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    Energy burning and settling tips

    Do you know where she lived before she came to you? If she was an outside dog, she might simply be more relaxed outside. I know it's getting to be fall/winter in Australia & you might be concerned about the cold weather. Maybe put an old towel down at her 'spot' on the doorstep. If she'll sleep on that outside, maybe giving it a few more nights and then bringing the towel with her scent on it inside might work. Establishing a bed time routine might help, too. Some soothing petting, (think more massage like than petting) and a generally quiet atmosphere might also help. All my dogs have known that when I start turning off lights, it's close to bedtime. I'm interested to hear what others suggest. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Barking and lunging

    I somehow stumbled on to something that works for my dogs. When they see something that concerns them and stiffen up, I cue them, "Check it out" They learn to go up to whatever it is, (an inanimate object, I don't recommend doing this with a human that you don't know very, very well) and get reinforced for it. At first I might need to accompany the dog to the Scary Thing, but it has never taken long for a dog to trust me when I tell them , "Check it out". Gibbs will look at me if he's worried ~ if there's something to worry about we move along with no comment. If it's benign, I'll give him that cue. He's gotten braver, and gotten more cookies, too. My previous 3 all learned this one, and it helped a lot. Ruth & Gibbs
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    She knows something we don't.

    I agree w/D'Elle. The reason Does Not Matter. Keep her away from this man. The cost of one slip on your part could be catastrophic. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Logan's 12th Birthday!!!!

    Happy BD, Logan! That cake looks yummy!!!! Ruth & Gibbs
  5. ^^^ This. Stopping him from eliminating in the house is much more powerful than scolding afterwards. He might be wary of eliminating anywhere that you can see him, which definitely leads to problems with getting him to pee/poop outside. And to my way of thinking, it weakens the bond between you and the dog. Elimination is a natural and necessary thing. If he can't trust you when he's peeing/pooping, that could really affect your whole relationship. Put him on a fixed schedule. Outside after meals at a minimum. He's on a leash or long line, not so you control him, but so you're reminded that you're out there for one reason ~ to watch for him to pee/poop. And then reward him. Depending on his response, you might want to praise calmly & quietly, and give him a treat. Or you might throw a party, with some petting and lots of treats and tons of GOOD DOG! exclamations. You can also tether him to you if you don't want to crate him all the time. If he doesn't eliminate in front of you the first time, somehow contain him by crating or tethering to you. Take him out again in an hour or so. It sounds like a lot, but it's not forever. He'll get there. You could talk to your vet about using a baby suppository a couple times. That way he eliminates within a reasonable time frame, and you have a little more control. Ah, one more thing. Take one of his poops outside and leave it in the area of your yard where you prefer him to poop. Walk him over there, if he sniffs it, tell him he's a good dog, give a small treat. That might reassure him that it's an okay thing to eliminate in front of you. Do it a few times a day. Good luck, you may be working with overcoming some past 'programming'. Ruth & GIbbs
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    Strange Tan Appearing?

    I wouldn't think it's a big deal. You might give your vet a call, to get her/his take on it. And it seems from Lawgirl's pic that it's fairly common. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Sudden Death Pining

    DSG I am so sorry that you lost your precious Mags. It's the hardest thing about loving dogs ~ only having them for a few years. It's always too soon. He was a good looking boy. Ruth & Gibbs
  8. Gibbs licks his lips when I ask him if he likes ice cream. We're about half-way to him turning his head away from me when I ask if he likes broccoli. And, when I sit down and cross my legs, (right ankle over left knee, so there's a little triangle of space) and say, "Peek-a-boo" he shoves his head right up into that triangle. Both are crowd pleasers. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Post Spay Exercises

    I hesitate to give any advice at all as I am not a medical or rehab expert. You might be able to find a veterinarian in your area who does rehab. I'd start there. Orthopedic vets sometimes will do rehab work. Good luck! Ruth & Gibbs
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    A Few Questions About My Growing (7.5 Month) Pup...

    D'Elle is right, didn't have time to post for clarity yesterday. Thanks, D'Elle! Ruth & GIbbs
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    Kiran's thread, as promised.

    He's one in a million, that boy. The first pic of him with his front leg crossed ~ he looks So Pleased With HIs Clever Self. Soooo glad you share these with us, Cpt. Jack. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Question regarding leash biting

    Of the 4 border collies I"ve owned, (+ a wonderful heeler) 1 has loved playing in water in any form. Pools, puddles, streams, the ocean, Samantha was happy in water. Except, of course, the bath tub. Probably because there were invisible dog-eating monsters in there. Gibbs has a very odd tendency ~ he is almost OCD about drinking from moving water. Waves at the ocean, tiny streams in gutters, flowing creeks - he tries to drink from them all. I don't even take him to the beach anymore because I'm either yelling at him to stop drinking the salt water or he's leashed to me and pulling towards the waves. No Fun At All. Any one else's dog do that? Gentle Lake, did you notice any water-biting behavior with your dogs who liked swimming? Rain is tolerated but not enjoyed. Ruth & GIbbs
  13. I re-named Gibbs ~ one of my favorite TV characters. I've had reactions from "WHAT?" to "Great name for a dog!" It works for me and the change-over took almost no time. Ruth & Gibbs
  14. Starry777 I'm pretty sure I'm not a perfectionist, I'm just too lazy for all that work! I do tend to be blunt with people who ask me exactly how difficult it is to live w/a border collie. These dogs are a good breed for me. They need a lot of stuff that I need to thrive and be content. I need activity and interaction w/others. Border collies need the same. I need Something To Do. Ditto for border collies. As Maja says, it's easier to train border collies than many other breeds. I think it's also easier to train a border collie than not train it. And with a border collie, whether or not you're aware of it, you're always training it. I had to learn to be careful not to laugh around a couple of my previous dogs. My laughter at one of their antics meant, (to them at least) that whatever move or behavior had prompted the laugh was a GREAT THING that should be repeated. No cue necessary. Perhaps there's a bc rescue close by that needs some training help with their dogs? That would be a great way for you to interact w/one and help a good cause at the same time. Give you some personal experience w/these dogs. The very fact that you're questioning whether or not you should have a BC is a good thing. Ruth & GIbbs