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  1. So this was one of the first times that my dog Oscar had run an excellent jumping course in Australia. Oscar loves jumping and has essentially no leadout in competition, although he does in training. Oscar is a tall and long dog, jumping 600mm (which is about 23.6 inches according to Google). This is our tallest jumping height in Australia. The Judge for this run (although I was not aware of it when I entered) has a reputation for complex courses. Oscar, being a long tall dogs, loves his flowing, open courses. I nearly pulled him when I walked the course because I was 100% sure that Oscar had no chance of being able to make the relatively tight constant turns. As it was, I do not think anyone got a qualifying run on the course to the best of my memory. This was absolutely NOT a perfect run. We clearly DQ'd, as after the third jump, we were supposed to turn 180 degrees and take the jump alongside, not the tunnel directly ahead. This was my fault, as I was out of position at the start, had to work to turn him after the second jump and then did not cue the turn early enough. It was a clear trap, which caught, I think, 90+% of the dogs running. Overall, I thought the course was one of the more technical courses I had run with him. There was another boggle at the back of the course which again was my fault, with being behind my dog and not signalling his course clearly enough. I clearly have a much better dog than I am a handler (witness the number of back crosses I do). Despite my bad handling and a course which I was sure was very unsuited to Oscar, he still surprised and impressed me with his run. He really has not done foundations properly, I rarely train with him due to lack of time and space, and he trials maybe five times a year. If I had been able to turn him after jump 3, we probably would have Q'd. I have been thinking about posting this for ages but seeing Kiran's posts finally gave me the courage to post this run. I love it when your dog surprises you.
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    Kiran agility thread

    Looking very good to me, not that I am any sort of an expert! You can see him still looking at you after every run, but then he follows where you are pointing. As someone whose dog has essentially zero leadout (because MUM I WANT TO JUMP!) I am jealous of yours.
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    Trouble teaching stand

    At my obedience school, we taught stand by walking with the dog alongside, making a sign, which is waving your left hand held flat from left to right in front of the dogs face, then turning and running the hand along the dog's left side and placing it just under its belly in front of your dog's hind leg. As you stop, you use the hand to keep the dog standing.
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    Owl Sniffer Dog

    We in Australia seem to absolutely love our Border Collie endangered wildlife detection dogs. As an addition to my previous post about frog sniffer dogs, please meet Zorro, the four month old BC who is beginning to train as an owl detection dog. Warning: super cute video of puppy included. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/18/masked-owl-avenger-zorro-the-border-collie-is-on-the-scent-in-tasmania
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    Lola Starting agility

    Weaving can actually be very difficult to learn, and there are various ways, 2 x 2, channel etc. If she is running right past the poles, I would guess that she has no idea what you want her to do, i.e. she has no idea that the poles are something she is supposed to interact with. You could try going very slowly and luring her around the poles, but I would guess you need to try something more basic first. As for running in front of you and stopping, you need to build drive for her to keep going and work away from you. Throwing a toy is a good way to do this. You need to time the throw right, so she sees it as she does whatever you want her to do (e.g. come out of a tunnel) so she does not stop but keeps going. What you are learning are the foundations of agility, rear end awareness, targeting (for stopped contacts), weave basics. Core strength, drive, wrapping around obstacles, working on both sides (among many others) are other things that you may also learn as things go on. The more you work together with your dog, the stronger the bond, the easier it will be on course.
  6. If these are distinct episodes, then it sounds to me like an overstimulated, overtired puppy, as was the case in some of the other threads.
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    Thank you and leashes

    I actually have three boys who are all about that size (i.e. 60lbs full grown) So long as his body condition is good, then he will just be a bigger BC. I like having the longer legs and body, as I can reach out and pat a head when my boys sit next to me without having to lean over or down. He is a beautiful boy! I think the way his white blaze narrows and widens makes him look like he is suspicious of everything, but it gives him so much character.
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    Life with dogs.

    I have one dog who earned the nickname "poopy face" after rubbing his face in something disgusting right before an agility training session. On the unplanned bath side, I recently was just settling down for a pre-dinner drink with my partner, who placed his glass of stout on the coffee table. None of our dogs counter surf, or will take things off the coffee table, but one dog turned around and with a swish of his tail sent the glass of stout flying all over one of our other poor dogs and our new pale grey rug. I was banished to the bath with one dog while my partner was trying to clean up the rug. I thought I could just rinse the beer off but the poor dog still smelt like a brewery so it turned into a full bath.
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    Go with Insurance?

    I second GentleLake's comment. In Australia, pre-existing conditions are excluded, and can include, for example, if you dog had a problem in his front left leg, then you get insurance and he presents with a problem in his right front leg, this will be excluded as a pre-existing condition.
  10. Love the name Roan,, and he does look much happier. His behaviour may change in a few weeks once the honeymoon period ends, but in the meantime he sounds like a wonderful dog. Congratulations and thank you for rescuing him. I second D'Elle ^^^^ keep the updates coming! I am so interested to see the changes in his coat over time.
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    Grain free

    I do not usually feed raw, but do use raw chicken hearts as a topper for my dog's food a couple of times a week. 12 months ago I ended up with a bout of campylobacter poisoning. Not salmonella, but also not fun. Despite drinking bottle after bottle of gatorade/powerade and hydalyte, I ended up at emergency getting two litres (four and a quarter quarts) of saline intravenously four days later. They had to use an ultrasound machine to find a vein, as I was so dehydrated, my veins were collapsing. I actually fell asleep in the emergency department; I was that wiped out. Best I can work out, I got the bacteria from the raw chicken hearts. I was also on anti-reflux medications, which increases vulnerability. I would wash my hands afterwards, but if you are vulnerable, it only takes a drop somewhere. I now use gloves to handle the chicken hearts, and am careful not to touch anything else. I should add, this is the second time in my life I have had a gastro problem, the first being while I was in Fiji at a resort on holiday, when half the resort came down with rotavirus.
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    meet SPLASH!!!

    Yeap, love blue eyes on a dog, and Splash is beautiful! I also love the name. If he has just come home, I would not worry about training too much right away, beyond toilet training. Build the relationship and have fun with your puppy for a week or so. Try to capture behaviour that he does naturally, like sitting, lying or bowing with your clicker and treat, rather than a specific training session.
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    Walking on a leash

    Fantastic progress! Now you may need to pay the puppy photo toll...