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  1. Thanks for the clearer picture of what you've got going on. I too am grateful for the Border Collie Boards. I've looked at some other border collie sites, don't like any of them as much as I do this one. Ruth & Gibbs
  2. PS - My Shoshone was isolated with a littermate for a year of her life, rarely seeing the guy who had them. She remained a quirky dog, frequently difficult in that she never quite bonded with me or my then husband the way our other dogs did. She was smart as a whip and learned very quickly, but didn't care for humans at all. Ruth & Gibbs
  3. I agree with Sue. Letting young dogs run free with each other as their primary companion is the opposite of building a bond with each dog. If you want 2 dogs who are more interested in hanging with each other than in being trained by or playing with you, letting them run around a huge yard by themselves is the right way to do it. If you want them to bond to you and/or your husband and look to you for fun, guidance and safety, then they need to spend that time mostly with the humans.
  4. Gibbs has had a limp for a long time, maybe 18 months. Had an MRI done, showed some problems with both knees, left one much more than the right one. Decided, given cost, lengthy recovery and Gibbs' age at the time not to do surgery, but simply medicate him. That helped a lot, and I got used to adding meds to his a.m. & p.m. meals. He still limped noticeably, but less. A few days ago I decided to check his paws for foxtails, since it's that season here. Lo and behold, there is a foxtail in his left rear paw. It's bloody ~ some fresh blood and a lot of blackened blood. It has to have been there a while. Got the foxtail out, lo and behold for the second time, he doesn't have a limp anymore. At some point, he picked up the foxtail while his knees were still painful. Then his knees got all better, but I couldn't tell because he had picked up the foxtail. No meds since Wednesday, no limp since Thursday morning. It's a miracle, I tell you. Since he's not taking gabapentin anymore, which has a sedating effect, he's full of himself and wants to PLAY! and TRAIN! and go for MUCH LONGER WALKS! All in all, I'm happy to have him back, lively and with that wonderful zest for life! Ruth & a busier, more sparkley Gibbs
  5. Kiran looks Every Single Time as if that 'joie de vivre' is running 110%. I love your pix! Ruth & Gibbs
  6. Last summer was pretty bad for us, too. Ticks are very, very gross. Yuck! R & G
  7. And I've not used any type of flea treatment on the beast or the house. I usually wait till I see some scratching going on before I give a flea treatment. It's a mystery, but this past summer it was August, I think, before I realized I hadn't used any sort of flea treatment. Gibbs has not scratched himself at all. And I haven't been bitten either. Not complaining and I hope it continues! Ruth & Gibbs
  8. Ahhh, D'Elle, a real dog lover also loves to talk dogs with just about anyone. Just today I had a 15 minute conversation with the manager of the mobile home park where I live. We were talking dogs, of course, and had to inform each other of every quirk our current dogs have, what medications/treatments we've used for what problems, and at least a brief history of past dogs. I'll have a random conversation about dogs with just about anyone. I do have to restrain myself when conformation comes up, but that's been rare. Most of my conversations are of the 'oooh, can I pet your dog?' type. Ruth & Gibbs, the Star of Each Discussion
  9. My answer to your question ~ I've got my 4th border collie right now, got the first one in the mid 1990's. They've all had different personalities and levels of wanting affection/closeness. The first one was very sweet, a bit shy, but warmed up quickly. She was the type of dog that people who really didn't like dogs liked. The second one, well, we called her Squirrely Girly. Scary smart and very independent. She'd been treated very badly for a few years, so who can say how much of her personality was shaped by the bad years. Third one was soooo outgoing, never met a human he didn't love. And looooved our cats. He had some trouble with dogs he didn't know, but with people he was a total love bug. Current bc is almost a one person dog. He's taken to my roommate very nicely, but roommate took time from the beginning to play with him and pay attention to him. This dog is a bit more stand-offish with people he doesn't know, but once he knows you he's fine. AND, he looooooves puppies and small dogs. I have to drag him away. This dog has also snapped at a couple folks who moved towards him too quickly. None of my dogs have been allowed to roam freely. All my dogs have gone to daycare and been boarded. They each behaved well, interacting with the other dogs according to their nature. The second dog, oddly enough, took a shine to males and ONLY males at boarding/day care. Your best bet as far as getting a personality that suits you is a good rescue. Good luck! Ruth & Gibbs
  10. I've never raised a puppy, what follows is what I've read on these and other dog boards. Put her on a schedule ~ first thing in the morning, every couple hours after that. Take a paper towel or rag that you cleaned up her pee with and leave it outside. The smell of her urine outside and you praising her will be helpful in getting her to connect the whole 'peeing outside is good' idea. When you praise, see how she reacts. Some dogs like the 'let's throw a party' approach and other dogs prefer quiet and soothing rather than hurrahs! When you can't be watching her like a hawk indoors, she goes in her crate or xpen. Recall - don't give her a choice. Let her drag a light weight long line outside. Call her and give a light tug, keeping that light pressure until she takes steps towards you. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Hope this is helpful and that others will weigh in. Ruth & Gibbs
  11. He looks like he is quite comfortably settling in. Ruth & Gibbs
  12. Pupdate on the cross-country trip with Duncan, the yellow lab. It went very well. The young couple who drove my client's car w/Duncan in it from CA to FL said that Duncan traveled very well and charmed everyone he met along the way. He and my client had a happy reunion a couple weeks ago. Ruth & Gibbs
  13. April how does he respond when you pet him? If he relaxes even a tiny bit, you might be able to do some doggy massage and help him relax. If you do a search for 'dog massage' you should find some suggestions. Some dogs don't care for being petted, my experience is that most do. I'd start with medium firm slow stroking from his shoulders to the base of his tail. Experiment with what works for him. I was a massage therapist for many years, and my old girl LOVED it when I 'practiced' on her. Ruth & Gibbs
  14. A) If you're not already giving him structured activity with you, start. Teach him silly tricks, obedience commands, etc. If you are thinking about doing agility or other dog sports with him see if you can find a basics class. B) Work with a trainer if you find yourself overwhelmed. Yes, most of it seems like common sense, but a good trainer can see what you're doing that's not helpful and 'train' you while you train your dog. C) If you're already doing one or both of the above, crate him, as GL suggested. Take him out of his crate for exercise and fun. If you like, you can use an x-pen, (basically an inside fence that is easily stored and can be moved from location to location. D) No off leash activities period. With time you may be able to resume them but E) The excessive chewing of EVERYTHING sounds extreme to me. Get him to the vet, have his mouth checked for bad teeth or other problems. Consider a veterinary behaviorist if you can find one. Good luck. Ruth & Gibbs
  15. I've cut out mats for years. The dog might look a bit raggedy for a while, but it's always grown back. Ruth & Gibbs
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