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Everything posted by Smalahundur

  1. Iceland has a very nice climate for dogs. Not very warm in the summer, and maybe more surprising not that cold in winter either. The gulf stream still works. So overheating is not really an issue here, also because the long workdays in the roundup, are in autumn;September, October it peaks. So general stamina, and especially tough feet are important here. Anecdote from my dark days before the bordercollies; our first two dogs here were an icelandic sheepdog/bc mix (probably)and a lab/shepherd mix. The first a male the other female. Very different, but both great dogs. Also both crazy e
  2. I have raised that question some time ago on the boards, resulting in some very touchy replies from the trialling crowd. Apparently stamina is something that dogs maintain, even if you don't select for it... My point was if you select dogs on working very concentrated for twelve minutes, and only train and use him for such work, you simply don't know if that dog can work all day long in the free range round up.
  3. The broom is Peli's nemesis. It must die. So I don't use it when he is around, and hang it out of reach. And generally my strategy for dealing with such behaviour is the same as Maja's. Mine is 4,5 months old, I expect him to grow out of it.
  4. At the moment I can hardly wait to start my puppy on sheep. But I will (wait that is) because the little guy isn't even 5 months old Anyway I am in the proces of preparing training facilities, and sheep for when that day comes. So what do we have? Well a training field of 2.5 ha, on which at the moment 10 prospect training sheep are grazing. Half of them are yearling ewes who weren't with lamb, the other half are yearling wethers, all icelandic sheep (as some of you might know the only breed available). As I found out, and not unexpectedly these are not easy sheep, especially t
  5. No, you shouldn't. Best not to questions if you start to find out you will not like the answers. Interesting view, being to busy to read up on a subject matter that will, if you do it right, take up a substantial amount of your precious time. Ah well, good luck with that dog I guess...
  6. You really think that is what is giving your pup the satisfaction? You seeing her chew the leash? Let me get this straight, you honestly believe your pup chews the leash just to rile you?
  7. That is a very strange idea, that the active ingredient could be unevenly distributed through a pil.
  8. Because my Peli just turned 16 weeks like yours, I decided I'd weigh him too, turned out he is 11.4 kg, for you non metric primitives , that is about 25.1 pounds. Looks like he is going to be quite a big boy.
  9. Thanks for those links. They make for interesting reading during a break in this lambing season. I especially enjyed the part about working reindeer.
  10. I usually say uh-oh too, but it means "no". You could say "pancake" too. I don't really think such details matter much. The dog does something it shouldn't, it gets a mild vocal correction.
  11. So you also think the "no" is helpful. You even give great tips on how to teach it so you get an adult dog who understands that correction. Good for you.
  12. I actually think a "no" is very helpful. Yes it just means stop. That is what I want when I say "no"... Of course giving them something do do directly after that no is the smart thing to do, as a reward for the stopping and a distraction from going back to do whatever I didn't want it to do.
  13. You talk about the "two year old equivalent of a puppy" versus a three/four year old. How can you tell? I mean what characteristics has a puppy that is "equivalent "to a two year old child an d how do they differ from those of a puppy that is at the three/ four year level? Define, qualify and kwantify that, and I will give you an exact answer to hour question...
  14. Not really inexpensive, but versatile; we just bought a round pen for horse training. Ten panels and a gate, that connect with a simple eye/steel rod system. It holds sheep (not lambs), I plan to use it when starting Peli. Might tie some netting to the panels. It is not as big as I would have liked, but I can always buy some extra panels to expand if I deem that necessary. Hopefully I won't have to use it that much with him. This weekend we will be fencing off a 2.3 ha field that will be his training ground.
  15. Sure. A dog running thát wide gets into trouble in the mountains. My main reason for being into bordercollies is the annual roundup, I know what kind of work you are talking about.I personally have not actually seen or experienced dogs with this problem though. I do have experience with dogs that run too tight and close, getting into (different) problems because of that. That is why, if you would have asked me out of the blue, would have said I prefer wide running dogs that naturally cover a big area, and maintain a good pace/ working distance. That is why I do not try to make to m
  16. You might have gotten a rise out of Andy Nickless, but he isn't active on these boards anymore. I remember he wrote an article on his site where he said he didn't understand the trouble people had with (too) wide runners. His simple argument being "just call them in" (without getting into detail about how to go about that btw).
  17. No. Whatever you do don't introduce him to sheep.If you wanted to work stock you should have purchased a stockdog, from proven stockworking parents. Whatever people have told you, sheep are not a panacea for any and all bordercollie behavioral problems. They aren't training tools, or worse, dog toys either.
  18. Yeah, now that you mention it, it has the same kind of vibe.
  19. I raised the same doubts as Mark in the other topic. It is a really weird case of contamination.
  20. Ah yeah I see, you can also read that sentence like that. Still, a one year old dog isn't a puppy either. But more puppy-ish than a two year old I guess..
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