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  1. If I were you, I'd post a pic here (Directions in the post at the top of the forum) and move the topic into BC Companions or General boards - you should get more help that way.
  2. Here are some pics I got from a photo shoot with Maggie for a newsletter the College of Ag at Purdue produces. It's soooo nice having a professional shot of her jumping - I've been trying to get one for years. I have no idea what camera was used, but it was a wide angle lens for sure.
  3. ok well here's my sole car pic That's the back of my awesome dog car and college mobile - a '99 Subaru Impreza Hatchback Edited to add - Generally Maggie doesn't ride loose in the back since big semis make her nervous and I don't want to worry about a dog in an accident; she has mesh crate that is usually in the cargo area.
  4. My girl is very much like your boy, though she's much smaller and BC like (I think she's an ACD/BC cross) - she's accurate and slow on the course but loves to run w/ my parents' dog and off lead after rabbits and such. We tried the baiting, marking good performance, lots of toys and treats, etc. and she only speeded up a bit. In our last trial she actually put some speed on, confirming my trainer's thought that she wants to work further away from me. We were on a Gamblers course instead of a Standard layout (Gamblers in USDAA requires the dog to work away from the handler for part of the course - handler is on one side of a mark and the dog does a sequence on the other). We'll be working on distance more now. Another thing - Maggie has high prey drive (has caught rabbits, voles, etc.) but it isn't triggered by throwing a toy. I just discovered that a cat toy - looks like a fishing pole w/ a line and a toy at the end - works fabulously to speed her up and make her wild. She chewed the fur off the end, but I tied a squeaky mouse to the end of the line and it works fine again. I just have to watch that she doesn't jump too high or turn too fast after it now lol. HTH
  5. Mags is not a fan of baths, but at least she'll tolerate them - when I got her I had to physically pin her down and/or tie her in the tub. Here's a pic: And a photoshopped photo closeup: Photos were taken with a Canon PowerShot A400.
  6. Just thought I'd share the fun I'm having w/ my trial version of photoshop...How do I make some objects colored and the background b&w btw?
  7. HeHe - such a comfy doggie! Maggie has several beds, but none nearly as nice as Snorri's; her favorite of course is the cheapest one: a pile of blankets on top of a sheepskin rug. here's a pic of Maggie snuggled in for the night.
  8. I'm another huge fan of Pat Miller's "The Power of Positive Dog Training" - it's practically required reading for all of my dog training clients, and a few of them refer to it as their dog training bible lol. It's very well written, easy to read, even has a lesson plan and some ideas on teaching a few tricks in addition to basic obedience stuff.
  9. Ok here are the noses I have... Maggie: Gryffin:
  10. btw, reptiles cannot get rabies - only mammals can. Here are my two 'gators: Maggie is the speckled one and Gryff is the Rottie mix (my parents' dog) - they have tons of fun together when I'm at my parents'.
  11. Sandra - I think you are right about this being a cultural difference; in the US we cannot let our dogs free to run and greet because of the laws and because of the dangers of cars, etc. I believe that American society is also very quick to place blame on other people rather than themselves and thus we end up with a ton of ill behaved people and dogs w/ no idea how to interact appropriately. I also wonder if these differences may also be due to the restrictions US dogs are placed under: they are not allowed in most stores, must be on a 6 ft leash if in city limits, cannot even growl at another dog or human without concerns of legal retribution, well you get the idea. I think if dogs were allowed to accompany their owners all over we might just see an increase in well trained, socialized dogs that can be taken anywhere with no problems and know when they can greet others and what to do when they meet another canine, even on lead. If I could safely let my girl off lead in public places I would, but it is illegal and dangerous, even with a solid off lead heel. Since Maggie rarely meets other dogs with owners that understand that canine interaction can be rough and tumble and that every dog is different, she has to be watched carefully in her canine interactions; I often err on the side of no contact because I can't trust the other dog to go slowly when my dog shows signs of uncertainty - i.e. read her body language correctly rather than just running straight at her. It is my job to keep her and other dogs safe, but it would be nice to have help in my desensitization efforts sometimes too.
  12. Something to keep in mind - livestock not used for agricultural purposes may be in a grey area when regs are concerned; at least in research facilities they are regulated when not being used in ag related research. **since ducks are birds, this prob exempts them - reserch at least exempts rats, mice, and birds**
  13. I interned w/ USDA Animal Care - the unit that oversees the AWA and employs the inspectors that ensure compliance w/ AWA - I am almost positive that livestock are not included in the 'other animals' definition as Colin mentioned above. I seem to remember asking that exact question actually and the answer was 'no only other animals covered under AWA regs are included in the $500 limit' and AWA doesn't regulate livestock. I bet the PAWS regs would end up being unenforcable at the current time due to lack of funding and inspectors to enforce it. AC has its hands full already w/ all the inspections it has to do each year; there are about 100 inspectors for the whole US, up from about 70 or 80 a year an a half ago!
  14. The local police here stopped a friend of mine walking with her dog on university property to make sure she wasn't hunting - apparently they have a lot of problems w/ poachers on that piece of property - kinda scary since it is within city limits!!
  15. In the flyball video, I noticed that the dog's 'wrists' and hocks really hit the ground on the landing from the jump - is that normal? I tried to look at the two videos I have of Maggie running agility and it appears that her wrists and hocks don't compress quite that much. Is one way better than the other on the joints? Maggie's vet says he's amazed she still has full motion in her carpal joint (wrists) at 6 yo while still doing agility (albeit not every day, but a lot of classes). Do you all look at the dog's jumping technique and body actions on landing to prevent injuries/determine if a dog is sound enough to be worked hard? Would this be advisable, especially in a rescue dog being evaluated for the sport?
  16. My girl has chipped her canines on bones and our vet doesn't seem to think this warrants additional attention since it doesn't seem to be sensitive for her. I might get a second opinion if I were you. For just routine cleaning and one extraction, I think we paid about $150 without the blood screening before hand since she'd been tested recently. The regular vet did the procedure.
  17. Just checked Clean Run - they have a padded martingale/tug leash combo in the sale section for $19.95 plus shipping. Dunno if that might be what you were looking for; seems like a good price to me since the regular slip leads always seem to go for about $16.
  18. The slip lead I made out of polarfleece is wide enough that even if Maggie pulls hard into it, it doesn't tighten quickly and it doesn't seem to choke her at all; it is a little difficult to loosen though. You might want to go to a few shows - often the vendors will have a variety of leads you can try on before buying and I've seen some really innovative designs - including one with a built in, slip off harness instead of a collar and one with a built in, wide, padded martingale collar!
  19. I made a great lead out of polar fleece for about $5. I wish I had added a length of nylon to prevent stretching, but other than that it works well - pretty much the same design as the one Mutt posted, but w/ braided polarfleece instead of nylon rope. It wouldn't be too hard to make a martingale style I wouldn't think.
  20. One thing to keep in mind - if you're working on a fear issue, going to predictable environments for the first stages of training is much more advisable than somewhere that has loose animals/unpredictable situations like the above mentioned park or dog parks. My girl is good with dogs until they approach w/in striking distance, then she reacts. Even though she is good with a radius of 3 to 5 feet, we don't go to off lead areas or dog parks for the very reason that I cannot fully predict what will happen when other dogs are off lead. We work in parks w/ enforced leash laws, empty dog parks, tennis courts, and with small groups of people I know and their leashed dogs - all places where interaction and obedience commands can be strictly controlled. My goal is to prevent my girl from reacting and to avoid any situations where she gets in over her head - if I didn't, one incident could set Maggie back several weeks in her training. You might want to think about your choice of exercise areas at this point with your pup so you can set her up to succeed.
  21. Somehow I always get the oddest pictures of Maggie...here's the most recent. Let's see some more funny BC faces!
  22. Not that weird, but this is how Maggie sleeps... All spread out OR All curled up There's never a middle ground with her!
  23. Aww I don't really have many pics of Maggie smiling - she's a very serious girl lol. Here are the only ones I could find!
  24. I like Cam personally since I don't know of any dogs by that name. I always liked Bleidd (pronouced Blayth) or Brian (pronounce Breein), but no one in my family did, so none of our animals get those names.
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