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About SS Cressa

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  • Birthday 02/11/1986

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    Erie, PA
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    Dog agility, trick training, hiking, biking, camping, herding

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  1. I’ve been torn on this same question. Having another older dog can be nice when you get a puppy. I swear when I got my terrier puppy it has added extra life into my senior dog. The older dogs definitely helped with him. Help get some of his energy out. Help get him to focus or grab his attention. Ik they watch each other during training session picking up tricks or what the lesson is. The draw back I experienced is: My senior wants to be included like she has always been for 12+(Now 14 going on 15 years) years but she goes her speed now and enjoy the smell. My senior max exercises time is 30-40 minutes. My younger dogs want to go faster and longer. Their exercise time can be 3-4 hours. Tbh any type of outing can be like that. Instead of being able to enjoy their company I constantly have to choose who to bring and who to leave behind. Since it is no fun being pulled in two different directions. The dog left behind knows they are being left and are upset. Training can also be frustrating. The seniors already know what is expected and their training reflects it. It can be difficult trying not to have those expectations on the puppy. When I go to a cafe or a festival or camping my seniors know how to chill and behave. Adding the pup it is starting back at 0. No, you can’t say hi to everyone. Yes, you do need to lay down. OMG what are you eating!?! Sometime they can cause your senior to act out if they both join your outing. Your dogs can pick up bad behavior from each other. My border collie taught my terrier how to find squirrels and rabbits. My terrier has taught my Border Collie how to bark at random objects in the car. Since they feed into each other it can be hard to break that behavior. One of my adults, now senior is thunderphobic... depending on a puppy that fear can be taught. For me the biggest drawback for me is the time you need to put into your puppy to make them a good dog. Whatever time you dedicate to your puppy is time away from your senior who already has a limited amount. Between your life and your current dog do you have enough time to dedicate for the puppy? While I love my “newest” addition(he is 3 now) a part of me wishes I had waited a little longer before adding a puppy since I don’t think I had the time needed for him. He is amazing, exactly what I was looking for, and is perfect for my house/pack. While yes at that time my senior could keep up with him. They now have very different needs and wants. Idk if that helps or not. I also have 3 dogs currently. When I added the pup... My girl was 11.5 years old, and my boy was 4 years old.
  2. I’ve never brushed my dogs teeth. None of them have ever needed dental work either. Cressa at almost 15 years old has some tartar build up but she is on her own schedule. The vet wasn’t concern and it is just slight build up. Val at 7.5 years old still have pearly white teeth. Parker at 3.5 years old has pearly white teeth. They do get bones almost daily (rawhides <- Ik bad but it’s affordable for me, pork skin roll, cow ears, chicken feet, raw pork neck, and no hides). the rawhides and pork skin rolls are what I normally have on hand everything else is a treat about 1-2x a month. They also always get to choose which bone they want. I try to do different sizes and types to keep it interesting for them.
  3. Val’s go to for motivation treat was Chinese take out. Any other dog treats he would snub. As he aged he got better about eating treats. My dogs do love now dehydrated liver which is pretty cheap and easy to make. I also used to make a tuna treat with no complaints so far.
  4. Can you try giving her something she can bury it under? My boy, Val when he is super bored thinks it’s great fun to bury a toy under a blanket and then having to solve how to get the toy unburied. He loves the joys of having to solve the problem.
  5. Agility is a blast. When you mention how often you train. I think it depends on how you view training. Ive felt agility training has translated to more then just the ring. When we are playing we will include down stays. We even get the dogs ramped up and they still stick to their stays. We can release one dog after ramping them up to get the toy. For wrapping trees are amazing to have your dog wrap. A log can be great for a jump or if big enough as a table. After some agility training Val started to use objects as equipment instead of just being part of the scenery. When I first started agility training with Cressa 14 years ago... she started class when she was roughly 6 months old. She is my first Border Collie. We fought many battles of wills before she started competing. She knew what I wanted she just didn’t see the point. We did formal agility training at least 2x a week including the hour class but we did a ton of training outside of just agility (downs, stays, sits, recalls, tricks, etc...) When we got more serious we practiced more often up to 3-4x a week when I was able. We started competing shortly before she turn 2 years old. After the first competition Cressa was hooked and instead of battle of wills our relationship was more of a partnership. Running her seriously felt like she read the course map before we ran. I only did AKC but Cressa also did USDAA with our trainer. She did awesome being my first Border Collie and first agility dog! We stopped agility competition altogether when she was around 7 due to politic at the local level. She did earn 2 MACHs, she went to AKC nationals at least 3 years and each year she got into the challenger round and we also went home with 1st or 2nd place ribbons from the other rounds. In USDAA she also did amazing with our trainer and perform well at regionals and the cynosport. She won the Grand Prix at cynosport and also was in the top 5 in steeplechase. My second Border Collie also did ok in agility as in he titled but I probably pushed him to fast and we competed since I loved competing in agility. When he was on he was beautiful but most time he was stressed in the ring but everything about the trial was stressful and I just didn’t realize it. Also he was never passionate about it like Cressa. His passion was to be a companion, an only dog, and with stay at home humans. I have kind of wished we tried NADAC since watching people videos it looks fun but our trainer was very anti anything not akc or usdaa so we didn’t. that is also awesome you are trying different sports. My border collies did agility, basic obedience training, and basic herding. I loved how each sport can change how you view commands, training, and builds on your relationship with your dog. And sorry ik im late to this thread.
  6. My dogs hate it when it’s nail trimming time if I do it. I started to take them to the groomers about 6 months ago. 1. They know how to do the job fast, they are good at it, and they can get it done without hurting them. 2. They have a grooming table. Those things are amazing. I used to put my border collies on my friends grooming table and had no issues with trimming their nail. They learn to just stand and accept it with treats. 3. I think it’s better for the dogs. Val hates his feet being handle. I’ve tried handling them since puppyhood. Playing with his paws while he sleeps, while he is eating, etc... it is still a nope in his book. Cressa and Parker just hate nail time. If the groomer can get it done in 3-5 minutes vs the 10-15 minutes it takes me to find the supplies, plus the getting one dog at a time the other dogs KNOW what’s happening, struggle doing each paw.... etc. I think it’s better for them to just get it done and over with faster than a drawn out battle. in regards to cutting his pad. I’m not sure where you are located but just remember it if you take him for a walk. Some people or business will use salt for icy sidewalks with could make it hurt. I think of it like a paper cut it might not bleed but you sure feel it when you cut lemons.
  7. I live in northern Pennsylvania USA. It was in teens and 20s during the weekdays but this weekend I heard it is supposed to get up to 50s this weekend. We got about 3 feet of snow so far this winter but it keeps melting since temperature keeps fluctuating. I normally get sinus headache due to the pressure changes with the weather flip flopping back and forth. At least we have pretty falls. Lol My dogs don’t seem to mind too much. We haven’t had to deal with fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, or many tornadoes... the worst we get is snow which I love.
  8. Oh no. Hope they can figure out what’s wrong
  9. Aww she is starting to look like an adolescent or preadolescent.
  10. This was just a fun meal since our thanksgiving was postpone till my sister could partake on Saturday. L-R Parker, Cressa, Eli, and Valek
  11. Oh that is a really clever idea! I never know what to do with the leftover carcass other then tossing it while the dogs look sad.
  12. I haven’t experience that before either. My dogs don’t like bath time but are manageable. I normally fill the tub partially and I also have a flexible long hose attached to the shower head or we go to a self pet bath place. You might be able to use treats for bath and getting him accumulated to baths. Get him used to the bathroom or tub or wherever you bathe him. Make sure the water wasn’t too hot or cold. Also double check to make sure he isn’t actually hurt.
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