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  1. This may sound really weird, but one of the favourite non-dog-specific toys for my boys when they were young, along with the usual plastic bottles, cardboard rolls etc, was a hard plastic hose trigger gun. The sort of thing that goes on the end of a hose, that you can adjust to a thin stream, or a waterfall, that you use to water your garden. It lasted forever!
  2. With these laps, is she making hard fast turns, stopping suddenly, jumping over things, or up and down steps? If not, I would not be too worried about some short sessions of the zoomies.
  3. I was just typing the same thing. Routine can be huge to a BC. Your parents had their house on the market for a year and a half. That is very stressful. My Mum has had her house on the market for three months and she is a wreck. Don't think Tucker didn't pick up on that. Plus cleaning for inspections, strange people coming through the house, it is all difficult. Added on top all of the changes with his beloved person going away and coming back irregularly. His routine completely out the window. Who knows what is happening with the collar when you are gone. Look up trigger stacking. That is what has happened here. I am not a fan of zapper/shock collars. Fortunately, where I live in Australia, they are actually illegal. I never want a BC to die. I think you have no choice. And my heart bleeds for both of you.
  4. I don't have any recommendations about the doggy door, sorry. I don't mean to be a downer, but please be very very careful about doing jumps with your puppy at so young an age. I realise that they are low jumps, and puppies will be puppies when it comes to steps, but dogs are not allowed to compete in agility in my country until they are 18 months of age, and most clubs will not allow them to start training over jumps until they are at least one year old because their bones are still growing and they can do serious damage to their joints with doing jumps at this young age. The growth plates do not join up until at least 12 months. To avoid possible joint problems and arthritis etc issues in the future, please put the jumps on the ground so he can step over them, not jump over them until he is one year old. If you want to train agility, there is a lot you can train without the jumps, just Google agility fundamentals, or agility foundations. These are still really fun games, and if you want to do agility, they will be so helpful for you. Weave poles also involve a lot of twisting and are not recommended for young bodies. Your puppy is super cute; I love the freckles and the gorgeous eyes. I hope you and he have many, many happy and healthy years together.
  5. Absolutely this. A working dog does not work 24/7. They need to be able to work long hours when required, but they are not moving animals all day, every day. That would be very bad for the animals they are herding, and the farmer would be rightly peeved and poor with their livestock dropping dead from exhaustion. A working dog has to be able to not work when that is what is required. A super hyperactive dog is likely to have difficulty being a good working dog on a farm because of an inability to switch off. I know of a kelpie who was rejected as a working dog for this reason, not because of a problem with skill on livestock, but because of not settling when needed. You sound like you have a wonderful puppy, and I very much look forward to meeting her when you figure out how to post photos. If you can't post a photo directly, you could try signing up to Photobucket or some other photosharing site and posting links to photos of her. You will need to make sure you have authorised the site to share the photos.
  6. Her coat looks quite a lot like one of mine, and he is all BC. His fur is quite wiry, especially around the hindquarters, although he is on the larger side. It tends to stick up at weird angles in places. He is farm bred, not pedigree. BCs were not bred for looks, and can have a very wide range of size, coat colour, texture, length, body build, ear set etc. It is their behaviour that makes a BC, as D"Elle says. If your girl behaves like a BC, then she is one. I would not doubt her.
  7. There was a thread a little while ago about a sudden fear of a kitchen, where someone posted a Kikopup video. That showed how desensitisation works. I think that is the kind of thing you will need to go through. You need to create positive associations with the crate. Can you feed in the crate? Can you give her a yummy chew toy in the crate? Can you treat her for going in the crate but not necessarily shut the door and keep her in there? This means the crate does not always mean the end of fun. When you are putting her into a time out, you may need to change the cue word away from "time out" because that is now a negative association. Maybe not say anything at all? Or say "Puppy needs a nap"? Something that will either sound positive or at least neutral.
  8. The vet was saying it is the weirdest place for a wound that she had ever seen, and a definite first. The things they do!
  9. So I got a somewhat panicked message from my OH yesterday afternoon. He had been out watering the garden, and noticed the other dogs were paying a lot of attention to our George's rear end. This is entirely unusual, so he went and checked to see what was up, and found that there was blood under George's tail. So we managed to get into our vet that afternoon, thinking prostate problem, internal bleeding, badly infected anal gland... In the end, there was a shallow penetration wound under the tail, so it has been washed out and he is now on antibiotics to prevent infection and some painkillers. As near as we can tell, George, who likes to poop in cover, backed up into a bush preparing to poop and managed to stab himself in the ass with a branch. And he is actually the smartest out of our four BCs.
  10. So dainty and divine! I love it!
  11. I probably will not get a chance to load anything until Monday when I get back, but I will try to take some photos or videos to show what the trial set up is like. I may set up a new thread, because I think it could be quite interesting to see what people's set ups are like in different countries, and organisations, a country trial vs a city trial, indoor vs outdoor. Sorry for hijacking Kiran's thread for a while. Now back to normal programming...
  12. I have never come across an indoor trial in Australia yet. Then again, the weather here is a LITTLE more friendly to outdoor trials in winter. Most grounds tend to be public grounds but blessedly quiet, other than the occasional bird and spectator. Our home grounds are next to a BMX track, but we don't usually have competing users. One thing Australia has a lot of is space. I may try and get some photos of the caravan park, and the trial grounds, to show what the trial is like. If you would be interested. The trial actually has an obedience and rally competition as well as agility rings.
  13. I think part of it for Oscar is that for most of our agility trials, we are camping in a tent at a caravan park or camp ground with many other people and dogs around. This starts the day before the trial. Then we have all of the fun of the trial, for two days (or at least a day and a half) before we get to go home. This is not counting the minimum two to five hour drive before we get to the town of the trial. There is so much stimulation for him, and we only go maybe three to five times a year (not including our home trials, where he can come home at the end of the day). We have our first trial of the year this coming weekend, our closest neighbour, only two hours' drive away. We will be staying in a packed caravan park. It is a long weekend, and there is an agility trial, a kid's surf lifesaving competition and, I think, a kids soccer competition on in the same town, and a Folk Music festival at a neighbouring town on the same weekend, with literally thousands of people staying in the camp in caravans, motorhomes, tents, cabins, rooftop tents etc. It is insanely busy.
  14. That is impressive to me! Oscar would not be that calm. Oscar may not be reactive, but he would be far more alert in that situation. He gets so exhausted at a trial because he does not really relax.
  15. I am so happy to hear that the mystery has been solved as to the cause of the problem. Even more importantly, Kenzi is back to being a happy dog again! Yay!
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