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  1. Rush Fan

    Keeping my busy boy busy!

    Mancer loves the wishbone shaped Benebones with various flavoring infused into them. She also has a couple of the "dental dog chew toy" also made by benebone (and also flavor infused), which supposedly help keep teeth clean and seem to take a bit longer to chew through. Be careful with the jerky treats, especially if they're made in China, as many of them are. I remember a year or two ago several of them were recalled for "making dogs sick".
  2. Rush Fan

    Seemingly unhappy 10 week old

    Another quick thought, if you want her to lay in your lap and be affectionate, try coaxing her to sit in your lap with treats. I've always given Mancer her treats this way, and she lays in my lap (as I watch TV in the recliner) every night now. This will also likely make her more receptive to petting. (Over time of course)
  3. Rush Fan

    Seemingly unhappy 10 week old

    Dogs have personalities just like people. This seems to be especially true of border collies. Certainly you need to establish yourself as boss(in the proper way), but you also need to be observant and learn what your pup likes and doesn't like. When my pup was about that age, I learned that if I gently rubbed underneath her chest with one finger while holding her, she would stop resisting and let me hold her for 10 minutes or so. Yiu should try different things and learn what she responds to. You can pretty much expect her to be all teeth for a while. I recommend the nylabone key ring for her chewing pleasure. My pup loved it and I gave it to her whenever she wanted to chew my fingers (which she still tried to do while chewing on the keys, lol). At her age her attention span is expected to be short for fetch or any structured activity. My Mancer is 2 years old now, and will play fetch longer than when she was a pup but still has a limited attention span for such games. That's just who she is and I'm perfectly ok with that. I've seen other BCs who become obsessed and will fetch a ball nonstop. You should get to know your pup better as she grows and develops. Just a general tip though, it takes time time and patience to train a border collie. Mancer seems to gradually learn and become accustomed to things. It can be hard to stay persistent and consistent and avoid being frustrated at not getting immediate results, but it is necessary to do so. Remember that it's your job to make her happy just as much as it's up to her to obey and learn what you teach her.
  4. Forgot to mention that as an alternative to the crate, I frequently used an x-pen when my girl was a young pup. A bit larger and more open than the crate, and was a nice option when I wanted to relax and watch TV for a spell.
  5. I'm sure the experts here will respond with their usual great advice, but I'll go ahead and chime in with some quick feedback. First, it's certainly normal at this age for her to be easily frightened, she is equivalent to a baby. My Mancer was scared out of her wits by a flock of geese overhead or neighborhood dogs barking in the distance at that age, but by 1 year old she was barking back at things she had previously been scared of. I'd be careful about taking her out to pee every day at 3AM as that could become habit forming. My pup always woke me up when she needed to go. Sometimes she slept through the night, sometimes not, more so as she got older of course. Is it possible to move her crate into your bedroom? I think most would advise this as it allows you to hear her if she needs to go out and generally keeps her from being scared at night. Definitely keep teaching her her boundaries and what she can and can't chew on. My Mancer also was fixated on certain items like a floor lamp, couch leg etc. and kept going back to them, but with persistence and consistency on my part she eventually stopped going to them. Mancer is my first BC, and her puppyhood was more difficult than I expected, so know that you may have some tough days ahead of you, but it is normal and as she approaches 1 year old (could be sooner, all puos are different), she will settle in to her environment and know what is expected and accepted. Remember to enjoy the puppy days, they will be gone before you know it. Best of luck, and as I'm sure others will also ask, please post some puppy pictures!
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  7. It really does seem like most things are a slow and gradual process with border collies though, as the experienced folks here have told me. So be patient and know that changes won't happen overnight, but one day you'll suddenly realize that things have gotten better, as long as you are consistent and persistent in your behavior and responses.
  8. When my girl was that age I was at wits end thinking we weren't going to make it. But over time she settled into her environment and at 2 yrs she is a sweetheart now. Sure she still has her high energy moments, but nothing near how she was at 4-6 months. You have a ways to go yet, and each dog is different, but time is your friend. I gave her lots of love, which she frequently resisted. So I gave her treats when she was most affectionate and laying calmly in my lap. It took some time but she has gradually gotten to the point where she lays in my lap every night. And all I have to do is pick up a bag of treats and she jumps right into my lap and lays calmly.
  9. My Mancer has gotten to the point where she just goes into the crate by herself when she knows I'm unhappy with her. It really doesn't seem.like punishment as she isn't all that bothered by being there. Which seems like I am going about things correctly, though I do admit that I still allow myself to get angry now and then which I know is incorrect. But it's become very rare these days that she needs a time out, so all in all I guess I've done things more correctly than incorrectly. (She'll be 2 in 2 weeks).
  10. Rush Fan

    My sweet Kit

    So sorry D'Elle. There are simply no words for times like this, but try to find solace and peace in knowing how lucky you both were to have had each other.
  11. I bought a web camera to keep an eye on my BC on days when she needs to be left alone for 8-9 hours. (My mother is usually home during the day so it doesn't happen often). I discovered that whether I put her in the crate or leave her confined to one or two rooms, she doesn't have much interest in playing with her toys. She just sleeps the majority of the time. And as soon as I get home she grabs a toy and brings it to me, full of energy, ready to play.
  12. Rush Fan

    13 week old pupdate

    That face is just too doggone cute! Glad to hear things are going so well.
  13. Rush Fan

    New owner/member

    Congrats on your gorgeous pup! My Mancer had her Berserk Hour every night when she was a pup too. She's 1 yr 9 months now, and has settled down drastically. I do miss her puppy moments, but I don't miss the craziness!
  14. They likely won't be able to do a scraping if the only affected area is around the eyes. At least that's what my vet told me.
  15. Rush Fan

    Battle at mealtimes

    I'm not an expert on behavior or BCs in general. But just intuitively, I'll guess that the issue is that your pup knows the other dog in the house is being fed more favorably and wants the same chunks of beef and such his counterpart is given. I'm currently raising my first BC. She is 20 months now and has always been fed kibble. She never had a stage where she refrained from eating. Quite the opposite, she has always devoured every meal I've ever given her. I wish I had a solution to offer, but unfortunately I can't think of one. Maybe try feeding the older dog in a closed room away from the pup to calm the jealously? Not sure it would work but maybe worth a try.
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