My name is Christie and I just joined this forum this morning. My fiancée Tom and I have had our male Border Collie Jack for a little over two weeks now. He is such an awesome dog! We did a lot of research for a couple of years and finally decided that a BC would be a good fit for us. Jack is so loving and loyal.
Draco earned a second title this weekend
He got his SDDA Excellent as well as the Advance and took first place again
I just trained the Thyme on Draco, without any training for Excellent I threw him in.
He went above and beyond.
Today when seeing the containers, I knew Draco could have fun, in true Draco style. I am glad I chose to let him. He flip over the hides and had a riot. So we got penalized for a disturbing the search area. It was worth it.
Straight into the Exterior search he found the first hide quite quickly. After a good search, he was done. It had been a long weekend. He in Draco style demonstrated this to me by stepping in front of me and started barking at me.
I just needed him to find that last hide to Title. I asked him to search on. Why should he, he didn't know or care about the ribbons and rosettes. But he dug deep and got his head back in the search and with 30 secs left on the clock found that hide. There is only one reason he went that extra mile and that was I asked him to.
I am truly humbled and deeply honoured at his selfless loyalty
Way to Go my wild boy, Way to Go❤️
Today we hit that "2 steps forward 1 step back" marker that tells me my dog is getting generally better with Nosework.
Per an anecdote I added in my homework for nosework class...
Quote:I don't know how familiar you are with fearful dogs. Ember is considered fearful (not shut down or worse case, and situationally, but fearful none the less). So we are now encountering something I should have expected but didn't think about until today.
Part of her mentality is that when she opens up in one area, another suffers a little. 2 steps forward in one direct, but only 1 step back - so never a deficit in behavior. But we are now seeing that 1 step back.
I feel like she is crushing this nosework, and it's so beautiful to see her try! And she is getting braver with investigating things. Today we found out that she has rediscovered puppy-like chewing behavior. Never in our sight, and never where we can catch her - but I just hat to replace a $100 Apple Pen for my brother that she found. It makes me so happy that she is experimenting in other ways all of a sudden! I just wish it wouldn't be on the expensive things... The 1 step back from this is that she is suddenly jumpy again. She even got stepped on today because she darted away from where she thought I was walking right into my path. And then when Daniel found his pen he had to check her mouth (she was still chewing) and that completely undid her for about half an hour.
She is very reclusive right now and hiding away/slinking around everywhere.
Until she heard me put the memory card back in the camera - from the back of the apartment. She came FLYING into the living room all tail wags. I wasn't immediately ready, so she went right back into that slinky "mom's confusing me so I really don't want to be near her right now" mode and darting from room to room like I was after her. So I set up like nothing had changed, and when I went in the fridge for her treats, she came flying out of my room again, super happy.
So, nosework is both empowering and breaking my dog right now LOL. It should level out in a week's time, especially if nothing overly strange or stressful happens. But she may seem a little slower in videos. I'm incredibly happy with her enthusiasm to start even when she is a completely lost nutcase when NOT working right now.
We are now up to 2 containers on the floor . 2 days ago she couldn't find ANYTHING on the floor - she was completely stuck looking at me. I spent a lot of time just showing her that there were things on the floor that was way more profitable for her than waving at me for free...
She still defaults to a wave when she is confused. But she is finally able to look down without melting when it DOESN'T work.
First day out at trial
Draco gets his SDDA advance title, as he did this all one one day has a special
He also took 1st place. So proud of him.
I am throwing him into Excellent tomorrow, he knows the odour and that's all. It will be just for fun and no pressure
Hey! I'm new to Border Collies, but not to dogs We've had our little Louis since Saturday and he's doing great! He knows "Do a wee" and will instantly try to pee (though he has no bladder control, so it's out every 20 minutes-1 hour depending on the time of the day). He's perfected sit, and will sit and wait when you have something he wants, or when you go out of the room. He's getting "lay down" and "leave it", but he has a very short attention span, being a young pup
He has 5 close friends, 2 dachshunds, 2 yorkies and a bengal kitten (our other cats are not so sure...). The sausages are owned by my mum's friend and the yorkies are my gran's, they're close to his age + size too, which is helpful for socialising before he gets his full vaccines. Though, he LOVES people and other dogs (I've carried him around to get him used to cars, people, other animals etc.).
I'm waiting for the awfulness to start, because right now, the worst it gets is being slightly mouthy. But even that is a quick fix with a toy. The only other naughty thing he does is shut the crate door before bedtime and hope it'll get him out of bedtime :
My previous dog was...simple, to say the least, so it's amazing to see his problem solving in action!
Ben was given Advocate by the Rescue kennels with no apparent ill effect. But I am unhappy about continuing with that or any other chemical treatment. The scare stories on the net probably only apply to a minority (not much comfort for those in the minority though) of dogs but what about hidden long term damage?
Anyhow he has a nibble now and then so I don't know if he has fleas. I groom each day and haven't seen anything on him. A friend has recommended Billy no Mates - a herbal supplement supposed to repel fleas but it takes time to start taking effect I was wondering about giving him a dose of Capstar in the meantime. I have also been looking at Program as hopefully one of the less toxic chemical deterrents.
As for worms - I will be having his stool checked periodically.
Does anyone have any recommendations for 'alternative' flea control?