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Ildiko

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  1. This type can be easily removed from the collar, so if someone wants to actually steal the dog, not much help for sure. But if it is just some tourists she joins to (not likely) or an unplanned snatching of the dog (hopefully even less likely), it might help and is quicker than waiting if someone will check the chip at some point. Also here it is not a common thing, even dog owners ask me all the time what it is, so there is a chance the bad guys won't remove it at once. It can also be lifesaving if the dog manages to get stuck somewhere in the wilderness. No, I don't get any money from the company - maybe I should? Well, I don't think this is something absolutely necessary but it does give me a peace of mind time to time. Especially when the dog was younger.
  2. I am using tractive. It was really a game changer only once, but that was important. The puppy run off after some deer or something in the middle of nowhere in the woods (should have been on leash, yes), it was getting dark too. But I could see on my phone that she was exactly in the opposite direction than I thought she would be, so instead of getting further away I was able to cut infront and catch her. Unfortunately where we live there is not much mobile reception, but I still keep and use the device in case we travel or she gets further away somehow (like someone takes her, as I don't expect she would get actually lost now and is really good in finding me by smell if the need arise, but also honestly she is so much better in basically everything that I don't think we will need the tracker again. But you never know...) I agree with the others that a tracker is not solving training problems, but it can be really useful in an unforseen situation. Regarding the technicality - it was straightforward, as far as I remember I didn't have any problems. And now I just charge it as necessary, switching on and off. Once the charger part gave up but that was solved.
  3. D'Elle, could you possibly name a few of these websites you would say are good sources? I am asking because I value your opinion.
  4. In case someone is interested (although it doesn't seem so) yesterday evening I managed to dig out a very very thin something from that eye, might be fur or possibly syntethic. It could be hardly seen and also just one or two times - when I thought it is just discharge or something, it was moving with blinking and then disappearing. When I saw it again - looking the same - I got suspicious. So now I wait to see if the eye will continue tearing or not.
  5. Hi all, I noticed that the right eye of my dog is tearing a bit, definately more than the other one. Not always, but noticeably (at least I notice). I took her to the vet who stained the eye and said that the cornea is ok and gave some eyedrops, which I used since then. But eye is the same, tearing from time to time. Should I be worried? I am thinking of visiting another vet.
  6. As a sidenote - you can be assured that a lot of people from all around the world are reading the information and advice who (like me) are mostly silent but still benefiting greatly. So thank you all who dedicate the time and energy to share your knowledge for your efforts to help the others out! Even if it seems lost on the person actually asking the question it is still surely helpful to others. Again for emphasis, a big thank you!
  7. Just because someone mentioned that updates and pictures are popular around here... She looks like this as an 8 month old. I don't remember seeing that weird arch of the back at all any more.
  8. Just a sidenote to what the dog associates with what (and I could't watch the video as it is not reachable in my area). So once my little puppy approached my horse and they tried to smell each other (I was too far to stop them) and it would not have been a problem as the horse likes small animals, except for the electric fence which was on... I think she might even got into a shock and since then she is really afraid - of the horse. If she sees him or hear him she is ready to flee and if the horse moves she does. Oh yeah, and yesterday I think I accidentally thaught her to jump up at me to the already known que 'stand'... by revarding just two stand when she lifted her fronts a little which I considered just a sign of enthusiasm at the time. Today came the surprise
  9. Thank you all for your answers! Yeah, I did think that rabbit scent would not be suitable... :D I had a look into nosework and barn hunt, thanks! I don't think we have anything like that around here. Nosework seems to be similar to what I had in mind, I will definitely give it a try. As for bar hunt, I don't have access to a barn and even less to live rats - and to be honest this is something I would be worried about to teach the dog as I wouldn't want her to search for other live animals. Especially as she does it anyway. :D But I hate to have her on leash because otherwise and most of the time she is brilliant. The sock trick is great, I love it! :D
  10. I have my second question. It seems that my girl is pretty scent oriented, loves to follow fresh trails of deer or rabbit, and she also uses her nose when I try to hide. So I suppose she would like this kind of games. But as following deer and such is not a good thing (also in this scenario her hearing somehow cease to exist...) I am worried that I will encourage a behaviour which I would better not. So what do you think, is it a good idea or will I regret?
  11. Hi! I am not going to be a huge help in terms of experience being a first time border collie (and dog...) owner, but I am really interested as my girl is exactly the same age. Barking is interesting, she just started it a bit more extensively, she barks and runs around in the garden if somebody or a vehicle makes noise on the street. Before I only heared her voice if I managed to make her too excited and she started to herd me. I always stopped that behaviour of course. Recall is yet an issue. Generally it is fine, like 80-90% of the time. But if there is some fresh smell of deer or rabbit, she is off. I prefer off leash walks, but I really have to think about where to go and when to put the leash on. Otherwise she is really nice, watching where I am, coming in to check, coming when called.
  12. It seems I cannot attach the picture for some reason, sorry
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