Can our anticipation of a reaction affect our dogs?
Our dogs are incredible beings… man's best friend. They can feel and detect hormone changes, bodily functions, low blood sugars, diseases, and so much more. They can even sense what a person was feeling at the time of death once they have passed on.
So… Can our fear of them reacting to fireworks, loud noises, sudden movements and more lead to them developing a fear themselves of some things? Of course it can. They sometimes know us better than we know ourselves. They can be a mirror to our feelings.
This is why it is so important to begin desensitization as part of our training so that both us and our dogs know alternatives to fear, a healthy reaction or non reaction.
I get asked all the time what we do to help our dogs not react to fireworks, loud noises and more. Over the years we learn and add things to our puppy program here to desensitize our puppies from a very young age. One of the first things pups are exposed to and hear are storms playing at night. When puppies are just weeks they are exposed to normal household noises like vacuum, pots and pans, washing dishes, dogs barking loudly, fireworks and music playing, loud bangs from dropping a noisy pot or pan, slapping two metal bowls together to music and more. Some of our new owners who have had previous dogs with noise sensitivities are so relieved. I tell them… If you don’t react or look for a reaction, he/she will less likely react. :) This is a great thing.
We have many dogs here, and would you like to know how many react when the neighbors go crazy with fireworks, gunshots and the like? NONE. Not one dog reacts to the noise. Charlie occasionally will bark “hey… did ya hear that?” and that is it. Ours sleep through them. It’s usually at bedtime hours and they are resting.
We do also realize that some dogs come to you with these fears, and all we can do it to recommend working on this using desitizing as part of your working to better your dogs life and your own as well. I had a Collie 25 years ago who was afraid of storms. Everytime one would come she would crawl into the bathtub until the storm passed. This was exhausting and worrisome. So when this type of training came out, I was so excited to see a solution, but also a preventative. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Thank you for reading and we hope this helps someone!
Preparing for Fireworks & Noises
This time of year always brings up the topic of dogs being afraid of Fireworks and other loud noises. We have found using desensitation is key to helping with this. Here is an article from UC Davis.
“To Shave or Not to Shave your Collie”
Written by Suzi Newman
A Collie has a beautiful Coat and they do shed. As such they are not the best breed choice for someone with Allergies. Also, both Rough and Smooth Coated Collies are a double coated breed. In a double-coated dog the first layer of fur, the undercoat, consists of fine, fluffy hairs that are short and close to the skin. This is the fur that keeps you busy sweeping and dusting. This is the fur that sheds. Not only is this layer great at plugging up your vacuum, it’s also excellent at trapping air and insulating your dog. The second layer consists of tougher texture guard hairs that don’t shed, rather they protect your pup from bugs and the sun.
Many ask if shaving their Collie in the summer will keep him/her cooler. The answer is a definite no. In fact, here are a few reasons why you wouldn’t want to shave your Collie:
You can De-shed your double coated dog instead! Your dog’s soft undercoat needs to be shed out, not shaved down. Double-coated dogs shed a lot. It’s natural and healthy. However, their undercoats need to come out, often and regularly. Undercoats are easily brushed out with an undercoat rake or removed with a high velocity dryer.
Mats can be worked through and the hair detangled with some cornstarch or detangler. Also, I have found that carefully clipping through the center of the mat releases the hairs and you can detangle easier. Gently brush the matted area with a soft bristle brush alternating directions. Place your fingers under the base but above the skin to help keep tugging the skin to a minimum when brushing. Sweep the brush sideways to break up the hair fibers. Make sure you do not bathe your dog until all matts are detangled.
Note: There may be medical reasons or rescues who will (in their best health interests) need to be shaved. In most cases the hair will grow back within 4-6 months when this is necessary.
Satin Ball Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to combine well.
Pinch out a small amount and using your hands and form it into a 1 to 1 ½ inch ball.
Continue until all the mixture is used. Place on wax papered Cookie sheet, and then into freezer. You can then put into freezer bags once frozen.
Note: These can be frozen and thawed as needed. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight. Do not leave out on counter to thaw.
Ebony & Dar Litter
Marc & Suzi
Dori & Dar babies arrived 1-2-22
Loving them for life
Living with a very old dog means being aware that some of the things you'll do together may be the last.
Living with a very old dog means thinking ′′ this is their last summer ", ′′ this is their last July ", ′′ This could be the last morning".
Living with a very old dog means they bark at any noise at any time, not because they know what they are barking at, its they feel they need to bark and let us know.
Living with a very old dog means, you have to lift them up into the truck, the bed, the couch, the stairs.
Living with a very old dog means putting off commitments because it's important to be close to them.
Living with an old dog means we trip over them because they are so sound asleep they don't hear us approaching them.
Living with an old dog means accidents in the house, its ok they don't mean to do it.
Living with a very old dog means feeling guilty because you know you could have done more, giving them more runs, more travel, more hugs, more caresses, more everything.
I would like to say that living with a very old dog also puts us in the face of our own death, fragility, vulnerability.
Living with a very old dog means we got to experience life with a very old dog, which is one of the best joys on earth!
Our Danny Boy will be 14 on February 1. We celebrate each and every day we are blessed with. He follows us still from room to room. When he comes to us we stop whatever we are doing to give him hugs and cuddles. We love this boy always and forever to the moon and back. We can't even express the amount of Joy he has brought to our lives in his lifetime.
#cherishthemoments #lovingseniordogs #roughcollies #windwhispersfarm
Main part of this Shared from a facebook post by Analese Peters
Dar & Demi Boys Available
These puppies have the most amazing personalities, and temperament. They are calm and friendly. They will make a great addition to your family. These are Sable headed white, and Tri headed white boys. The puppies will never get CEA, PRA, CN, HUU, VWDII, DM, and are MDR1 n/n or n/m.
They are UKC Registered and come with their pedigree and parental testing.
If interested, please complete our application! <3 APPLY NOW
(waiting list given preference)
Welcome to Dar & Demi Classics litter!
Demi is our hero right now. Dahlia had some complications with her delivery, and Demi stepped right up and took 2 of Dahlia's puppies to raise. They are doing well also. So she has 11 total.
She is the best first time mama anyone could ask for. Now... how about these beautiful babies... would you like to see them? OK!
As our followers and those who are on our waiting list, some of these are available if you would like to reserve. Please contact us for more information! (There are only boys available in these. )
Suzi & Marc
Suzi & Marc Newman
Wind Whispers Pixie Perfect
PIXIE is the last of the Tesla X Dori Litter available at this time. She will be 8 weeks on November 24th. Pixie is a delight in personality. She bounds to you when called, and loves all interaction. She will make a wonderful family or farm companion and helper. Her dam and sire are such loyal and smart Collies.
If you would like to be considered for her new home, please complete our online application on website, or contact us if you're currently on our waiting list.
Pixie will never get CEA, PRA, CN, HUU, VWDII, DM, and is MDR1 n/n or n/m. She is a beautiful Bi-black female.
They will be taking January/February 2021 off for family time, but are available after this as normal.
Hi We're Wind Whispers Farm, We are growing and changing all the time, and learn something new every day. We raise some of the best Collies around, and they are our family and first loves! Thank you for joining us! Marc