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  1. I adopted a 2 year old border collie when I was living in a small space in LA with no yard. The rescue let me have Jester because they had gotten to know me over the course of several months and they believed I would do right by the dog, and I did. It meant I spent every moment that I was not working or sleeping doing things with the dog, and he got two very long walks a day that included frisbee retrieving. I had to be dedicated, but it worked fine. Some rescues will not adopt to someone in an apartment but it should be taken on an individual basis. As a rescue worker I have approved adoption of a border collie to an apartment dweller when I believed the person would make the effort to give the dog a good home. Your agility experience will go a long way toward convincing them you will. In case you have not, please familiarize yourself with the info on these Boards concerning breeders and how to choose a responsible breeder if you intend to look into that as well as adopting a rescue.
  2. I would suggest you avoid that park entirely until you have her training farther along. I also suggest using the "look at that" game from the book "Control Unleashed". You have to take this kind of training very slowly, one tiny step at a time. You cannot train the dog when the dog is over threshold of aroused the way she gets in the park. The more you take her to the park, where she throws the training out the window, the more you un-do all the hard work you are putting into training the cue to leave it.
  3. My advice is don't take her to dog parks. I am personally not at all a fan of them for many reasons, and several people on this forum are of the same mind as I on this issue. dog parks are dangerous because you never know who will be there with what kind of dog, how they will or will not manage their dog, whether or not the other dogs are carrying disease or fleas or ticks, and so on. Additionally, it has always seemed to me that taking a dog to a dog park is like taking someone to a loud and raucous party where they know no one and are expected to fend for themselves. Some dogs do OK with this, others don't. Your dog doesn't sound from what you are saying as though she is enjoying it. If she is rolling on her back when other dogs approach her, that is not "having no problem with other dogs". That is being intimidated and trying to appease the other dogs because she is frightened. Finally she starts growling and barking. She was very unlikely to be protecting you; she was frightened and trying to protect herself because you were not protecting her. Find a different way for her to get exercise.
  4. D'Elle

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    Willikers, it is all worth it as you say. As I see it, my dogs give me more every single day than I could ever give in return, so whatever I need to do to make them healthy and happy is little to ask me to do. Thanks for the Balance It info; I went to the website and am going to use info there to make meals at times for my dogs. I had to say good buy to my Kit this year as well. She was also 17.
  5. Love that video. Reminds me of my Jester, who would exuberantly retrieve anything (literally anything) that anyone would throw for him. He would have been happy to retrieve a can opener. One time there was nothing for him to find for throwing in a yard when we were visiting a friend, so he brought me a leaf, spit it out at my feet, and backed up with his "you gonna throw that?" look. It was hilarious. Especially as he would have been perfectly happy to retrieve the leaf, even if it had only gone a few inches away. (Disclaimer: Jester was also trained to settle down and not ask for something to be thrown and was very obedient to that once told.)
  6. I have never heard of a dog being afraid of the moon or the sun, and it's very hard for me to believe that this is the case here. First, I am wondering if this is actually fear at all or if it is something else, and second I don't think the moon or the sun would be causing this, as they are simply too far away for a dog even to see or be aware of. Without observing your dog or having a good deal more information I can't advise on what the dog is reacting to. What does he do when you have him out on a leash taking a walk? Does he constantly jump up barking and growling at the sky? If not, his behavior at the fence has nothing to do with the moon or sun. If so, I still don't believe it's caused by reaction to celestial bodies. Even if you don't find out right away what he is reacting to, you can't let it go on as it may become obsessive behavior. Don't permit the behavior at all. Prevent it by not leaving him alone in the yard. Only let him out when you can be with him, distracting him or playing. Maybe only take him for walks, on leash, and don't let him in the fenced yard at all for a time until you have broken him of this behavior. When you cannot be there to work with him, take him back inside.
  7. I agree with the above. You need to keep him on leash until you have perfected a recall and this will take a lot of time. It's worth it. But every time he gets to blow you off it undoes all your work, so don't let him off leash. I will second the recommendation of the article by Suzanne Clothier.
  8. The first rule about training a recall is that you never, ever let a dog off leash outside of a fence until the recall is solid and proofed. The fact that you are letting him off leash where he can ignore you is reinforcing to him that he can choose when he obeys you and when he does not. If you have been doing this for some time, it will take a long time to retrain him. Immediately stop letting him off leash and start from the beginning to train the recall in a small fenced in area like a yard. Every time that he gets to ignore your call it undoes the work you have put into training him. If you want a solid recall, don't let him off leash for several months and work diligently every day on the recall. Remember to make it always to his advantage to come to you. when he comes he gets treats, a toy, praise, and then is whenever possible allowed to go back to what he was doing. The reason he is not taking treats while walking is that there are too many other enticing things. When you walk him (on a leash!) take very high value treats with you and practice the recall from the end of a leash. Use something he doesn't normally get that he will really like and reserve those treats for recall work. Be patient and don't rush.
  9. I have used the method above to put a recall on a dog many times, and it always works. I have found that with the terrier I have it is necessary to reinforce the training at least once a week with the treats again, or he starts tuning me out. My border collies didn't need that, although sometimes I did it just to make them happy. Of course, I never let them out without a leash in any place where I would not be able to walk them down and recapture them until the recall was solid. I also recommend using a whistle. Not necessary, of course, but my idea is that a whistle carries much farther and is easier to hear, and it would be good for the dogs to be trained to it just in case something happened that caused me to be separated from them. You never think such a thing could happen but it can.
  10. I like to go to the Dog Food Adviser website for recommendations on dog foods. They do the right kinds of research and analysis, and you can read up on any brand you want to try and see how they rate it. I only feed dog foods that have a 4.5 or 5 star rating with them. Marketing lies, the Dog Food Adviser website doesn't. Just have to say you have a particularly beautiful dog, my opinion. That is one of my favorite looks for a border collie. It sounds as though you are doing well with her and she is coming along nicely. Love the crossed-paws.
  11. I have had many border collies come in and out of my home while fostering, and I always had a cat as well and only a couple of times was it a problem. BUT having said that, my cats wouldn't run or get stressed out. If I had an older cat with heart issues who got stressed out and would run I would not even consider getting a dog of any kind until after that cat was no longer with me. It just isn't worth it. You said it yourself right here: I just don't know if he can withstand the annoyance of a dog who is trying to herd him around the house.This cat is my first priority and I will wait as long as I have to for me to get a dog. Follow your own advice.
  12. Urge to Herd is right. This is only an oops, and is correctable. Dogs can learn new things at any age, and your is only a pup. If you change things now it will turn out fine. Believe me, we all make mistakes!
  13. How does she behave in the crate? does she settle down right away? If so, then she may be OK, will settle down, and not be a problem. I very much doubt that you will ruin crate training by letting her be in a tent with you for 2 nights. And if the crate has been trained as a good thing - her own den to which she can go to sleep - then there's no reason why two nights away from it would make her resistant to return. If she is currently very resistant to the crate, then the situation is different.
  14. Hooper2 is right: if you give your pup too much exercise it is bad for her physically. If you give her training and other attention many, many times a day she will expect that forever. You run the risk of creating a monster; a dog who will be demanding of your time and energy beyond what you (or anyone else) can reasonably be expected to give. What I do is just ask for one thing at a time. So, when breakfast is to be served, the dog has to do one thing to get the bowl put down. Then, maybe 2 hours later, one thing to get a little treat. One thing before we go on the walk. One thing to get bedtime biscuit. And so on. But not training sessions many times a day. This is in addition to daily routine training such as having to sit and wait politely before going out the door, standing to have feet wiped, and so on.
  15. You have a beautiful dog. :-) I have, as Liz P says above, seen two neutered males become the best buddies ever. But my personal experience tells me that I would rather have a male and a female. Of course, it depends entirely on the personalities involved. My male and female duo border collies got along very well, but it was the male who called the shots from day one because he was here first and the female was a subservient type. If the female is a dominant type it could go the other way. The one thing I would always steer away from is two females. Observe your dog with other dogs and determine for yourself if he seems to like males to play with better or not. If he doesn't seem to have a preference, then if it were me I would simply choose the new dog by learning as much as possible about that dog or puppy's personality and choose based on what it seems to me will go best with the other dog's personality. And keep in mind that things can always change. Two dogs who get along great at first may not always do so, and vice versa. But if you choose carefully and, if possible allow your dog to participate in the choosing, you will be more likely to have success. NOTE---This is a very, very good time for you to consider getting an adult dog from a rescue. Seriously consider this. An adult (or older puppy...say 6 to 12 months) from a rescue is much more of a known than is a baby, and you will have the chance to let the two dogs meet up and see if they get along. There are so many who need homes. In my opinion, your very best shot at success is to go this route.
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