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    Catching him in the act!

    Donald and GentleLake: I'm not even a novice when it comes to working sheep dogs. What little I know from observation and reading is telling me that working sheep is a skill set that takes a long, long time to 'get' fully. Perhaps in non-working terms/needs, a dog can be considered an adult at age 2 or so. But for dependability and stock handling skills, a border collie needs to be 4 years old, perhaps because it takes that long to learn those very complex skills. 'Reading' stock alone seems to me to be incredibly complex, as there are so many variables. thoughts? Ruth & Gibbs
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    Advice on Potential Adoptee

    If you hadn't told me this was the dog you first posted pix of, I wouldn't have known. His coat is gorgeous! My Shoshone was that dark red, I think of it as brick red. It doesn't seem like he has any lighter patches on him, maybe it was really all sun bleaching. And it's not really HIS bed, it's just that you share it. Very nicely, I'm sure. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Frozen Chicken Liver Stuffed Kong

    I checked w/the Food Safety website, they say cooked chicken is good in the freezer for 2-6 months. No info on cooked chicken livers specifically. I'd make sure the kong is clean, that would certainly help. Ruth & Gibbs
  4. Take this w/a grain of salt, as I haven't raised a pup, but here goes anyway. Something that MAY add to her fatigue, as well as the physical exertion, is over-stimulation. So much to see! Commands to respond to! Smells, sounds, big noisy things rushing by . . . on and on and on. She might get 'tired' less quickly on a quieter route, or 'tired' more quickly on a busier route. You might want to notice such things in the environment, and see if they make a difference. All of my dogs, (adults when I got them) have come home from a walk in a new-to-them environment and slept deeply. Even after a good long nap, they'd seem extra relaxed for the rest of the day. PS ~ We all love puppy pix, so if you haven't posted any . . . Ruth & Gibbs
  5. ^^^ What they all said. This is repetitious, but dogs communicate through body language a LOT. Most of it is subtle and it's not that easy for us humans to read, unless we have a lot of experience. Gibbs is very, very good with puppies, even seeks them out. He plays appropriately and corrects appropriately. The boarding kennels I've taken him to automatically put him in with puppies, if they have any, he's that good with them. He's pretty good with small adult dogs, BUT if they're too rude, he appropriately corrects them, too. It sounds to me, Lunabalance, that Luna is well-trained and has a good basic 'character', too. Good for you! I wouldn't worry about it further. Just keep an eye on what the other dog is doing. You'll pick up more and more on what's ok and what's not in dog speak. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Life with dogs.

    YES! The fouler the odor, the happier the dog. My first bc, Samantha, was an absolute sweetheart of a dog. I'd gotten her from a backyard breeder, didn't know any better at the time. So, I wanted to visit a friend who hadn't met Sam yet. I took her for a lovely walk pre-visit. Turned my back for a few seconds, turned back to see my beautiful red/white/amber eyed girl literally dripping with something that came out of some other critter's hind end. And not any healthy kind of something, either. It smelled about 10 times worse than any regular animal droppings of any kind. I had just bathed her the day before. And she stood there, dripping with something that smelled so bad I could barely approach her, and WAGGING HER TAIL! Delight dancing in her eyes! She seemed PROUD of this accomplishment . . . My then husband worked night shifts and slept during the day. Late that afternoon, he stumbled out of the bedroom, winced, and asked me 'WTF is that SMELL?' I'd re-bathed Sam, and had had all the windows open for at least 6 hours. And we both could still smell it. Ground Zero for the nasty odor was still her ruff and ears. Still makes me queasy to even think of it. No other dog I've ever owned has smelled this bad Ruth & Gibbs
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    Thank you and leashes

    He might be the Paul Bunyan of border collies! R & G
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    Thank you and leashes

    Have you been adding something special to his food? He's HUGE! And I don't mean overweight, I mean long legs, BIG feet, and just . . . everything! Adorbs ~ love the grin on your face, too! Ruth & Gibbs PS - looking into that Ruff Wear leash, I like the sound of that. PPS - just noticed that the white on his head/face/muzzle is almost symmetrical. He's going to be even MORE appealing as a grown-up.
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    Sit on the dog

    Riika, thank you ~ I'd totally forgotten that I do that. My dog(s) were all taught to go their 'blanket' and relax. They weren't allowed up from there until I said so. They could stand up, do the turn around thing and re-settle, but no movement other than that sort of thing. So that's another way to teach a long down. Just keep sending them back to their bed/corner/whatever it is. Ruth & Gibbs
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    A question for you lovely people

    Debbie, this seems entirely normal to me. Dogs sleep a lot more than humans do, and at least 2 of mine have settled a good distance away from me. Not had a super-clingy bc ever. They all have a kept one ear alert for important cues, such as a human picking up car keys, or brushing against the leash that's hanging by the door. Ruth & Gibbs ETA ~ b collies are dogs with a keen sense of personal space. Most of them do seem to have a need for 'privacy', for lack of a better word. That's not to say they're not affectionate and/or outgoing. They just seem to like a good amount of time to themselves.
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    Collie Breeding

    So, my rude response was in response to your heavy-handed and WORDY/REPETITIVE justification of your God-given right to do whatever you darn well please. And here you are, justifying again. I'll say this: I've been a member of the BC Boards for at least 20 years. I'm not an expert on breeding, I'm an 'enlightened amateur' on dog behavior, and have for that 20 years owned border collies. And read a lot. And listened to experts who have proven themselves, over and over again, to be concerned mainly with the health & welfare of this breed. You introduce yourself, ask some questions, and then, when you receive questions in return, write a damn LECTURE, attacking the folks who answered and asked you a few questions. Your tone is defiant and holier-than-thou. And smug. Yes, they are your dogs, you have the right, no one can stop you . . . blah blah blah. It's not even entertaining anymore. I'm done. Ruth & Gibbs ETA - Ooooh,, Smalahudar, I hope it's you and me Sahani wants to drive away! We could have our own special club with a password and everything! There, now I'm really done.
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    Collie Breeding

    Wow. Just Wow. Speaking of having a 'bee in your bonnet', the OP certainly got all up in our business. Or so he/she probably believes. Because, yeah, I spend so much & effort trying to prevent people I've never met from doing what they say they're going to do. And I cry rivers, gnash my teeth, lose sleep. If I could lose weight over it I've be all set! I could go on, but because I won't have any effect on what he/she does, (and I was sooooo looking forward to controlling a total stranger from who knows how many miles away) it all seems so futile now. What will I do with all the time and energy I was going to spend on Sahani and improving his/her life? It's a tragic loss, I tell you, tragic. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Advice on Potential Adoptee

    Lucky dog, lucky and kind human. It's the beginning of a lovely story! Welcome, Roan! Ruth & Gibbs
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    Lunging at bikes

    Daphne, I didn't mean any respect to your concerns about her behavior. I've never raised a pup, so can't comment about that. I have had a couple timid b collies and one terrified one ~ Look At That was a lifesaver. It really helped them calm themselves and learn to trust me. Good luck, please let us know how it works for you and your girlie. Ruth & Gibbs