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  1. Your story is definately helpful! I can see Kellie in Clyde the way you describe. Knowing that Kellie was insecure, I can say with almost complete confidence that the paddle probably made her nervous and she reverted back to attack first and figure it out latter--which is what she used to do before. The reason I say this is because I don't think I'm very good at switching directions yet, and the paddle always seemed to get between me and Kellie when we switched back to the right. I wouldn't say that Kellie prefered going anti-clockwise, she spent most her time turning back clockwise and seemed to want to go that way provided the paddle wasn't between us. I'm also certain that Kellie didn't show the same regard for me in the roundpen as she did when we were walking down the street, playing frisbee, or running an agility course. More than once I left training feeling there was a lack of respect she had toward me in the presense of sheep, and it puzzled me that we really didn't seem to work on getting that respect. The training we do at home--not herding--involves correction, redirection, and praise/reinforcement, and of course good timing. It varies with the dog I'm working with, but Kayzie is being trained differently than I trained my other dogs. With her, it isn't "I don't want you to chew on my shoes" it's "bring me the shoe" if that makes sense. So I'm not extinguishing any of her behaviors, I'm modifying them to suite my ideas/needs/desires, and she loves making me happy. In teaching "wait at the door," I'll put pressure on when she tries to bolt out and remove the pressure (step back) when she's behind the threshold again, and she's learned it without the use of treats or any other external rewards. It sounds like working stock runs along that same principle with the addition of me not just reading my dog, but reading the stock as well? That opens up a whole other world I need to study since my stock sense is virtually non-existant. So am I starting to get the idea, or totally off base? And I appreciate everyone's responses.
  2. Okay, I'm trying really hard to understand. It never fitted right that I would have to use punishment on Kellie to get her to do what I wanted, none of her other training was that way. For dangerious behaviors, I was always very pro-active in getting her attention back to me through positive reinforcement and removal if the situation got too intense. Kellie was always very insecure and prone to a fight response when she was uncomfortable. I had worked very hard to find her triggers and desensitize her to them. A combination of triggers would still get her anxious and set her off to bite (ie being a strange place+wearing boots+a strange person coming close to me+said stranger reaching over her head to pet=fear bite, vs. stranger=fear bite, which is where she used to be). There was a lot going on in her mind I'm sure. We went from a dog that used to bite people and other dogs on sight to a dog that solicited petting and invited other dogs to play She was almost 5 when we started stock, so just this year before she was killed, and this is my first exposure as well. She never would work for the trainer, just me, and I'm a visual learner so that complicates things a bit. She was definately more proned to grip a sheep's hock when we turned to circle clockwise...I'm trying to remember if it was every time, but I don't think it was, just most of the time. It usually took her about 5 minutes from the time we entered the roundpen for her to get out of play mode and into work mode. I never did see any of her usual displacement behaviors that indicated when she was afraid or uncomfortable or frustrated, but that's not to say she hadn't developed a new one based on the situation and I didn't catch it. I just know she was going to bite when she turned her head in. I suppose looking in hindsight now is very difficult. All I have to go off is my memories. I just feel like she still had so much to teach me, and I know Kayzie is better for the instruction. I also don't know a lot about Kellie's breeding, or if she was all bc. I adopted her shortly after she and her 15 littermates had been dumped in a Montanan shelter at four weeks old (and yes, this did cause plenty of problems throughout her lilfe including health and temperment/behavioral). I know she came from a local ranch in the area, mom was a bc, and that's about it...and the man that owned mom had relinquished several other litters averageing about 4 a year. So there have been a lot of unknowns. I'm just hoping to continue learning from some of the things she did to help me with future dogs...plus I don't like unanswered questions. I still think I'm missing some paramount aspect, even after reading those other two threads. There seems to be some underlying philosophy regarding stockdogs that is different from the obedience training and behavior modification I have been practicing, and I can't decifer what it is. I really would like to figure this out; what is the fundamental difference?
  3. So I consider myself a fairly decent obedience trainer with a fair knowledge of canine behavior. One method I use with dogs that become overly excited/frustrated at seeing other dogs/people/cats/insert object here to the point of becoming aggressive is to remove the dog the instant the transgression occurs and reapproach. Getting closer to the object is always the reward for staying calm and doing what you're supposed to do. One problem I had with Kellie when we were taking lessons was that she was a shark on the flip. We tried smacking the ground with the paddle coupled with a verbal warning when she turned her head in to bite, but it seemed like it was only somewhat working. She would be alright for a couple of flips, but would go back into shark mode. Granted, she's no longer with me, but I always wondered if perhaps we needed to switch gears on the training method. That type of correction, to me, wasn't working and, seeing as how she loved working, I had started to wonder if perhaps removal might be the better way in that situation? The idea I had, and I really wish I had the chance to try it, was when Kellie turned her head, I would issue a verbal correction and then, if she didn't straighten her act and went in for a bite, she'd be removed from the sheep for a period before trying again. I know with obedience, I only have to use removal 3-5 times before the dog gets the idea that they have to behave a certain way or they don't get to even see the object they really want. Any thoughts on this? I think it would only work on a dog that really loves having the sheep as the reinforcer. Has anyone here tried it? I'd like to hear some feedback and/or experiences.
  4. I'm getting constantly asked if Kayzie is an Aussie. The really funny thing about it is that she's "working" when they ask. Head nice and low, giving one of the other dogs the eye. Her stance is absolutely gorgeous--I can't wait to get her on sheep. Their whole reason for guessing Asssie is because "she had the colors like an Aussie." Ummm....bcs, aussies, collies, corgis, and shelties all come in merle, and then you have the dappled breeds that are similar too...boggles the mind. Then I have an Aussie from working lines, Rogue. People ask me if she's a bc that lost her tail when she clearly moves and carries herself like an Aussie. To some point I can understand that though since she is from working lines and doesn't really have that blocky show look Ausies have. Maverick is a bcXboxer (borderboxer?) and I always get asked if he's a pit....and we won't even talk about all the wrong breeds I got with Kellie. Kellie also carried her tail over her back most of the time. It came down when she was on sheep or waiting for the disc, but other than that it was up. Kayzie carries her tail high when she's playing too.
  5. Since she's already transfered the behavior from the crate at home to the portable crate, I'd be a little cautious about taking the crate away. A dog can tranfer the behavior to other things, like under the bed, behind the couch, etc. That's exactly what my sister's dog did when we were told to take away his crate. Check out Pryor's "Click to Calm" and Donaldson's "MINE!" both are fantastic, and a good behaviorist can set you on the right track. The other thing is, before getting antianxiety meds from the vet, try Bach's Rescue Rememdy (a flower essence you can find at health food stores) or some form of DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) that you can get either from your vet or at any petstore--I think one brand is called Calming Zone. If you do deside to go with meds, do your research since different drugs will do differeent things. For example, there's one antianxiety med out there that will tire out their body, but leave their mind still racing. Not good. Best of luck, and find yourself a great CAAB, or at least a great CPDT.
  6. I really recommend Patricia's McConnell's booklet "Fiesty Fido." It has a lot of really good tips for working with reactive dogs, and keeping your dog safe when there's a reactive or dumb dog around/charging at you.
  7. Kellie would talk back quite a bit. Her "quiet" command was "That's enough. When I want your opinion, I'll ask for it." Kz is turning into a talker too. She complains while she walks herself all the way to her crate when I tell her "it's time for bed." Once she's in there she's fine.
  8. I go through the same thing every time I bring a new dog into the house. I use play as reinforcer to start with. This means I teach the sit/stay. To start out, the stay is only going to be about 5 seconds (trying to set up for success and it wil become longer) before I say "All done! Go play!" For us, "go play" means I'm completely done with you for right now so you can have some free time. "All done" means the stay is finished, but I might want you to do something else. It helps to vary between the commands so my kids don't get the idea that "all done" means "go play." If the dog breaks the stay or leaves before I say "go play," then I issue a verbal correction (uh uh) and place the dog back in the sit/stay in the same location. To call a dog off is a bit trickier. Of course your dog needs a good concept of come, or at least know her name and have a positive associate with it. Either way, I always say my dog's name first, then "come," and I make sure have their favorite toy with me. So, for example, if Maverick is playing with the other dogs in my pack, I'll say "Maverick!" He looks at me. "Come!" And, a few seconds after the command, I'll pull out his ball as extra incentive. At first, he'll get the ball everytime, but soon I'll start to with hold it so he only gets it sometimes. The best time, in my experience, to begin training your dog to come off the other dogs is a little bit into their playtime when they're starting to slow down. The distraction isn't as great then and you're more likely to get a response. After 20 or so repetitions of this, you can probably start calling your dog before they start to tire. Hope that helps! It's worked for me in the past. I also make sure that I control all the resources so my dogs have incentive to pay attention. ETA: I would also spend some 1 on 1 with the fosters teaching them this too. This way you'll have complete control. BTW, I only say the dog's name if I want one to come, otherwise it's just come to get them all. Sorry if this isn't very coherent...I need to go to bed.
  9. Welcome! What a pretty baby you have! I have a thing for split faces
  10. Again, I hope Jin heals quickly. I know what it means to be down to one sad paycheck a month. I was on worker's comp for a knee injury for over year, and it was at that time that I slammed Kellie's tail in a car door. Some very nice ppl came together and helped me out financially to get Kel the medical attention she needed, so, now that I can, I'm going to pay it forward. DR, do you have a paypal account that I could send a donation to and help you out? Feel free to PM me.
  11. Locating and stalking her prey... Right before the attack... But seriously, Maverick and Kayzie really love each other, they even share And here are our first "group" shots with Maverick and Kayzie Kisses Well, that's it for now. Thanks for looking!
  12. I'm almost done with the renovating my room and moving everything back in. This means PICTURES!!! Desktop is up and running and new pics are loaded. So.... First Maverick I know...I need to take more of him playing and all that. I'm hoping the weather is nice tomorrow so we can go to the trails. And here's Kayzie: cont...
  13. To be honest, I make sure I mess with my dogs' food/bowl/dog plus their toys/chewies/etc., and I guide my nieces and nephew in doing it. I'm looking at therapy work, and there is a good possibility that I will need a service dog down the road since my knee isn't getting any better. I know that not all kids are well behaved around dogs and I don't need my dog snapping at a kid or stupid adult. I don't do it every day, and most of the time I'm just running my hand through the food to deposit some extra special goodies. What's really cool is that I can tell Maverick to "drop it" and he will spit out a chicken leg another family member gave him immediately. Sadly, most ppl don't know what they're doing when they get a pup, or worse, they think they know it all because they grew up with a dog (guilty!)
  14. Spaying does not affect personality. All it does is remove any sexually driven behaviors. Example, Kellie was a very independant, dominant puppy before she was spayed and equally so after. She lifted her leg and shot as high as any male dog.
  15. You've got some pretty good reviews here. Just thought I'd add my vote to snatching that baby up, I think she'll be great!
  16. Kellie's ears were pricked and other dogs didn't have a problem with her. I think that woman was thinking about cropped ears. There is a problem there since cropping damages the muscles thereby killing the range of motion. Since the dog can't use the subtle movement of the ears to communicate, misunderstandings between the dogs arise. That's completely different from natural pricked ears though. In my dealings with various short nosed dogs, I've found many of them, but not all, to be just plain rude. Whether it's staring hard--even in puppyhood--or tackling another dog, or biting too hard. Maverick doesn't care for any of the short nosed breeds with good reason, he's been attacked way too many times.
  17. It's been slowly driving me crazy not having Kellie around. Maverick is great and I love him to pieces, but he's already a super dog whereas Kel was my long-term project and heart dog. It took a little while (well, to me anyway), but I finally met the next right pup. Everyone, meet Kayzie, 3 month old border collie and very sweet cuddle bug These are the only two pictures I have for now, until my brother gives me my camera back (new daddy to a human kid so I'll cut him a little slack). I still hurt, but Kayzie is making it easier. She will definately be a disc dog like Kel was; she took off after a roll first time out and brought it back. We've got one more puppy shot to get and I'm hoping to take her out to the farm and expose her to sheep. We hit the ground running here and it helps a lot. Maverick loves her. The two of them are so funny, and she's the only one Maverick will allow to steal his bone. The other pups haven't met her yet as they went with their young owners (nieces and nephews) to visit mom in Tennessee. The cats like her though.
  18. So it's been a good long while since I posted anything on the BCboards. I've been extremely busy getting Maverick where he needed to be to compete in UKC Premier (He did fantastic! It was our first show and he got two legs for his URO1 title!) Then we had herding lessons with Kellie, I know she had a lot of fun and I'm glad we did it. Unfortunately, Kellie is no longer with me. Two weeks ago, August 18th, we went for our morning walk and she was hit by a kid flying down our street at 80mph. Near as we can figure, he wasn't paying attention. He came over the hill past the white line and we just didn't get out of the way in time. I hate the road I live on...it's a wonder he didn't hit me or my nieces...and then he came back andstarted ranting about the dent in his car. I know I have every right to be angry and upset with him, but it just doesn't matter, it won't bring Kellie back and I'm just now climbing out of the dark place it left me in. Be at peace Kellie, may Sirius be your guiding light, and I'll see you again at the Rainbow Bridge...and try really hard not to harass St. Peter too much Now I've been going a little crazy the last couple of weeks, so I got what turned out to be the best therapy in the world. I'll post more on that soon...I have to go hug my dogs again...
  19. After sitting on this for a while, recent events and monetary means have given way to finally starting Kellie herding. I think she has very good instincts. She has "herded" rabbits, other dogs, cats, and the occasional sugar glider back to me without formal training. In addition, with the realization of my own mortality, I have arranged for her to be sent to TX to my friend's ranch should anything happen to me. And since she is my baby, I want her to be useful so that keeping her will be a joy and not an obligation. I do have several questions though: 1.) What should I be looking for in a trainer? . a.) IYO, which is better: Private sessions, Group classes, or sending her off to be trained? . b.) I have two trainers in my area, can I, with no herding background, tell which would be better by watching their dogs, or is it better to have them do one session with my dog and see how they interact? 2.) How much difference is there between cattle herding and sheep herding? 3.) Are there any good books I could read to get a better understanding of what I'm getting into? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  20. Not only can you change their name, but you can get them to respond to nicknames too. Kellie has Kell, Keller, Lovebug, and Pupper. Roxie has Sugarbear. And Scruffy has Scruffer, Scruffers, Scruff, and a few others my brother uses that I won't repeat on a family friendly board. Point is, all three will respond to their nicknames as well as their true ones.
  21. CPS calls are anomonious, even when the social workers knows who called, they don't give that information to the family being investigated. It's not that husbands don't see why their wives did something, it's that they see it an embarassment. They don't like people knowing they couldn't handle a situation by themselves without the authorities--they don't like help. Same as stopping for directions. It degrades the concept of being the protector and provider of the family. At least, those are my observations of my father and brother, the men on this board can tell me if I have it right.
  22. *Everyone who knows you asks how your BC is doing *Your ADHD neices and nephews ask if the dog's tired yet *You start pushing the city to build a dog park with secret plans to then push them to add an agility section *You balance your checkbook against how much herding lessons will run and pay the bills accordingly *You buy a lotto ticket specifically because if you win then you can get more toys for your BC
  23. Hi Rusty pup! Here's the deal, for right now yelp at the nipping and if it gets too bad walk away and ignore it. For the humping intitiate a time out (only 30 secends) where you walk away from it. Never pick up the puppy because then you are giving him the attention he was trying to get. As soon as your pup is old enough, enroll him in a puppy class. By the way Hana, puppy rolls do not work!!! They can cause fear and/or aggression. Now I'm not just spewing this out. I have cases where this happened (my own Kellie in fact by a trainer when I didn't know any better. Kellie is now undergoing behavior modification for fear aggression when the last trainer I went to said it was dominence. Point being, roll=bad and I would never do it again). All rolls do is invite confrontation. Some dogs can take it, most cannot, and I wouldn't invite the possibility of destroying a dog's personallity for the rest of their lives. IMO, positive reinforcement is the best way to go (especially when giving advice over the internet where others might not know what you mean and end up hurting the pup!! Think of that before suggesting adverse methods!) I see some very excited pups in my puppy classes and you know what? By week 3, if the owner has been working with them, there is a tremendious improvement.
  24. Roxie! My first foster! Any guesses as to her breed? (There is no black on her tongue or in her mouth for those thinking chow)
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