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  Matching a dog's calming signals
Posted by: UKPete - 04-17-2017, 01:47 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)

I thought this was interesting: 

I've tried it quite a lot with Dash and it seems to relax him, particularly as he's still getting used to me.

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  How to use food rolls for treats?
Posted by: Ember - 04-16-2017, 07:47 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (2)

I'm having a terrible time with this. Ember is on food rolls right now (Fresh Pet Vital rolls, fresh and cheapest). She ADORES this food and literally dances for it (I'm going to get a video of that tomorrow, I can't believe I haven't yet). I want to use this for training but I'm finding I can't physically handle it. After just one treat being fed it starts getting stuck everywhere - on me, on the floor, in the fur all over her body. It DEFINITELY isn't working for nosework and we will be finding other treat options. But I love her motivation for it.

So that being said, does anyone here use the food rolls as treat? If so, how? How do you manage it, how do you handle it? Or do you also make a huge mess of it?

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  Dandruff: Shedding or Food?
Posted by: Ember - 04-16-2017, 06:32 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (6)

Ember is shedding her seasonal coat, which is all fine and well. But this week she has gotten some REALLY bad dandruff. Several people petting her have commented on it. Looks like she's been rolling in the sand. She only sheds twice a year, so this is our third time through this (the first two of which were highly stress-based and I consider atypical).

She's been on Fresh Pet Vital roll food for probably two months now. She ADORES this food, goes crazy. But I'm not sure it's the best for her. I haven't been able to afford the raw stuff she usually gets because we are moving in a month and I really need to save.

I'm going to try coconut oil in her breakfast along with some greek yogurt and some fish/eggs (something we've neglected this year so far, just because I got lazy with Kairo around).

Back to the dandruff - I know this could be food based, but can it happen with shedding solely? I'm planning to get her groomed (professionally, my bathroom just isn't suited for it).

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  The enthusiasm I WISH she would bring to training....
Posted by: Ember - 04-16-2017, 05:41 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (6)

I decided to use Ember's meals for training for a little while. It's not working in nose work (food roll is crazy messy and hard to handle and I'm sure muddling scents). But I wanted to show you just what I know this dog is capable of, and what I'm trying to cultivate while working.

There are a few things to note here.

1) She isn't keen on me reaching for the harness. We are working on that in our off days (today wasn't an off day, it was nosework day). Even so, look at the enthusiasm, look how she lips me but stays in the game quite happily.

2) She is almost frantic. Like, I really am not sure if she's learning anything, really. But I know she CAN learn in this state - this is how I taught her "Spin" and now "Turn". It's the most effective training tool for things she's scared of (hence why I'll be using it for working with my hands and her harness).

3) I'm not yanking on the loop on the harness, I swear. It was just a motion while I was talking to her. She reacted to it though so I will be more careful.

4) As much as I want this, I realized today I don't even know how to work with it. In this state she doesn't even let me get a que out before she is offering behaviors. But she does NOT get frustrated in this state! She will offer behaviors for almost a full minute (I timed it one day, and just stood there holding her bowl)

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  Happy Easter Yall
Posted by: Cappy - 04-15-2017, 05:30 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (10)

it was a long and very thirsty Lenten season.

may you all have a happy Easter.

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Posted by: lesley - 04-15-2017, 03:53 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

    [attachment=10803][attachment=10803]Hi sorry I haven't been on for a while but it's been hectic. 
Zak sadly passed away last Saturday I'm absolutely heartbroken finding it difficult without him.  He was my baby. 
My boys are lost especially marley who keeps looking for him. 
It's so hard

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  Ever tried relaxing music on your BC?
Posted by: JacktheBC - 04-15-2017, 07:53 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

There is a channel on youtube that plays relaxation music for dogs.  I have tried it on my BC Jack and it seems very effective at getting him to calm down.  It usually puts him to sleep too.  He is a very sound sensitive boy and I think he has a bit of separation anxiety too.  This music seems to help a lot.

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  Guys, I really wanna cry....
Posted by: Ember - 04-14-2017, 06:01 PM - Forum: Accomplishments - Replies (6)

I don't know if any of you have ever had a dog that you could not play with. This was the single point that broke my heart the hardest and longest, especially as play is used in every therapy class Ember and I have taken together. I have always felt this little worry that I was never really going to break through with her - in the truest sense of the phrase - if I couldn't play with her to make her feel better.

I was sitting on the couch about half an hour ago, and felt her jump up. I looked up and and almost scared her with a yelp - she was sitting there a few feet away with this little dino toy in her mouth, looking very sweet and shy. I could almost hear her saying "Hi... um... well... I found this thing... and... wanna?"

I feel so silly getting emotional over this. I don't know if words convey it enough for you guys to understand, but this is really, really big in our house.

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  BC very afraid of high winds and thunderstorms
Posted by: JacktheBC - 04-13-2017, 12:48 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

Out where I live in the state of PA is in the country and we get some very high winds and bad thunderstorms at times.  I have already been through one thunderstorm with my boy Jack and he reacted terribly while he was outside going to the bathroom.  He is very scared and he is also very scared of loud noises.  What can I do to help my poor boy not be so scared?  Summer is coming and we get awful thunderstorms out here, so I am very worried about Jack.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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  I think my cat thinks he is Iron Man
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 04-13-2017, 12:01 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (6)

It is late and I am wandering around the internet for no good reason.

I see that one of my cats is very interested in the dog's food bowl and go over to investigate.

I find that my cat is interested in the food bowl because behind it is a 3" long scorpion.

I have my daughter hold the cat while I kill the scorpion with a broom and sweep it outside.

Scorpion blood looks black, just in case you were wondering.

By the way, three inch long scorpions are not that big for us.

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