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  1. I am a huge Susan Garrett fan... So I'd personally reccomend you check out her stuff.
  2. Couldn't agree more with this. Hopefully my posts aren't coming off that I know everything...just stating my preferences. I don't have a dead set opinion on early s/n and certainly wouldn't turn a dog down simply because of it, but if I had the choice I would certainly wait.
  3. My opinion is just that- my opinion. I don't know how you can say that ' you wouldn't base an opinion with just a small sample'....it's not like I am saying what I know is factual. From the small amount of male dogs that I've owned (under 10) to the many male dogs I've worked with in rescue (too many to count) to all my friends male dogs, in my opinion, the dogs neutered later on tend to be more 'manly'. That's what I like, I don't like the goofiness. Of course there are males that who have been neutered earlier that are still 'manly', but the majority that *I've* met are goofy. Just my opinion as of now...But that's the wonderful thing about opinions. They can change as we learn!
  4. Yes, I did know them as they were my own dogs. In my personal opinion, males neutered earlier ( >4 months) versus males who are neutered later on do tend to have different attitudes. They are more puppy-like and seem to have a very goofy personality. Not to say that this applies to ALL males as of course every dog differs. Edited to add: When I said I was coming from an agility perspective, I meant that I neutered later on due to making sure growth plates were closed. Upon rereading it I realized it could have been interpreted as meaning I neuter later on to make sure they have drive for agility.
  5. No, I don't do AKC...I don't believe this is sanctioned. Just my local club opening up the field. I thought it was ridiculously priced, and it's only from 10am-2pm. I highly doubt I can get my money's worth.
  6. What are the prices of agility Fun Matches in your area? I got an email this morning from my local club (CA) where the price is $25 for an upcoming match...
  7. As the owner of an agility dog and as the founder/president of a Border Collie rescue, I cannot recommend this book enough!
  8. Coming from an agility perspective, I waited until my boy was a year of age to neuter. I dislike the attitude and low drive (that I've witnessed) of males neutered too early.
  9. Are you asking for general puppy training, or are you hoping to get into a sport?
  10. Also, I personally wouldn't build a lot of eye-contact into this behavior. I don't want my dog focused on me out there, more so on his 'job' (the equipment). Of course your want the dog to pay attention to you but you don't want to build the behavior so he feels the need to watch your face out there. Just my opinion.
  11. She's stressed and know's it's a behavior with a lot of pressure. I would work on this behavior alone and make it FUN! Turn this into a huge game for her!
  12. That is horrible! We just took our Shepherd in for her xrays and they found a .22 in her back!
  13. Thanks Denice, that's really helpful! I'm going to print this out and take it along with me..
  14. Agree with the poster above. HSUS is just as bad as PETA in my book...they care more about $$ than they do actually helping the animals.
  15. I know it doesn't but when I first heard about these dogs I was wondering if they were a bit more of an aggressive breed. I didn't want to take my sheep bred Border Collie out to someone who was used to working with a "cow bred, aggressive breed". Even though it's apparent that my thinking was wrong, it's the whole reason I made this post. I wanted people to help me get a feel for this breed. As a newbie to herding you have to know that I am very inexperienced so I have a whole lot to learn, which is obvious as to how little I know regarding cow bred/sheep bred. So thank you for taking the time to educate me and not just write me off as another city slick, herding wannabe.
  16. Thanks for the recommendations! Sacramento is about 2 hours away from me. Not that far of a drive in general but just out of my reach for now.
  17. What I meant was, that I thought they were a more aggressive breed due to them being bred specifically for cattle. Most breeders who breed them do so for cattle work so they would need a more aggressive breed in general (according to google searches). I don't know this breed at all, so I can't say what their personalities are like.
  18. I figured they (Border Collie and HTC) couldn't be that much different...basically comes down to their breeding (like you said). Fred told me he has handled many Border Collies and feels confident that he could help me out. He has been nothing but welcoming in his emails. I figure it can't hurt to go out there. ETA: When I say that they are 'harsher' than a Border Collie, I just meant more aggresive and in your face...basically what a cowdog should be.
  19. Oops, hopefully I didn't give the impression that this was HIS trial, I just meant it was one he ran in.
  20. BrittanyS


    Thank you! We are working on his recall as it's not too good. He gets distracted very easily but everywhere I take him we practice his recall. I'm hoping this gets him used to listening in unfamiliar situations.
  21. I really don't know where to post this, so please excuse my ignorance! I have been on the hunt to find a local trainer to help me with Dash, and so far I have only found one person. He is a very nice person, runs in cattle dog trials and has offered me the chance to go up to his ranch and see him work. I told him I have a puppy and for right now I would only be observing him before making my decision as to whether he can help train me. Well, he has Hangin Tree Cowdogs. I had never heard of this breed until he mentioned them and have no idea how they work. I'm thinking they are a harsher breed as they are bred for cattle..am I right? He also has sheep and would be training Dash on sheep. I guess I'm just asking if he would be able to train a Border Collie? Also, when evaluating a potential trainer..what things should I be looking for? I would love to be able to travel to a top notch trainer but right now I don't have the time. Herding will be a hobby, and I'll most likely dabble in trials when one comes close...but I really have no plans on making it to nationals. Here is a link to the gentleman's recent trial. CLICK. His picture is the one on the lower left.
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