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  1. Gentle Lake, thank you for the advise! I spoke again with the behaviorist and she encouraged me to not seek out any local trainers saying they would be more likely to train behaviors to stop (behavior suppression) but not fix any underlying problems. She wants to do behavioral modification and right now has me avoiding all situations that trigger anxiety like new people, leaving the house, high pitched noises, etc. It makes sense I think? I'm not entirely clear on the whole plan. She has me training things like the touch cue and settle on a mat. Later on she will have me work on desensitizing she says with things like putting a harness on. I'm not suppose to use a leash or harness right now to avoid triggering an anxious response. I'm hoping that if I keep with her plan then things will work out. Thank you for the resources as well! I will definitely look at Click to Calm and see if I can educate myself!
  2. I hadn’t thought of that game! We have named some of her toys and she does know them so this will be a really good one to try. Also thanks for mentioning Kikopup’s videos. Those look like a fantastic resource. Thank you!
  3. This is great advise and I appreciate it! I needed to hear that part about making up tricks and having fun. I’ve been a little overwhelmed and uncertain about training and I get a little stressed. That takes some of the pressure off and reminds me to keep it all fun. I definitely need to remember to keep it fun for the both of us. I tried some games this morning with hiding her breakfast and we both had fun. Thanks again for the help!
  4. Thank you! This helps a lot. I'll look into classes--I didn't even think about just watching the classes and not bringing my bc but that might work. I'm a little intimidated by the idea of competition style training but I’ll look up some YouTube videos on it and see what I can do. She is super smart so she picks up on things really quickly. I’m the one holding her back with my inexperience.
  5. Does anyone have any tips on how to keep a dog mentally busy? I'm sure this probably comes up a lot so apologies but I'm looking specifically for calm things for an anxious dog to do that will tire them out and are also easy for an inexperienced dog trainer to do! My bc has a lot of anxiety and we recently went to a behaviorist. I think it's going to help a lot with the training plan and medication plan that she set up but for now we are not going to take her for walks (she's anxious in new places) or throw the ball (she's a little obsessive) so I need to really get her tired out with mental activities. Of course training will help with that and we have a training plan set up but I was wondering if anyone has some ideas for calming mental challenges for an anxious dog . I have two of the puzzle toys which she enjoys (one with buttons she has to slide to receive the treat and one which releases treats as they push the ball like shape around) but there are quite a few hours in the day to fill and I'm having trouble keeping her occupied. She doesn't take naps during the day usually so she just wanders around, pushes toys in my face, or asks for petting. I'm not an experienced trainer at all but I thought maybe there are some easy games to teach her? Or any ideas on how to get her to settle down for a nap so I can work? The vet mentioned scent work would be great but I have no idea how to get her started in that. Thanks!
  6. Purebred puppies in my area tend to run about $600. A quick check of local border collie kennels shows they are charging $600-700 for pups that are ABCA registered and parents who are registered + hips checked + dna testing. The kennels near me are all working dog kennels but I know of one kennel not too far away that breeds AKC show border collies and they charge $2000+ for pups. I don’t understand how but they have a waiting list for their dogs so someone is buying at those prices! I’m not sure who though!
  7. My BC had a toy that she absolutely adored and unfortunately it finally fell apart. I've been looking for something to replace it but haven't been able to find anything! It was fairly small (about the size of a soft puppy frisbee) and in the shape of a starfish. One side was a bit of a canvas material with the other side soft but not fuzzy enough to attract chewing. The edges were reinforced with a thicker canvas like trim and there was a small squeaker in the center (I usually prefer no squeakers and I'm careful about them but she was never unsupervised with this toy). There was nothing on either side that stuck out to attract chewing so it was perfect for her. Everything I've replaced it with has either been too plush (gets soaked with drool and yucky!), has something sticking out (she ends up chewing on it rather than playing with it and rips it off), or isn't durable enough (she goes after weakness apparently! Anything not reinforced seems to attract chewing). Has anyone found a similar toy that would work as replacement?I know it sounds like a silly question but she really liked this toy and it was great for indoor play since it was soft. It was made so well she couldn't rip it open.
  8. Hi Ryan, I'm not qualified at all to give advice on this issue but I wanted to suggest posting this in a new thread. The original post is from last year and your reply may be overlooked.
  9. Thank you for the suggestions! I hadn't thought of most of those and I'm sure they will tempt her.
  10. Thank you all for your comments. Re: peanut butter... oddly enough she does not like peanut butter! She does like hot dog and cheese but even they aren't high enough reward for her to do just anything. Vet visits: I hadn't thought about that being too much for her. It's separate from the vet itself and is a daycare they run. The times I take her they only have 1 or 2 other dogs and she gets to work with a trained behaviorist so I thought the benefits would outweigh the negatives. At first, I just walked her through and then we left. She didn't like going inside at first but now she runs in. I may try skipping those visits though and see how she does. Handling: she is doing wonderfully with this! I can handle her without issue and she seeks out petting from us. I can even pick her up if necessary and she is fine. I can play with her paws, move her around, and she is fine with it. It's holding something (like a brush or nail clippers) that creates an issue. The anxiety isn't generalized to anything else though--books, sticks, cups, phones, etc. do not bother her so the anxiety about me holding an object is focused on the items directly related to her. Ex. brush, nail clippers, harness. She is fine with a leash being clipped on, but something about the harness or collar worries her. I tried a harness that did not have to go over her head first (thinking it was having something above her coming down towards her that upsets her) and wrapped around her body but she did not like that either. Urge to herd: Thank you! I feel better knowing that slow progress is normal. I suppose I was feeling that her slow progress meant I was not doing something correctly. But looking back, she has made so much progress! I need to remember that. GentleLake: my vet hasn't mentioned CBD oil. I need to look into that and ask the behaviorist if she has any experience with it. If they don't then I'll PM you for the contact info. Thank you!
  11. Has anyone found any resources that are useful for training rescue or rehomed adult border collies? This one is around a year old and we don't have serious issues but there are a couple areas where she has trouble. 1. Grooming: we have gone from her refusing to come near me if I'm holding a brush to she will let me pet her with the brush beside me. If I pick up the brush, she gets suspicious and if I attempt to touch her with the brush she will bite it and get jumpy before retreating to another room. It has been slow progress though and she has a mat on her belly that I need to cut off. Additionally, cutting nails is not happening and I need to get them under control soon! I'm feeling discouraged and worried that I will not be able to groom her before her coat and nails get worse. I had hoped to not have to force the issue but they can't wait much longer. 2. Putting a collar or harness on her causes her to growl and run. She is not an aggressive dog but she is very skittish and will growl when she is not comfortable. Once the collar or harness is on then she is fine. I just need to find ways to get her over her fear of it being put on her. 3. She is terrible about pulling while on leash! I cannot take her for walks right now because I'm afraid she will hurt herself. She is doing very well considering. She also spends about three hours a week at my vet's office getting used to the smells and people there. She was absolutely terrified at first so we've taken it very slow. She will take food from staff now, but that's all they are able to do with her. The vet put her on gabapentin for now to see if we can bring her anxiety levels down enough to work with her on some of these issues. It has definitely helped, but she is still occasionally (well, to be honest more like frequently) like a feral dog. My apologies for the long post. We have made a lot of progress in some areas (she loves to snuggle and be petted by me and she seems to prefer to be with me all the time now) but in others areas we are struggling a tad bit. It's more difficult by the fact that she will only allow my husband and me near her. No one else is able to touch her. I love her dearly and she is a wonderful girl. But I could use a bit of help if anyone has any advice!
  12. It’s the type wording you use for studies in case there were mistakes made, tainted data, and just simply because one study can’t say all dogs are sensitive to human stress all the time. In writing about research, you always stick as close to the facts as possible. In this case, their results do suggest it and they rightly did not claim their study was without doubt entirely accurate because they can’t claim that. More studies will build off this and the more studies we have that indicate dogs are sensitive to human emotions that we have then the more accurate it likely is. But a good researcher never assumes basic facts unless they have been proven accurate beyond a shadow of a doubt. That’s why studies say that their results suggest something rather than that their results prove something. :)
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