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  May Photo Contest Winner
Posted by: only-borders - 05-24-2017, 12:34 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (8)

Congratulations Bronwen.  Cheer Great photo. 

   

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  Is Dominance A Myth?
Posted by: Ember - 05-24-2017, 09:45 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

Found this video that I thought explained the whole thing very very well. I've subscribed to this woman as I have liked what I have seen so far. And lets be realistic - this one made me giggle a little.

Time: 4:21


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  calming signals
Posted by: musicdogmom - 05-23-2017, 03:17 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (6)

I've read quite a bit about calming signals of dogs:  lick flicks, yawning, looking away, etc.  I've also read we can improve a dog's calming by, in a sense, mimicking them with our fick flicks, yawning, slowly closing and opening eyes.  ETC.  

How do we know this?  Dogs know we are not a dog.  So with this mimicry, do our calming signals actually help  to calm a nervous dog, OR, does the dog think, "hey, so my fur-mum must really be upset.  she's trying to make the same stupid gestsures we're making. Boy, she's really a wreck.  I thought my fur-mom's calming method entailed Chocolate Haagendazs Ice Cream

Thanks so much

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  Beginner agility
Posted by: scott1908 - 05-22-2017, 02:23 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (9)

Hi all

Now that Ray is a little over a year old I have started doing some fun agility with her in our backyard. We started with a couple of low jumps and have worked up to a short course. Haven't worked on any stays at the starting line yet. Just having some plain old fun. I'd say she's doing ok for zero professional  training. 

The tunnel is a cheap kids tunnel from "Toys R Us". Going to make some weaves later in the summer when she's a bit older. Might tackle a elavated walk way too. Just having fun, who knows what it could lead to. She really loves running the course. Sometimes when we play fetch she will do a jump and run thru the tunnel on way back with the ball. 

This video isn't the best, we shot it with an IPad. Hope the link works. 



https://youtu.be/a15npgV5pv4

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  Chasing cars on walk
Posted by: Williewingnut - 05-22-2017, 12:34 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

Hi all Jura has started trying to chase cars when he is out for a walk tried correcting him ,trying to focus his attention on me , but nothing's working he's laying flat on ground and wanting to lunge as the car is passing Scared he's gonna pull the leash out my hands and end up underneath a car any advice greatly appreciated

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  Dog not eating
Posted by: Stuart-h - 05-22-2017, 11:27 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (3)

Morning all.
My 4 year old doesent seem to be intrested in her food at all. She wouldn't even take an ice cream (Very unusual!).

She was sick earlier to day though.
It has been very warm today.

Does any one out in collie world think it could be related?

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  Flower Safari
Posted by: Loyal Border - 05-22-2017, 10:19 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (13)

For the past few weeks I've been taking pics of Kep with the various flowers around and I thought I'd share. Smile

Periwinkles:
[Image: 20170427_130446_zpst37vxfhb.jpg]
Tulips:
[Image: 2017-04-28%2012.06.33_zpsf6sjp1zi.jpg]
Daffodils:
[Image: 2017-04-28%2012.07.13_zpszj4op5uc.jpg]
Trillium (I think):
[Image: 2017-04-28%2012.07.31_zpsofmt1zgq.jpg]
Bleeding hearts:
[Image: 20170517_1421000_zps8kyxtfgg.jpg]
Buttercups (?):
[Image: 20170517_142202_zpsbkkjsh7c.jpg]
And lilacs:
[Image: 20170522_101845_zpsf608c7ul.jpg]
Kep and I are wishing everyone a good week!

And for anyone interested I challenge you to find a flower (or any pretty plant) not on this list and get a picture of your dog(s) next to it. Just remember to stay safe (for all involved) and have fun!

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  My 1st BC
Posted by: Bill S - 05-21-2017, 10:08 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (8)

I grew up with collies as a kid but life kind of kept me from having a dog. After retiring 3 years ago tops on by bucket list was to get a dog. I was able to find this little guy as a puppy. Hopefully I can post 2 pictures, one at 4 months and the other on his 3rd birthday.



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  Meltdowns
Posted by: chippy - 05-20-2017, 06:24 AM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (3)

Hi Everyone
I have a two and a half year old Collie who loves to do agility. 
However, when it comes to running at shows or sometimes even at training he can go into a complete meltdown.
There does not seem to be any pattern as to what makes him shut down, quite often I have no idea what it is. I always think it's like stage fright.
I never put any pressure on him and I always keep it fun.
He is an extremely sensitive Collie in life in general.
When he shuts down, he will not do anything at all, he won't take a treat, he won't play tug or even play with a ball. He just looks very worried and confused and has even left the ring at a couple of shows. 
If he never gets to compete that is fine, we will just continue to do it for fun at home. But he enjoys it so much and has tons of potential I thought I would ask in here for any advise before we give up our dreams of competing.
Love to hear from anyone with any ideas or anyone who has a similar issue.

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  Happy Birthday Ozzie!
Posted by: Greg - 05-19-2017, 03:37 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (6)

Happy Birthday Ozzie!  Our little juvenile delinquent turns 10 today. Thank you for coming into our lives, being our best Little Buddy and keeping the other two on their toes!



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