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  1. You may even find that moving from hand on the door latch to the door open one inch is too fast - you may just have to lift/press the door latch so it clicks and then reward. Small TINY steps. Rewarding a look at the car initially, or a sniff. Kikopup has videos on YouTube about this, if I remember correctly. This may give you an idea of how to progress. And if there is a negative reaction, don't just go back one step, go back as many as necessary to make him comfortable, and go slower, with tinier steps.
  2. Try looking for the thread about Car Anxiety in this forum. It will have some specific advice about desensitisation to cars and car travel.
  3. I think that the at/at is the bit that means your dog is a carrier of tricolour.
  4. I have never had anything like that with music for my dogs, but one of my dogs went much like this at an Anthony Bourdain episode where there were those bouncing cars. Another of my dogs is completely terrified of flies. Dogs do have much more sensitive hearing, so there must be something in the music that he does not like, some sound too high or low pitched for us to hear that is freaking him out. Maybe you could try desensitisation? Otherwise it may be easier to listen to that music in the car or other places when he is not with you, so as not to upset him. Sorry, I am not much help.
  5. Thank you for the update. Your Quinn looks so happy and is obviously well loved. I love the photos with his bestie Clementine, the contrast between their coats is gorgeous!
  6. I will add that when I find a mat in my dog's fur, I often do not resort to a brush at all. It takes more patience, but I will often work at it with my fingers, gently separating out the mat from the fur until I can pull the mat out without hurting my dog. I can intersperse this with pats and belly rubs and verbal reassurance, and not have to worry about the fear the appearance of a brush will create. If the mat is too big or too tight, the scissors come in, but it sometimes surprises me how much you can get out while your dog is lying relaxed on the couch with you.
  7. Mats happen! Wise words from your mom! I have never hesitated to cut a mat out of my dog's coat when needed. I have two dogs who have very wiry bloomers on their hindquarters which mat in the blink of an eye and which are horrible to brush. I use an undercoat rake, lots of verbal reassurance, another person to hold when necessary, treats and scissors when all else fails. At one point, I brushed with two brushes, one for the dog to chomp on and one for me to use!
  8. Maja, that is brilliant! I laughed so hard, because I can just picture it.
  9. Liz P - thank you for breaking down the history and complexity of this issue. I have not been around dogs for the whole time, and was shaky on the history. It almost feels like the harder people try to do the right thing for our dogs, the easier it is to muck up!
  10. I suspect, if your puppy is putting on weight, that it is a combination of the stress of the change in her circumstances and the change in water that may be giving her diarrhoea. One of my boys has a sensitive stomach after green potato poisoning as a puppy, and will get diarrhoea during any lengthy trip (including in the car if we do not stop for a poop run every hour or so - ask me how I know!). And that includes on the drive to wherever we are going, so the stress can take effect quickly. I was told by a few people when I started trialling in agility to take my own water from home for my dog as the stress of changing water could make a sensitive gut worse. It sounds like she may be starting to adjust, if her poops are starting to form up. So long as she is eating and drinking well, and still putting on weight, I would not worry too much, so long as the diarrhoea is coming to an end. There is a huge variation in size of BCs. Keep an eye on her body condition, and how quickly she is finishing her food, as her demands will change as she goes through growth spurts. I would also try to transition off of Pedigree once she is over the current issues. I am not going to recommend a particular food - you know your own situation best in terms of cost/access/time etc. Do your research, apply cautious judgement about the sources of the information you are reading and whatever biases they may have and make the best decision you can given the information available. It is all any of us can do. Our dogs will not love us any less.
  11. In my house, we call that pose "doing a border collie"! It seems to be a favourite of my boys.
  12. She is absolutely gorgeous, welcome to both of you! I love the photo where she is sticking out her tongue.
  13. It just struck me, I have this picture in my head of one day coming for a visit with you CptJack, walking to the door, seeing Kiran and running to give him the biggest hug because I feel like I know and love him, and we are best friends through your posts, and Kiran going who the hell is this person, and running for the hills...
  14. Saydrin44, your pup is definitely going to be a red tri merle. Her nose leather is brown, with the pink non-pigmented section, so she cannot be a blue merle. Her base coat colour is brown. If she was a lilac merle, she would have silver and lilac patches, but no dark brown/chocolate coloured patches, because the lilac dilution gene would dilute all the brown colour from her coat. She is tri-colour because of the tan patches, especially the tan eyebrows. Here is a picture of Bailey's nose, which is similar to your puppy's nose.
  15. I don't really have much to add to this but I just wanted to say thank you Ned'sMum for rescuing your dog, thank you for doing so responsibly and thank you for being so open to the advice you have been given. Others may not have reacted so maturely to what we have said here, even though it has been said with the best interests of your children and Ned at heart. So thank you again. And boo to that rescue organisation. (I could use much stronger language to be honest)
  16. This is what my boy Bailey looked like as a puppy. This is what he looks like now. He has really gotten a lot darker as he grew up. He was also in his vaccination paperwork as a puppy as a lilac merle but is a red merle. I would say you have a red tri merle there. Enjoy your gorgeous new puppy!
  17. I would not question her as a full BC. She may or may not meet the "breed standard" for a barbie collie, but true BCs can have great variation. She may be a mix, but she looks like a BC to me (not that I am an expert!)
  18. There are a few of us Aussies, but not too many. This is an American forum after all. I lived in Gawler all through my high school years, and my brother and sister went to high school in Tanunda, so I know the north of Adelaide fairly well, or at least I did lo these many years ago...
  19. GentleLake, I am very sorry to hear about your father. My dad passed from complications of biliary duct cancer over ten years ago, and it still hurts, although it is slowly getting less. My deepest condolences.
  20. Welcome to the Boards, and to your new addiction! I see you are from South Australia. I am not sure, but we may be the only South Aussies on here! Whereabouts are you in SA? I live in Mount Gambier, so am in the south east corner of the state.
  21. Your girl is gorgeous, and looks like a very happy pup!
  22. You have somewhat innocently provided an outlet for one of the more complicated topics on this forum - the conflict between working border collies and their owners, and the Kennel Club/Fashion Show breeders, aka those who breed BCs for working ability and those who breed for looks. This forum is solidly on the side of the working ability of this wonderful breed. We ended up stealing your thread. Sorry! So the TL;DR version is that merle is a coat pattern that dilutes sections of a dog's coat giving a mottled effect, but which can apply to any of the coat colours (black, tricolour, red/chocolate, ee red, etc). It can be "cryptic" or in very small patches. Some coat colours can make it very difficult to see the merle pattern, usually because the coat colour is very pale. So great care should be taken in breeding a merle dog to be ensure the other dog is not a cryptic merle, and dilute colours like lilac and blue, and pale colours like ee red and sable, should probably be avoided. And of course, never breed two merles! PS if you have not already done so, we love photos of your dogs here!
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