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  Flower Safari
Posted by: Loyal Border - 05-22-2017, 10:19 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (6)

For the past few weeks I've been taking pics of Kep with the various flowers around and I thought I'd share. Smile

Periwinkles:
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Tulips:
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Daffodils:
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Trillium (I think):
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Bleeding hearts:
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Buttercups (?):
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And lilacs:
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Kep and I are wishing everyone a good week!

And for anyone interested I challenge you to find a flower (or any pretty plant) not on this list and get a picture of your dog(s) next to it. Just remember to stay safe (for all involved) and have fun!

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  My 1st BC
Posted by: Bill S - 05-21-2017, 10:08 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (7)

I grew up with collies as a kid but life kind of kept me from having a dog. After retiring 3 years ago tops on by bucket list was to get a dog. I was able to find this little guy as a puppy. Hopefully I can post 2 pictures, one at 4 months and the other on his 3rd birthday.



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  Meltdowns
Posted by: chippy - 05-20-2017, 06:24 AM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (3)

Hi Everyone
I have a two and a half year old Collie who loves to do agility. 
However, when it comes to running at shows or sometimes even at training he can go into a complete meltdown.
There does not seem to be any pattern as to what makes him shut down, quite often I have no idea what it is. I always think it's like stage fright.
I never put any pressure on him and I always keep it fun.
He is an extremely sensitive Collie in life in general.
When he shuts down, he will not do anything at all, he won't take a treat, he won't play tug or even play with a ball. He just looks very worried and confused and has even left the ring at a couple of shows. 
If he never gets to compete that is fine, we will just continue to do it for fun at home. But he enjoys it so much and has tons of potential I thought I would ask in here for any advise before we give up our dreams of competing.
Love to hear from anyone with any ideas or anyone who has a similar issue.

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  Happy Birthday Ozzie!
Posted by: Greg - 05-19-2017, 03:37 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (6)

Happy Birthday Ozzie!  Our little juvenile delinquent turns 10 today. Thank you for coming into our lives, being our best Little Buddy and keeping the other two on their toes!



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  May Voting
Posted by: only-borders - 05-18-2017, 12:21 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - No Replies

Vote for your favorite photo. Voting will end May 25th and noon. 

1 Bronwen     

2 Ellie     

3 Ember     

4 Greg     

5 Loyal Border     

6 only-borders     

7 phoebeandjosie     

8 Tahsh's&Mattie'sMom     

9 Trifan     

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  Food toppers?
Posted by: Tamberav - 05-18-2017, 12:34 AM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (4)

My previous golden retriever is "retired" now and living the life with my parents in the countryside, I believe she is 9 years now. Lately she has been being picky about her food and my parents have been sprinkling crumbled treats over it which gets her to eat. I saw some one mention food toppers here and was wondering what are some things I could suggest they use? I'm wondering if she is just bored of dry kibble AND my parents are suckers and pretty sure she has learned to wait them out to get better stuff like chicken or extra treats.

I'm thinking maybe rotate different "toppers" would get her more interested in her food again.

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  Playing around with Capturing/Shaping
Posted by: Ember - 05-16-2017, 11:25 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (2)

First off, don't judge. I'm taking the Fundamentals to Training course this session at FDSA. I'm terrible, ill timed, unclear - but learning Smile.

Ember is driving me up the wall since nosework course is over, and I've already packed her things up for the move. I can tell she's bored (thought it was stress, but no - this is definitely bored!). But she's also not handling training very well (now THAT is stress related). So I decided to try something different.

Basically, I just wanted to enjoy spending time with my two girls (cat and dog). I wanted to see engagement, a desire to TRY anything - and at the same time, get Ember thinking outside of her default "wave" behavior. The beginning goal was just rewarding ANY offered behavior that wasn't a "wave" or paw touch. I started out with some props but per Ember's personality ended up removing them.

Do you guys remember my first attempts with 101 Things To Do With A Box? How much better is this!

What ended up as a completely free shaping/capturing session turned into capturing a tongue flick. It's pretty cool to see. Obviously I wouldn't bet any money on her doing it on command but I think she at least got the concept. This girl is so smart - she'd be downright brilliant if that 1% confidence level didn't hold her back.

There isn't anything better than watching a BC learn to think - except maybe watching her learn to think by watching the cat learn to think.  Blink

Time: 12:04 
(the tongue flicking thing starts around 9:45 if that is all you are interested in, but the whole session was filled with giggles and learned things)


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  We are heart worm FREE!!!!
Posted by: Ember - 05-16-2017, 04:35 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (3)

Just got back from the vets for final checkups. Had a LOT of good come out of it!

First and foremost, I had Ember retested for heart worms (she was due it in July anyway). We were talking, and the vet looked over. She was going over all Ember's stats and saying how everything look/sounded "amazing", "and of course heart worm negative, so..."

And I said "Wait, what?! Negative?"

She gave me this look and started flipping through her charts, asking why I thought she had been positive (same vet that really wanted me to go ahead with the fast kill treatment - not that that is a bad thing I just didn't realize she wouldn't remember that). As I was explaining she found all the notes on the heart worms and treatments to date (one cycle of pills and heart guard).

So yea - we waited an extra 15 minutes to be sure the test was actually finished running. It's negative! I can start exercising her fear-free of hurting her!

Other good things of note:

Ember has held her 37.5 lbs this entire time. So our diet is working very very well for us! 

I am officially taking her off the raw pellets for a while. This time they did not sit well with her and she has been getting constipated the last few times I've done it with very rock-like poops, so we are just going to go with the fresh rolls on rotation. I hate to stay with the same brand, but it works and I add enough extras to her food to balance it out, I hope.

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  Fighting BCs
Posted by: blackwell - 05-16-2017, 03:45 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (40)

I think I have brought this up before. Not sure,  so apologies if I have. 

But things aren't getting better 

WE have two BCS, both girls,  one 3 the other almost 2. 

When alone they are fine but when with us they sometimes have brutal fights. Twice in last week. 

WE think it's the older one protective of us. 

Anyone have suggestions how to deal with it? 

I Understand there's a hierarchy and all. But there must be a way to deal with this. , hopefully??

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  Collie Colour Question
Posted by: Bronwen - 05-16-2017, 12:01 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

Soooo excited! My friend who bred Bronwen has just bred Bronwen's aunt (a red & white BC) with a welsh sheepdog (tri colour). So my question is what possible colour combinations will the puppies be do you think.  On my reckoning if aunt has caught I'll be bringing a baby cousin home for Bronwen around mid-September (just in time for my 45th Birthday)  Big Grin  Heart Big Grin

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