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  1. Shetlander

    Failed Obedience Class

    Yes, hard to say based on Internet description but sounds like he is just overloaded with stimuli, which makes it pretty hard to focus and learn. Can you use the class to work on him focusing on you and practicing calm behaviors? You might even need to work in the parking lot for a while so he learns he needs to earn the fun and excitement, not just crash headlong into it. Susan Garrett has a book called Shaping Success that I found very helpful raising Quinn. She had an over the top dog and had to really break down tasks so he could be successful. I forget how long it took them to get inside the training building, but they did eventually get there and her pup was paying attention to her.
  2. Shetlander

    Failed Obedience Class

    Quinn was still pretty wild at that age. What approach to training does the instructor use? I did lots of fun, short training sessions with Quinn, mostly clicker based. He was always learning, especially foundation skills but it was all a game to him. That remained his attitude his whole life and he was always keen to do anything I asked. At 6 months, he decided I was important to him and that was a game changer as far as wanting too please me and building an attention span. We started more formal obedience training at 6 months as well, but I still kept things light for him.
  3. I had a super shy dog and day care would have been a disaster. It was a delicate balance of following my guy's lead, not pushing him too fast, being patient, positive and persistent to encourage him out of his comfort zone. Learn her cues for when she is intimidated or intrigued. For instance, my guy got way more nervous if people approached him slowly. Ignoring him worked best tho he was still aloof with people he didn't know well. Things like that can be very helpful navigating with a shy or fearful dog. Look for activities she loves that build her confidence. My dog didn't enjoy obedience enough to relax in public but loved agility enough to grow in confidence and earn several titles. He also benefited when I got a puppy he fell in love with and finally had a dog to play with. He never played with any other dog. I didn't do clicker back then but think that would have been very helpful. It can be incredibly rewarding and touching to see a shy dog come out of their shell. Just don't try to rush them and always accept them the wonderful dog they are, quirks and all. Rory was shy his whole life, but he faced a big scary world with a bravery all his own. I learned so much from him and still miss him 14 years after losing him. Good luck!
  4. Shetlander

    Cerenia and car sickness - other suggestions?

    I had a dog with hard core car sickness and Cerenia did the trick consistently, while nothing else I tried did. This was a dog who sometimes threw up before she got in the car, so she was a pretty severe case.
  5. Shetlander

    Deb Meier

    I am so sorry to hear this. My sympathy to her family and friends.
  6. Shetlander

    Lad

    Lad sounds like such a wonderful partner and companion. Truly a special dog. I am so sorry for your loss.
  7. Shetlander

    Cricket - 2003-2018

    My condolences on losing your beautiful, sweet girl. It is so hard that such wonderful animals are with us for such a short time.
  8. Shetlander

    Talking to Animals by Jon Katz

    Katz isn't interested in learning. I'd say money and admiration drive him. He'll write whatever version of reality suits his purpose, not caring that he completely contradicts himself a couple chapters or books later. The way he treats his animals is terrible. The lazy, dishonest and careless way he treats the craft of writing is also abysmal.
  9. It must be tricky for vets to discuss such a difficult subject with loving owners. My vet has never broached the issue with me. Though he is always supportive of my decisions, I am definitely the one driving that bus. I find this a rather agonizing decision because generally the dog's decline is by inches and I dont know that I always get the full picture because I am so close to the situation. So I do what you do. Go by quality of life and monitor things. Sounds like your Kit is still enjoying life which is so fantastic. With my Sheltie in her last year, I looked at whether she was still enjoying her three favorite things -- food, barking and hanging out in the yard. I didn't count whether she enjoyed the company of friends and family, because I see that as love and these darn dogs love us to their last breath.
  10. >>I use "rescue", because these days everyone understands what that means, and it is simple. But I like to point out to people that not all rescue animals come from a bad place or have been abused.<< Exactly. It is shorthand that even non dog people vaguely understand. Neither Kit or the other dog available for adoption when I went to see them had been abused. Just neglected. They both adored new people on sight and if Kit hadn't been there, I would have happily taken home the other dog. But without the person who I consider a rescuer, Kit likely would have been put down at the shelter and the second dog would have kept having puppies until she died of the heartworm her rescuer discovered and had treated. There are lots of dogs that end up in rescue who have had good or decent homes too. I do see Kit as immature/backward due to her first year of life, but she is catching up. She was wonderful at Day 1 but nearly nine months later, every day she is more awesome as she gains wisdom and our bond deepens. She still has foolish random puppy chewing issues that I know will eventually fade and at age 2 attribute to her immaturity. And she is a food thief which I predict will be a lifelong issue and attribute to her being a dog.
  11. After spending her first year apparently being neglected, my current dog Kit was surrendered to a shelter covered in over 100 ticks, her fur matted with diarrhea. The shelter in turn contacted the woman I got Kit from. The staff knew she rescued Border Collies and could see Kit was a total sweetheart. The shelter does not have the funding to keep animals for very long before they need to euthanize. I am thankful for that shelter’s staff networking to save a lovely dog from being put down for want of a home and lack of funds. Of all the dogs I have owned, Kit has by far the best temperament. I am also incredibly thankful to the woman who rescued her and allowed me to have such an awesome dog. I do consider Kit rescued and the people who saved her rescuers. However, I don’t say I rescued her. I just got very lucky and hit the lottery the day I brought her home.
  12. From Web MD, "Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, such as a child, an elderly adult, or a person who has a disability."
  13. I am so sorry to hear this and will miss Mum24dogs thoughts, suggestions and opinions and being a part of this community. No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
  14. Shetlander

    Little milestone for us

    Ah,the Old Dog Rollercoaster. It is quite the ride.
  15. Shetlander

    Little milestone for us

    Our time with them goes so fast. Cherish and hug your wonderful Gibbs. I'm crazy about my young, foolish Kit but boy, do I miss my wise, steady Quinn.
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