I know I want to come back as one of Newfs dogs
I know I want to come back as one of Newfs dogs
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Maybe I'll give it a short walk and play (about 20 minutes) in the morning and another, longer walk/jog and play (at least 30 minutes) when I get home. Hopefully someone can give it some more exercise while I'm gone too. Plus it will be able to run around all day in the backyard if it wants. How's that sound?
with a puppy - you only need to exercise about 5 minutes per month of age eg at 8 weeks - 10 minutes is enough. But for an adult dog...
BC are extremely intelligent, and very athletic and can be very "high drive" dogs ie extremely energetic. With some - it's very hard to find the off switch. I've met many that are prone to obsessions of various sorts. And the thing I find most scary about them is they're relentless - always looking at you to give them something to do. Even if it's just a very long sit-stay. Malinios might be worse - but BC are on the extreme edge of dogs that require lots and lots of mental stimulation. They're best on farms and with people home all day.Here are some of the things that I am looking for in a dog:
- Medium sized
- Okay for people with allergies (short coat, doesn't shed very much, etc.)
- Intelligent and fairly easy to train
- Athletic, but not too energetic
- Good looking (of course, that's preference, so a few options would be good!)
And most BCs I've met - are smarter than their owners. Some city ones - are prone to taking themselves for walks. Not good in the city.
Most have long coats that can get burred up, and they do shed. But I imagine shedding is no worse than Brittanies or Tollers. And most BC I've met are dog snobs - they will only play with their humans or other BCs and ignore everybody and everything else. This can be good or bad. And some are easily freaked out. One bad experience can lead to a long term fear aggressive dog.
I feel sorry for city bcs whose owners treat them like back yard ornaments. They just don't get it. What a city bc needs is an equally dog sport obsessed owner who spends all their spare time - training them and teaching them new tricks.
I have never met a BC in the city who was not totally ball obsessed. We did have one the other day who was apparently taking himself for a walk through the park near our house. And promptly made a new best friend out of an other dog owner who was throwing a ball for his pup. He chucked balls for that BC long after his pup had lost interest and he could've gone on for hours I imagine.
And that is how most of the good BC owners I know seem to deal with it. Twice daily walks and lots of fetch.
And now you mention it, none of those dogs have ever shown any interest in playing with Banjo. Unless she has the ball.
I met a fella the other day , a Austar installer when he was installing my mums mothers day gift, he has an 11 week old BC puppy who he loves dearly and takes to work with him everyday.
He says its great for the pup as he goes from house to house and if folks are dog friendly and have a dog, he gets to meet and play with many different dogs everyday.
I was patting his dog outside but the pup was obsessed with the glint of his metal name tag moving on the ground, and didnt even know i was there. He said his friend had shown the dog shadows a week before and he was now obsessed. That was payback as Austrar man had accidently shown this friends BC shadows a few years before and he is still obsessed.
Is this normal for a BC? I would think with the not stop interaction and activity this little girl has she wouldnt pick up a habit like that,?
He also told me a story of a man and his son, coming towards them when he was walking his pup at 10 weeks old. The man grabed his sons shoulders and steered him towards the road saying "Look out, quick, move over on the road theres a dog coming", ..they gave the dog a 30 foot wide berth, with the kid looking at the dog,scared... like it was the devil himself.
He couldnt help himself and said to the man "hey mate, dont project your ridiculas puppy phobia on a small child ", what the hell is wrong with you?
Would you say anything...? Fraid i would
Anyway, was just wondering your thoughts on the BC obsessive behavior thing as I have no knowledge of the breed.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
I think the worst thing for BC (and the best) is that they are so darn adorable when they are puppies. People see them and go "Ooh I must have one". I have a few houses I walk past in my neighbour hood that own BC's (one must be a breeder or a shower because I counted 7 one day). I am not sure how much exercise the dogs get but as soon as they see me coming, even if I am not near there yard, they start barking and fence running and that doesn't stop until I am out of sight and this is on acreage. They certainly aren't dogs that you can expect to ware themselves out.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
I know plenty of show line border collies who are quite relaxed and chilled and generally low maintenance. But you can't just go to any old breeder and get any old dog and expect that - you'd have to go to someone reputable, who allocates pups at 6-8 weeks based on personality rather than looks/gender, who knows how to evaluate a puppy's temperament. Not all litters would have a pup suitable for you if you're only going to give a few short walks a day.
I have an Aussie and I can tell you she is an absolute ratbag if you let her be She's had a LOT of training and energy put into her (I spend at least 4-5 hours at dog club per week, walked every single morning rain hail or shine, plus training at home AND she has our other dog to amuse her) and is the best companion I could ever ask for. Until I slack off and I come home to a snow-covered yard.
There are lines in both the BC and the Aussie that are obsessive..but if you give them real work , this can be redirected....I think if our Tessa lived in the suburbs and was only walked twice a day, she would be one of the obsessive ones..but we do lots of stuff with her and redirect her and ask her to do stuff that makes her think.
When we train Tessa her ultimate reward is not food or toys, but "go mouse", "go cricket", "go sniff".....She loves to hunt and it makes her happy. But she is only allowed to do it as a reward. If I had a ball obsessive BC, I would ask the dog to do stuff for every ball throw. Endless ball throwing for a dog to exercise only makes it worse...Put the work (tricks/obedience/agility/tracking/jobs) in with it and it becomes a well trained dog with Ball reward
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