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  1. Yes, play the trade game with another ball. When he brings the ball back, play with the 2nd ball as if it is the greatest thing in the world to make your dog want that ball. He may be enticed to drop ball 1 to get ball 2. After you get a fairly reliable drop, you can start incorporating a verbal command when he drops it. The goal, of course, is to eventually tell him to drop it without the need of a second ball. You may want to check out Agility University online. Tracy is going to run an online class called Toy Transitions starting April 15 -and it is free! The class is to help handlers with techniques to teach their dogs to play with toys AND to release them. My dog has a lot of tension when he releases the toy, so I am hoping to learn some new techniques.
  2. Wow. Poor guy. And I know you must be exhausted from dealing with all this, but kudos for hanging in there. You said you didn't see him retrieve the stick, but his reaction sounds EXACTLY like the reaction of a dog I had about 20 years ago. I did see him try to retrieve the stick, and it all happened so fast - the grab, the yelp, and then running back to me, very frightened, not wanting to play any more. I could tell the stick had gone into his mouth, but a quick peek didn't show anything wrong in his mouth. Like you, I immediately brought him to the vet. They gave him a light anaesthesia so they could open his mouth as wide as possible, for as long as required to closely examine him. Then they reversed the anaesthesia. 20 minutes top. The stick had gone very deep to the back of his throat - not visible until he was knocked out. I don't believe they had to scope him, but anaesthetizing him was important to allow him to relax so his jaws could be opened wide enough. I am sorry, but I can't remember if they did anything like a stitch or two, but I don't think so. A course of antibiotics was prescribed. I don't remember the exact antibiotic now. I hope your dog is on the mend now.
  3. I know a woman in Leominster, MA that is an agility trainer. (She owns a littermate to my youngest dog.) I could contact her to find out if she may have some suggestions for a trainer that could help you with your issues. Also, if she is amenable, I could connect the two of you so you could speak directly to her.
  4. Very pretty pups. Welcome to the Boards. In my very limited experience, your boy may not have any desire to breed a bitch in heat. Or he may. You will just have to observe and adjust your management of the 2 dogs if unwanted behavior occurs. My own intact male lost his mind when my young female had her first heat. He was neutered after that (for separate reasons), and had zero reaction to her second heat. I have heard of BC females having a first heat anywhere between 7-8 months to almost 2 years of age. My girl had her first heat at 13-14 months of age. For reasons of proper bone and joint growth, I would wait until at least a year of age before spaying.
  5. I would definitely bring him to a vet to get him checked out for a UTI. I had a similar problem with an intact male dog around the same age. It took a while for me to realize it was medical, not behavioral. I wish I had checked for a UTI earlier. If he doesn't have a UTI, at least you will have eliminated one possible cause.
  6. Welcome to the Boards. We love puppy pics. In fact, if you do not post a puppy pic, you will be booted off. Just kidding. <grin> Have fun with your pup!
  7. Congratulations on your beautiful new pup.
  8. Julie, thanks for notifying here. It is so hard to accept that another legend is gone. I think I have all his books, but will double check on "The American Homeplace". I will definitely re-read "The Dog Wars".
  9. Agree with the 2 posts above. And, if you think that Millie is having a negative effect on the situation, I would institute some separation time for the 2 dogs, and would do some play and/or positive reinforcement training with Kobe. Even if it doesn't improve the situation, you wlii probably gain more insight into his behavior issues. Please keep us updated once the behaviorist has seen Kobe. Good luck.
  10. Post it in the "General ....." section.
  11. Please repost this in the "General" section. You will get many replies. This section is only for asking questions about working livestock with border collies.
  12. Just read this sad thread last night. On the plus side, CptJack, I loved this video of Molly.
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