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  1. Is that the new height? Whats your thoughts on all of that?
  2. Gentle Lake You have made my day. That is the best quote. Perfect in so many ways!
  3. I have just agreed to be part of a demo in September. Its been a year since my dogs have seen anything but jumps so we have some brushing up to do. My dog is the "weave" dog I agree with the keep it simple. Most people watching will be amazed that your dogs are working without being on a leash so they don't really need to see top level handling or complicated sequences. One thing that we used to do in the past was let the people watching create a simple course through the obstacles at the end of our demo. This allows them the chance to see the dogs and handlers work a sequence that was not planned in advance and it increases participation
  4. When I was teaching we had a set of channel weaves that were easily adjusted with every other pole on a slide. I would change them as needed and often that was for each dog. I got very efficient at it and had no problem doing it for my students. You sometimes do what you have to do
  5. Is it possible to post a short video of the issues you feel you are having? Each one of us has read the same words but if we all had to "draw" a picture of the content, the images more than likely will differ some what. By posting a video it may be that some one will notice that "ah ha" thing that may truly help. Just an idea
  6. http://www.planethund.com/eng/border-collie-problem-dog-1809.html
  7. Every time I have added another dog into the house I have had some sort of "what if" thoughts. This includes puppies that I bred myself. I think your reservations are a natural feeling which quite frankly is, in my opinion, a good thing. Means you are thinking it through rather than just acting impulsively.
  8. As I feel my dogs are better behaved than many of the children I have come across in restaurants of late, I am in favor of well behaved dogs (and children) being allowed in most public places. Those that are rude, obnoxious and or disruptive, should be asked to leave. And that goes for the dogs as well.......
  9. As a person who lives with a working bred GSD and 2 bcs, I don’t have much to offer that hasn’t already been said other than managing a multi dog household is a lot like running a prison. The warden (owner) controls much of what happens within the walls of the prison. The warden dictates when, where and what the inmates(dogs) will eat, at what time and for how long the inmates(dogs) will spend in the yard and who the inmate’s (dog’s) cellmate will be. Seldom is there input from the inmates(dogs) themselves in these matters and the cohabitation of the inmates (dogs) is often a success because the warden says it will be. For many inmates, the above program works well. For others it doesn’t. For those who can not assimilate into the program, their negative behavior often leads to choices having to be made by the warden. Behavior modification, reassignment of cell blocks, solitary confinement or worse. All choices made due to circumstance. I am happy to say that our inmates get along pretty well. They have had their moments and the situations that triggered the issues were noted and now avoided to the best of our abilities. Best of luck with your situation
  10. If you think border collie people are opinionated, go to a cat show!. The toughest nail on this board couldn't hold their own against "the cat lady".
  11. My dogs have perfect ears. They listen to me when I have had a bad day and tell them my woes. They listen to me when I have had a good day and tell them my joys. As far as I can tell, they listen to me with out judgement so in my mind, my dogs have perfect ears
  12. We have one of these dryers and it works great for removing loose undercoat. Takes a little bit of practice otherwise you can tangle some of the longer hair but you can blow out an undercoat in a pretty short time. We use it outdoors primarily as you can end up knee deep in fluff if you use it indoors. http://www.amazon.com/K-9-High-Velocity-Blower-Dryer/dp/B0002ZAGK2
  13. I literally just came in from playing ball with my two bcs. Speaking for myself only, the whole not bringing the ball back all the way is definitely a case of "he who argues for his own limitations gets to keep them", a line that I used many a time when teaching classes. Frankie the older bc has a reliable retrieve to hand so much so that he will stick the ball into your hands if you don't take it from him promptly enough. Zen the younger has a great retrieve but only to within about 5 feet. She has a super "drop it". Why doesn't she retrieve to hand? I was too lazy to finish the process and....still am. When it is her turn, I just make her drop the ball then tell Frankie to "take it" where upon he gets it and puts it in my hand. As long as he is able, I don't have a problem but when the day he no longer is capable or willing, I'll have to think about finishing the training with Zen.
  14. GentleLake, guaranteed he swallowed them whole. The feet were complete...toes, nails, fur etc.
  15. Toddlers can also be quiet when they need to be. Friend of mines 18 month old son disappeared one day while we were down in the barn. Quick search found him in with my then 31 year old appy gelding. The kid was standing directly in front of the horse and had a firm grip with both hands on the horse's halter. Thankfully the horse just stood there like the saint he was and never moved even though the kid was tugging on him. Had that been one of the other horses, it might not have been "no big deal"
  16. Years ago one of our vizslas ate an entire adult rabbit. No ill effects as we too feed raw. Certain parts didn't digest though and during yard clean up I found the paws of the rabbit, intact, with fur, embedded in....well, you know. Curious if squirrel feet do the same?..... (jk)
  17. I have been in the structural pest control industry for the last 30 years. Thankfully fleas have not been a huge issue for "us" since the invention of the topical products and IGRs. That said, conversations at some seminars I have attended of late have mentioned that some populations of fleas are becoming resistant to many of the products that are out there. As with bedbugs and roaches, the type of products they are resistant to may vary from region to region. When dealing with fleas indoors, a strong vacuum is one of your best tools (works for roaches too but bedbugs will just flip you the bird and hang on tighter). Flea eggs are not adhesive so will fall off the pet and will usually be found in the areas where the pets sleep or jump down such as off the sofa or bed. Larvae like to hide in cracks and crevices where they will feed on a variety of debris such as flea droppings, dried skin etc as well as hide in pet bedding, carpet etc. Vacuum these areas thoroughly. Vacuuming can also help stimulate the hatching of fleas from their pupal case in which they will often stay until they feel vibrations which indicates to them a potential meal. This is a benefit if you have used any products on the carpeting or floors as the fleas that remain in the pupal cases are protected from the treatments.
  18. Mr Mc Caig listed "2 dogs" on his list of things to bring to a trial. Folks should be sure to check their lists when loading up to go home. I have known more than one person who has left a dog event without their dog(s)..........
  19. Cass C wrote: "but my DH told me with Lily she is the last pet. I'm only allowed to get fish now" This koi just auctioned off for $221,455.00 (I double checked the decimal point, its correct) Tell your husband this is the fish you want. He'll probably say "get a dog!"
  20. The only thing I will add to the above comments is that there is a risk that some of the puppies in a boxer/bc mix litter coming out looking a bit "pittie". While this is not a problem for me, I like pits and pit mixes, it may be for some municipalities that have BSL legislation in place. Rural Nebraska? Probably not an issue though......
  21. Seeing as how I can not leave any candy out in sight without is disappearing, I won't hold my dogs to a higher level of behavior than I expect out of the humans in the house (even though the humans know better) so we keep the counter tops void of anything of interest when we are not there to supervise.
  22. In another thread a while back someone mentioned that merle colored dogs are harder to see at a distance. This could be one reason for the cultural preference for black and white working/trial dogs. Just what I read......carry on.
  23. Julie wrote: "IMO, novices with ideas are great. Novices with attitude are not." I can only speak from a dog sport point of view, sport being non working related activities. The same can be said for some of the "elite" as well. Interesting thread
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