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  1. CptJack

    When your dog surprises you

    This is awesome! Always fun when you get a pleasant surprise and get to be impressed with your own dog and this definitely a hard, hard course! (I've been working on 180 degree turns with an off course tunnel 'behind them' today, so this is timely as well as really great!)
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    Kiran agility thread

    On a certain level I'm somewhat surprised by how deliberate and thoughtful he is. More, I'm surprised that I'm surprised at all. He's pretty balls to the walls once he absolutely understands what the game is (with everything), but he's also a hard thinker and very... earnest in his desire to be a good boy. Agility to date has been about short sequences and handling challenges, so he's both waiting for every obstacle to be his last and thinking hard about what I want. Definitely needs some obstacle focus and toy rewards out in front of him from here, but. He'll get there. Seriously about 98% sure he's just... a very green, very baby dog who is trying REAL HARD. And. Not gonna lie, I'm not protesting his lack of being Molly intense with it. Uh. Long way around and small novel out of the way: THANK YOU!
  3. Not just further west. Not sure how common it is here, but there are a whole lot of 'useful farm dogs' of a few breeds and mixes (most with a health dose of border collie) being used in the rural areas around me, who would not be great for trialing but are stellar at getting what needs done, done.
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    Kiran agility thread

    Thanks, guys. I don't plan on videoing everything, ever, but husband took some while we were at his first club practice doing things (first time in the big field, people and dogs), so I'm sharing. ...and no, he will not be jumping 12" forever, LOL. Really particularly proud of the leadout.
  5. We're a couple of classes from the end of his group class 'career', and starting club practices and probably the occasional private this fall. He'll debut in a couple of very, very basic classes at a couple of trials at the end of this month for trial experience. Very baby. No clue what's going on. Not blazing fast. Waaaaay in need of more obstacle focus (believe it or not this is better - early on there were points he'd run into obstacles because he wouldn't take his attention off me - and it's not agility specific, he's always had to have 'yo, things are happening besides the woman' pointed out to him, even when teeny tiny). Being outdoors and able to throw rewards will help that. But. He tries hard and he's got good handling skills and I"m pretty pleased with him.
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    Lola Starting agility

    It takes a long time for many, many dogs to understand the 'point' of agility. It's a lot of separate skills and factors and really long behavior chains as you go. It's fun! But 'I GET THIS!" lightbulb takes time. but 98% of the game has nothing to do with the equipment, the equipment *is* the relative easier part that comes quickest - but it's also the part that can be hardest to fix if learned wrong and comes with physical risk to the dog. So it's really important to get the foundations, teach them as well as you possibly can, and stick with it.
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    Lola Starting agility

    Throw a toy between the jump uprights/ahead of her. And do more rewarding with a toy/in front of the dog instead of your hand, in general.
  8. CptJack

    Molly's agility thread.

    This weekend was weird. It was a really small trial, but with a lot of people who aren't normally there or new people and more 'wtf' moments than usual. Possibly the environment got too laid back, or the incoming hurricane was influencing people's brain or something. We had a woman with a 3lb 'toy aussie' (7 month old) puppy who stopped to ask if Molly was good with other dogs. Upon saying 'no' the woman hung out and tried to chat while her breakable dog was being a wild idiot doing zoomies on about 9 feet of leash around Molly - until I picked Molly up and walked away. We had to repeatedly yell at one particular couple who KEPT blocking the entry gate but getting offended by their dog being snarked at. God help me if Barney e does not stop pissing on the ring gates, I'm going to tear some piece of his anatomy off. ...Thankfully, at least, Barney is definitely a dog. And the face kissing thing. Molly was very good not to put holes in anyone but certainly went whale eyed while I squeaked out a 'panicked 'Don't do that!' (Lab owner. Lovely lady but holy crap). Another woman leaned over Molly to baby talk at her. I told her to stop. She said, 'Yeah your husband said she needed space'. Great, so maybe do that? And another person (golden owner) walked up to Kylie, grabbed her by the face and playfully shook. ...Sometimes I think my dogs have issues and then this stuff happens, no one bleeds and I realize they're actually pretty good dogs. And also that people are bizarre and maybe I need to go back to that 'Ignore me' harness since apparently acting normal and behaving is the batsignal for people to completely invade their space and manhandle them. It really was a good weekend overall though! Just. weird stuff.
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    Molly's agility thread.

    Molly got 3 new titles this weekend - Novice Chances, Open Weavers, Elite Tunnelers. The actual brag is that when someone bent over and tried to kiss her face, no one got bitten. Love the woman who did it but I think she just... spaced out, and was able to do so because Molly's become very, very ...solid in not acting like a fool with minimal management, but. No.
  10. Also: Yes, as GL said, 2 minutes of nose to nose greeting is a lot and a good way to keep this from happening is to allow about 3-5 seconds if you're going to let a nose-to-nose or onleash greeting to happen, and then call your dog out and away from it. Dogs face to face for an extended amount of time almost ALWAYS ends up with a warning from one dog that the interaction is OVER, now back the heck up. Could be subtle, could be more overt, but it's not great behavior for more than a second or two, and rarely ends well.
  11. Honestly, I am of the opinion that MANY border collies are just not good with other dogs - if you mean 'are willing to play with strange dogs, put up with rough play and/or puppies and extended face to face greetings' as opposed to 'exist near them without starting crap'. I don't think they're more likely to be outright aggressive, or seek out conflict, than other breeds - in fact probably (Much) less than many. However, willing to growl, bark, and air snap to make very clear that they're not interested in playing and to protect their personal space? Yep. Very common. My dog spent all day at an agility trial today and was very polite, comfortable, relaxed and lovely. Until a wound up puppy came charging and zooming into her face. At which point, you bet, my girl said 'get the 'eff' of of my face'' loudly. Do I have a problem with that? No. Do I view that as 'bad' behavior or aggression? Nope. I have a problem with a non-entered puppy, owned by a non-competing human, allowing her wound up and over aroused tiny dog to zoom around at the end of an excessively long leash though! And I certainly consider that bad behavior!
  12. Fall Toss and Fetch league wrapped tonight. Kiran finished third in our local league. Will find out overall standings tomorrow sometime, but whatever. We had a photographer (3 actually) there tonight. Some awesome shots of the dogs Like this (that's Molly, doing things). A bunch of them of Kiran even but there was this one... That I just can't get past. <3 My boy.
  13. CptJack

    My poor pup got bitten :(

    Yeah, pretty much my thought. Puppies also tend to over-react. Especially if they don't have experience with corrections from adult dogs and tend to be rude little jerks who 'deserve' the telling off.
  14. CptJack

    My poor pup got bitten :(

    I will say that while this is scary and bad, the dog wasn't actually biting aggressively. Roughly, scaring the crap out of your puppy, but if a lab was attacking aggressively you wouldn't have a puppy left, much less 'no skin broken'. Breath, be careful going forward, don't allow your puppy to greet strange dogs for more than about 3 seconds or at all when on leash, be confident or fake it for your pup's sake.
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    Is my BC ok?

    She looks vaguely like, if she is a BC, she may have pituitary dwarfism. I'd see a vet.