Learning: Rally-O and Agility.
Teaching: Rally-O and Pet Obedience.
BSc in Animal Behaviour and Apprenticing in Toronto.
Science-based, force-free training and behaviour modification.
DID YOU TAKE THEM HOME??? BLESS UR HEART
I HAD TO, THEY WOULD HAVE DIED
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THESE WATER WEENIES THO
OH MY GOODNESS
UH UM I FOUND SOME THINGS I DON’T KNOW IF IT’LL HELP BUT I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT SHRAMP
ARE THEY SALTWATER OR FRESHWATER???
IS THERE IS SHRIMP SIDE OF TUMBLR???
Those are crayfish, not shrimp. They generally live in rivers or streams and build tunnel nests in the mud along river banks. The males can be pretty aggressive to each other. We used them to model aggression in my undergrad animal behaviour class. If their tank is too small without enough hiding spaces, one of them may kill the other.
I think you should take them back to where you found them and try to find their water source. They’re not that difficult to raise, but I’m sure they’d be happier in their native habitat.
Yes, I’ve definitely considered them. I would LOVE a Border Jack, but I’m really leery of both sports BCs and intentionally produced mixes in general (unless they’re mixed to add genes to an established breed or create a new, unique breed). I may be jaded from working with Doodles. I don’t really feel anyone is breeding Border Jacks for a particular standard, and I’d rather not take on an experimental breeding. (That’s why I’m buying instead of adopting from a shelter!) But if I didn’t have Maulkin and a litter of Border Jacks popped up in a shelter, I’d definitely snatch one right up!
I’ll look into Hob Nob BCs. Thanks for the recommendation!
Thank you to everyone who left a dog breed recommendation. There were too many comments to reply to them all individually, but I really do appreciate it. I’m going to look up all of the breeds and try to meet them in person before making any decisions; I have plenty of time. I’m also going to look into other border collie breeders, because that’s really where my heart is set. I’ll make it work if I can, but I won’t disregard other breeds if a unicorn dog crosses my path.
I think ACDs and GSPs are both on my list. I like the ACD’s tenacity and the GSP’s drive, though I worry either might be too much for Maulkin. I would definitely have to be super careful picking a breeder.
Belgian shepherds are on my short list for sure. I’ve never met one I didn’t love, but I’ve also never met one that wasn’t reactive or at least fearful. I think Belgian shepherds are less reactive than GSDs in general, but that’s not saying much unfortunately.
Thanks for the recommendation; I’ll keep it in mind if I go that route. I’d prefer the go with a breeder here in Canada, just because importing an animal can be very stressful for the animal, but the right breeder is the right breeder.
I love boxers, but Maulkin hates their play style. My friend has a reactive boxer, Rocky, and we sometimes use Maulkin as a decoy dog for his training. Watching Rocky play, I don’t think Maulkin would ever be comfortable living with that.
allthingsgo-at: I do love smooth collies, but the barking would be a problem. It’s not so much grooming that I mind; Maulkin takes quite a lot of grooming. It’s just speciality grooming; I don’t want to have to shave my dog or pay someone else to do it.
@wherehorsesmeetdogs: I hadn’t considered dobermans. I thought they were leery of strangers? I don’t know any dobermans well, but I’m not a huge fan of the other Pinschers I’ve met. They’re goofy and loveable, but the ones I’ve met seem a little flighty? Like they’re either intensely in drive or they’re not focused at all, and they don’t really have a happy medium if that makes sense.
guinnessthecard: I do like cardigans better than pembrokes, but corgis in general freak me out a little bit. I find anything bred to that extreme unsettling even if they’re hardy.
rainweather-reptiles: Hahah! I think I’m looking for a unicorn dog. I feel bad shooting everyone down.
@feiens-ghost: Yeah, I’ve read that can be a problem if they’re not extensively socialized. I wouldn’t be surprised if some working line breeders intentionally produce more skittish dogs, though.
A spaniel or vizsla might work out, but the others are too low-energy. (Also Scuzzy would eat a papillon. I can’t even have other cats around him, because he’s very rough when he plays.) There’s actually a greyhound in one of my mentor’s classes, and she’s lovely to watch, but not very drivey. I wonder if a Vizsla would be too much for Maulkin. For myself, I’d love to train one, but they’re maybe too excitable.
I don’t know much about setters. I’m leery of hunting dogs in general because of my cats. A setter friend would definitely help Maulkin’s fear of strangers, though.