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Old 05-06-2010, 01:51 AM
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Peter & Samson

Hey Everybody I'm Peter, I'm new to the Dog Forum and look forward to spending lots of time on the forum mixing and getting the best advice for me and my dog.

Me and my family took in a 7 Month Border Collie (male) on the 02/05/2010 we named him Samson.

The Mrs and I have experience with family dogs some years ago but are in no way experts and we are learning new things everyday.

Thanks for reading my intro and i look forward to hearing from you all

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Old 05-06-2010, 04:11 AM
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Hi Peter,
Welcome to the Forum.
We have quite a few members who have Border Collies.
I hope you enjoy it here.
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Peter, please excuse the slow hellos. The introduction is at the bottom of the page of threads and many of us forget to scroll down this far, getting caught up in discussions above in the other threads.

WELCOME to you and Samson. A young border collie, boy you are in for a treat! Smartest dog going, that border collie, however, because they are so smart, you have to keep them exercised and engaged or they can get into quite a bit of mischief. Lots of training and positive reenforcement and plan on spending a lot of time with him. Teach him to play frisbee...good exercise for you both.

Another tip, watch Victoria Stillwell's "It's Me or the Dog". One of the best dog training shows on TV and quite addictive once you get into it. I have my DVD set to tape her and have to have my daily dose.

Enjoy the forum and hope your family and Sampson have a great life together!
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Thanks again for the kinds words, Samson is a pretty lazy dog, i'd imagine his previous owner(s) didnt play with him alot as he doesnt know fetch or anything of the sort, i've been trying and trying to get him interested and some times he will play catch for 4-5 mins but thats it, i really wanna pick this dogs spirits up and see him energetic like he should be, maybe when he is more settled and used to all the walks and games he will enjoy it more i his vet card had 3 previous names, so i'd imagine he's been around .

we go to the park everyday because my daughter loves it so he gets some great exercise, lets hope he gets addicted to being active.
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Hi hun, welcome to the forum

Just wanted to say that not all BC's are energetic
I have three , all with very different personalities

Toffee is very laid back , isnt interested in playing much at all , he has the occasional burst when he will racey chase around the fields or garden , but mostly he just curls up on the bed or sofa

Teddy is ball obsessed , doesnt play much unless a tennis ball is involved

Gypsy is my little dynamo , she's on the go 24/7

Its as normal to find a lazy BC as it is to find the energetic ones ... if Samson is happy being a hippy dog then I see no problems with letting him be
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Aww, poor guy. That's quite a few owners in a short amount of time. Maybe he's just too insecure to be boiserous. He needs to feel secure with you, and that could take some time.

He may be a laid back BC, but he could also have lost some of his zeal for life because he's gotten passed along so often.

He could have issues if you don't work with him and exercise him regularly, as much because of his past as because of his breed.
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Yeah we have 2-3 training sessions a day they last from 10-20 minutes as he's not really eating his food and i think he wants to work for it, thats great respect for him but tough on me haha, i'll post up some vids when i have him performing well on cue.

Mese, how much and what are you feeding your collies?

The last owner has him on dry food but he doesnt really touch his bowl and he's getting me a little worried.
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Mine get Skinners field and trial maintenance , a mugful each in the morning and again in the evening (tea-time) and they are thriving on it

I also make them a liver cake every couple of weeks and they adore having carrots to chomp on ... and thanks to my other half they also get table scraps , its like having sharks circling round your feet at the dining table now , but as long as they dont jump up I dont mind , bad of me I know but hey-ho , lol

You may find once he feels settled he could 'try it on' just to see how much he can get away with , our Teddy did that , started showing his teeth when we asked him to do things like get off the bed (typical teen behaviour but with Teddy being a rescue dog it was suggested that he simply felt secure enough to play up a little) just be firm and fair , as you always are, he'll soon settle again , our Teddy did once he realised it got him nowhere

Dont worry about him not eating , he's probably feeling a little unsettled , he'll soon eat when he gets hungry enough ... give him a carrot , my lot go nuts when I go into the pantry and come out with three carrots , lmao
You could chop it up and throw the pieces into your garden for him to forage , my 3 enjoy doing that , it makes them 'work' for their treat too

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Welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing pictures of your pup
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