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  1. Sorry I'm late reading this topic, but I had to second what Oreo's mom posted. After I taught Chief basic commands, we immediately did the "Nothing is Free" concept. He was getting an attitude with us, even at 12 weeks, so we implemented this to bring him back to reality that he is NOT the boss in this house. The concept is basically that he has to respond to a command before he receives anything, including being let outside, being petted, play time, and feedings. I would instruct him to either "sit and "stay" or "lay down" and "stay" before he got anything he wanted. This has really worked wonders. It's funny to watch him bounce around because he wants to go outside so badly and then try to sit at the same time. His butt is up and then down several times. I only open the door for a complete butt on the ground sit. It's so cute to watch him, as he knows he needs to sit, but can't contain his excitement. The best command though is a "Sit-Stay" before I feed them. I always add some kind of meat or vegetable to their kibble and they really want there food, so to cut down on the rushing to their bowls as I'm trying to set it down, I make them both sit. They sit, stay and when I release them with "Okay", they run to their bowls to eat. I also reinforced any "come" with a treat he really likes. Now, he always comes when called, even outside. Good luck with your girl, INU! She'll come around-MA
  2. Chief used to chew on the woodwork in our house when he was teething. We used a spray called "Bitter End", which is peppery and bad tasting. After just one shot of the spray, he recognized the bottle whenver we took it out and would run away from it. We sprayed the wood he had been working on and anything else we thought he might go after. This did the trick. -MA
  3. Geez, who knew this book was so controversial?! In no way while I was reading, did I ever think I would gain knowledge or insight about dogs from this book. Before I got it, I also didn't know so many people had such strong feelings, negative or positive about it. While in the bookstore, the cover caught my eye and just paging through it, I wasn't bored enough to put it back on the shelf. This wasn't the best human/dog book I've ever read, but it also wasn't the worst. I think he was irresponsible at times, clueless at other times. However, I don't think this was a wasted read. I don't expect anyone to give me profound insight about my connection/relationship with my dogs than what I already feel inside. They mean the world to me and I am very certain our bond is like one of those special relationships that exists without needing explanation. I don't know if Katz has the same feelings about his dogs. It really doesn't change my connection with my dogs either way. When I need to know something about training or correcting a behavior, I would consult a book written solely about dog training. This was just simply a light read that I enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon. -MA
  4. Thanks, Mutt. I read it all today while curled up in my recliner. This was a fast read and prety entertaining. I did enjoy it, but wouldn't consult Katz for bc advice. There were some situations that I can relate to. Caring for and supporting any dog, let alone a high maintenance one, can come with frustrations. Treating some of those frustrations with humor and sharing the stories is a great outlet. Just ask my friends at work who have to endure listening about Chief's latest antics. -MA
  5. That's great to hear. I am trying to keep an open mind about it as I read and just focus on the story. In some ways, Devon kind of reminds me of our puppy and the labs are like our gentle, older bc. The homecoming when he initially brought home Devon brought back memories of Lady's "Who is this and when will he be leaving" attitude when we brought home Chief. Glad we're past that! -MA
  6. I appreciate the feedback. I have started the book and have mixed feelings about it. While it is entertaining, I agree that he doesn't seem to know much about border collies. I dislike his constant reference to them as "wild and unstable". I'm not very far into it. I'm hoping it will get better. -MA
  7. I read the link relating to the book and the topic on sheepherding. Wow, a lot of dislike for this book! I guess now I have to read it out of sick curiousity. I thought it looked interesting because I enjoy reading about the dog-human relationship that happens when we deeply love our dogs. My husband and I don't herd with our bc's, so I'm not as interested in that aspect of the book (if there really is any). The last dog book I read was "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell. I liked this one and would like to read it again. I am always looking for different perspectives in the way we communicate and interact with our dogs on a daily basis. Another book I saw mentioned in a different post, which I'll admit that I don't like is "The Secret Lives of Dogs". I'm hoping the Katz book isn't like that one. -MA
  8. I've seen some mixed reviews, thanks to the search option, on the book "A Dog Year" by Jon Katz. I just bought this book and thought it looked interesting. Some folks are saying this writer is full of crap. Other people love the book. I'm just looking for some honest feedback before I delve into this book. I don't have a lot of free time, especially when our two bcs are awake and playful. I read mostly before bed and am just wondering if this one is worth my time. Thanks! -MA
  9. INU, Our BC puppy would get car sick every time we went for a ride. We also live in the country on a gravel road. He would get sick mostly on curvy roads or right after the car stopped. He has gotten better and it's been awhile since he has thrown up in the car. I hope your girl does better with this. It is pretty gross to clean up dog puke from upholstery! -MA
  10. INU, Check out the thread on this topic about new to agility. I posted a topic about my bc pup and agility under my other login name. I got some great advice about exercises to try at home to prepare for agility in the future. Right now we are working on basic commands, among other things. Good luck and have fun! -MA, AKA Ladybug (I have two loging names because I tried signing in on my husband's laptop and coudln't get it to work, so I registered a second time...ooops!!
  11. Congratulations on your new dog! Here is my experience with walking on the leash. I have two border collies, a 3 yr old female and an 8 mo old male. I got the female first when she was 1 yr old from a rescue organization. She was terrible on the leash, like a wild animal. However, I needed to walk her everyday for exercise (hers and mine). My husband and I also like to hike with our dogs as often as we can, so walking nicely without pulling is a must. I tried a gentle leader collar for her and it does work. However, she is pretty fiesty about having things on her head, so every few steps she (still to this day) paws at her nose and face. I had the collar sized by a friend who is a pet behavior counselor. It doesn't matter, she still paws at it. We even trained with a class to learn how to use the gentle leader properly. Lady is a pretty stubborn dog. Recently I tried a Sporn training halter, which is a harness with soft straps that the dog wears on its body. This thing is awesome. Lady stopped her pulling and we are able to walk without having to stop and fidget with the Gentle Leader. This is the happiest I have seen her on our walks. I tried the harness on our male and it worked for him too. It doesn't bother me that they sniff along the way, as long as we maintain a steady pace. I have taught them to sit or lie down if a car passes, which isn't often since we live in the country. At any rate, enjoy your dog and hopefully the walks will get a bit easier. Gentle Leaders do work, but if you have a dog who doesn't adjust to it, I would recommend the Sporn training halter. -MA
  12. We have two bc's, a male pup about 7 m old and a 3 yr. old female. We acquired the male when he was 9 wks old, so we had to potty train him. He took about 1 1/2 months to completely train. Our routine was to take him out immediately in the morning after he woke up, anytime after meals, playing, and naps. We also let him out immediately after we got home from work. We were always with him when he would go potty outside and immediately reward him with a treat for doing it outside. Any time he was left unattended, we confined him to the kitchen with baby gates. He was also crated at night until we fully trusted him to not to do his business on the carpet. If he had an accident and we caught him in the process, we would make a loud noise to get him to stop the process and take him outside imediately, then praise him for going outside. If the mess was already made and we found it later, we would just ignore him. It did seem to take awhile, but eventually he would start to signal that he needed to go outside. Some dogs have subtle body language when they need to go, so watch your dog and do your best to learn what they are trying to tell you. Good luck!! -MA
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