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  1. Oops! I didn't want to say the name of the breeder because I didn't want to be posting possibly negative things especially since I'm not knowledgeable in the area and may mislead accidentally. I didn't expect anyone to recognize the pictures of her dogs! I absolutely adore my dog and have no regrets. I was asking questions more for future reference so I would know what to look for and be better prepared to identify a responsible breeder. Plus the genetics are interesting! Is your friend on these boards as well? I'm curious if her dog is related to mine!
  2. Yes, I did not fully understand about the white heads and deafness connection.
  3. Thanks so much for clearing it up for me GentleLake and Michael Parkey! I appreciate it! GentleLake, I was looking at how my bc's father is predominantly white on his face and thought that might be a bad sign. I think I may need to do some more research to have a better grasp on this! The breeder I got my girl from does breed for working ability since they are on a working ranch but based on the litters they have been breeding lately I'm thinking they may also be trying to get some colors like lilac. They tend to have some unusual colors and I don't know if that is a byproduct of just focusing on the working ability of the dog and ignoring colors or if they have actively been attempting to get puppies that are unusual colors. I originally went with this breeder because it was a working line and I didn't want to support a breeder who was breeding for looks. But I've attached a couple pictures of pups from the breeder and after reading this thread I'm thinking they are lilacs.
  4. Thanks, GentleLake! My border collie's mother is black and white but her father is a merle. I've attached a picture of him. It isn't until reading this thread that I'm realizing he might show the breeder isn't as responsible as I would prefer... I do know that he is a TNS carrier, but I'm not certain what that means or if it's a sign of an irresponsible breeder either. All I know is that a carrier shouldn't be bred to another carrier and since I'm not planning on breeding I didn't think it was too concerning. Perhaps I should have researched more carefully! My girl seemed to be just red and white until she got older and tan markings appeared so that's why I was wondering if she might be considered a merle. I've added some more pictures of her. She has some tan and/or red spots on her white coat--but not a whole lot. So the first picture is the father and the other two are of my girl. You can see in the last picture on her left leg the spots that I was talking about.
  5. Please excuse my hijacking this thread and also a possibly ignorant question... but I have a tri-colored border collie (red, white, and a couple tan markings) who has some red merle siblings. Or they might be called lilac? I was wondering if that means my border collie might be considered a merle and it just doesn't show as well? I'm not planning to breed her, but I do find the genetics interesting and I like to be informed! I've included a picture of my pup along with her siblings and one of her as an adult showing the tan on the side of her face.
  6. Hi all, I was reading the thread on Anzley Grace and someone mentioned the changes that occur on a pup's nose when they have unpigmented skin. Does anyone know how long these changes continue? My girl's nose has changed quite a bit and I put together a series of photos to document it. I was curious if it might continue (she's almost a year and a half old) and also do you take any precautions to keep their noses from getting burned? I'd also love to see pictures of your beautiful pups as well! Thanks everyone!
  7. Does anyone have any information on the average age female border collies go into heat for the first time? At what age would you be concerned if she hasn't? Thanks!
  8. This is very interesting. Thanks for posting, GentleLake.
  9. Very true. I was venturing into a psychology concept in which a difference is made between the dog connecting the food to the bowl vs. connecting the food to the human's hand. In other words, a dog might view the bowl as the source of food rather than the human. It's just an idea in psychology in how animal's brains make connections. I should have left the psychology theories out of this thread. Apologies everyone!
  10. No worries, I'm sure I could have written my post better. The article does use the term enrichment... "by ditching the bowl we are enriching their lives".
  11. I was theorizing that the idea of not using a bowl connects to the alpha theory since it means that all food comes directly from the human's hand. The idea is that in the wild, the alpha wolf controls who eats the food and when. Therefore, some believe that by being in direct control of the food their dog receives that they are demonstrating to the dog that they are the alpha. And if you'll note, I did not connect anything you said with the alpha theory. I merely suggested that may be why some are so against the idea if they are making the same connection to the alpha theory. I thought you may have mistaken some posts as being directed towards you. As I previously stated: " I think the reaction was only to the article posted and since that article was not linked correctly some may have not had the opportunity to read it." (Possibly causing some confusion as to what the trainer was saying)
  12. Perhaps it's based on the theory that whoever controls the food is the "alpha of the pack"? Many people dislike that idea and research has shown that it is not as effective. It tends to elicit a strong response when the theory is put up for debate. I wonder if the trainer who started this idea intended it for the average dog owner who doesn't interact with their dog very much? By "ditching the bowl" the owner has to spend more time with the dog, thus adding more training, games, and "enriching" their life. So instead of only interacting with the dog by putting meals down and taking the dog outside, etc. the owner has to interact more by playing games and training. That may be the only goal of the trainer who suggested this. It may have nothing to do with the dog and more to do with training the person to interact with their dog Just a thought. I think it's a bit extreme to ditch the bowl. I know many people give some, if not all, of the dog's meal during training sessions just to avoid overfeeding. (Meals in addition to training treats can end up being quite a bit of food!) Kongs are a great toy and I don't think anyone was commenting on the use of Kongs. I think the reaction was only to the article posted and since that article was not linked correctly some may have not had the opportunity to read it. Interesting discussion! I had not heard that new idea of not using a bowl at all.
  13. That is a great idea. Thanks for mentioning it.
  14. Sometimes people become set on a certain way of training a dog and refuse to consider other ways. For example, they may rely on force based training and refuse to consider clicker training. I've also found that people who do not have much experience or knowledge about dogs or training, but have a dog that behaves (for whatever reason), they tend to believe that they are experts. That is a general observation on people. You have spent more time with your dog. You know more about Tama. You get to choose how Tama is trained. What concerns me is your last sentence: " I've been so happy with Tama's progress the first month of having him and could feel our bond developing, but now I just feel like things are different and I'm not sure what's best for him anymore." What is best for him? Beyond taking care of his basic needs, what is best for him is that YOU are happy with him. That YOU are happy with his behavior. That YOU have a bond with him. It sounds like your boyfriend is interfering with that. You may have to sit down and have a talk about how you want to approach Tama's training and set some ground rules for how involved you want your boyfriend to be in Tama's training. You get to choose if your boyfriend should be involved at all and if you do want him to be involved, you get to choose how he trains Tama. Tama is your dog and it doesn't matter if you are an expert in dog training or not. You get to learn and grow along with Tama. I would not allow anyone to interfere with my bond with my dog. My personal opinion (and I'm not an expert) is that dogs respond more to your more gentle style. When your boyfriend corrects him, I doubt Tama understands why he is being corrected. (Moving or breaking eye contact when told to stay? He doesn't know why he got scolded. He just knows he got scolded.) And he's SO young. He's just a baby! Don't expect too much of him. By the way, the food "training" like that is usually rooted in the belief that the "alpha" controls the food at all times and by controlling the food you are telling the puppy that you are in charge. I don't think that is necessary. And puppies have poor impulse control just like human babies. Being expected to stay for a long period of time is unrealistic. Again, just my own personal opinion for what it's worth.
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