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  1. This was all before the Dexter the Peacock incident. Now, things are going to get really tough, getting your dog on board in the cabin.
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    Dancin' with Sheep

    Haha!! What an amazing guy!
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    Arched back but happy and moving otherwise

    You may want to take him to a chiropractor. I'm wondering if it's his back, or maybe his digestive system? Has he had any problem with gas or moving his bowels?
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    Dog Baths

    I only wash my BC and my Aussie/ BC/ whatever mix when they get into something stinky, like when they take a dip in a mucky pond or roll in stinky poop. I also use Buddy Wash, and I love that stuff! I've even used it myself! I love the green tea & bergamot scent.
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    Training facilities.

    I love your little trailer!! I want one just like it!
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    Dogs in Orbit!

    I posted this question in the "ask the expert" section, and several people suggested I post it here in the training discussion, so here goes! My dog, Pete, loves to run his "away" flank so much that he doesn't want to stop and hit that balance point. He just keeps going! On his "come bye" flank, he'll stop at the top, and want to turn around and do his anti-clockwise zoomies. I believe that this behavior is probably a good deal my fault, as he is my first border collie and my first experience working a dog on sheep. He has always been a strong, fast dog, and I believe that made me nervous about being run over by stampeding sheep (it's happened more than once), so I'm wondering if I have frustrated him by asking him to lie down too much, or by not moving with the sheep fast enough (after he has lifted them and is bringing them to me). I have worked with several different people, as far as training goes, but most of them work towards the AKC titles, or AHBA and ASCA, which are fine but are quite different from the border collie trials that I would like to run with Pete. I now have a larger farm, with bigger fields to train him, but I need to help him to understand how to do this work with me. It was way too hot to do any work this weekend, but last weekend, he did some nice work with a group of about 15 yearling lambs. I have started using a "rattle-paddle" that I found on the farm, which I smack on the ground to get his attention and turn him around. It worked well, but I'm wondering how long it will take for him to understand about hitting that balance point, and I will be able to ditch that thing? Any experienced insight on this situation will be most appreciated! Thanks! Rachel
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    Suddenly Dora....

    All the best to you & Dora! And, yes, you must post a picture soon! Rachel
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    The Darinka story.

    I apologize! I did not read past the first page of posts!
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    The Darinka story.

    Maja, not sure if you will see this or not, but I am curious about Darinka's hips. It's been almost 2 years since your last post, and I really enjoyed reading about your training dilemmas and breakthroughs. She is a lovely girl! I'm just curious about how you & she are doing now, and about how her hips turned out?
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    Stopping a Dog that Goes into Orbit!

    Thanks, Amanda! I'll give it a try! Rachel
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    Spillo herding lesson #4

    Also, Luana, the video looked good! Whoever was taking the video, and mentioned something about using "shockers" to keep Spillo from gripping the sheep, please tell him to keep his shockers to himself!!
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    Spillo herding lesson #4

    Hi Luana! I was concerned about Spillo after your lesson last Saturday! Please tell me that he is ok! Did you take him to the vet? I've noticed that you and Maureen have very long lessons (2 hours!!). That is a long time for a young dog to be going through this kind of training, and is especially hard on them when the weather is as hot and humid as it has been! One thing that I've noticed in your work on the long line, Spillo seems to be getting more and more frustrated and stressed. You have to allow him to move around the sheep, and find that balance point. If he gets a bit aggressive with the sheep, you have to move through the sheep and get him to back off. He barks a lot, and I think that is his frustration. You have to allow him to gather, that's his instinct. Constantly interfering with that frustrates the heck out of him, and could cause him to quit on you. Again, I hope that he is okay. Rachel
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    comfort dogs

    Dogs are so special. They are so patient and forgiving with us and our shortcomings. I live very close to the small town of Chardon, Ohio, where the shooting happened in the high school, February 27, 2012. I work right down the street from the Sherriff's department, and passed the SWAT team vehicle on it's way to the school that morning, wondering why it was out and where it was headed. That was a horrible, horrible day. Everyone in Chardon and the surrounding areas in Geauga and Lake counties were just stunned. In the days that followed, several people I know took "comfort" dogs to the high school, and it was amazing to see what a difference these dogs made to the kids, the teachers, members of the staff. They would sit patiently with anyone that wanted to pet them, hug them, cry into their fur. They truly have healing powers.
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    Spillo herding lesson #4

    Hi Luana! It's Rachel from the Spicy Lamb! Let me just first say that I think you are doing very well with Spillo. I know that rectangular pen with the ditch running through it is not the easiest thing to work in! I have been hoping that they might set up an actual round pen. It would make things so much easier for folks starting out with dogs for the first time. Is there any chance that you can bring Spillo out to Nova? Judi's farm is dedicated to training stock dogs, and I think we could work in an area where it would be easier for you to move around, and for Spillo to learn what you are asking of him. Do you know where this is? Maureen knows the farm. I am going to talk to Maureen and Laura about setting up a round pen. I think it will make a big difference in training young dogs/ green handlers starting out. You're doing a great job with your boy, Luana! Keep it up!
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    27th Occasional Highland SDT cancelled

    Donald McCaig, I was truly looking forward to attending your trial someday, and to meeting you. You were the person who, inadvertently, got me involved in border collies herding sheep. I was interested in the sport of agility, in which border collies excel, and, an interest in border collies led to an interest in herding. Looking for information on border collies and herding on Amazon.com led to the books "Nop's Trials" and "Nop's Hope," both of which I loved, and both tore my heart out. I wanted you to meet Pete, my sweet and crazy boy, the border collie from Lakewood, Ohio. His parents are Winston and Salem, and that's all that I know of his pedigree, but I know that he has that strong instinct burning in his very being. I hope that your health gets stronger with this Spring, and that you continue to write and love your dogs and your land. Thank you, Rachel Simpson
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