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  1. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    Thank you! && yup, she's a Yorkie..my heart dog. We've had many scares with her over the years but she is one strooonnng little dog and never gives up. <3
  2. If they canceled it, you can be certain that people would sue for them canceling it. That wouldn't be the case if people only drove like 1-2 hours to get there but since they flew there, took vacation time, etc., the directors figured 'might as well continue on and let handlers make the decision for themselves.' Besides, when entering an agility competition more often than not you have to sign a waiver for yourself and your dog (For the comps I've been to anyway). And I agree that this is getting out of hand, almost an agility vs. herding argument. I hope I haven't offended anyone with any of my posts, as this was not my intention. I love both my agility and herding peeps. <3
  3. Reading that just made me cringe and I really hope this fellow is just trying to 'be cool' by saying that. Anyway, like others above I have heard some breeders guarantee that their pups will work but they never state by what age. And they certainly don't advise any kicking..
  4. Most sport handlers have told me to wait until the growth plates are done growing, and the only way you can tell is through x-rays. I plan on waiting until my pup is around 14 months to neuter.
  5. Hey Anna, I'm just up the road in Atwater, I'll keep an eye out down here! Is there any way we could see a picture?
  6. Purely your opinion. Stock dog trials are optional...if you want to prove your dog you really don't HAVE to enter them in a trial. Yeah, I highly recommend it to see what kind of dog you have but it is OPTIONAL in the end. Out at the agility fields they have pools, water hoses, etc available. Most handlers have cooling 'jackets' for the dogs as well. But this was not a 'normal ole trial' that people just drove a few hours to...this was a huggge national event. Sure, it's for 'fun' but most of these dogs LIVE for agility just like most herding Border Collies LIVE to work stock. I mean what were the trial coordinators supposed to do? "Sorry everyone, come back next week and we'll try it again!"
  7. That's what I'm not getting. Herding trials are for ribbons and bragging rights too, so would you (people opposed to running agility dogs in mud) pull your dog from a NATIONAL herding event? One in which you (like someone else pointed out) prepared for all year?
  8. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    The day I went to pick him up, the breeders had him out in the sheep pen with his mom. They were moving sheep when I pulled up..I didn't purposely put him in with the sheep.
  9. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    Exactly what I do. Once he stops whatever needed correcting, he gets his "Good Boy" and his marrow bone. And thank you for not jumping the gun and thinking I'm abusive. When people hear that I give 'physical correctin' they just assume I beat my dogs.
  10. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    AMEN! In my last post I said something regarding using positive reinforcement for the first 3 weeks I had him, and during that time I was SO focused on agility foundation that I lost focus on my PUPPY. I totally forgot that he was a dog and just had it in my head 'that if I didn't get this agility foundation stuff now, he will be a terrible agility dog!' It got so bad that my husband didn't even want to look at Dash as he feared his corrections/behaviors toward him would upset me and ruin my 'training'. My poor hubby had to have a 'Positive/Agility Training Intervention' for me. I finally realized I was being ridiculous when he said "Just let the damn dog be a dog!" We have a much better relationship now as I don't worry so much about his training. If I have the 5 minutes to do some foundation work, great! If I'm too tired, we'll just cuddle instead.
  11. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    Hi Sue! everything you said about agility was correct, and it makes sense as to why it would confuse a dog to do both 'careers'. Agility and stock work are both just purely hobbies...my way of escaping mommyhood for a bit. If he excels, wonderful! If not, he'll just be a beloved pet. All of our dogs (2 lab and a yorkie) were taught with corrective punishment. They are VERY well behaved and know all basic manners...yes, even my Yorkie was taught with punishment. I didn't learn about positive reinforcement until I got into Agility recently. For the first 3 weeks I had Dash (BC) we did nothing but positive reinforcement as that is what the agility people pushed on us. The dog was nuts! He learned zero manners, wouldn't listen, etc. My husband and I decided to put both worlds together...now we have a nicely behaved pup who listens to the things we say. Now don't get me wrong, I don't go whacking him for everything, but if he bites my Yorkie/my daughter/etc., he gets his collar tugged and a sharp NO. The agility people told me to simply remove him from the source & give him a bone to occupy his attention. 'Simply ignore the behavior'...so he learned "I bite baby, mommy picks me up & gives me a bone!" In certain situations positive reinforcement is needed, but I don't think it works 24/7 with our pack. It has helped me communicate better with my dogs and I'm thankful for that. I'm a MUCH better trainer now. SIDE NOTE: I do not abuse my dogs, they are not beaten. When I say corrective punishment, I mean: tug on the collar, tap on the muzzle, etc.
  12. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    For some reason I was terrified that I would 'ruin' him if I didn't start working on things NOW...glad that's not the case! Thanks for all of your advice!
  13. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    Thanks Gloria! & yes, that's my baby. <3 Right now we are training agility (main reason I got him) so he get's a TON of socialization as he goes to the trials with me. We've been working on basic things with him, but I was wondering if there were more specific things I could do? I'm not talking about puppy foundation things (we got that), but things specifically geared to help him late in trialing? Like right now we are working on foundation work for agility. The skills he is learning now have nothing to do with agility itself (commands/equipment, etc.) but will help him for when we actually start teaching agility. Hopefully I make sense!
  14. Chicken! We buy the pre-cooked stuff that's ready to go. You can find it usually in the deli section.
  15. BrittanyS

    Puppy

    Hi Everyone! My BC is still a very young pup (18 weeks) but I want to know what to start doing in order to prepare him. I have contacted the two trainers in my area (as well as my pups breeder) to see about training and to just establish a relationship. My little one has a good eye, and his sire/dam both work so I'm hoping he will excel in herding. He was put in the sheep pen at 12wks and proceeded to "herd" them...which made my heart melt.
  16. Dog rescue...it's the hardest job you'll ever love. I've had a few people pass on my current rescue because she has no tail...they love everything else about her though...
  17. Gorgeous!! and a Red/White at that...welcome to the 'Dark Side'. He looks to be a purebred.
  18. I will be at Turlock! I wont be running but will be there to support/cheer on my friends.
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