Getting along with our doggie in-laws

This Christmas we went over to my parent’s in the Seattle area. They have a great black standard poodle named Monty. He’s around 5, has a bad hip and generally likes everything that walks in the front door, especially if he can manage to stick his nose in its crotch. Unfortunately Ellie, my border collie, has never been so happy about living with him (even if its only for four days). Ellie has a snarkilpetic tendency and Monty is playful: like a little brother that likes to poke his older sister just to annoy her.

Ellie and Monty Sharing a Bed
Ellie and Monty Sharing a Bed
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Why did I take my girl to the dog park…?

I’ve been faithfully taking my ‘snarkileptic’ border collie female to the dog park for about a year around 4 times a week. It wasn’t until this seminar I really looked at my dog and thought “is this good for her? Does Ellie need to go to the dog park? Is her behavior improving because we go to the dog park?” My honest answers are all ‘no.’
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