Q. My dog jumps up on me and knocks down the kids so they dont go outside anymore. Any ideas?

A: Try this with your dog, as she seems to be demanding attention..hence the jumping up into your face and the children

1. When she jumps up onto you, be quick to grab her paws with one in each hand…then say good girl…praise her…hold her paws firmly but not that it will cause her any pain from holding them too tighlty…

2. Move her paws back and forth all the time praising her that she is a good dog…do not let her get down …she will struggle to get out of your grasp…continue to praise her all the time

3. Then when it suits you…that you think she is desperate to get down…let her go

repeat the process..you will find that she will no longer want to jump up on you..

As in all cases its crutical that you establish a strong role

Make your dog work for everything

Before they are fed, given a treat, allowed to go through a doorway(you always go thru first) or taken for a walk

You should order the dog to sit or lie down…this applies with demands for attention…i recommend that you regularly practide the sit stay/down stay and release commands

Q: When the best age is to get her de-sexed?

A: Q.Just wanted to ask some advice. We have a 5 month old pure breed tan and white border collie bitch and have been advised by our vet to de-sex her at 6 months, however some breeders have said that they advise to wait a little longer as if it is done to early we may experience problems (physical and mental). We have never had a dog before so are not really sure what is best. She has a lovely temperament so we don’t want her to change, is anyone able to give us some advise as to when the best age is to get her de-sexed?

A. Firstly if that is what your vet recommends it would be best to follow their advice. Most vets recommend to de-sex around 6 to 9 months before they come on heat.

Q: I would love to find out what dogs are most likely to have choc or red (or colours other than black and white) puppies.

A: Also I would love to know if the two dogs I have currently are likely to have anything other than black and white pups. I have a red and white male border, and a choc and white female – beautiful dogs who’ve just had their first litter (all black and white pups).

I’m wondering if the red and white mated with another red and white, if the chances of a few red and white pups increases, and likewise if the choc and white female mates with a choc and white male, if the chances of a choc and pup increases.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated, as I love the black and white pups, however I might pay for a stud dog next time if there is a different likelihood of variations.

It appears that your red and white does not carry the choc gene and the Choc and white does not carry the red and white gene, so they basically cancel each other out and thats why you end you with a litter of B/W puppies.

Example If you breed a red and white to a red and white you will get a red and white litter because the parents obviously have the that gene.

You can have black and whites that carry color, they may carry the color but may not produce it in that litter.

Extract from book “Border Collies” by Joan Bray

“Results of colour matings

1. Wheaten male of black and white parents to wheaten
female of black and white parents. Progeny: all wheaten (red).
2. Wheaten pup from above litter mated to a black and
white dog in 1984 produced an interesting result.
Progeny: 1 blacklwhite, 2 tricolours, 3 wheatenlreds.
The result of this mating would prove the existence of (ee) yellow since the blacklwhite male must have the genotype (AsatEe). That is, he cannot be carrying (AY) since we know he is carrying tricolour but is himself blacklwhite. If he were (AYat) he would have to be yellow, as (AY) is dominant to (at).
On the other hand, the bitch could be (AYatE) as she is yellow throwing tricolour, or (Asatee) which is also the yellow phenotype throwing tricolour.
The (AYatE) tricolour mating would be expected to yield the ratio of 4 blacklwhite, 2 yellow, 2 tricolour. The (Asatee) tricolour mating would yield the ratio
3 blacklwhite, 4 yellow and 1 tricolour. A larger number of matings would be required before a pattern could be determined.
3. Wheaten (red) male to chocolate bitch. Progeny: 7 blacklwhite puppies.
All that can be concluded so far is that (ee) yellows exist in the breed. We have not yet disproved the existence of (y) yellows. Both yellows can and do exist together in other breeds, but this is the exception rather than the rule. As far as I can see this could only be proved by a ‘chance’ mating between 2 yellows which produces an all blacklwhite litter.
Blacklwhite male to blacklwhite bitch. Progeny: included a chocolateltricolour dog.

Chocolate male to red bitch. Progeny: 3 blacklwhite, 3 tricolours, 1 blue.

Chocolate male carrying blue and tricolour to blacklwhite bitch carrying tricolour.

Progeny: blacklwhite, blue tricolour (tan markings), chocolate tricolour (tan markings), lilaclwhite.
The author would appreciate any other test mating results from breeders willing to add their knowledge to that known so far regarding the genotype of the Border Collie. This invitation applies to other characteristics as well as colour. ”

Re: Stud dog over your Choc and White female, it would have to be another Choc and White.

Breeding Border Collies for colour is not recommended, tempermant and conformation is fore most.