training, classes, and activities and behavioral modifications for a long time.
  13. So I super need to teach him about rear crosses at, rather than before, obstacles - and I realized I hadn't during this course (the source of all that spinning), but he is definitely getting more confident and obstacle focused.
  14. Are what happen as you're leaving the course, after the run is over. We have a whole list of things to work on skills wise, because course designs have changed as judges start making their own in NADAC (it's cool!) and I was feeling a little frustrated and overwhelmed. Then I accidentally watched the very end of my videos. I stopped picking apart the agility mistakes and looked at my dogs. We're gonna be all right. All of us. The important thing's there - relationship and connection.
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