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  1. She's beautiful! I had the opposite cross, my dog looked like a (big) border collie but seemed to have less of the border collie traits. Don't do it! I know it's tempting but do not give her triple the amount of exercise recommended. Yep! The more running around exercise you give them, the crazier they go. Our boy was the same. It has got better. I think evenings very gradually started to get easier from about six months. He is a year now and while he can be a bit 'restless' in the evenings (especially on days he's had more exercise than usual) our evenings are so much easier. I learnt that more physical exercise did not make things better. Less crazy free running does make things better. Now our walks are more on leash walking around sniffing and doing tricks and if I let him off it will be for a few minutes to fetch or find a toy I've hidden and then he goes back on. I don't let him run himself into a hyper frenzy any more in the hope he'll be easier at home. This article explains a bit about the problems of too much fetch, especially the veterinary behaviourist bit at the bottom: https://bharcsblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/whats-all-the-fuss-about-fetch/?fbclid=IwAR1xAn5aU5BpL6n4KU0VeqCpAPZ6eUj_Y4Pp1K9jYfYPpLUhfLT2_oW_Fm0
  2. Your dog walker still takes him out even though he bit her? Do you think she is 100% honest about everything that happens when he is with her? (Other dogs/stressors, off leash time, behaviour etc). Does he have to go with her for an hour every day? It sounds like he gets more away-from-home activity and stimulation than our one year old. In fact I've reduced away-from-home activity again very recently and again seen an improvement in behaviour and calmness. I don't have anything against dog walkers by the way, I just wouldn't trust my dog with one because he has shown some fear aggression type behaviour and I wouldn't want to pass control of his environment over to anyone else. I can't imagine anyone else being as invested in helping him to succeed as I am. The café sounds lovely. I would love so much to work somewhere I could our boy.
  3. Returning our boy to his beginnings wouldn't be an option for us. I don't know what I'd do if I was in the same position as the OP, I know I would try everything I could to figure out why it was happening and try to fix it. But ultimately I know the advice I got would be what you are suggesting.
  4. Are you scared? I'd be scared if our boy bit me with the intention to hurt and as it sounds unpredictable so how do you avoid getting hurt? Do you think he can see okay? Maybe if he is visually impaired sudden shadows near his head might frighten him. I have no experience with aggressive dogs but I reckon you are going to get some advice here that you might not like.
  5. Move your trash can so he can't access it. We've taught our boy to give us things, initially swapping something he didn't especially want for a nice treat. Now if I see him with something he's not meant to have I ask him to give it to me and he does (then I get him a treat). That obviously sounds much easier than it was, and sometimes it looks like he's having a little internal debate about it.
  6. Expect to train your kids. Mine are much older but they still needed training. No rough play. It might be fun for your puppy and your kids to be snatching things off each other, wrestling and dragging each other around by tug toys/sleeves etc, but just don't. Our boy got more and more growly and bitey and unpleasant for a while. I put a stop to rough play and it improved almost instantly. Plus, cute little puppies grow into big strong dogs very fast. Slow, gentle movements. When your puppy runs after them pouncing on their feet and grabbing their socks/trousers/ankles tell your children they must stand very still. It's cute and funny when your puppy is very small but quickly becomes horrible. I hadn't realised how fidgety our son was until we got our boy, he would jiggle his feet and flap his hands without knowing he was doing it and the puppy would get very excited. Squealing also seemed to set our boy off. Over excited puppies aren't fun. Have lots of puppy toys placed strategically around so whenever the puppy starts mouthing something (or someone) he's not meant to, then someone can swap it for an appropriate toy. We've had our boy for nearly a year now, the first 3 months were very hard work but thankfully he's never been destructive (only of his own toys). Think of your puppy like having a two year old. She'll put things in her mouth she's not meant to, she'll wee in places she's not meant to, she'll behave badly when she's due a nap and sometimes she'll wake you up at night.
  7. I don't have advice, but it sounds sweet. Saying that, I've had dogs throw balls at my feet and as I've gone to pick them up they've grabbed at them, their teeth narrowly missing my hand. I've been really strict with our boy about not doing that, he either gives it to me or he doesn't but he is certainly not allowed to give it to me and then change his mind and snatch it back. Our boy tends to retrieve other dogs balls for them and return them to the owner, he's very fast so often gets there first. Once he's returned their ball he will come back to me and I have to grab him because not all owners have the sense to wait until I've put some distance between us or got him running after his own ball.
  8. Our boy liked to lick. I think I got cross with him in the end, I really do not want his slober on me. I did try to be the sort of person that didn't fluff themselves up menacingly and raise a voice (usually just a 'Uh uh! I don't like that! Go away!) at their dog before pouting and turning away, but I couldn't manage it. Obviously I'd pass him something he was allowed to mouth and I make sure he has plenty of things he is allowed to put his mouth on, he does seem to need to chew a lot. And of course life goes on, I don't hold grudges, thirty seconds of pouting is plenty long enough.
  9. Thank-you for the reassurances, I'll be extra careful about if/where we let him off and aim for longer walks on a long line so he can wander and sniff but not run off or ignore us. He's just started a new thing. He likes to take his Kong outside to eat for a little while and then he'll bring it with him and come back inside. I don't mind that at all, but now he asks to come back inside and when I open the door he runs off down the garden. So I close the door and a few minutes later he asks again and I open the door and again he runs off down the garden. I'm sure he thinks this is hilarious. It's not quite warm enough to leave the door open yet and if I don't open the door he starts barking.
  10. Our boy is now one! I was thinking about it last week and was planning to post about the changes and what a lovely dog he's growing into. I was going to say about how he now settles and sleeps during the day, about how he automatically sits at a door and waits to go through it, how he has stopped nicking socks and even lets me brush him a little bit. He is still very excitable and struggles to focus when we're out, but can now do actual walking on the lead next to me, albeit only for a few minutes at a time. Where he used to bark and lunge and lose it if he saw someone in the distance, now they can be quite close and it's more a little self contained hop and a cough. I was going to talk about how good his whistle recall is (used selectively for ball play and super nice treats) and even voice call brings him enthusiastically back. But then this week happened. We were out having off lead fun and I called him, treats at the ready (I do quite a bit of recall for a treat and fuss before releasing him again) and he got half way to me and then changed his mind , like he literally decided that he wouldn't come and he'd go off and sniff something instead. And then he was deaf as a post and no amount of noise or movement from me caught his attention. It was a bit unnerving. When I did get him I gave him a fuss and threw the ball for him a couple of times before putting him on the lead and going home. I thought it was a one off, but then a similar thing happened a couple of days later. The whistle really is a special signal and he usually runs as fast as he can towards us when he hears it, but this time I blew it and he ran as fast as he could in a different direction. I blew it again and he about turned and ran in a different direction (but not towards me). It was a bit windy so I wondered if the wind carried the sound and he got confused about where it was coming from. The third time I blew he came, skidding into a sit position at my feet and looking really pleased. I didn't really feel as enthusiastic as I usually do when he comes first time but we did some fun tricks and he went back on the lead and home. I thought the whistle was fool proof, used only when I think it can't fail and when I've got a high value reward in the hope that if I ever need to use it in an emergency it would work. Now I'm feeling a bit nervous about taking him for off lead exercise. The places we go tend to be safe enough that it's not the end of the world if he doesn't come first time, and I don't think he'd just run and never come back, he always comes back he's just wanting to do it on his own terms now. Lead walking is improving, we have been working really hard on it for months, but it still requires lots of treats and concentration from us both so lead walking for an hour isn't really practical. I do have a long line and there are places I keep it on him and let it trail, but as he doesn't walk or potter when off lead if I was to hold it he would just go to the end of it and if he did decide to go for a run by the time he got to the end of it the force would either pull me over. Once he's had a good run off lead he does slow down and stay closer. I almost think that if I took him for an off lead jaunt twice a day it might tire him out/calm him down enough that he wouldn't be bothered to run off and not listen. But, I've been careful not to create a dog that needs two big outings a day (he gets ball play at home as well as tricks and games during the day) and I'm not convinced that he would suddenly be more responsive if he had more freedom. I've found in the past that he gets less responsive when he gets tired. Or, do we do less off lead stuff so he doesn't get into the habit of ignoring me? He likes to have a good run and always seems relaxed and content when we get home afterwards. Any ideas? He is due at some point to be castrated. I know it is a controversial issue but I'm wondering if opting for sooner rather than later would be a good idea.
  11. Do you think it is the noise? If so, how about finding a YouTube video of traffic noise and playing it very very quietly at home while you play, do tricks, feed treats etc. We have done this with fireworks, kids playing, dog sounds etc. We got to the stage with the fireworks where we could leave them playing quite loudly for an hour or so while we got on with our lives and he'd ignore it. That's not to say if one goes off unexpectedly he doesn't jump up and give a bark, but that's more because it caught him by surprise than out of fear.
  12. All of the b/w border collies I see locally have the classic markings. Our boy is mostly black, very similar to the first @NCStarkey picture. Ours has the same white front left and white chest. He also has a few white hairs just behind his collar slightly to the right and a few on his muzzle. Knowing they can be all colours and markings it's odd to see others so similar. His siblings were more classically marked.
  13. Thank you for sharing. Our boy is about a year now and while things are improving very slowly it is reassuring to read posts like yours.
  14. Your boy is beautiful! You completely have my sympathies with the chasing and lunging bikes/runners. We have very luckily not had an incident quite like yours, although did have one when he was much younger where he chased some kids across a field on bikes. And totally would go after runners if given the chance. Lunging and barking, yes. I tried desensitizing with what I thought was some success (some days excellent, some days worse than ever), but realise now that I was still going too fast and was trying to creep forward towards the offending distractions once he was managing not to react, rather than waiting until he is completely comfortable at that distance. Someone very recently advised me that movement (ie running around playing ball) was stimulating and food (training treats and chews) were calming so since then we've been visiting places where we can watch people/cars/bikes from a very safe distance while eating treats and I've given myself more realistic expectations (I'm thinking he'll be a nice calm dog able to ignore bikes when he's five and have stopped thinking we'll go jogging next to the cycle lane this summer). His response to the food treats are a good indication of whether we are at a safe enough distance he can relax (will eat treats normally) or whether he's close to threshold (snatches the treats or ignores them completely). For safety, because I'm nervous of him getting loose when he goes over-threshold, I have one of those lead splitters that people use when they walk two dogs with one part clipped to his collar and one part clipped to his harness. If a clip breaks or isn't attached properly or if the collar or harness breaks or comes off I'll still have him.
  15. She's a baby, they have accidents. The trick is to watch for the signs and pop them where you want them to go quick. Our boy always started to trot back and forth sniffing the floor when he was about to poo so was easy to catch. No point telling them off afterwards as they have no idea why you are angry, or even if they do realise you're angry at the poo they can't make the connection between them being responsible for the location of it and your mood. Our boy once had a poo accident, and there happened to be lots of it. It was likely a combination of over feeding and not enough supervision so I addressed those points and it never happened again. Our boy has changed a lot in his first year of life. He hasn't been destructive, but then he hasn't been left unsupervised for long periods of time and if he's started looking like he might want to self-entertain I've directed him to something he's allowed like a chew or toy rather than ignoring him and risking him self-entertain on something he's not meant to (like furniture). He now has a couple of go-to toys he gets when he's bored and wants to chew. A lot of people use crates for their puppies when they can't watch them to prevent the wrong things getting chewed/damaged. Over the last ten months we have had some unwanted behaviour, but I have always been able to relate it back to not enough attention or too much excitement or a change in food or something different about that particular day and have tweaked things going forward. It's important to constantly evaluate how things are going and tweak them where necessary, that way minor unwanted behaviours don't suddenly turn in to big surprising unwanted behaviours.
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