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    Deb Meier

    I am so sorry to hear this news. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends. I also learned from the insights in her posts, and feel the loss of yet another experienced handler willing to share their knowledge.
  2. In addition to the above excellent advice, I will also run away when I call the dog. If you have a good bond, they think "OMG. OMG. She is leaving me!" and they will come running to catch up to you - at which time you can have a party (food, toys, tug, whatever). Depending on how he reacts to this technique and how distracting the environment is, this technique can also be used with a long line attached. And trying to capture times when he is more likely to come, vs. not come, is also a good practice to follow in the beginning.
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    Lad

    My sympathies to all who loved Lad. He sounds like he was a special dog. Wonderful poem.
  4. Welcome RainDrops! Are you aware of Ewenity Herding Dog Rescue in FL? They used to rescue mostly BCs and Aussies and ACDS IIRC, but I just checked their website and see that they have expanded the breeds they are helping. (It is so very hard in rescue to say no to deserving dogs.) One dog, Clover, caught my eye. She may be a handful with her energy, but it may also be worth checking her out. Good Luck and I look forward to updates.
  5. She sounds like she is doing great! Two weeks is a blink of the eye, and she has already accomplished so much in that time. Remember that. She is still a huge baby. I agree with D'Elle 100%. Her advice was the first thing that popped into my head when I read your post. Remember, she was/is a bit timid, and she is still a baby. Don't overload her. She is trying soooo hard. My confident puppy (now 4 years old) was surprisingly timid when I took him to puppy class at about 10-11 weeks old. 4-5 weeks later, he was a very brave soul and has been very confident since. Often they just need some time to mature. It is never a bad thing to step back a bit when they show that they are frightened. At this age, they often 'grow' out of it if given time.
  6. Mddvm - those are cool photos. Gives me an idea of some of the obstacles. Mara - Just had to say the Kolt has the most wonderful expression on his face. So proud!! And I checked out the October canine biathlon in WV. OMG. It is only 2 hours from me! Must get off my plump a$$ and start moving. Maybe, maybe not.
  7. Yes, I want that 'less than 10 lb dog' to compete. Anyone willing to rent one to me. LOL!!
  8. If she is not in discomfort, I would guess that she is going through an awkward stage -- front end higher than back, or back end higher than front, or curved back or legs too long for body, or..... She should even out. If you are worried, you can always bring her to a certified physio vet.
  9. I do the same as aschlemm. ^^^ Although I will trim the front legs and 'mudflaps' (fluffy area around rear legs/tail) more drastically than just thinning.
  10. I have heard about this, and it sounds like a lot of fun. If I were much younger, I would be very interested in participating. I am glad to hear you had a great time - and are going back. Where is it next year?
  11. My sincere condolences. Dogs leave their paws on our hearts.
  12. Does anyone use, or know of, an app for tracking health records? I think they are available for livestock tracking, and if so, should be applicable to pet records. Free or low cost please. Thanks.
  13. First, my dogs occasionally 'graze'. I am OK with it up to a certain point - which is when I think that maybe they have eaten too much so I call them off. Actually, now that I think about it, it is only one of my 3 dogs that will occasionally do more than taste a bit of grass. I notice that tender, growing spring grass is more 'tasty' than the barely growing, drier late summer grass. Having said that (and I do not want to alarm anybody because I think this is very much of an outlier incident), I know of someone's border collie who had stomach issues. IIRC, nothing on the Xray or other tests, and the only thing the vet could think of doing was exploratory surgery. I think they found a mass of grass, but about a week later, the dog was back in to the vet's after not eating, no energy, etc. (This owner is an ex-emergency room nurse and very, very protective of her dogs.) Another surgery found a very small clump of grass in the intestine which had begun to destroy that area of the intestine. I think it took another 7-10 days after the 2nd surgery before the dog was considered to be on the road to recovery. The only explanation the vet could come up with after examining the 2nd small clump was that the type of grass was very sharp and had 'curled' into a small mass that got caught in the intestine. Total bill was over $7000, but luckily, she had fairly good pet insurance. I am seriously thinking of insurance for my puppy.
  14. Never seen (or heard) anyone using a whistle for agility. Most of the time, I am lucky to remember what and when to say during a run. It is my view that if a herding whistle will work for your dog, go for it. I don't think you will be a poser - and if anyone should think or say something, it really is none of their business.
  15. I have no words. Will not be reading the story. The headline is enough.
  16. One agility instructor I know (who has coached several world teams in the past) will not allow any dogs to attend her clinics that are less than 14 months of age. And even then, jumps are drastically lowered since the dogs are usually learning new skills. I agree with the responders above - 4 feet on the floor at all times (which means they can go through jump standards when the bar is on the ground - to get the dogs used to going through standards), proprioception is great, ladder work, etc. There is so much to do without teaching the 'obstacles'. Remember what the biggest obstacle in agility is --- the ground. Learning lines and learning the path are critical, and can be done without any jumping at all.
  17. What rushdoggie said and --- I think that you can take your cue from the other 2 border collie owners (if they seem responsible). They understand that most border collies do not play well with other dogs and have accommodated that behavior. And yes, many people have said that border collies are 'breed snobs' and will only play (nicely) with other border collies. There is nothing wrong with seeing a professional for 'behavior modification', but understand that not all trainers are behavior experts. They can help train tricks or obedience or agility, etc., but do not necessarily understand behavior modification. Please find a professional canine behaviorist, not just a trainer. Having said that, I wouldn't necessarily expect to train/modify my dog's behavior to be able to go and play in dog parks (like others, I do not think that the canine mob scenes at a dog park are a healthy environment). But if I could help my dog be a bit more confident and comfortable in certain situations, that might be enough. (Also, how old is Gogo? Maybe he also needs to mature to gain a bit more confidence.) Many years ago, mid-1980s, I was living in Philadelphia and frequenting an urban park with my border collie/lab mix. I knew next to nothing about dog behavior/appropriate dog interactions, etc. Dog owners would come to one area of the park and let their dogs loose to play. I admit my dog played quite vigorously and liked to rough-house, but I think she mainly played with dog buddies that liked to rough-house. One day, she was just running around with a stick in her mouth and ran past a mixed breed dog (~35-40 lbs) that no one in the dog park liked, but we didn't say anything because, you know, public place, free use, etc. Plus I don't think she had done anything yet except slink after dogs and be a bit too intense in her interactions. As my dog ran past her (possibly invading her space?), I saw her head turn and then my dog yelped and dropped her stick. She then picked up her stick and continued running. I called her to check her out and found a 5 inch gash in her side. The couple that owned the mixed breed dog said that they didn't see anything happen, and that their dog was friendly. Then they left quickly. A few other people saw the 'bite', and commented that they never trusted that dog. I very rarely ever went back to that dog park, but the few times I did, I did not see the dog or her owners.
  18. That certainly sounds reasonable. I was wondering if the fact that he, himself, was in the middle of the sheep was important - or maybe these were 'broke' sheep that wanted to be next to the human, and he took advantage of that fact to start training the dog on this technique.
  19. I recently saw a video of a Kevin Evans' dog being worked on sheep. (I think the dog had been for sale, and this video was used to show the dog working.) Among other things, he had the dog hold the pack of sheep (5 or 6 sheep) against him while he was backed up to a fence. He seemed to want the dog to hold them in a tight pack against the fence while he stood in the middle. Not for long, maybe 30 seconds, then he let the sheep go and the dog worked the sheep some more before repeating this exercise. I am not fully understanding the purpose of this exercise. What is this teaching the dog? I have an idea or two why, but wanted to hear expert opinion. Thanks for your input.
  20. I am so sorry to hear about mum24dog's passing. From my perspective, her posts were the ones I read with interest - for thewell-formed opinions of a long-time dog owner, agility 'expert', a common-sense approach and the UK perspective. I will miss her.
  21. I don't know where you live, but Canada geese are a protected species in the USA (although I think they are flying vermin). Because of that, I would not allow my dog to 'herd' the geese in a public place since you never know who is going to complain to the authorities. Goose dog people are usually licensed with state and/or local authorities.
  22. Congrats on the new puppy. I am happy that she is so perfect - now. Just wait a while. Tee Hee. As you know, puppies will be puppies, and stuff happens - to everyone. Just keep an even keel and a sense of humor. Is this a new vet for you? Or do you have other animals that you bring to that vet? Certainly not a good start for a vet relationship. I hope you can find a more knowledgeable vet (including staff) that you feel comfortable with. We have all been surprised at times by clueless people. I think you will be better mentally prepared for later inappropriate interactions and can step in to stop them sooner. We all have to learn. The vet exam might be stressful the first time. I will usually bring (lots of) treats with me to distract and mollify the puppy. Even my older dogs, who are fine with the vet, still get treats during vet visits.
  23. Game On! Glad she healed well.
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