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Everything posted by Smalahundur

  1. My Peli is at almost 8 months at a rather persistant stage of 1 fully pricked and the other slightly floppy. So that's my current favorite. He went through several variations starting completely tipped. I regularly see his brother who has completely tipped ears. I was pleasantly surprised to see my dog ears start to prick up, rather unexpectedly. I have always fancied that look, but up til now my bordercollies never had them. Rooting for the floppy ear to take an example of his neighbour and man up
  2. That must be great, having a sergeant of the RCMP overlooking the procedures. Good looking guy. Thanks for that picture of him.
  3. Yeah I know the problem, my sheep are also terrified of flowers. Especially dandelions, they look sweet, but if they gang up things can get ugly pretty quickly.
  4. Nice vid, that's a beautiful trial field. I especially like the postman, and the cute flowers hanging on the pen You are right, nice sheep, but on the other hand, I have been noticing how it is usually the people with good dogs that always seem to draw the nice sheep...
  5. When he only noticed after the sheep, ducks and ducklings were tucked in, I'd argue he did take the right dog...
  6. As you did in Denise's advice that rehoming might be an option to consider...?
  7. 5) Always make sure you drive to a place he can work sheep. Works for us
  8. I follow his blog, quite fun and interesting.He paints a rather bleak picture of veterinary practice in the US. Is it really that bad? I only have experience with Icelandic rural vets, and thankfully nothing like he describes.
  9. Haha, the topic title made me expect another neuter topic...
  10. Yes, very likely. My Peli was a little terror, especially to the kids, at that age. Now at 7 months this obnoxious behavior has completely disappeared.We did instruct the kids how to handle him, and how to behave to not excite the puppy too much.
  11. Thanks Tea. I like how well joey and Jake respond to their names plus command. I understand the trouble filming and working dogs at the same time, as a guy I cant do it at all, that kind of double tasking (more multiple tasking , having to watch stock and dog while keeping my lefts and rights sorted... ) is beyond me.
  12. Silly question. Off course you should post it!
  13. Don't let the terriorists win!
  14. They have updated the scoreboard of Sunday. Took a while. I had hoped Serge van der Zweep would win, going so strong in the qualifications and the semifinals. Ah well, third place is not bad. The Icelanders did great too, though they didn't make the semi-finals.
  15. Altough they didn't make the semi finals the Icelandic handlers did a great job imo. Aðalstein and Frigg scored 118 points yesterday, elisabet and Panda ran today, scoring 136. So as for cheering someone on, it is now plan b for me; the Dutchman Serge van der Zweep is a very srong contestant, and he is playing a home match!
  16. Tried it succesfully today. Worked out okay. They respond well to the dog, moving off him (poor things, don't get much of a choice with this little landshark....) and flee to me for safety. Which I can provide, they are just 3 so I can reach over the group to discourage violence... Easier to get to short stretches of wearing. But I have to be very vigilant, too close = gripping. I also discovered that his away side is better than his come by. NB, where is this strange idea coming from I would use one of my possible groups of training sheep exclusively during Peli's career?
  17. Thanks for your reply mjk05. Sounds like you are running a slightly bigger operation than ours . But there are similarities, our production ewes are in the hills now with their lambs over the summer, free range. Don't come back before the autumn roundup.
  18. Yep. held in my country of birth, and what is even more interesting for me personally, first time Icelandic handlers are taking part in such an International trial. I am really curious how those people and dogs will do in a field of top handlers from all over the world. One of them I have met, Elisabet Gunnarsdóttir, went to a clinic she held. So obviously I am rooting for her To bad I can´t be there to watch it!
  19. Okay, well using them excusively was never the plan anyway. I was thinking more of a very temporary fix. It was so easy to wear them with Gláma that it made me wonder if they could be of use. The bottlelambs have been in the same field as the training group the last couple of days, as I expected they have not been mingling. To be honest I don't think that a mixed group would work in this case. I suspect such a group would split up immediately, lambs rushing me, yearlings fleeing at topspeed.
  20. Yeah, what made it even worse was that the person who did it drove on, somebody else found the dog. Recently insurance companies here are acknowledging that the worth of a trained stockdog is substancially more than the puppy price. But as the driver is unknown this doesn't help him. His livestock insurance apparently does not cover this. At least he has more dogs, so he doesn't have to do without in de coming roundup season, this would have been the first of this young dog. He spoke to the breeder of my Peli, a mutual friend of ours, and got a full brother of Peli as a replacement. Future replacement that is, both Peli and he won't be ready for the big work this autumn.
  21. My present problem is that the flight zone of my available sheep is, ahum, rather big . I have to concentrate a lot on not having things degrade into chaos. So my idea was that using the bottle lambs I might have more chance to concentrate on the dog. But I do see your point Denice, and think it is a valid one. I do have a third option, that is pack him in the car and drive to a friend of mine who has a group of more dogged sheep on his farm. Just a 45 min drive or so, so very manageable. His very first session was done there, and went rather well. So it is probably more prudent to take that route, at least for the next few sessions. I did a couple of sessions on my own training group, and it is doable, although difficult. He covers the sheep more or less, balances, and clearly wants to keep them to me. Maybe there is something to say for a steep learning curve.... By the way, got some sad news of this friend, he phoned me up today and told me one of his dogs was run over by a car last Saturday. Of course his most promising dog. I saw him work and was very impressed. A big loss.
  22. I know that the general opinion is that bottle lams are not good as trainingsheep because they don't really behave as "normal" sheep. But just the other day I decided to take our 3 bottlelambs (strictly speaking no more, they are recently weaned of milk) from their smaller enclosure to a larger field. Expected them to follow me (and my bucket of feed), but getting into good fresh grass was more interesting. So I got Glàma to help me drive them to said field. This went very well;they behaved as rather overdogged sheep (never worked them with a dog before). They move of the dog, and flee toward the nearest human. So I could wear them easily to where I wanted them. This made me wonder if it would be a good idea to try and work them with Peli, the dog I am starting at the moment. My training group of yearlings is still pretty fast and flighty, and though it is possible to work them with Peli, I see the advantages of kneeknockers at this stage. Maybe those lambs could fit the bill. Worth a try don't you think?
  23. We were emboldened by our success, so yesterday I decided to try out my own group of training sheep with Peli. I first worked them a short while with Glàma to settle them a bit. They are not very dogged, only worked them about 5 times before, and they are fast and flighty (10 yearlings, half of them wethers). But, and that is the reason I dared to take this risk, not fighters or stubborn. My wife assisted, and during the workout of Peli held Glàma in the middle of the field to discourage the group from escaping to the far end. Also to be kept in reserve should the need arise, it didn't. The session was good, faster and at the beginning more chaotic than the first, but he covered his sheep and got them under his control. What I really, really like is his attitude; there is no doubt in his mind the sheep will move for him. The group stood at the fence at the start, he does not hesitate to go in between and lift them of the fence. Another thing I liked was how things pretty quickly got calmer (still a rather relative term). Some wool was grabbed, but no sheep got hurt. At the end of this rather short session (I worked Peli for less than 5 min) I almost keeled over because of all the running I did Looks like I am getting away with using my own sheep, and not building a big round pen. I think it will be best to keep on training maybe once or twice a week, I don't want to sour the sheep. We will see when (if) they turn into kneeknockers...
  24. Well, I couldn't stand it any longer, and as I was in the neighbourhood picking up a used part for my bale packing machine (or how do you call it, the thing packs round bales in plast film) at a friend's farm, I decided to take Peli along for the ride and try him out on my other friend's dogged sheep group. I was quite pleased with the result. He is five and a half months old now so I didn't expect any miracles. After a slight confusion at the start (" I am really allowed to play with them, really?" ) working gear kicked in and he showed nice moves. Circles both ways, not really showing a preference, changes direction immediately when pressed too by the handler (you know, if you go in opposite direction and meet him. And when giving him space when he is more or less on balance he drives them in the handler's direction. Does his best to keep the group together, and to the handler. Though pretty keen, he didn't lose his head, and it was not very difficult go get between him and the sheep, grab his line and stop the session. All in all a nice first exposure, and I think he shows good promise. My friend agreed.
  25. The rabbithole is even deeper Sue, I had a discussion with someone who said that a dog (whatever breed) cannot be purebred when it doesn't have papers. Even when both the dog's parents are registered pure bred dogs ( to be clear, of the same breed ). She went so far to say that such a dog can't be called that breed....
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