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  And so it starts...
Posted by: Ember - 09-18-2017, 09:59 AM - Forum: Accomplishments - Replies (9)

A few months ago, Ember wasn't a fan of the crate, and didn't care enough about toys to seek them out.

All these toys were in that toy box by the window. 

And look at the crate that I have set up but done no training around. I can now find her in it almost every time she goes missing.

Also, poor Sharkie Sad

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  Always an adventure
Posted by: Tmayeux - 09-17-2017, 08:40 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (15)

First so sorry that I advent posted in so very long.....

So since the last time I posted, we have sold our house, and moved from a 3500 sq ft house with a HUGE yard, to a 1000 sq ft apartment with a million other dogs.

Shaggy, has taken everything in stride, as best he can, this pup is so amazing and loving through everything.

He is currently getting over giardia from all the dogs here in the complex, and his sister Bella the 8 year old Cavalier King Charles, got it as well, but it really did a number on her, she spent 3-4 days in the hospital, and in the end we found out that she is also has Addison's Disease, but in the end, she is now doing well and back home.

we are here in the complex for about 7 months while our new house in a new neighbourhood with lots of trees and room is built.

There is just something about Shaggy's love and happiness through it all that melts my heart.

Pics soon, I promise!!!


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Sad I do not like hurricanes
Posted by: Sunny - 09-17-2017, 12:28 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (3)

That darn Irma changed direction with only 2 days before landfall, and what was supposed to be an east coast of Florida hurricane came right over my house (Fort Myers)! Frantic 

We had to evacuate (we live on a canal off the river that leads to the Gulf) and by then there was (1) no gasoline to be had ANYWHERE in Florida and (2) no lodging to be had ANYWHERE in Florida. So we had to go to a FEMA shelter.

I cannot tell you how upsetting that was. We were limited to a 6x10 space, plus there were people EVERYWHERE. (I am used to being with just my pack - me and my owners.) I could not bring myself to pee or poop for the whole time we were there, 2 whole days and nights, even though I got to go outside occasionally. Finally I could hold it no longer and I peed all over the floor in our little area. My owners were not mad at me at all, in fact they were happy that I finally peed. They were so worried about me. I finally pooped when we were let go (they lock you in the shelter before, during and after the storm) the morning after, and my owners were again so relieved. They had to run me back and forth in front of the shelter (an elementary school) a lot before I finally went potty.

Then we had to drive 2 hours to find a motel with power that would accept pets (Lakeland). We stayed there a whole week, until finally our house got power restored. I was a very good girl the whole time, and came to accept the motel room OK. We did discover a dog park near the motel, and I had a lot of fun there.

I am SO GLAD to be back home. Although there were 2 holes in our roof where tree limbs speared through (one right into our living room!)(my master temporarily patched them) and a zillion tree limbs everywhere and one big tree down and other damage ... at least we're home.

Next hurricane, we are flying to Wisconsin or someplace that never gets hurricanes. Undecided 


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  Littermate Syndrome and training two or more dogs.
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 09-16-2017, 09:25 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

I found this great article online:  http://thebark.com/content/dont-take-two-littermates 

The link has been posted before but it was in "Introduce Yourself" so I thought I would bring it up here.  Mattie and Tasha are not littermates.  I got Tasha from a cattle ranch at nine weeks old.   Mattie came from a rescue and we really don't know how old she is.  The vet that the rescue used put her one month older than Tasha but my vet thought Mattie was at least two years older than Tasha.  To keep it simple I just say they are the same age.  I adopted Mattie when Tasha was 1 year-2 months old.

I can't imagine having littermates.  The comments after the article are annoying to me because they put the fault on the owner if the puppies don't turn out but how many people have the time and energy to take care of two puppies at the same time?  I know I don't.  I think it would be better to advise people not to adopt littermates.  The only reason it works for me to have two dogs the same age is that my pups are not littermates and my daughter is in charge of Tasha and I am in charge of Mattie. But it still isn't easy to work with them together.  I recently set up a spare crate in the living room so one dog can be in the crate while I train the other.  Sometimes it is exhausting!  If I want to go outside to work on loose leash walking with Tasha, Mattie gets so upset that I need my daughter to hold her so I can get out of the house with Tasha (I do this while my kid is working on homework so kid isn't available).

So, what tricks do you use to train two dog that are close to the same age?   Or just two or more dogs?

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  Favorite Photo
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 09-14-2017, 11:02 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (35)

Do you have a favorite photo of your collies?  Not a trick question!  You can choose a few.  Here is one I love of my girls.


Tasha loves to chase the ball and Mattie loves to chase Tasha.   I love to watch them run.

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  [Article] Do Dogs Use Body Language To Calm Us Down?
Posted by: Ember - 09-13-2017, 07:27 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

Very interesting study found here:

Quote:In this way, I think when a dog looks away or licks its lips they are not signalling to you that they want you to completely back away but are looking for a response that indicates that you too are not looking to aggress. In this way the better human response may be to reduce potential threat through looking away themselves and lowering to the ground, so as not to arch over the dog. In this way the assumption is not being made that dogs showing these signals are overtly stressed by the stimuli or do not want to engage with the stimuli, however that these dogs want to interact with the stimuli in the most peaceful way possible.

This describes Ember to a T and makes a lot of sense. There were times I was confused because she would look away or lip lick at things that had been okay before or that she asked for (nosing my hand for a pet then immediately doing this, for instance). Now that is something I can work with!

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  i entered Chance into a photo contest. [emoji16]
Posted by: kristin92 - 09-13-2017, 03:22 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (16)

hey everyone, i entered a picture I took of Chance at one of the local state parks into a photo contest & i would really appreciate if you guys could go and like his picture.

thank you in advance


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  Emergency Planning and Pets
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 09-12-2017, 10:06 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (15)

With all the storms and fires and people having to evacuate it has made me think I need to put together an emergency/evacuation plan and supplies.  My thought was to get two or three Rubbermaid roughneck totes and use them for supplies I would need if I had to evacuate.  I keep leashes for the dogs and current vaccination records for all my pets in the glove box of the car so that isn't something I need to worry about.  I have a bag I take to dog classes that is always packed with the things I need for class.  But if I had to evacuate I know I would need more.  Medicine, food, cat box and litter.  I have two cats and would need someway to keep them contained in the car.  I have a couple of bags I use to take them to the vet but I would need something large enough to hold both cats and a small litter box.

Some things I wouldn't pack ahead of time would be food, Mattie's prescription medicine, etc. but I'm thinking I could put a list of things I needed to pack along with zip lock bags to hold food (under stress I don't want to worry about having enough zip lock bags). 

Has anyone else thought of this?  What sort of things would you pack ahead of time and what would be on your list to pack last minute?

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  Teaching a Back Up
Posted by: Ember - 09-12-2017, 12:15 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (23)

I need help.

I can't seem to get anywhere with teaching Ember to Back Up. I'm looking for suggestions.

What I have tried and the results:

1) Stepping into her to force a step back
Space sensitive so this freaks her out a bit. She also plants her self solid (I would have though she'd flee instead, but nope, she just freezes with this "please don't" face).

2) Putting a treat between my legs so she has to reach in then back peddle to get out
Same issue as above. She won't put her face into tight spaces like that very willingly, and if she does it a few times, she will not continue to repeat the process

Both of the above were tried within the past year but not recently (well, #1 in the past few months with same result, though #2 may have a different result now).

3) Rear feet on a very obvious target, treat between paws, click on slight sway backwards caused by dog looking up for another treat. Slowly bring treat out so that they are reaching then stepping back to be on target once again.
Ember doesn't seem to understand the target part of this. I have been harping on rapid feeding for having back feet on mat but after several sessions she will still step forward and never take a step back (just rapid fire treating, not even getting the treat to the floor yet for the backup).

That being said, this one still has the most potential. I just don't know why she can't understand that it's her back feet on the mat that is paying.

So... ideas? This is a journey I am going to document, so I will get and post videos of things we try.

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  Wild fires
Posted by: Quirkydog - 09-12-2017, 07:58 AM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (8)

This has been an incredibly hot summer, we have spent most if it over 35 degrees,  we have not had any rain for months.  This is prairie it is a tinderbox.
Interior British Columbia has so many large out of control fires, I live in south east Alberta just over an hour to the US Border,  Montana is burning, Oregon is burning.   The beautiful Watertown National park has an out of control fire.   Our air quality is so poor.  Both sides of the border have states of emergency.
Late last night I let  the dogs out to potty. My eyes and throat were stinging and I could see the ash in the air.  I scanned for a glow, this was surely a new fire that was closer.  Sure enough a fire is out of control just 40mins north of here.
My greatest fear is a fire is going to start flip direction an and immediate evacuation order is given, this means if I am not home I cannot go home to get my dogs.
It looks like rain is actually forecasted for the end of the week, whether comes and whether it is enough  I don't know. 
Right now raining England looks enticing.

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