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  1. So cute! And what a pretty, rough coated dog!
  2. What I did with my current girl is put her in a kennel(not crate) with a couple of toys. Every time I went to let her out I told her to bring me a toy. Prior to this, she would grab a toy and drop it or bring it part way, etc. If she didn’t bring me the toy after a few commands and encouraging, I closed the door and went away. Later, we tried again. When she did bring it we had a party and she came out and we went about our business. From there we worked up to holding while I touch her face, pretend to take it, tug gently on it, etc. and not release until I give the release word. She’s made a ton of progress!
  3. He sound extremely concerned/shut down, both from the excessive sniffing, and the playing dead when a dog appoaches. Both are displacement behaviors when I dog is really concerned about something. Unfortunately, I don’t have any advice, but hopefully someone else will.
  4. I would recommend that you don't share other people's photos until a public forum unless you ask them. I can see where people could be upset by that. I don't think she's on these boards. I believe her pup is Next/Chubbs-you could look back on FB and see who those lilac pups are, because she owns one of those pups.
  5. I assume it's a misunderstanding about white heads and deafness, i.e. thinking no white headed dogs should be bred.
  6. One of mine was still filling in the pigment in his nose when he died at 3.5 years.
  7. Lenie, I know what breeder you are referring to, and though I would say she’s a color breeder, I wouldn’t say she is the “worst color breeder” I’ve seen. Her dogs are still decent working dogs. Not up to the quality that I would buy one, but they are okay. If you like your dog don’t focus too much on where/how you got her-just enjoy her. My friend owns one of those lilac puppies pictured-she really likes her. Not quite up to my standard but that’s me. As for white headed-not something I focus on at all. Look at the dog in my avatar, and I have others, too.
  8. Chickens don't herd well. If they don't feel like going and they can't out maneuver the dog, they will fly. If they want to go to a certain place but just need a little help going far enough to find the edge of the fence and get around the corner, a dog works great.
  9. I agree 100% with D’Elle. And that “crazy man” method of teaching them to stay close and pay attention on leash is by far the best I’ve ever tried. Good luck with your pup! He’s gorgeous!
  10. There is a good group on FB, called Coat Color and Genetics. I know nothing about the genetics behind colors myself.
  11. My pup was 5 pounds when I got her, roughly the same size as yours. She was healthy, just a small pup, and is still somewhat small at 2 years and 33 pounds.
  12. I don’t know them personally, but they have good bloodlines.
  13. I think the smooth coated dogs I have shed more than the rough coats I used to have.
  14. That looks like an Aussie... That's super talented!
  15. No, I was referring to Gentle Lake's response. The "maybe do some research" part seemed like it could have been put differently.
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