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  1. 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.
  2. Thank you for the suggestions! I hadn't thought of most of those and I'm sure they will tempt her.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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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