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  1. This is hearsay: A friend of mine in Yorkshire has a beardie that comes from working lines, she kept admiring a dog when out on walks got chatting to the owner who told her only to get a beardie from working lines, which is what she did (using the same argument we use for border collies). The dog comes from Northumberland and came from a farm that worked both border collies and beardies. He does not look a border collie and I have only ever seen him clipped so I don't know what his coat would grow out to. He is a pet, but what I have observed is that he has the same neurotic tendencies that border collies have, reactive, doesn't handle children well etc.
  2. I have a friend you just signed up for her start line stay program as he now has a dog that sticks ... He has only just started but I can report back how it goes.
  3. The rescue I volunteered (border collie only) with would not approve an adoption to a home where an e-collar was going to be used, if the home had used one in the past and did not plan on using one with their new dog that would be fine, they also did not like invisible fences for many reasons including the collar. They would adopt to a home without a fence depending on the dog and family and how they planned to manage the situation.
  4. It can take awhile for a dog to settle into their new home and become comfortable, don't be surprised if his character is still changing in 3 months time or even longer. We often foster and if we have a nervous dog, or one that has some hang ups we let them just be dogs, with no demands, and just get a feel for what the dog is ready for. We had a young dog with us for 6 weeks, he arrived crawling on his belly so scared of people he would not take pate from my husbands outstretched hand, at the end of his stay he was a typical young energetic border collie full of confidence, all we did was give him space and a safe non threatening enviroment. He went to a home in Germany and we were really concerned about the flight, (2 hours) he got of that plane and has never looked back. If you want to read a really great rescue story go to the rescue dog section and search for Kelso. D'Elle fostered him and it is a great lesson on the power of patience and love. If it was me I would really limit his time on the balcony as it does sound like a border collie obsession. Many have them, my older dog is obssesed with tennis balls, sometimes they all just have to go away for a couple of weeks so he can refocus. I would also say don't worry about heel at the moment, it is actually a very difficult thing for a dog to learn, a nice loose leash walk is a more important skill, but even that is not a priority, remember he has only been with you 6 weeks and you have plenty of time to learn skills. Sometimes teaching silly tricks is a better way to bond and learn to train than a life skill, if the trick goes bad or the dog feels to much pressure, you can just abandon the trick and try something else and you have not caused any longterm problems with an essential life skill.
  5. I think your life style sounds very promising for a border collie. From my experience what border collies need is to be involved with their humans life if they are not working farm dogs, it is not about being "worked" or lots of exercise, it's about interaction. My own dogs have always learned to relax and chill, and everyone of our foster dogs has evantually realized that relaxing is good. During the summer it is sometimes embarrassing how few walks they really get, but the adult dog has a conditioning program we do, that for him is really lots of trick work and the puppy works for his food learning tricks and skills. With the adult dog we have lived in a city apartment with no green space for a summer and he was fine.
  6. Table requirements depend on the venue, USDAA requires a down which is why ours is an automatic down, I believe AKC it is now your choice, it used to be judges choice.
  7. My commands are: Front paws Back paws Up, for all paws standing on something Table is for agility and is an automatic down I don't have commands for individual paws, but I am adding that slowly.
  8. We have a toy/ball/stick/anything obsessed dog, our management plan is to ignore the offered item even when thrown on you or at you. Evantually he will give up and start to relax but it can take along time, especially if someone hits the reset button by moving the object of interest. We do play ball but do not encourage the obsession, I often make him do silly tricks to earn the toy.
  9. I had my old ladies teeth cleaned for the first time at 13. She had a cracked tooth and the vet was concerned about infection so we decided to do the extraction and dentistry. She came through with no issues. I trusted the vet's call on this as we had been going to her since Jester was 3, and she had never felt she needed any dentistry before, our previous vet had wanted to clean her teeth when she was 2!
  10. We went to the vets and got some pain killers, he took them for 5 days which got us over the bad time and he is back to being himself. Our vet was concerned as that something else might be going on as well as it was so unusual, but he is a very serious little dog and just wasn't handling the discomfort well.
  11. I will also say don't feel guilty about the size of your crate, I use soft crates that have built in curtains, I have never had a problem with the dogs breaking out. Rievaulx did unzip the door when he was young but that was solved by clipping a leash to both zip pulls. His crate his huge, he loves to sprawl and I don't see any reason why he should be cramped. I would add to the list: paper towel and baby wipes in the car (you just never know)
  12. Thanks for the ideas, the problem is he doesn't really want to chew. He is just lying around being miserable and wanting cuddles occasionaly.
  13. Fen has started teething and he is obviously not a happy puppy, he is not chewing anything, he is just sort of moping around and wants cuddles. I have to be careful about what he eats as he has a sensitive stomach, so frozen yoghurt and such I can't give him. Does anyone have any ideas that might help feel a little more comfortable.
  14. This just came up on my Facebook feed and thought some board members might enjoy it. https://player.vimeo.com/video/164562756
  15. I have had two dogs suffer from the loss of a friend, Jester like your Kit was an old lady when she lost her partner of 10 years, they were a miss matched pair, he was a border collie, she was a GSD/beagle mix. After he died she just mopped, but what heart breaking was every time she saw another dog she would waddle after them just looking for company. After 3 months we decided to get another dog, and ended up with Brody, she hated him a 3 year border collie was not what she wanted, but she snapped out of her depression almost immediately, he was at least company. When Brody died young, Rievaulx had only known life with him and he was really miserable but this time we could not get him a new friend as we already knew we were moving to Europe, so it had to be time, and it was at least 6 months till he started to bounce back,
  16. Another thought is that I think she is beating US agility up, what I think she is talking about is AKC agility, I competed in USDAA and NADAC and both venues have great atmospheres although very different, but in both I saw lots of people having loads of fun with their dogs. At one USDAA/NADAC location the bar was often open in the late afternoon, although I have never been offered a shot in the US. In Spain there is a lot of beer consumed, there are more men than women competing.
  17. I don't know if it is the exception as I compete in Spain and have yet to travel far to compete. But what is important is that the competition she is talking about is not run under FCI, but is a true open. This means that everyone is there to have fun, and nothing counts so of course you are going to go flat out ... A clean round without speed means nothing. As an example in Spain it takes 9qs to move between grade 2 and 3 and they all have to be obtained in one year. I can't remember the number of Qs needed but in holland you have to maintain your grade 3 position ... Other wise back down you go. In Spain I have seen people play with their dogs and have fun, and I have seen others be shits. I don't believe you can take a toy in the ring in FCI, if the judge allows it you can get away with limited training, I saw the same thing when we went to volunteer at the WAO try outs lots of people using the opportunity to train their young dogs, but when the FCI trial started there were no more toys. So what she is describing is a one off event - not a regular sanctioned weekend of agility.
  18. A friend and I have just been chatting about this, we both agree that she is comparing apples to oranges. Spain has a superb international open that has a laid back party vibe, which sounds like what she was at. At the regular trials I have gone to there is the same striving for points to move up, points to get to championship and some of the same grumpy attitude to their dogs.
  19. I fully agree with Julie, I have friends and family spread all over the globe and Facebook provides an easy way to stay in touch. I am a horrendous letter writer, and never send cards, and so over the years I have lost touch with some very good friends. The Facebook groups I have had the most use for are the buy/sell variety which have helped me out of the last few years of moving. Facebook also helped me network to find my super little puppy, I would never have found him without as he was bred privately and was not advertised.
  20. I guess I will go and buy some crushed pineapple and give it ago, he only eats one proper meal a day so hopefully that will be enough to discourage him, don't worry I am not starving him he gets his other meals as training treats. He has no interest in the other dogs poop, and when we are out walking will give strange dogs poop a sniff (in spain people are not very good at picking up especially on walks in parks and the country) and I don't think the type of food is the problem as I have changed that since coming to Spain. If the pineapple doesn't work I will try and find the other stuff.
  21. Since we brought Fenway home he has a taste for his own poop. When we were in the UK it was easy to stop as all his bathroom time was outside with us, we were staying at my mothers apartment so there was no yard to let him roam in so we made sure he never got a chance to indulge. Since we came back to Spain and live in a house where the doors are wide open onto the terrace all the time it has become more of a challenge, we pick up as soon as we see it, but as he is free to come and go we are not always instantly aware that he has pooped. At 4 months old he is effectively house trained and only peed in the house once since we came home a month ago, and with the heat he is a very mellow puppy during the day so does not spend much time in his crate. Any one have any successful solutions?
  22. What a great birthday present, I hope she continues to grow as a dog and you can have all sorts of adventures together.
  23. He is looking very much like a border collie now. At 2 I thought my dog had a lovely silky coat with a minimum of under coat by 3 he has the same silky coat but a very heavy under coat. He was done growing at just over one but continued to fill out until over 3.
  24. "Pet" bred border collies can be just as reactive to motion as a working bred collie, and a working bred collie can be thoughtful and calm. At the moment I have 3 border collies in my house all from different backgrounds: The house guest is a pet/sports bred dog who is insane and horribly motion reactive My dog who is a rescue who came from a backyard farm breeding in Pensylvannia who is mildly reactive to motion, he has particular hatred of large diesel trucks with a certain pitch And my 4 month old ISDS puppy who is the calmest dog in the house, watches everything, but approaches everything very thoughtfully. In my agility club in Spain we have 5 puppies under 9 months, 2 are UK bred working dogs the other 3 are either show or sports bred, the 2 working bred are the calmest. You want to look for parents that are calm, thoughtful dogs, ask around, finding a good border collie in the UK is a much easier proposition than in the US where there is a very high percentage of dogs bred that not intended to be working dogs.
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