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  1. Herding drive is, in fact, rooted in prey drive. Dogs all have one sequence for hunting - heck, animals period - and that is basically (simplified) to find/track, stalk, chase, bite, kill, and consume. Border Collies have had parts of that sequence strengthened and used to our advantage when trained : namely the eye/stalk - but make no mistake. It is not inherently differently motivated than any other dog (or wolf) crouching down to stalk a sheep then chase it. It's prey drive. It started as that, and we used it. It's prey drive that we altered, that we put control on, but in the absence of human intervention and control it's just plain old prey drive and no more or less likely to result in a dog killing. It's only herding when done to help a human with stock, when asked, and stopping when told. Otherwise, it's chasing prey. (I know this is old as heck but I felt compelled to reply because border collies having prey drive is a thing that gets LOOOOTS of people in trouble. "They herd so they must be good with animals/not have prey drive!" ...no. Absolutely that is not correct.)
  2. It is super, super, hard to capture. People tend to assume she: 1-) Is black and white 2-) has sun bleaching 3-) Is actually seal. Trying to get that she has consistent, traditional markings is freaking hard. People she sees regularly in person usually eventually pick it up. Emphasis on eventually. They're usually pretty startled by it when they pick it up. These are more normal lighting from a couple of weeks ago. If you squint REAL HARD and your monitor is really cooperative, you can VAGUELY see it. Otherwise? Nope. So it's not too surprising you hadn't seen it before - or that real life people hadn't. Kind of fun for me (and occasionally a little bit frustrating but only a little bit) ...and sorry for the babble.
  3. To further elaborate, when my puppy was 3 months old, he loved everyone and was super into playing with other dogs and strange people. By the time he was 12 months old, the shine had worn off. He'd play a little bit and he was pretty tolerant, but he'd really much rather be working or playing with me. So he tended to play for 2 minutes, the work around the other dog. Like I have a picture somewhere of him being humped by a corgi but focusing on me because he wanted to play with me and whatever. At 18-20ish months old? Yeah, no. A dog gets in his face is going to be growled at, and if that doesn't do it air snapped at. Physical contact with him uninvited (like climbing up on him or whatever) is going to result in a pretty LOUD but non-damaging correction. My guy's not going to start things,, ever. He's not aggressive. He's there to work with me and all about that and he's perfectly polite to dogs who are polite to him. But he has moved out of the age of being completely socially open. Rude dogs get told to piss off. Unless he's poking holes in dogs or chasing them down while they're minding their own business -- It's NORMAL. It's maturing. It's fine.
  4. ^ I wrote this and, yeah, I'm quoting myself. It applies. He's an 18 month old herdy thing. They tend to grow out of wanting to play with a bunch of strange dogs, and definitely grow out of willingness to put up with rude puppies who are *in their face* or physically jumping on them, holy crap. He doesn't belong in a dog park. That doesn't mean you have a problem on your hands, but if you don't respect what he's telling you and he's forced to handle these situations on his own, you're going to. A big one. He doesn't want to be there. He doesn't want to deal with puppies. Don't ask him to, let him decompress and get on with your life - AWAY from dog parks.
  5. Reusing this thread rather than starting a new one. This is probably the BEST shot I've managed of her tri markings, particularly her face. It's the result of some funky pre-rain, late evening, lighting but it worked so I'm sharing. Also she's pretty. And rolled in pine sap.
  6. I feel so bad for him but I also really can't stop laughing! Poor guy - and what a relief for you guys!
  7. Yeah. I have found with Molly if I start her before the disc I actually have better luck - but it's a matter of starting her running around me and then throwing low and fast so it's straight in front of her nose and she's chasing it right up until the catch there's less opportunity to jump which is good. Or, as you said, leading out from her. Throwing conditions also matter much, much more with her.
  8. It makes me laugh. I always wanted a dog who would single step and he is apparently JUST leggy enough to manage as long as he hops a little bit, LOL. It was a good trial for us. Kiran got his touch and go novice title, got a Q in Open Regular. Kylie got an extended Chances title and passed her 1,000 points in her career. And we only did one day! We'll see what the rest of the spring holds (3 more trials - one more weekend after next, then back to back last week in April. All 3 dogs going to those 3, Molly did not attend this one, thankfully. It was WAY too small for the number of people, dogs, and RVs. Never mind the plethora of on site livesotck! (eep))
  9. Yeah, Molly is one of those 'leap really high vertically to catch the disc'. It's a pretty sharp contrast to Kiran who just jumps in stride - sometimes very high but IN STRIDE like he's jumping over something, in comparison to Molly who goes vertical. Kiran pushes off with the back, moves forward as well as up, lands on his front and keeps going. Molly goes straight up in place, and lands on her back legs and I hate it. Both compete some in disc, but I limit Molly way more and their styles are wildly different.
  10. Remember that your goal with the surgery is to PREVENT arthritic changes and worsening from use of a messed up knee down the road that will seriously hinder him LATER, not to deal with a situation that's making him immobile NOW. So basically: I think your right in doing the surgery. This isn't jumping the gun. The sooner his knee is fixed, the less damage he will have down the road. Waiting for him not to be able to walk without limping or to be carrying that leg all the time is going to let everything get worse, make recovery harder, and give you a less positive outcome.
  11. I don't mind at all! I mean I'm just posting things to track and I like talking to people (and you!) I have a one day trial this weekend with the tricolor mutts. I'll see about getting some video too - or at least a clear shot of the arena. Comparing venues could be fun and it'll certainly be educational!
  12. I would be super interested if you get the chance!
  13. Yeah. We sometimes have some chaos - a lot of my trials are in public parks, which means we've reserved part of it and there's a soccer game next door, kids on the playground, and once even some police training on their obstacle course - but we almost always go home at the end of the day. The events in horse barns are basically just agility people and the odd spectator. Those are pretty nice. The biggest issue there are the pigeons and mice. Kiran is pretty environmentally INsensitive though thank god. He has, literally, been unfussed by a train passing him blowing it's horn to the tune of jingle bells, in the dark, at a 800 people festival, in the dark, with fires and people in costumes. I've got all the 'I care what's going on around me' I can handle with Molly. Kiran's issue is more that he just knows he's going to work and loses it because he wants to do the thing. NOW. Or has. Seems like we might be getting a handle on that on e.
  14. This was him all the way home. He was pretty darned tired! But he has learned to chill out around agilitiy/in agility settings. Can't and won't in a crate unless it's in the van, can't do it at disc events period, but I think we'll get there. He didn't used to manage at agility either, so. We'll see. I'm hopeful - and proud -especially since he still turned on and lit up when it was his turn to work.
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