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  1. Interesting idea Maja, I wonder if there is some info on whistle wavelenghts on the net. The shepherds whistle may be bit uncommon, but not the type and method of generating sound.
  2. No harm done, it's no biggie. In the written word there is a tendency to come over harsher than intended ( to be clear, I am talking about my own posts). I assume you want to be polite. Btw it was not the gender that was the point, but the use of mr. in combination with a forum handle instead of a name ( I am male). Where I live now, contrary to my home country, mr and ms aren't used, just given names, no matter if you talk to a child or the prime minister What do you prefer yourself, Donald or mr. McCaig ?
  3. These are some pictures of Seimur working today (6. October 2018). This kind of work is what we do most this time of the year; the organized roundups are done, but not all sheep have been found. These two we spotted from the road, they are in the hills over our farm. Not our own, from the next farm , 6 km down the road. On the last pic you can see our farm in the distance. Seimur is just 16 months old, but doing a great job. I would rather not have put him to work like this, but my main dog´s eyesight has deteriorated to the point I can´t use her anymore. I had to change gears and find ou
  4. Not really. I personally use 4 different languages in my daily life, I can speak an additional local dutch language, frisian. Dutch dialects from the south can be rather difficult for me to understand, especially when spoken in their purest form ( f.i. by elderly people). The difference between a dialect and an accent is pretty clear, a dialect is a local variation on a language, with differences in both vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. An accent is just a difference in pronunciation (f.i. non native speakers). I think that "bluriness" comes from the fact that these kind of analog
  5. Yeah, she is cute isn't she. Our lammetje ( you actually speak dutch?) is doing great, looking even cuter now all dried up, and growing by the day. The mother is one of our few polled ewes. She saved her life by this pregnancy, being rather old and failed to be with lamb last year she was on the cull list. To answer your question about how we know our sheep from those of our neighbours, there is in the first place the archaic but still obliged method of cutting a "mark" in the lamb's ear(s) after birth. You can find them here: http://www.landsmarkaskra.is/eyrnamork_heiti.jsp At the same time
  6. As I am a bit playing with my whistles I decided to try out an app called " voice pitch monitor" someone on the novice and beyond facebook group talked about. That is a nice tool for choosing and practicing whistle commands.. As the box says, it visualizes the pitch of the sound, and tells you what notes you are hitting. Played a bit with it using both my plastic bb whistle, and my fingers. It encourages to "clean up" your whistles , producing a nice smooth grafic sounds better ( actually the other way round of course). And I was rather content to find out that I am pretty cons
  7. 1. Chances are your dog will be very happy with a same species companion. Dogs interact and play with other dogs in a way they can't with humans. Also his new friend will always be there. There is a minor chance your attention might be regarded as " his" and will be guarded against the new guy ("jealous" behavior). But you know if your dog has such tendencies, and even then it is usually managable. 2. Only trouble I have had with that is introducing an other bitch to the one we had. Both adults, trouble to the point we had to let the new one go. Introducung a pup to a male adult? You'll
  8. As promised, the newborn "Sjöfn". An Icelandic female name, and because sjö means 7, she is born in september.
  9. We'll see. I have an opportunity now to re evaluate my whistles in general, as it looks like my Glàma's working career is over. Her replacement has been set to work this roundup season (we have been training since lambing season, bought him started), and I am very happy with him. I use lie down, walkon and recall whistles with him, but haven't thaught him directional and lookback whistles yet. From what I read, most people agree with you Donald, that for those who can do it, finger whisling is preferable. So I might stick to that anyway. Btw I always thought I couldn't learn to whistle on
  10. Depends what you mean by 'turning the corner'. I don't look at it it as one corner. There is a maturing proces with several milestones up at about three, four years. I think after that age you could call the dog fully matured, of course it keeps on gathering experience after that.
  11. Very stylish! That two hole whistle might have been a good option for my kind of use. I imagine the bigger airflow it allows would help with my whistle trouble. But in this botched shipment were just three whistles, two aluminium and the brass one I took. I'll report how I like it when it arrives. Btw, we got an autumn lamb Maja. When putting the sheep in the stable last Saturday to get the ones out of the herd we don't own (roundup season) I noticed one of ours was in labor! Really lucky, if we hadn't, by sheer coincidence, done this chore last saturday we would not have noticed, and
  12. You obviously haven't read the actual article; it strongly advises against grabbing the scruff. The described method of intervention is also (or even especially) effective on big strong dogs, even if the intervening human is relatively weak. Nb. You propose to grab two fighting big dogs simultaneously by the scruff? I would like to see you accomplish that feat, if it weren't for the fact I don't wish you any harm...No man, that is not "the best tactic" at all.
  13. Terrierman has a rather well thought out post on his site concerning breaking up dog fights with minimum risk; https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2011/08/knowing-what-not-to-do-in-dog-fight.html Grabbing the offending dog by the scruff of the neck by the way is one of the things not to do in a dogfight according to this article ( your situation though scary enough probably wasn't a fullblown dogfight) . Glad you and your dog were okay.
  14. I own a couple of shepherd's whistles, low budget plastic ones. I can use them fine, no problem getting a tone out of them, whistling tunes, different commands, the works. But on dogs, especially under pressure, or wanting to whistle very loud ( distance, windy conditions) I kinda "poop out". No big deal, I am a good finger whistler, I can whistle louder on my fingers than on those shepherds whistles. But that method has one big drawback, you regularly put fingers in your mouth that have been places you really (really) don't want to lick...Also I kinda like shepherds whistles.
  15. A laserpointer? To train bordercollies? What a great idea! Seriously, this post has a bit "spammy" taste; the language used seems to be the product of google translate. I won't click on that link...
  16. I agree with Merlin. That is one scary pig.
  17. Thanks for the explanation Amy, that does sound like a different job is indeed the way to go. It happened to me once, giving up on a dog after about the same time period, and also raised from pup. My current youngster-in-training I bought when he was 8 months old, making it possible to start training and evaluating him right away. The breeder would have taken him back hadn't I liked him. It has the advantage of when you don't like the dog's work you let him go after a couple of weeks, months tops, rather then a couple of years. In my opinion this outweighs the slightly higher pricetag, a
  18. Just out of curiosity, what is it he lacks in trialing ability? My main working dog is not fit for trials, but she is fine for farm and range work. I was wondering if that could go for your dog too, as you have obviously trained him for stockwork. It could mean not excluding someone looking for a workdog. ( Maybe it is a daft idea, I get the impression that people working their dogs, but not interested in trialling might be relatively rare in the US)
  19. Well, I looked at it, and I did not find anything I didn't know already. I know how these methods work. Did you assume I must be ignorant of these training methods because I don't buy unconditionally into them?
  20. This. Not every behavior modification responds well to the "positive only" approach. Some even " not at all". If the behavior is so self rewarding that there is no other reward that can top it then you have a real problem on your hands if you are not prepared to correct said behavior. Even Karen Prior herself admits readily she could not, using her positive only methods keep her terriers from hunting local wildlife ( fun fact, she uses an invisible fence to manage that. Automated corrections, and in this case pretty painful ones are apparently a-okay in her book...).
  21. Very cool looking pup, striking eyes! My Peli's ears were first both floppy, then one up, one rather floppy until finally settling for both up somewhere between 6 to 10 months. I think it is rather unpredictable at this stage, but if I had to bet I'd bet I'd say he will end up with something symmetrical. Either way, cute pup.
  22. That was a highly entertaining response. I especially enjoyed the part "So I choose not to. If you, and a few other select members, would like to depart from the forum, and others with an openness to others, and an enquiring and less bigoted mind would like to engage, I'd be happy". Pray tell, who are the other "select members" you propose should depart from the forum so you can be happy, and free to share your wisdom? I hope I'll be in good company
  23. Well you may not like my response, but it was genuine. I am interested in you as a breeder and your dogs. You claim to breed working dogs, in my, and about everybody's opinion here this is impossible without training and working your dogs on a level signifacantly beyond "average" in the stockwork field. Your silence about these aspects of your breeding program in your very wordy responses makes me suspect you're just another breeder of barbie collies catering to the market of people worrying whether their dog matches the sofa. Now, again, if you are really breeding for work, pleas
  24. Yeah, but aren't you also a person that has no problems with different whistle sets on multple dogs ( I am also in the novice and beyond group, hiding under my wife's account ). Up til now I never dared to try it, don't think I could manage, and have genuine admiration for those who can. I mean for us lesser mortal devoid of such superpowers of multitasking, it can be a struggle just keeping our hægri from vinstri. I am also one that has to keep a strong sense of clockwise and counterclockwise connected to the flanks ( like a child learning to count on his fingers I sneakly use my slig
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