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    Yes puppies need to be wormed at regular intervals, did her breeders give you information on a worming schedule for her? sounds like they possibly did not worm her.

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    They gave me a little booklet with all her information, chip number etc. The worm dates show she was overdue about 5 days. All good, she's done now. She's very happy this morning and playing with me, first time she has.

    How do I help her overcome her shyness?

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    Her shyness indoors? or is she shy of certain things? It is important to socilaise and accustom Border collies to a range of environment and people. Never force her into overwhelming situations. I crate train my Border collies and when relaxing inside they love sleeping in their crates, It gave them a safe place to relax when they were pups and now as adults they still love sleeping in them..

    Once her tummy is settled you could start training her with treats and border collie pups love playing tug and toys in general. You could start outside where she feels most comfortable and then gradually transfer the fun games and training inside. I would also feed her inside, perhaps in a crate. Work on building that bond with her.

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    I'd try boiling up a lump of chicken eg thigh fillet - and chopping that into tiny weeny pieces and then work on trick training her close to the house if possible. A lot of (farm) dogs are wary about things over their heads - so it might take her a while to get used to the house. I think it takes at least a month for a new dog to settle into a new home.

    Cooked pumpkin is also good for settling a dog's tummy. Last time my dog had an upset tummy I boiled up rice and chopped thigh fillet and pumpkin... and then we shared it

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    Her shyness is mainly indoors but today she's really changed! She spent half the day at my mums as I had to work what ever mum done has changed her lol, she's been following me around the house, playing and investigating. No more vomit or diarrhea either! Think things are looking up.

    Didn't know that about pumpkin, just did chicken and rice as that's what I've done for my cats in the past when they had tummy troubles

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    Yes often the sudden change of evironment can cause problems untill they settle and start to feel more confident, usually doesnt take long if they have nice stable temperaments. Border collie bitches can be quite sensitive. She is probably feeling much better and ready to become a little handful lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Yes often the sudden change of evironment can cause problems untill they settle and start to feel more confident, usually doesnt take long if they have nice stable temperaments. Border collie bitches can be quite sensitive. She is probably feeling much better and ready to become a little handful lol.
    I was watching a tv show the other day and this line came up " neurotic as a border collie bitch" cracked up, so true. Precious little princesses that they can be. Like Flick I learn as I go along

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    Well her confidence is certainly up, she's a bundle of energy and following me everywhere. The only question I have now is she only poops once a day??

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    Hi Flick

    She just purged her guts up every which way - so there might not be much in the system. If you want to check poop rates - feed her a spoonful of tinned corn - it usually goes through exactly the same as it went in - and shows up brightly in the poop so you can time from when you saw it go in to when it came out...

    But I reckon if she's back onto regular meals and holding them down she will start to poop more often depending what you're feeding. Boiled chicken and rice makes far less poop than supercoat.

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    pooing once a day. Ditto, for my GSD, twice for the rottie bitch, as she eats more bulk fibre, put there to trick her that she really is full by me. Or she'd eat herself i reckon.

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