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  1. The $1500 is on the steep side (for non-working bred BCs) but is the non-breeding status standard practice? The purchase price of my pups is $1500, no matter sex, color or litter. All pups will be registered on a non-breeding status unless otherwise discussed and approved by myself.
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    Donald McCaig

    I was afraid to open this thread just by the subject. I never met Donald but enjoyed bantering and reading about his experiences and wisdom he continuously shared here. RIP Donald, you were a gift to so many here and abroad. ETA: I just purchased An America Homeplace, thanks for suggesting that, Julie. https://www.amazon.com/American-Homeplace-Virginia-Bookshelf/dp/0813917751/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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    Playing fetch

    "All done" works amazingly well for us. But only if I have control of the ball will he turn focus off it and become obedient. I struggle with "last one" as it seems to translate to my dog that he better keep that ball as he's not/never ready to quit fetch. One time he and I were about 10' away from the ball on opposite ends. As I walked up just a couple feet from the ball I made the mistake of giving "all done" and he swoopes in and gets the ball before I can. He keeps me on my toes.
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    Non Sequitur

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    Recommended joint supplements

    It doesn't have omegas or vitamin E but I just picked up two of these at Costco and save $20
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    Abca lookup?

    FWIW; electrocution is always defined by fatality. No one survives when they are electrocuted. So no, e-collars will NOT electrocute your dog.
  7. Yes, this is my world as well! I use this tactic on our daily walks with great results. I get my boy in a sit and with proper distance, we're good. My challenge is to stay in front of his triggers (I know them all by now) and keep him from going over threshhold. I chuckle if someone asks if they can walk Sammy. I feel like telling them "sure, but I need to certify you first" Other than his usual triggers which he seems to have little or no self control, he's very smart, polite and managible.
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    George the skateboarding bulldog

    Jumpy the Parkour Dog - WOW! Landing the dual 360 back flip is partucularly impressive
  9. I think the euthanize advice is a bit premature, you fully owned that you should've had him muzzled but didn't. And that it taught you a lesson you're not likely to ever forget. And a note on corners, for reactive dogs and their owners they can be scary! Particularly corners at busy intersections where any view of where the sidewalks meet are obscured by a large shrub, tree, brick walls, etc... Be on high alert, even with the muzzle on approach them with caution. I can see what happened to you with myself and my own reactive dog; loud car noises and visual distraction from their movement and turning a blind spot corner where my dog and the pedestrian on the other sidewalk meet = recipe for disaster! From one reactive owner to another, stay with it and I wish your Dallas the best.
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    George the skateboarding bulldog

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/meet-george-the-skateboarding-bulldog/ Sure, it's just another cutsie article of a bulldog excelling at riding a skateboard but I'm curious if anyone out there knows of a Border Collie that takes to skateboards like this? I only have/had one BC, he's pretty reactive and goes defcon 1 when just hearing a skateboard (doesn't even need to see it!)
  11. That was pretty much the jist of the whole article, or at least what I got from it.
  12. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/therapy-dogs-can-spread-superbugs-to-kids-hospital-finds/
  13. So Wellington is not only a split face but walleyed too, I see you have your hands full! From your video, he's reacting the same way mine will if say, he hears barking outside. When I'm home, I quickly stifle it with re-direction using toys that are placed in the usual places in the house. Outside the home I use treats. Amazing how quick and easy his attention is diverted to the toys (or food, whatever is handy). It's no permanent fix but it's how I manage.
  14. I'd say you answered your own question I'm no trainer or behaviorist so I can only speak to my own experience. I will agree that any punitive training technique on a reactive dog like my Sammy would be deterimental. Prong collars have their place, just not with the more intelligent, soft, sensitive breeds. I'd say you're on the right track with the "watch" technique that works for leash reactive dogs like my own (see Patricia McConnell's Fiesty Fido). But you kinda loose me with the temper tamtrums you see your pup using to get what you say he wants. My reactive dog has his triggers but is very well mannered and poilte around me. He's also not a pup.
  15. Good call going with a better trainer. I have a 5yr old pet BC that I've had since 8 weeks and he's a great dog that is pretty reactive. He also lacks confidence. I maintain it as best I can, for instance on walks, he get's so nervious/fearful when just seeing another dog near us that I have to use treats to keep him in check (along with some common sense on my part). People, bikers, joggers are never a problem but throw in skateboards, scooters and big, bouncy balls and he goes defcon 1. And I too have come to the conclusion that maybe gentically...he's just not wired right in regard to his reactivity.