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  1. I purchased a sled dog harness and towline from a sled dog outfit and it was a fraction of what they're charging on Ruffwear, plus very durable. I might be exagerating a bit, but you could practically tow your car with these things. I originally bought the setup so he could pull a sled, but mainly use it for jogging on trails. I can clip the towline to my belt, so he cant chase after deer and mountain bikes. Plus if I start slacking off he pulls me to go faster. I can use all the help I can get. Bike joring and ski joring sounds like fun and I hope to do try some day.
  2. My 2 yr fixed BC turned into a jerk too about a year ago. He got better after being fixed, but still is unpredictable at the dog park especially around boxers and huskies. There are alot of huskies around here and we usually try to avoid them. He is making progress though. Our last confrontations with huskies have been good. As the husky was nose to nose,I kept him on a tight lease, petted him, told him he was a good boy and it really calmed him down. We usually go to the dog park when it's less crowded. He doesnt like to run with a pack like most do. He's likes people more than dogs.
  3. Fortunately, I have a park a couple blocks away. It can be pitch black and I cant see a thing, but everytime I throw the frisbee he comes back with it. He also loves the cold and will stay out forever. I wear insulated pants, Sorel boots, full face and headwear, whatever, so I wont be so miserable.
  4. I've thought about doing that, mainly mountain biking, but my BC chases deer, squirrels, etc and I would most likely end up on the ground, so some training would be involved. There are setups for dogs to pull bikes and scooters similar to mushing. Check this out: http://nooksackracing.com/bikejoring.html
  5. I had the same problem, minus your circling issue up until recently with my 2 year old BC. When he was a pup(6mo to 1yr) he would do it all the time and drop(without giving a drop command) the frisbee about 6 feet away and just look at me in the crouch position. I would command him to "get it" until it was about an arms length away. Sometimes it would take 3 to 4 "get it " commands. As he got older it was less frequent, sometimes, I have to use the "get it" command, but rarely. Now he drops it at my feet almost every time.
  6. Thanks for posting this topic. I too would like to get into tracking because my BC loves to sniff and smell things. Whenever I come into the house with groceries it's like Christmas and he gets really excited. He digs his whole head into each of the bags, sniffer going full blast. We jokingly call him Mr. Inspector since it seems like he's checking all the bags as if he's quality control. When we are out on the trail his nose is always to the ground. I can tell when he has a scent of someone or something because his pace picks up. Sure enough, there's a hiker or animal in front of us.
  7. I've been using Frontline Plus bought from the web on my 2 year old BC and works great so far, but you guys got me worried because one of our favorite activities is jogging on trails in the woods. If it stops working maybe I'll try making a collar for him out of garlic cloves.
  8. We love our BC for all the reasons already mentioned by other people, but as long as somebody brought it up, that prey drive is really annoying. He cant be trusted off leash unless it's an area without cars, bikes and animals such as cats, rabbits, deer etc. On the leash if he sees an animal he will try to take your arm off he bolts so fast. He loves kids and seems to know that he has to be gentle.
  9. My BC pulls on a leash to the point where he is hacking, so we got him one of those "Easy Walk No-Pull" harnesses at Petsmart and it works great for walking, but not when we go running. It rubbed him raw under the leg. During the winter I purchased a harness setup made for sled dogs, so he could pull my kids around on their sleds. I thought I would give this a try when we go running and it works well for both of us. The bungie works as a shock absorber for the pulling and the harness has padding for his comfort. There is a carabiner on the end that I clip to a belt, so I have my hands free. I feel that training is the real solution for a pulling dog, but I would rather spend our time running or playing frisbee. Also, I want to do more sled pulling, but not sure how to train him to pull and not pull, although I have heard of people who have been successful.
  10. Great thread with lots of useful info. My BC has had some minor scuffles with other dogs that want to play aggressively and I think he can take care of himself in most situations, but what I am most worried about is the pit bulls that are common in my area. I ran into a lady the other day who recently had a small shelty attacked and had over 20 staples put in his side. We've had pit types in my yard, before I got my BC(2 years ago), that got loose from their owners. I have small children, so on one occasion I tried to shoo him away with my arms in the air, but he stood his ground growling. I called the cops and they took care of it. After calling the cops at least 3 times, I havnt seen the dog since. Sorry to bash the pit and I may be ignorant of the breed, but I just dont see the point or allure of owning one.
  11. Same problem here, especially in the hind quarters. I try to pull them off, but mostly impossible, so they melt and fall off in the house. Maybe a hair dryer for a minute or two will loosen them up before going inside.
  12. I face the same issue with my BC. Sometimes I take him jogging or frisbee in the dark, but if its too cold forget it. Amazingly, the darkness doesnt seem to affect his catching, but since I cant see anything, I'm just going by the familiar sound the frisbee makes against his teeth. Also, white frisbees come in handy in case he misses and I have to go searching. Last winter I was on a fitness kick and took him running almost everynight, but that has fizzled out for now. He loves car rides and has to have one almost every night.
  13. We give our BC security detail also. He only weighs in at 35 pounds, but has a very menacing bark. Due to the nature of the neighborhood, we let him bark at strangers walking by the house. Funny thing is that he totally loves people and wouldnt hurt anybody. The only problem is that he thinks squirrels, rabbits and cats are a part of the detail. I'll have to work on that. The command is "go on patrol" and he runs to the front door, ears up, standing straight and fully alert. If we want him to bark, we say "woo, woo". This took almost no training as if in the breeding and he seems to really enjoy it, but takes it seriously. He also tucks in and wakes up the kids.
  14. Hate to brag, but I had my BC catching the disc at about that age or earlier and I have no experience training dogs whatsover. As a matter fact, he's my first dog. I owe my\his success to the breed and his love of chasing anything that moves, although that includes bikes, cars, cats, etc. He seemed to naturally take to it. He is about 16 months now, but when he was a pup, to burn his excessive energy, we played everyday for about 30 minutes, starting with rollers and gradually working to catching in the air within about a month. Even training him to bring the disk back took very little on my part. He brings the frisbee back everytime and tosses it at my feet. He could do this all day. Now he catches the disk as far as I can throw it, which with a good wind could be almost 75 yards. It's pretty impressive and I'm still amazed at how he does it.
  15. Hi All I was going to ask about my 1 year old BC and hot temps in NJ in a new thread, but since some of my questions were pretty much answered here, I'd just like to make a comment. As a new BC owner, common sense pretty much told me running around in a heavy fur coat would be a problem in high temps, but getting him wet makes a huge difference. He can sprint at high speeds playing frisbee for hours on the beach with the frequent dip in the water, but at the park without the dips, he only lasts about 20 maybe 30minutes. I try to give him water, but he most often refuses, I'm guessing because he is so focused on playing. So when he seems to be at that point, we go home where he goes straight to the bowl and drinks quite a bit. Then sprawls out on the cool floor in the kitchen. If he was a working dog, I could only imagine this being a problem, but perhaps the livestock is also so beat by the heat that its not that big of a deal. Jim
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