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  1. 4 hours ago, alligande said:

    My final observation is that most sheepdogs working in their original areas, northern England, the borders etc don't work all day long every day. Some days they don't work, they might go the pub, or they might spend time ridding the quad, some days are long and arduous. A good border collie should work hard when it needs to and relax when it doesn't, a shepherd does not want an amped up dog bothering him. 

    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.  

  2. 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.


  3. 1 hour ago, HerePupPup said:

    My girl is also 5 months old and does NOT like going into her crate. This is probably because she does go there for time out (punishment) for excessive bitey behavior.

    So, my question is, how do I train her to willing go into her crate AND use the crate for time out (punishment)?


    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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. I know that in America you have ticks that carry Lyme disease, but proving the theory that everything in Australia is trying to kill you, you need to Google paralysis ticks.  I may have mentioned them on another thread before.  Trust me when I say that you do not want any of them showing up in your country.

  9. Not sure if there is any NADAC in Brisbane? Tunnellers or the hoops may be better for an older dog than the jumps.  Otherwise nosework, or even something like Rally can be good for an older dog.  Rally can have one or two jumps in higher grades, but with straight approaches and not at high speed.  I call it an obedience obstacle course.

    Or you can look into track and search or lure coursing.  I just checked Dogs Queensland's website, and there are trials in both disciplines, so there must be clubs that teach it.  These might work for an older dog that is still active.

  10. I agree with everything that is said above as, especially about the suggestion that 20 puppies is probably way too much stimulation for your puppy, and an abnormally large puppy group.  Border Collies are bred to be sensitive to the minutest movement of sheep.  For a little puppy, that much movement must be overwhelming and frightening.  Be his protector; keep things at a distance, let him observe from where he feels safe and allow him to set the pace of his interactions. 

    I have also found that my BCs are somewhat 'breedist', in that they get on best with other herding/working type dogs who have the same body language and play styles.  This is not the case with every BC, obviously.  But if there are some puppies that are very boisterous and 'in your face' in the group, or some of the brachycephalic breeds, like pugs, frenchies and boxers, BCs can have difficulty reading their play. If there are some other BCs, Aussies etc in the group, can you maybe arrange a small play meet with one or two other puppies away from the big group?

    And your puppy is gorgeous

  11. She looks more like a Jackie or a Shawnee to me.

    Thank you very much, you have paid the puppy tax - for now!  She is a real cutie pie!  I look forward to seeing her grow.

    I am afraid I do not have a lot of advice for toilet training in winter with snow.  Not something I see a lot of in Australia.  I suspect letting her out of the crate as soon as she goes in is a bad precedent to be setting though.

  12. I think you will find many people on this forum join in your view of the rare need to wash their BCs. 

    I have four BCs, two aged six and a half years, one aged five years, and one about to turn two.  George (6 and a half) has been groomed, I think, three times, and bathed about six times.  Oscar, also 6 and a half, has been groomed about five times and gets bathed about every  four to six months.  Bailey, aged five years, has been washed maybe five times.  Shadow, who came to us at 11 months, has been washed twice.


  13. I am glad it seems to be working! 

    I must admit I am not talking from personal experience, but from group experience from others on this forum dealing with things like dogs afraid of a car etc.

    If things take a backwards step, you just need to go back to where she is comfortable again and go more slowly, breaking things down into slower steps, but hopefully that doesn't happen.


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