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  Dress Up
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 04-12-2017, 11:27 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (5)

This is what happens when you have a kid and collies.


The moral of the story is don't volunteer at an event where pet rescues are selling dog outfits for $1.00 each.

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Posted by: Keller-b-border - 04-12-2017, 01:49 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (7)


Keller would like to say goodbye and ask to be removed from the members list. This forum and social media is no longer a good fit for us.

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  Fenzi people
Posted by: Quirkydog - 04-12-2017, 12:14 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (11)

I know a few of you are taking a Fenzi course in the current schedule.
How are they going?

I have seen some of Embers Nosework.
Trifan did you take the mimicry one?    I am interested in this one.

I am taking the shaping and beyond.   Love it.  It has really broadened my knowledge already, I love it when new doors are opened.

Let me know how they are going

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  The Science of Raw Pet Food
Posted by: Loyal Border - 04-12-2017, 09:46 AM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (4)

Saw this on facebook and thought I would share. I haven't gone through it all yet but it seems to answer questions on why raw is better. Anyway here it is for anyone who is interested.


And yes, I do want to switch to raw someday. But sadly that will have to wait until I have the know-how, space, and resources.

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  Summer fun can endanger
Posted by: Keller-b-border - 04-11-2017, 01:10 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (3)

A breeder friend of mine shared this on Facebook. Something I keep in back of my mind as my kids obligingly throw the ball over and over. These guys sometimes don't quit what we see as fun and it is up to us to set limits.

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  Hello! and Help!!
Posted by: UKPete - 04-11-2017, 07:26 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (31)


3 days ago I adopted a 5 year old male rescue collie called Dash (I've attached a photo - I hope that it uploads OK).  He's my first dog, and I must admit that I'm struggling.  I work from home most of the time and I'm trying to figure out a daily routine that will work for us both.  I thought I would take him for an hour long walk first thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon (each time after his food), and maybe have a half hour training session around midday.  But I'm not sure how much contact/stimulation he needs in between those times.  I have him on some vet bed on the area just outside my office door (which is also where he sleeps) because I don't want him having the run of the house just yet.  But I think he's getting bored - he whines a little, and creeps into the room doing what I think is a play bow, which presumably means he wants some attention.  I guess I have several questions:

- what sort of attention should I give him?  He loves having his chest and tummy stroked but sometimes when he gets lively I think he wants something more fun and stimulating.

- what mini-games could I play with him indoors which won't get him over-excited?  I gave him a tennis ball but he started racing up and down stairs with it - he's very reluctant to release a ball or a Kong (I've had to trick him out of them each time he's been reluctant to let go - I've certainly not tried to take them from his mouth, and don't intend to).

- how often should I respond to (or ignore) what I think are his requests for attention.  I do want a dog that likes to be interacted with, but I also need to get my work done.

I don't think he's a difficult dog - it's just that I'm very new to this, and struggling to give clear signals and be consistent.  I think I'm in danger of being trained by him to be at his beck and call.  I've read a few books and been browsing this forum for months, but the reality of sharing my home with a dog feels much tougher than what I imagined it would be like.

Any advice (or simply reassurance and encouragement) would be much appreciated!

Thank you

(in northern England)

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  Trip to the beach
Posted by: malwa - 04-10-2017, 03:25 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (4)

Hi everyone, just few snaps from Beale beach in my favourite co. Kerry ... 

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  My 1 year old BC Jack
Posted by: JacktheBC - 04-10-2017, 03:15 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (6)

I am new to this forum and some of you had asked to see a picture of my BC Jack.  He is almost a year old.

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  Dogs eating choclate biscuits
Posted by: Stuart-h - 04-10-2017, 01:47 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (15)

Both of my dogs have managed to steel a choclate biscuit each! Would it cause them any problems at all?

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  Outdoor Patio Areas are rewarding!
Posted by: Ember - 04-10-2017, 11:31 AM - Forum: Accomplishments - Replies (6)

It was too beautiful not too...

We are in the low 70s today with low humidity (rare for beach side SC). So I took my work to the local coffee shop, which has a patio (-ish thing - really it's the walkway with 6 tables). This is a "Market Commons" area where it's business after business with housing above them, so there are always people out and about - and many many dogs too.

I made a snap decision that Ember should come to. We are working on exposure to movement (her biggest trigger). I knew I was sort of putting her in the line of fire, but at the same time this is an area she knows with people she knows (they were the first ones to meet her when I brought her home).

She did fabulous! She even joined a soft-spoken couple at the next table over and laid out under their feet until they got up. They even slowly worked up to petting her. I worked off to the side and occasionally tossed treats her way when she was especially patient.

When they got up and left, she came back to me and lay at my feet next. This put her right at the walkway for customers coming in. By this point, though, she was calm and relaxed, and just watched people come and go (something I thought I'd NEVER see!). Every time feet walked passed her and she just watched, I dropped treats from over her head to between her front paws (so she didn't see me drop then - just "feet" then "treat!").

For those who don't know, Ember doesn't play, really. All her "games" that get her happy are food oriented.

We only spent about 45 minutes out, but it was enough! When I left I had a calm, happy dog that didn't want to get in the car - she was ready to explore!

(ps: I'm testing out posting a photo from Facebook - there is one below. if you don't see it, say so!)

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