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Thread: I forgot how mental Border Collies can be!

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    Default I forgot how mental Border Collies can be!

    Groomed a Border Collie today, after the groom we had some time to kill before the owner came so i was just cleaning up while the dog wanders around in the grooming area. Next thing i know, the dog comes rushing up to me insanely excited and throws a toy he found (I forgot it was in the yard) at my leg. I picked up the toy and walked over to a chair to sit down, then we played fetch in my tiny grooming area for about 20 minutes He thought it was the most fun ever!! If i didn't pick up the toy and throw it in time, he would pick it up again and throw it at my leg repeatedly while barking at me Love it!

    Such a delightful little dog, but goodness gracious, the hyper-ness He's so good for grooming though, really sweet dog

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    My Border Collie is very full on but thank goodness he doesnt do that. If there is nothing going on he sleeps or chills out.

    I had a cattle dog once like that, was totally incorrigible with balls absolutely obsessed, a pain to live with at times as much as I loved her. With my next dogs I definitely discouraged anything like that from happening.

    Mine now go crazy when there is action happening but as soon as I stop and put the toys away they all chill out. Bliss. I love that off switch, essentail when you have a house full.
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    Yes i'd hate to have a hyper dog like that too.

    When i get to the time of my life where i feel i can take on a Kelpie on my own, i'll be going for a rescue adult dog so that i can choose based on personalities. I'd be going for one that is really eager to please, and keen to work and train, but still has an off switch.

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    Make him work harder for the toy....

    mine has to line up, sit, stand, spin, twist, sit, pretty, drop, tail worky... and then I might throw the toy...

    Or

    I might fake throwing the toy and then if she breaks, we get to start over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Make him work harder for the toy....

    mine has to line up, sit, stand, spin, twist, sit, pretty, drop, tail worky... and then I might throw the toy...

    Or

    I might fake throwing the toy and then if she breaks, we get to start over...
    Thats what I do with Koda, gotta go through all the tricks before i'll throw it

    I don't think this BC knows very many tricks though... I only seemed to be able to get him to sit, drop and shake hands. Still, I worked with what he could do

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    uhh double post again... how do i keep doing this -_-

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    it must be lovely to get to meet various dogs.
    Cant for the life of me think what a BC would be doing at a groomers though????

    Ive always been amazed that they can go from covered in cow poo, to silky smooth and clean once dried. Its part of why i like them as a breed.

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    Mine loves a massage and a brush....not the bath bit tho. But we do that. I imagine someone paid for that as you wouldn't be cutting.

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    Yes that is one thing I love about being a groomer Bernie, I get to meet so many different dogs, and experience all kinds of breeds, love it

    Yep, he was in for a bath and tidy So a good brush out to get the undercoat out and let his coat breathe, also remove any small matts he might have. Then a nice warm bath and blow dry so he smells all lovely and clean I did trim around his feet to neaten them up though, he has crazy long hair on his paws!!

    I guess some people just don't want to bother with bathing or brushing their dog themselves so they're willing to pay someone else to do it. If i wasn't a groomer myself, I wouldn't ever take Koda to a groomer... I've heard too many horror stories of people who've taken their long coated breed to a groomer for a brush and bath. The owner has told the person to not clip/trim the dog at all... yet the dog still comes home trimmed shorter or with a sanitary shave... which on an Aussie would take off a fair bit of his pants.

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