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  What is it?
Posted by: only-borders - 07-06-2017, 01:00 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (62)

I thought this could be interesting. We all live in different parts of the US and world and I'm sure we see things everyday that someone not from your area might not know what it is. 
So why don't we post a picture of whatever you come across and let the other members try to guess what it is. 

I'll start with an easy one. These are at the edge of our lawn just before the field. Do you know what they are?




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  June Photo Contest Winner
Posted by: only-borders - 07-06-2017, 12:21 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (3)

Yay Me, only-borders.  Cool Thanks everyone. 




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  My dog is broken....
Posted by: Ember - 07-06-2017, 09:04 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (4)

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  Training Time
Posted by: Loyal Border - 07-06-2017, 06:55 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

So recently I've been doing some perch work with Kep to get him to smoothly switch the side of me he's on. All is going well with that. Yesterday I measured out a portion of his meal for training (because I ran out of treats) and put it in my treat pouch. I didn't use the whole portion for the session so I closed the pouch and put it up on the counter to wait until his dinner to give the rest. Later on when it was dinner time I brought the treat pouch with me to put the food in his bowl with the rest of his dinner. I forgot about the treat pouch and just left it up there (which I don't normally do.) Well after his dinner I went into the living room to sit on the couch and check the forums. When I was done and got up off the couch Kep immediately sprang up and ran past me. He ran over to the door that leads outside so I thought he needed to go out or maybe just wanted to play. When I caught up to him he ran past the door and went upstairs to where his food is. He only does that when he knows it's time for him to eat but he already ate so I was a little bewildered. When I got up there I noticed the treat pouch I had left and realized that Kep knew I had put it there but never filled it with anything nor did any training. Kep looked at me all excited so I decided to grab a small handful of his food to do another training session.

My goodness what a little genius he is! He wouldn't let me deprive him of the opportunity of a training session, especially since I already had all the stuff out. Tongue Just another quirk BCs are well know for I guess. Giggle

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  Thundershirt and Fireworks
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 07-05-2017, 07:26 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

Tasha is terrified of fireworks and thunder.  For Independence Day last year I spent a few hours sitting in the recliner with Tasha on my lap.  She was shaking and so upset that she didn't pant, just this heavy breathing through her nose.  Her eyes looked strange and I could tell she was in a state of panic.

This year was different (Thank you, Only-Borders, for your help).  I started using Rescue Remedy in the collie's water about a week before the 4th.  I put the Thundershirt on Tasha a few days before the 4th to make sure she wasn't bothered by it and gave her small bites of string cheese and played ball with her so she would see the Thundershirt as a good thing.  On the 4th I had my daughter feed dinner a few hours early so the collies could get outside to do their business before any fireworks started.  I put Tasha in the Thundershirt gave both girls Melatonin and Zylkene.  Mattie has no fear of fireworks but she does sometimes get stressed if Tasha is stressed and I haven't noticed any negative effects from either supplement.

We started playing fetch in the house with Tasha before the fireworks began (our community show is close to our home).  When the show started Tasha raced to the front door to bark at the noise.  She continued playing fetch through the entire display and didn't have any reaction to the noise (other then barking at the front door).  The fireworks display stopped at 9:30 and that is when one of my neighbors decided to put on their own display .... for an hour! Angry   Tasha was stressed at that noise since it was so close to home but she spent her time on our bed panting a bit but I would estimate her stress level at only 1/3 of what it had been the year before. 

Only-Borders, I completely forgot about giving Benadryl, I will try to remember that for next time and I plan to order the flower essence you recommended.  I had the Rescue Remedy on hand but it is really expensive!

Another note for anyone wanting to try out a Thundershirt.  Tasha is my daughter's dog and when she was a puppy my kid would play dress-up with the pup so Tasha is very relaxed when we put clothing on her.  I tried the Thundershirt on Mattie (my rescue) and she wasn't as confident.  Mattie froze and swayed and I really thought she might fall over.  I had my daughter offer her bites of string cheese and walk her around the house and she walked with a silly waddle and was very uncomfortable.  I think at least once a week I'm going to put the Thundershirt on both dogs.  With Tasha it will be so she doesn't associate the shirt with being stressed and for Mattie it will be to associate yummy treats and get her used to wearing it.

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  Need ideas: Agility in an Apartment?
Posted by: Ember - 07-04-2017, 02:16 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (7)

Okay, it's official - I'm DYING on the inside to give agility a try. I know my girl would LOVE it - she loves to run, and her walk is not complete without jumping corners of the sidewalk or walking the curb like a plank.

My problem is 3-fold: Budget, Space, Storage. I am willing to make EVERYTHING by hand but I have no clue where to start. I know a few of you have pulled this off, so I am humbly asking for some how-tos.

I want to start her off with jumps only and an introduction to a tunnel. Since she is so space sensitive, I want to go very very slow. I have some contacts here in Charleston of people who take Fenzi courses that I can work with to learn what I need to do as a handler, and I think I am going to focus the next few courses on agility (well, after August, I'll have to look at the schedule again). I just want to provide Ember with a way to move.

So, I guess lets start with the first piece - making some jumps and a tunnel (or the beginnings of a tunnel) to learn on. I already have a hoola hoop. Ideas? Suggestions? Dimensions?

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  Happy 4th of July everyone [emoji5]
Posted by: kristin92 - 07-04-2017, 10:25 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (10)

Chance and I would like to wish y'all a happy and safe 4th of July.
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  Tips for introducing new puppy
Posted by: Bronwen - 07-04-2017, 04:10 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Bronwen's aunt (red BC and Dad is a tri Welsh Sheepdog) is due to give birth in about 2 weeks and I've been promised pick of the litter (so excited!). Wish list is a boy that's tri or red but will go off personality as worked so well with Bronwen.  The pups will be only 10mins drive away and its my friend who owns Mum so I'll be able to see them regularly.  I've read with interest the comments on Rambopup's thread about feeding the 2 dogs and taken note.  Bronwen sees her Mum & Aunt regularly so is used to going to the house the pups will be at. Are there any hints and tips for introducing Bronwen to the new pup to help make the home coming as smooth as possible and hopefully establish a bond and friendship?

TIA, and apologies in advance for the dozen of puppy pics I'm likely to be posting over the coming weeks  Big Grin

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  Mentally-Stimulating Activities for a Pup?
Posted by: LynnzyLynn - 07-03-2017, 11:38 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (5)

Hi guys!

I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but my sweet little boy has been keeping me busybusybusy! He's turning 23 weeks on Thursday, and every day he grows smarter and finds brand new wonders of the world. We recently took him to the beach and the ocean terrified him until he realized how much fun it was to chase the waves -- and the way I squealed when he knocked me over into the cold water! 

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Anyway, I've had three BC's before him, and as we all know, you need to observe and tailor your training regimen to fit your pup's personality and learning abilities. That being said, he seems to be doing exceptionally well. The only thing he really has a problem with is when my boyfriend and I are both out of the house -- he literally cries from the moment we leave until we get back. Thankfully, I'm almost always home, but if anyone has any tips on how to keep him from getting so anxious and learn I'm coming back, that'd be helpful as well! I can't tell if it's because the longest he's spent away from me has been 3 hours, or if he's just still young, but he's fine as long as SOMEONE is in the house with him.

Trico has been enrolled in an Agility class for the past two months; getting him used to obstacles, mark boards, doing tunnels and teaching him basic handling while having the distraction of other puppies around. I also take him for a 20 - 30 minute walk on the trails behind my house every night, a fifteen-minute walk in the morning, and work him 2 - 3 times a day on obedience and tricks. He's graduated from the basics to more intermediate tricks, like jumping into my arms, covering his eyes, and JUST got the knack for Sit Pretty [ it was SO AMAZING to see what I was asking finally click in his mind -- he was SO proud of himself! ]. He can spin both directions, walk between my legs forwards and backwards, do leg weaves, hand targeting, some object targeting, and using a step stool to learn front and rear end awareness. 

All that being said...I'm running out of things to teach him! I'm of course asking him for longer and more precise movements, as well as really refining his Stay, Wait, and Leave It commands. I train him for anywhere between 5 - 15 minutes per training session, taking a few breaks for tug of war and fetch when his attention starts to wander or I see him getting frustrated. 

I'd absolutely love some input on how I can keep his mind occupied and continue to deepen our bond. I'm currently on break from college so I have all day to spend with him for another couple of months. I can tell he's really happy and has a nice balance of activity and relaxation [ I was lucky in that he learned how to relax within the first couple of weeks after I brought him home! ] but I really, really don't want him getting bored of the same things, or ask too much of him and set him up for failure.

If anyone has any ideas on activities, tricks, exercises, new games, or anything else that would keep Trico happy and constantly working that beautiful brain of his, I'd love to hear them! Here are some pictures of my pride and joy -- he's growing SO FAST~!

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  Local Honey?
Posted by: Loyal Border - 07-03-2017, 08:54 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (7)

I know people say local honey has benefits for humans with seasonal allergies. I think I've also heard something about it having benefits for dogs with seasonal allergies too. I think Kep may have some seasonal allergies. He constantly has red itchy ears and has scratched a patch of fur behind his ear bald. I've been to the vet when it started and they said it was allergies to something. I've already tried switching his food a few times to see if it was that. I figured local honey would be worth a try because it can't hurt and it's better than any drugs that the vet would give me.

Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with local honey and if they noticed any effect.

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