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Behavior & Training > These dogs love eating poop
Cobain ADC,- SGDC, CGN

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Barked: Tue Jun 10, '14 11:17am PST 
1) Fecal matter is the waste product of the digestive system. So this can include parasites, bacteria, and viruses. You don't know the health of the dogs dropping these "snacks" for yours, so there is a definite risk when your dogs eat it.

2) Teach a good "leave it" and "drop it" command. Be diligent about watching where their mouths are as well.

3) Some dogs just eat it just because. My beagle, for example, has been fed many brands of food ranging from ok quality, to great quality, up to a balanced raw diet. None of those things affected his affinity for crap.
There are things that you can put in the food to stop your dogs from eating each others feces, but if they're going after other dog's stuff there's not much you can do in terms of food.
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Behavior & Training > Can an underground fence system permanently traumatize a dog??
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Barked: Thu May 15, '14 3:57am PST 
In my experience, dogs will respond and learn better when there is a barrier that they can physically see.
Most dogs wont relate that "ok so these parts of the yard are electric, but these aren't."
Whereas if you use something like the flag system, they can then relate the flags to being the source initially. As the dog familiarizes himself with the flags being something to stay away from, you can slowly remove them and he should still understand the border.

As for getting him to enjoy the yard again, make 3 out of every 4 times in the yard a strictly positive experience. Use treats, toys, etc. to make the backyard a good place without introducing the fence. Then on the 4th time do a tiny bit of fence introduction (beeping with flags out or whichever you chose to mark the boundary). Then make it all positive again in the "safe" areas.
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Behavior & Training > Former Dogster User MISSING IN LA

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Barked: Thu Apr 24, '14 10:49am PST 
Potential sighting about 16 hours ago, not sure anything came of it.

Good news is that there does seem to be quite a few sightings,and I think they've narrowed it down to one area that she seems to be sticking around
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Choosing the Right Dog > What is your dream dog(s)?

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Barked: Tue Apr 22, '14 3:33pm PST 
Cobain is my "dream dog" aside from a few minor adjustments I'd make.

To be entirely shallow, the only thing aesthetically I would change about him is giving him the full white blaze around the neck, and a bit more symmetry on the face.

In terms of personality, I just wish he didn't look so miserable and depressed all the time laugh out loud Many of his short-comings I feel are my fault and my lack of training experience (especially when I first got him).

If I could have different versions of him for the rest of my life, I'd be happy.

Too bad his breeder went a different direction with the lines...
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Behavior & Training > My "poor" dogs...lol.

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Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 2:25pm PST 
I agree with Cohen and JT on this one as well.
My preference when the leash is on that the dogs walk properly.
That means no pulling, no sniffing, and no defecating or marking.

With Rigby that means walking in a heel because she's got fear issues. It seems to help her when she's totally focused on me opposed to worrying about other people/dogs. With Cobain it simply means no pulling as he's never had a problem with passerbys.

However, they get a pile of off-leash work as well. So to them, the leash means to behave. I'm sure if I did not have the opportunity to allow them such ample off-leash work, my methods and preferences would change.
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Behavior & Training > help dog park menace: the herder
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Barked: Fri Mar 28, '14 10:52am PST 
My Border Collie has never played well with other dogs. He's either herding them or he's ignoring them.
Which is why we only visit off-leash hiking areas and not actual dog parks.

First I would start teaching a solid "leave it" and recall. I wouldn't go back to the dog park without those two. Most dog owners that aren't well versed in herding dogs will see your dog's behaviour as aggressive - which in typical dog park clique fashion can cause issues for all involved.

Second I would see if there's any way you can provide an outlet for his herding drive. Herding itself would be best, however I realize that's often hard to come by especially in cities. There's also a newer sport called Treiball where the dogs would utilize their herding drive on exercise balls. Or even just something to make Blue use his brain. Agility, obedience, Rally-O, flyball etc. Physical exercise is only half the battle with herding breeds. They thrive off of working and having to think. Herding dogs that aren't provided with mental stimulation typically tend to make their own work - in this case, it could be that Blue is simply herding the dogs as he would cattle/sheep as a "job"
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Behavior & Training > What do you make of this behavior?

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Barked: Sat Mar 22, '14 5:44am PST 
Is this triggered by people coming and going specifically, or just by the door itself?

If it's just triggered by the door, this can be easily worked on by yourself at home.

What I would suggest is training Cookie to go to a mat and sit. Once he's going to his mat reliably, work in a stay command with varying lengths of time.
As that becomes solidified, start in small steps working toward opening the door while having him in a stay on the mat.
For example:
- Put the mat within sight of the door. Send Cookie to the mat, then go touch the door handle. If he stays still, come back praise and release.
Build that up, slowly, to opening the door. Make sure he is sitting/laying on the mat until you come back to release him.

This way, Cookie learns that when the door is opened, he is to go sit quietly on his mat (or crate, or whichever you opt to use).
You can integrate others into this process by asking a friend to knock on the door for a "visit" and explain to them the process you are working. In this situation they wouldn't come into the house or leave the house until Cookie was sitting quietly on the mat.
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Puppy Place > New Puppy!!

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Barked: Wed Mar 19, '14 12:44pm PST 
Ahhh so cute! Love the name big grin
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Behavior & Training > Dogs who are breedist

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Barked: Fri Mar 7, '14 10:12am PST 
I have a few trains of thought on this.
Could be a body language thing that was experienced in the first instance. Something that a human may not necessarily have picked up on, and since then Moose has taken it to mean that for some reason *all* Yellow Lab pups will do this. Or perhaps it's a physical thing. The posture combined with the light colour?
Or maybe it's just the typical bouncy, goofy, Lab puppy behaviour and Moose finds it off-putting?

Heck, he could be picking up on something you're unintentionally giving off. Now that you know young yellow labs are a trigger, it's quite possible that you begin to tense up as the pup is approaching to prepare for Moose's reaction. Moose feels that you're tensing up around the time the lab shows up. As this plays on it becomes an automatic response for the both of you. So even if you don't see the lab he thinks "oh we usually tense up when these dogs come by."

I've seen it within my own dogs and GSDs. Now 3 out of 4 of my dogs have had bad experiences with GSDs. But because of this, I am now on high alert when I see one. So even if my dogs were long past the event, I was still subconsciously reeling them in and sending off signals that my dogs were picking up on and in turn reacting accordingly. Once I stopped focusing on the "what ifs" as the dog approached and kept a relaxed - but quick - demeanor, my dogs nearly stopped responding to those dogs altogether.

Who knows. shrug

Then again, I can't say I like everyone I meet, and I do find certain personalities very off-putting. Not to the point I'd pounce on them to make them shut up laugh out loud but we've all got our buttons right?
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Behavior & Training > best brand of Frisbee?
Cobain ADC,- SGDC, CGN

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Barked: Thu Feb 20, '14 4:02pm PST 
I purchased 2 of the Jawz discs last year and love them. Worth every penny.

What I did find though was that different colours have different thresholds. My black one (Rigby's) is full of visible little dents from teeth - still very useable and in good condition, just aesthetic. Whereas the blue one (Cobain's) is free from any marks. Cobain has a much stronger mouth and plays tug much more often with the disc.

As for the Soflite, while I'm sure it will fly great and stand up to some rough usage, I don't think it would stand up to a lot of tug.
With Mozart being a smaller dog though, it may last longer.
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