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    Zagreb, Croatia
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    dogs, positive reinforcement dog training, dance, art, nature
  1. I've noticed that about facial expressions too! Sometimes when we play frisbee, I can get too focues on throwing it right and her catching it that I forget to show how proud I am of her You know, I praise, I give a treat, but I can sometimes be like those overachieving moms who are very sucess oriented, ofter missing the fun in between. It is incredible how much these animals can teach you about yourself. I've never thought of myself like that before.
  2. Thank you very much for your input, guys! I love the fact that you are honest, so thank you for that too I think everyone desereves the truth. I've been thinking a lot about stuff you said over these two days. I let Freya do her own thing mostly in our walks this two days, and we just practiced a lot of recall for now. Yesterday evening she couldn't wait to get the ball though, if she could, she would have gotten them both at the same time. We do have some focus issues, some probably stress related due to being overwhelmed, some maybe just short attention span and wanting to do something else at that particular moment. We will work on it. I think for now it would be best to take a basic obedience class. Just something easier for her and me to help us bond even more. And the dog dancing class begins in a month, that's shouldn't be stressful since she knows a lot of tricks already and is used to working with me in that way. Agility won't go anywhere. I love the idea of depositing good experiences in a bank of a relationship. I'm a strictly positive reinforcement traning person so that works for me and my dogs. Like I replied to Cpt Jack, we will focus on doing more simple stuff for now, trying to master her recall and basic obedience. Occasionally, she will ask for the ball, frisbee, tug.. and when she does, I will work from there. That's when her focus is at it's best, and I have to use that. But I plan to make shorter, extremely fun play sessions also in hope to make her want it even more.
  3. Thank you for the quick reply! I admitted in my original post, and will again - you are right about the pressure thing. I can't cut off that easily how I "feel". But I sure don't show it that easily either. And I'm not the perfectionist type in a sens that a little slow is too slow for me. The thing is, and I'm aware of it, dogs are sooo sensitive to our finest emotions, and they pick them up easily. So it's also a LOT of work on myself. That's life, right? You dream one thing, you get another, and it's all about how much you appreciate it. You can end up miserable, or you can end up feeling blessed. I mean who knows, maybe I couldn't handle a different dog at this point, but it's easier to get caught up in fantasies. Just few days ago I met with a lady with two beautiful female bcs, they are so motivated and willing to work that it makes your heart hurt when you see them run - not because my dog is something less, but because they are so amazing when they are free in every sense of the word, no emotional brakes, no stress related stuff. I would like for Freya to be like that some day, to be able to enjoy training and play. Don't get me wrong, 99 percent of the time we have fun and she is doing great. It's just days like this throw us back a little, and I want to find a way to avoid it and alter my methods. As for agility class, I know why I mentioned being pronounced a failure - we don't have many options, we have one dog sports club here, and in agility especially you get culled quickly as being perspective or not so much. I would really love it if there was a purely recreationaly club somewhere around here. I mean, you can still participate recreationally, but the club's goal is to find talents for the national representation. I think that really needs to change, as people are being turned off by this kind of pressure. People who just want to work and have fun with their dogs.
  4. I wasn't sure how to name this thread, but I think this sums it up pretty well. So we rescued Freya from a backyard breeder 7 months ago. She didn't show any sings of trauma except shyness and she is so easily stressed out to the point she will freeze and totally forget what she was doing, or just go away. So I know keeping her safe and keeping it fun is the key. Easier said than done. At first I thought she didn't have a high prey drive, since she would ignore the ball rolling before her eyes. Over the course of time she started showing signs of eagrness to chase balls and frisbee, so eventually she became really good at fetch and frisbee. We also do a lot of tricks. I basically taught her to play with lots of food rewards and praise. She is generally food obsessed, so it makes it easier to train but I would also love for her to find some self rewarding in the play process, not just doing it for the food. I believe she does love to play, but not necessarily fethc. If she would have it her way, she would take a stick and bite it until it's dust or chew an old tennis ball after a few runs. And she definitely misses playtime in those days when we have to skip playing for a day or two and just go for regular walks. But the problems we are facing are focus issues. If a dog passes by, or some smell in the grass gets her attention, there she goes. Some days seem to be especially bad, like yesterday evening and this morning. She was so out of the game that I had to give up doing anything constructive and just let her do her thing. And it's hard to glue her out of it once she wanders off. I've read most of the similar topics here on bc boards and I can say for sure now this is more stress related than anything else. The trouble is, the moment she senses I'm slightly displeased with her performance, she loses a bit of her confidence. If it's a good day for her, she will do tricks, frisbee, run, play, come, whatever I need. I try really, really hard to cover when I'm not satisfied, but you know how hard it can be. Especially when we are doing stuff she really knows and generally loves. Like frisbee. This morning she was soooo slow in running after it, like she couldn't or really didn't want to. So, I'm thinking I'm either putting too much pressure on her (she's a grown up dog, 2 years and 2 months, and she spent a better half of her life locked up in that horrible conditions we pulled her out from) or, like some people suggested, she is low prey drive, bad focus kind of dog. People who've made that statement are high competitive agility people. I would really love to engage her in agility and/or frisbee training soon, and we will start our first dog dancing training in about a month. Is it time for us to go training or do we still have too much homework to do by ourselves? I'm sort of scared she will be pronounced a failure at our agility club if we start right away, but at the same time, I hope that training might boost her confidence. She is really smart and very agile, but her willingness to work worries me, not her abilities. And also, her recall is really bad sometimes, I would really love to improve that. I have a question on food motivation also - so, she is, like I said, extremely food motivated, but if the food is away for more than two or three throws of ball/frisbee, she gives up the game or slows down considerably. I would love for her to become more toy oriented, as this would be helpful for agilty training. From what I know, they only allow toy rewards (fetch/tug) at our club. I'm planning on ordering Control Unleashed book and dvds, but until that arrives (which will take some time), I'm really desperate for advice. I'm so glad we rescued her, but you know, I expected that drivey, ball crazy border collie (which would suit my personality great, since I'm go go go and a workaholic lol), and I got a sensitive little flower that needs to be cared for and trained with great subtlety, and I sometimes fear I failed her. I don't have to tell how bad I feel when she is all stressed out, and I just wanted to make it fun for both of us. Should I just focus on play and fun, and not "work" or "training" at this point? And how long should our training sessions last? I would love to incorporate both work and "go be a dog" in our daily routine, since I think she finds sniffing and doing just doggy stuff very rewarding. Thanks in advance, people and sorry for the long post. Just for fun, here's a photo of Freya chewing an old tennis ball.
  5. Love the third and fourth - he looks like he's having a boogie Lovely dog!
  6. I would actually recommend you go and buy oil for human consumption, not the pet store one. No need to pay more for the same, if not worse, thing. And by fish oil, I mean the pure Oleum jecoris (cod fish liver oil) with enough EPA in it.
  7. +1 for fish oil! Couldn't recommend it more. I bought mine in a pharmacy for human consumption. It did wonders for dandruff with Kali, and it helped Freya regain her coat after having puppies at the puppy mill she was bred in. Her coat came back five times more shiny and smooth then it was before she lost it.
  8. Absolutely, but also one more thing I noticed - many sport breeders tend to call their dogs "working dogs", because to them working means doing something structured like training for SAR or agility, not necessarily herding - as opposed to show line breeders. And also, term "working dog" gets affiliated with dogs from working parents or grandparents (not always ISDS reg.), even though their particular offspring isn't involved in herding.
  9. Before coming to these boards I wasn't even aware that many of the lines I thought were working lines were actually sport collie lines, so I'm very interested in seeing how this topic will develop among people who have experience with both, especially those who do agility and are pro working lines only.
  10. I love that type of pictures, in the rural countryside! Freya didn't have any trouble hopping onto one, but my other dog didn't want to, so who knows Thank you very much! We are doing some serious intellectual work right now, finshing my final thesis, so we can become lawyers soon! We're going to defend the dog's rights to herd and fetch
  11. Huge congratulations, your puppy is really beautiful and so are his littermates from what I can see. And I wish all the best to the people who rescued her mum and let her have her babies like it's supposed to happen, not somewhere in a dog pound in god knows what conditions. I know how you feel about these miracles that happen when we suddenly get our dream dogs.. That's how I got my dream border collie, from a rescue, after we've already decided to get a puppy, chose a breeder, etc I didn't regret it, she's a perfect dog and a perfect border collie, especially for a first time bc owner and trainer. She's already thaught me so much. So, congrats once again, hope you share a beautiful life with Loki (love the name, btw, can you tell I love norse mythology )
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