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  1. islandboy

    Wearing a coat

    Merlin was born on a farm and experienced snow and cold (to -6C) prior to joining us at 8 weeks old. Summer weather slows him down. Cold merely amps him up - loves it. Mind you we live in Victoria (Canada's mediterranean). 20170206_085621.mp4
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    Serendipity or red flags?

    I was browsing Kijiji - another of the red flag warnings. Actually the deciding factor was the farmer's personality, knowledge and commitment to her livestock. The sidecar is a Chariot Sidecarrier for children. No longer in production. You can find them used online. 20170131_142859.mp4
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    Serendipity or red flags?

    I spent hours learning what I could prior to picking our pup. In the end we chose a pup from an unexpected working dog litter. The farmer raised sheep, horses and bred BC's (for 40+ years as needed). She thought her last bitch was dry, so purchased a male pup to continue working. In time a surprise litter. After meeting with her and seeing the parents we opted for a pup. Upon discovering one of the two red & whites were available we simply accepted the one that would be unchosen. All the preparation and research out the window. Merlin is almost two and is a wonderful pup.
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    Disturbing BCSPCA?

    Your thoughts? Does the BCSPCA have an oversight body? Does the BCSPCA know anything about herding breeds? They are also working on training standards that folks are concerned about.
  5. Riding in his sidecar when I am out bicycling. When i am working in the shop he'll hop in and give me the let's go cycling look.
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    Bald elbow?

    Merlin has one bald spot (thumbnail size) on his elbow. No sign of irritation, infection or skin problem. Suggestions please.
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    Puppy exercise and sleep

    How much is too much crate time? Merlin sleeps in his crate from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am then naps at 10:00 and 4:00 for about three hours each time. When the time comes he heads to his crate . He rarely falls asleep outside those times. If he does he'll wake and head to the crate. Otherwise he he a healthy alert and active 11 month old puppy. His morning walk is probably double the five km I travel with him. We are careful to limit his free play in the yard and other exertion. Having puppy zoomies in the evening has diminished of late.
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    Merlin has discovered and loves swimming. Yesterday was his first canoe ride. Now the question is; 'How cold is too cold to swim?'
  9. Merlin is 10 months old and his training for the most part is going very well. He has good food and toy drive. We have trained him with intent to keep him calm and as a pet not a working dog. Simple commands and lengthy requests are understood and followed through on. His morning walk is still about discovery with intermittent brief training sessions along the way. Afternoon and evening training sessions are also brief between playtime. Recently he has learned to swim and loves it. He can be difficult on recall when he really gets involved in activities; like swimming. Within our fenced property he has earned off leash privileges by responding very well. As we live in an urban environment he is leashed everywhere else, except swimming. My query is when do we increase the obedience intensity without dampening his enthusiasm?
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    Thank you all for your replies. So far he only chews up the green ones and is leaving the riper darker ones alone. I am cautiously optimistic that when the ground is blanketed with ripe acorns he will give up on them.
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    Acorns to be exact. Garry Oak acorns. Merlin is 9 1/2 months old and has been eating the odd acorn, green, for a few months now with no apparent ill effects. He is a dainty eater so all food gets chewed thoroughly. We are about to have acorns rain down from our cops of old trees. Should I be concerned
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    Forced retirement?? ;^)

    Thank you all for the feedback. Merlin is very good at self control under most circumstances. I will have to try giving him 'his' part of the task. Today's chuckle came when he tried to help with the pry bar as I took concrete forms apart.
  13. Our 7 month old BC does not like to see me working. While normally a quiet well behaved pup, his response to doing simple chores is out of character. Raking, sweeping, drilling, or moving equipment around elicit aggressive barking and attacks on tools. He can be anywhere in the yard when I use my cordless drill and he will come running/barking to put an end to it. The same with raking or sweeping where he attacks the tool. He will attack the wheels of stationary tools when i move them. Could this be a jealousy/attention issue? A herding instinct coming out?
  14. The "deal with it" comment is interesting. I am old enough that I am up regardless of the pup. As stated my concern was for the pup's schedule. I am looking for advice to set him up to succeed.
  15. Merlin is 17 weeks and my concern is starting him sleeping through the night too soon and him regressing. At the moment he goes to sleep around 8:00 pm, I wake him around 3:00 for a piddle, then up around 6:00. This last week waking him at 3:00 or 3:30 is a task. How soon should one expect their pup to sleep through the night?