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  1. I think it has more to do with how the dogs are raised than with them being border collies. I personally have 8 border collies. 7 of them have been around kids most of their lives. The oldest one, who is 12, lived with a single woman prior to entering our home. He LOVES children more than anything in life besides maybe a tennis ball. Of the other 7, one came to our home at the age of 7 months and he also melts at the sight of our own children and strange children as well. None of them have been allowed to nip each other or children through any part of their lives in play or herding, and
  2. I have a retired 12 year old boy who played flyball, but he has competed in quite some time. He retired due to hip dysplasia though, not intolerance to activity. Do you want samples from dogs who currently compete in sports/stockwork only or those who have retired as well?
  3. I say who cares about Q's or titles. The point of agility in the first place is to have fun with your dog and increase your bond. So if they both enjoy the game, play it. If either one of them doesn't, then quit.
  4. So very sorry for your loss. Run free June.
  5. I just ran my Todd in his first NADAC trial this last weekend. He is a 19.25 inch tall boy. I jumped him at 20 inches because that's what he jumps in CPE and he jumps 22 in USDAA. We don't run AKC (can't condone giving them money) but I think they would have him jump 20 as well I didn't want him to have to adjust jumps everytime and didn't want him to start to flatten out and drop bars after getting used to the lower jump height when moving back up to the normal 20-22 inch jumps. I'm not sure what other venues you plan to use, but I've spent a lot of time teaching my dog to collect after h
  6. My Simon was doing the same thing, he used to only ring the bells when he had to go potty but figured out bells = outside anytime. The bells are now removed from the door because he would go in and out every 15 minutes or so if allowed. If there is a potty emergency, he whines, paces, and spins circles at the door; otherwise, it's only out when I take them out.
  7. This thread has offered many insightful responses, that have involved lot of patience on people's parts, yet there is no getting through to her. There is no excuse for having to run AKC agility. AKC agility is the prevelent venue in my area, yet I don't run or register my dogs. I have one AKC registered dog, and that was before my eyes were opened to the evils of AKC, mainly through this board. My subsequent agility prospect was a working bred border collie and I will never look back. Though I do train him in agility, I train him much more and work much harder in stock work. It is a huge le
  8. My two rescues are not fit for stock work, one because of his very poor health (he is a double merle with severe HD) and the other is just too scared of everything, including stock. I had hoped that it would open up his world for him, but alas, he is happy being and active house dog. My sport bred dog has to be taught everything and doesn't really think for himself which is a bit tougher in training and especially in trialing in agility. I certainly hope to be able to trial some day, but Fury is just about a year old and and not ready to trial in anything just yet. I am dreaming of the d
  9. A well bred working dog will excel at anything asked of it. I have learned this all the hard way and from being a long time lurker on these boards. My AKC sport bred border collie has absolutely no desire to work stock or even to interact with them at all. When brought into a pen with sheep, he will casually glance their way before moving to the corner and laying down. Even when bringing my working bred dog into teh ring to try to get him interested, nothing. I bought my working bred boy for agility after learning much with my sport bred agility dog and from these boards. I would never l
  10. That's a very sweet way to let her go. It gives you both peace of mind that she is going to a great place, but she offers a huge amount of healing at the loss of Lilly.
  11. I have not met, but have also heard of a trainer that suggests that the dogs must learn to "take a correction" no matter how harsh (and from the sounds of it, they are VERY harsh). In my opinion, that is no way to maintain the team that the dog and handler are supposed to work as. There needs to be a balance of trust and respect, but not abuse.
  12. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of sadness. She is running painfree on the other end of the rainbow bridge. Godspeed Lacee!
  13. She is a real beauty! Love her happy face!
  14. Congrats on the new addition! Sounds like she is more than lucky in landing with you. Can we say Gaurdian Angel? Can't wait for pictures like everyone else!!!!!
  15. I have different levels of obedience in my house also but there are some commands that I don't tolerate lolly gagging with. Leave it and come are the two biggies. I use these when they may be putting themselves in harms way without even knowing it. So for this reason, there is no wiggle room with come or leave it. I too am guilty of chattering to the goonies not only at home but I chatter to Todd a lot at agility trials. I'm a cheerleader also but the same goes that he runs bette the quieter I am. I think some of the cheerleading is for my own benefit...okay most of it is I agree thoug
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