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    running, volleyball, physical-chemistry, ice scream, sheepdogs

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  1. I got the one that came to me while the others were staying in the corner. I followed my instinct, and I decided for the outgoing one. he is in fact outgoing, determined, head strong, was not easy to train during adolescence. but he is also very gentle and I do prefer dogs with a lot of drive and intensity. it depends as other said on what you want from the dog. mine was considered the pick of the litter for agility and sports, I was looking for a companion first and a running partner. later on I decided to start him on sheep.
  2. this is a very sad news. I did not meet him in person, but I treasured all the suggestions, knowledgeable advice he has given on this board. Rip Donald.
  3. I would keep going with the training, it will take time to see improvements. patience and consistency. and keep the dog with the muzzle at all times if needed. this will give you confidence during the training.
  4. I was very undecided for a while, I also liked the fact the Trupanion clearly specify coverage for working dogs however I was not very sure about the "per condition" deductible as I was going to get an high deductible and if for example the dog has more than one issue in the same year the deductible would be for each condition. but I agree that is very good for chronic conditions and probably best if started when the dog is young. I did not like the fact that they do not cover exam fees and that the rehabilitation therapy is an add on. so I decided to go with Embrace. well one of the main reason is that the cost was lower. Embrace also offers a medical review so that I can know in advance what kind of preexisting conditions if any they will have on file. so they give the option to review it and decide if stay or cancel (this is done I believe in the first 30 days). for older dogs is a good idea as the preexisting condition "excuse" could be a real problem at the time of a claim. I liked the idea that if there are no claims the deductible will decrease 50$ each year and this is good for me as I decided to get a higher deductible. exam fees and rehab therapy are included. they only ask if dog is involved in racing, protection, fighting. Anyway I as well decided to get the insurance for emergency, costly accidents or illness, everything else I am still planning to cover on my own. just recently a friend on mine had his dog hit by a car in his driveway and the total cost for surgery, medications and therapy was around 15000$ or more.
  5. so does your policy with Embrace cover sport/working injuries? Is it something you requested when you started the policy? I am in the process to select/decide for insurance and I am trying to decide between Embrace and Trupanion.
  6. I am stuck with an asymmetrical dog
  7. to me a dog that put his/her mouth on me and hurt me is as unacceptable as a dog that grip a sheep badly. my dog will get a correction for hurting me.
  8. I would like to comment with an example. this discussion reminds me of a training session I followed with a Border Collie that was perfectly trained outside of the round pen. once the dog got inside the pen, he revealed to be a gripper and a bad one. the poor sheep was covered in blood and trying to reason with the dog in these circumstances does not work very well. also you have nothing to offer to the dog that would be more valuable than what he wants (the sheep). you have to correct the dog and strongly if necessary. so in this case for example I believe positive reinforcement will not work, and if I am wrong I would be interest to learn and have a demonstration of a positive training approach.
  9. I work for a biotech company and I am in contact for research purpose with massive concentrations of bacteria almost daily. these bugs are quite nasty, Ecoli O157 has the potential to kill, and when I handle raw meat at home I have my set of "rules" just because you become a bit paranoid after a while ;-). however, dogs are much more resistant to bacteria than us, so by feeding raw I would more concerned of contamination for myself than the dog, and generally the larger risk comes from grinding the meat. I personally decided not to feed raw, but I gently boil the meat for few minutes, but I still feed fresh food. but I considered raw for a while and I see the validity in it.
  10. just recently I was backing to a fence, eyes on the dog, I thought I had the situation under control when a sheep decided to panic and run me over from the side. I did not see it coming at all, I was just standing and then flying, and hitting the ground... I raised my head to see where the dog was, expecting the rest of the sheep running me over, then I saw my dog turning his back and walking away from me and the sheep, and lie down in the far corner of the fenced area I was training in... I was pleased to see the dog to do that for the first and only time, glad that nobody witnessed my epic fail and made me think a bit more about the danger of going training alone.
  11. I can say that I go to the dog park almost every day, but we circle it from the outside ;-) it is part of our daily running route. I got in a couple of times but my dog does not engage with other dogs when there are so many barking running dogs, he just wants to mind his business. he was doing the same at the daycare, so I avoided that as well. I think he would be OK in the park overall, but the one uncomfortable with it is me. I do not trust dogs I do not know so that environment makes me particularly nervous, and this is why I do not take him inside. this park is generally frequented by nice people and dogs for what I can observe, weekends are probably the worst to go in. but some time ago there was an accident in the water (this park has a small artificial lake), and a small dog was killed by a larger one.
  12. I also wanted to say that your video Maja is beautiful!
  13. I actually really like the idea to use "time"! sometimes I use lie down wrongly, or just to take time to think, and I know that I need to correct this. I got the DVDs and I see that Derek uses also "now", but this is more for the dangerous ground correction that I still need to get a good grasp of... I wish he had more examples with difficult dogs in the DVD so that I could see more demonstrations of the principle. and thank you for the very detailed analysis of the video.
  14. Can you please explain a bit more what do you mean for bad and good sheep? I understand that very dogged, knee knockers are not ideal. but is there a specific breed of sheep that work best for training? other than heavy or flighty sheep which are the characteristics that make a good sheep for training? even if I did not participate with the dog, as I volunteered at the farm I was before, I attended a clinic with Lyle Lad. although I understand the concept of letting the dog figure it out, I also feel that with my dog I need to be careful and enforce control because he has the potential to kill a sheep just by running the sheep into a fence (he went very close once, the sheep was just unconscious but I thought he killed it). the sheep are not mine, and I have the responsibility to keep them safe (well it would have been the same if they were mine, obviously).
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