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  1. Reading the topic title my first thought was, what kind of problems Tea could have with her towel...
  2. Very nice. I really like the calm working style. How old is Trout? Can't remember you mentioning him.
  3. Also my thanks for that link. I am in the stage you describe with my Peli.
  4. I don't think "war" is the proper term for that conflict either. "Frontlines" made me chuckle too. Tell me how many shots were fired in anger?
  5. My wife is always making fun of me when I worry if something could have a negative impact on future stocktraining of my pup. Her take is "if he is worth his salt" almost nothing should be able to keep him from working stock. Maybe that is taking it a bit far, but I think she has a point. I at least have a tendency to worry too much and overthink this stuff. A dog with good strong instincts probably forgets everything anyway when he is put on sheep, and those instincts kick in.
  6. That is a scary experience described in that link....
  7. Both cases described in that link are accidents caused by extreme stupidity of the visitors involved. How stupid do you have to be to stand 3 to 5 feet from such an animal? You are not living in a disney movie for crying out loud!.
  8. You should visit, in my experiece icelandic sheep smell weakness in a dog a mile off. And they will exploit that weakness with no mercy. Armed and dangerous. The main reason that people here value toughness in a dog, and a good grip. Had a good laugh from that "Hearing dog that doesn't listen" remark Do I remember correctly that you posted a vid once with a crazy hair ram that tried to fell a tree by knocking it several times? One of your camaroons?
  9. A pity how things turned out for Bonnie, especially because of your great working relationship. How old is Darinka by now? My wife has been giving me some criticism about being too hard on a second (or third) dog because of comparing them to that nice first dog one spend a lot of time with building a working relationship with. I think she has a point.... Yeah, those skuddes are nice sheep. Having to deal exclusively with Icelandic sheep I sometimes smile at posts on sites like this or Facebook groups where people ask what kind of sheep they should buy to best suit the needs of their pa
  10. Haha, happy dogs! Sounds like you might have a keeper on your hands too. No further thoughts, looks like you are doing a fine job getting this dog going again.
  11. We are kind of in the same boat, having adopted a dog from a farmer family we know (they quit their dairy farm and move to the city). Big difference though, he comes from a good home, and is a friendly guy that seems to trust all humans. He was supposed to be a foster, but I suspect he will live out his life here. Also the third of three (I refuse to count my daughter's chi\pincher mix, that is not a real dog).
  12. I think we agree more than our little bout here would suggest Where do I look when prospecting for a next dog? Trials of course, they are the ultimate test of working ability, no doubt in my mind. That said, that next dog has to be able to follow me all day long through some pretty rough terrain. So I need one that has the sheer physical fitness and to be able to do that. I took the talk about dogs lacking stamina as a discussion of this sort of basic physical ability. Not the lack of mental stamina (which I would suspect would come better to light under the high pressure in a tria
  13. And I thought we were just talking about one specific aspect of working ability;stamina.I get the strong impression there really is a rather nasty conflict under handlers over in your country, given your "I am fed up " remark. Here not really, there is no split here between farmers (you could call us sheep ranchers) and trialers, they are the same crowd. Everybody roughly does the same kind of stockwork, for instance no need for cattledogs. I really don't care about the discussion taking on this weird political direction, complete with smoke and mirror tactics of steering it away from the ac
  14. Wow, is the subject matter really thàt sensitive? What you imply with that rhetorical question is not worthy of a reply. And as you are clearly not interested in discussing this matter as your evasive manouvres clearly show I will just leave it at that.
  15. Yeah, that is always a good idea Mark, choosing wisely. Thanks. And talking about wisdom, you shouldn't distract yourself with the differences, focus on the similarities, then you might get my point.
  16. I see disturbing parallels in the horseworld. Dressage horses of today are completely unfit for the work the dressage sport was once supposed to be a test of. Closer at home I see a comparable development in the icelandic horse breed where the expensive sport horses are not really very usefull for the kind of work that shaped the breed until relatively recent. Now I don't say this will happen to bordercollies, but it doesn't hurt to be conscious of the risks involved in putting results in competetive sports (as trialling is) as the supreme goal in breeding programs.
  17. And therefor no concerns may be voiced without being backed up by a sturdy peer reviewed methodologically sound research? I am getting a strong feeling of deja vu here....
  18. Of course you could see overheating during a trial but apart from that it is imo impossible to see a lack of stamina during an event that takes less than a quarter of an hour, or at the most the thirty minutes of a double lift.
  19. Cool. Here in Iceland draw knives are used to prepare horse hooves for shoeing. It is a rather unique and old fashioned method. Works well enough though.
  20. A fleshing knife is not what we call a skinning knife mr. McCaig (we call a skinning knife a skinning knife ) It is a blade with a handle on both ends. A specialty tool for removing rest flesh and fat from the skin/pelt after skinning.
  21. My wife once jokingly proposed an alternative trial, just send the dog/handler teams into the hills in the morning and award points for each sheep that is brought in by the end of the day. By the way I think nobody doubts the influence and importance of training/conditioning. It is the genetic component that is worried about in the OP.
  22. Haha, the pressure is building... Well til last weekend I had the valid excuse of lambing season (in which period you are allowed to be lazy about anything except lamb related activities). I promise I will look into it as soon as I am near the lap top holding our pics. I'll throw in some of Kátur too, he is quite a looker.
  23. Good news for Peli, we kinda rescued a young male dog, named Kátur (means "happy", seldom was a dog named more aptly). Just a couple of days ago, but they already decided they are Best Buddies Forever. Everybody else (especially Gláma) is also happy; no better outlet for the playdrive of a puppy than another dog who loves to play and wrestle. Before taking him in we weren't sure to mediate him to another home or to keep him, I'm afraid that decision has been made... NB. I like how you all take part in the brain storming. A lot of good points been made.
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