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  1. My dog and I are both beginners at agility and are planning on entering our first trail in a couple of months. He is a very quick learner, with no fear and game for anything, I am the one who is holding him back in his training. There is only so much you can learn in one class a week. I was thinking about buying a dvd for me to learn handling skills and wondering what people recommended. Edited to Add: we have been attending classes for a few months and other than weave he has all the basics down, now we are running courses in class, but I feel like if I had a better understanding of what I should be doing then Brody would benefit. There is only so much a trainer can pass on in a class.
  2. The town I live in has a dog park but we have never been as it is a small wire fenced area no grass no bushes etc. just dirt. The area I live in as some great parks and other areas for walking and everytime I drive by the dog park it just looks sorry and I am always jellous when I hear of other dog parks. That said I would trade where I live for where my mother lives for dog walking, she is on the Kent coast (UK) and you can walk dogs down the beach and footpath off lease they just have to be under control, plus there are other common type areas where dogs can go off leash. I always think of England being much more dog friendly.
  3. That sounds just like Brody, he does not often feel the need to be near us but hangs out in the dinning room which you have to pass through to get out the house
  4. My vets do it with a long handled kitchen ladle! I used a large tupperware type container. Edited to add: make sure the container is really clean because I used a used but very clean container and the the tests came back that his sugar levels had spiked and they were really confused and worried (I am a pastry chef and bring treats home!) On a serious note, when my dog went into chronic kidney failure the vets asked if he had been drinking lots of water because it was one of the first signs. But he was old so keeping my fingers it is just a UTI
  5. I spent sometime reading through all the posts and just wanted to add a couple of observations. I have posted about problems I have had with my rescue, it is the reason I joined the board so I could benefit from others experience. He is not my first BC or rescue but he is my first with boards like this one (it was still AOL and no WWW yet) and so rather than make mistakes and make things worse (speaking from experience here) it is great to have input from others who have dealt with similar problems. So I am sure that many of the posts are people just reaching out rather than muddling along like you would have done pre forums. I do love my dogs and like most of us they eat premium dog food, get extensive vet care, lots and lots of exercise and yes occasionally sleep on our bed, but they are still dogs. In another internet forum I was taken to task for being selfish because I wanted my BC to fit into our lifestyle rather than adapt our lifestyle to the dogs "special" needs (in fact he was just being a brat).
  6. I have not had experience with the ultra sound ones but I used a shock one (I know you are not supposed to use such thing on a border but back then I was ignorant and it was a last ditch measure) on my previous dog. He had a very distinctive bark and annoyed the neighbors and it was getting to the point where we might have had to give him up which for a dog who had spent 6 months in the pound was not happening. We discovered a couple of things: It did work but only if it was on tight enough to make me think I was being mean. Other wise he took his paw and moved it from his throat and of course it no longer worked (took him about a month to figure that out), the other criteria was it had to be fully charged as he did test barks to see how loud he could go before it kicked on. Our neighbors have tried the citronella ones with their golden and G. shepherd and fund they had no affect at all.
  7. Thought this most be something that worked, next up heel. Although I am sure the transformation is not going to be as quick.
  8. I was wondering if any experienced rescue people had tried this: I know a lot about my BC Brodys past as I got him directly from his first family and they are happy to answer any questions I have. Before I get to the point let me give you a bit of background, he attended obedience school and knew his commands but they had not worked hard on enforcing them. With us we found that all the new commands we taught him he responded quickly and postively, but existing commands particularly heel and come were dodgy, and he did not carry them out happily. So when I was working on weave poles I wondered if I renamed come to here and retrained him what would happen. The result in 2 days is a BC that comes at high speed with a great big grin. So now I am going to start on heel but first I need new word.... But I was really curious if others had tried this and if they had had good results.
  9. I agree the clicker thing is very weird. Brody is not noise sensitive, nor does he run away from any other training such as voice commands e.g. being told he is a bad dog. I use my voice as a clicker all the time (comes from ridding horses) but he only responds negatively when I click then treat. I did not use verbal commands then treat only different variations of clicking. If I restrained him he just hid his head,would not make eye contact and shook. My first thought was his previous owners had clicker trained him, but when I asked they had not used clickers in the basic obediance classes they took. By many peoples standards we are strict with the dogs (I believe in good manners in dogs and people) but as the clicker was new to me and terrified Brody I spent a couple of weeks trying to introduce him to the concept of noise + treat and in the end just let it go as there are so many other ways to get my point across. He is a very easy dog to train so I have not felt that this was a problem. I only mentioned so that we could cancel out using clicker training to reshape his behaviour. I wish Jester would sort it out herself, but she is a wimp when standing up for herself, Bandit her old BC brother dominated her as well. But in her prime I could not have asked for a better body guard both from people and strange dogs. In fact it is only family that can push her around. Once again thanks for the input, it helps to have others input when you get stumped.
  10. Thanks for the ideas Rebecca, my husband and I are going to give it a go. We had tried so many other ways of distracting him and were just stumped at what to try next. Thanks.
  11. Plenty of exercise, always working on basic obedience when out walking etc. We do agility once a week (to cold to practise at home this time of year) He does have down time either in his basket or favorite corner but as soon as my old girl moves he is up and focused on her. This is mostly an at home hobby, occasionally it happens when we are out walking. We switch him off by sending him to his basket to chill which does work. When he first came to live with us he did not have one. He is a very twitchy dog, not nervous, just the opposite of chilled. He does not do this with other dogs, only Jester. My reading of the situation is that he wants her to play as every other dog he meets wants to play with him he can't figure out why his room mate won't. Thanks for the input
  12. In April I adopted a new BC who is now about 4. A little background: he was given up because his master passed and his widow knew that the two of them were not meant to be together. He had never lived with another dog but was well socialised and loves to play with others but... my other dog is 14, a german shepherd X who does not want to play with the annoying youngster. At home he spends his time focusing on her, staring through furniture etc. when she moves he pounces and play bites her ears. We have tried to introduce more constructive hobbies, toys, balls filled with treats (he does not care for kongs doesn't like to chew) but they last for a couple of minutes and back to starring he goes. We have also tried making him sit with us but he always finds a way to laser eye Jester and it annoys her. What I am wondering is if anyone as any suggestions about ho to go about changing the behaviour. This is really our last great challenge. PS I cant use with clickers with him.
  13. I am located in Middletown, RI and I am looking to take agility classes with my 4 year old border. I have taken the intro class but it has been over 4 months since we completed that class and the school we attended has not scheduled an intermediate class we can attend. If my dog shows promise I would love to be able to compete, but first we need training.... He is a rescue who we have had for about 6 months and I feel he would benefit from formal training, I think we are both bored with the jumps and weave pole I made for the backyard.
  14. I just wanted to add that I fully agree with this, I adopted a border collie in march from a great home, his male human had passed away and his wife knew that she could not could cope with a bouncing border. In reality when her husband was alive they both knew he did not fit into their home but husband and dog adored each other and he was not going anywhere. Their daughter has visited with us, we have shared pictures and stories. Like all borders he has quirks but as we all know that comes with the breed! It is great knowing all about him rather than having to guess. My previous border came from a local shelter and also had not been abused, spoilt brat yes but no hang ups just a great dog. And then we have Jester a german shepherd beagle mix, who to this day I don't think was deliberately abused but was "over" disciplined in that old fashioned way with magazines etc, she was and still is a very happy dog, just did not like you to lift your hand, newspaper, magazine, curtian rod etc etc in the air. 13 years later I don't even think she remembers her puppy life. I should add I have never had a puppy and have had brilliant luck adopting adult dogs
  15. First I am new, but I had to respond to this. I don't see why he can't my neighbor has an expolsives sniffing german shepherd who is amazing, but she has had an awful lot of very expensive training. The state uses mostly german/belgium shepherds and labs but the thing they look for in a dog is high prey drive as the need to be motivated to work. The reason they use bigger breeds rather than beagle type dogs is they have a greater range and climb onto things when hunting bombs.
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