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  1. I second what everyone has to say about making sessions short...and fun!!! I train and compete in competitive obedience so I can let you know what I do... I am a HUGELY motivational trainer(although not all positive, I do implore some negative consequences and the occasional correction if needed)....The best obedience teams to me are the ones who are look like they are having FUN together!! And keeping a young dog having fun and motivated throughout his/her training is key!!! I'm a HUGE advocate for incorporating tricks into EVERYTHING!! And with pups and young dogs I do the same..
  2. Hi Donald!! Yes I know there is no "Q" or "NQ" or title in USBCHA trialing...I guess I was trying to compare the fact that there is a standard though that is some what similar to the parameters in place for qualifying/non-qualifying rounds in other competitions... The dreaded RT(handler chooses to leave the post) or the DQ(judge gives ya the "thank you" you're done)...although not nearly as tough and sometimes silly(in AKC you get NQ'd in herding if you leave the arena without putting a leash on your dog)..they do have a basic level of competence that is expected.. Also, when you g
  3. I'm just trying to understand this, I've never competed in agility before...thinking about giving it a shot with one of my guys...so this is interesting. In agility(certain organizations)...even if you don't qualify for the the class you are in..you can still place?? I've competed in a variety of venues for both herding and competitive obedience over the years(AKC, ASCA, USBCHA, AHBA, UKC)..and all of them have a basic standard which you must complete in order to "qualify"...this is just a basic level of work that is expected..if it's something that you are not reasonably able to manage at
  4. I know in AKC you get a ribbon for qualifying even if you don't place... I'm kind of confused as to why a venue would give awards to teams that NQ? You didn't meet the basic requirments/standard to qualify on that course or in the ring/on the field? You'll need to go back to training and try and improve? What's the point of a competitive environment at all?
  5. Mmmmmm I make a pretty good effort to keep my guys healthy and fit... I believe the daily physical exercise keeps them healthy physicly and mentally....I know it sounds kinda silly but like a long hard day working the farm/field, I believe a good long walk at least once a day in varying locations helps calm the mind and gives them a feeling of going somewhere or accomplishing something Plus it's very calming for me also!! They get about an hour off-leash hike a day...I vary the locations for variety.. I usually warm them up for 5 minutes, and if I am going to do any cardio I do some fetc
  6. Jamie Spring in SD has some very nice dogs/pedigrees......I know of fantastic dogs coming out of some bloodlines in ND/SD but most people keep to themselves and don't advertise there litters.....Jamie has a nice website kept up to date and is very friendly..google Silver Spring border collies.. I have been at the Slash J trials a couple years now, VERY awesome with the top handlers in the country giving the huge challenging field and tough sheep a try...best trial I've ever seen and some incredible dog/sheep work.....
  7. Root Beer, what are you basing your knowledge on? Own personaly experience and opinions? I'm just curious.... I've recognized head turning/yawning/ etc during training sessions...noting it is a sign of stress but we work thorugh it.... The way I described the situation with the ear licking, and the events that escelate do not appear to be the dogs attempting to decrease stress....there "intent" seems quite intense and they are interacting in a manner that escelates that tension....
  8. I have seen mounting as what could be displacement behavior in neutered males..or spayed females...I've seen dogs getting seemingly over stimulated during rough play and try to mount... I've seen fights break out and damage done with mounting behaviors also, mostly in "intact" animals...if you're able to read body language there intent is definatly NOT play...My young bc was mounted and then attacked by an older intact male...and as I mentioned my female sustained injury after being mounted by a male and then bit... A breeder/trainer friend of mine brought forward the fact that ear lic
  9. Both neutered male dog start going back and forth between licking eachothers ears and..."other" parts...then one puts there head on the others back which leads to more tensions which eventually leads to fighting.....the ear licking starts it all off....so this chain of behaviors singals to me more "dominant" behvaior or the two are "jockeying" for position or whatever? They have been living together in the same household for a few months and were adopted as rescues about a month apart...
  10. If "licking the ears" is a calming behavior...why is it usually followed by a fight with the dogs in question? and in other observations why does ear licking in intact males precede mounting and then aggression?? How do explain why most mounting behaviors I see are followed by agression/my one dog got puncutre wounds in her face after a dog tried to mount her and she spung around...
  11. What do you all have to say about ear licking?? Is this a dominant behavior? Most ear licking I've seen from one dog to another preceeds mounting then usually agression? So I would assume the licker/mounter is being "pushy" towards the other dog? Dominant? Also, someone told me a "behaviorist" told her mounting is a behavior brought on by stress?? Really?! Thoughts/advice and opinions welcome...
  12. SO frustrating.....I thought maybe the dryer winter air is irritating it even more? I don't know what else to do...thanks for trying
  13. Hey Ya'll...... My younger bc(4 yrs old) has been doing this weird "reverse sneezing" thing off and on for the past yearor so.....It literally sounds like he can't breath/snorting..generally sounds awful!!! Sometimes can go on for 30 seconds or more until he seems to swallow...but then it can start again a minute later.... I have scoured the internet and asked around, even the vet...the only thing anyone could come up with is this "reverse sneezing" crap that's normally common in bracheocephalic breeds.... Well #1-now the other 2 dogs are doing it occasionally....ok, is it a coinci
  14. Alright, I'll bite... I'm sure there were a whole SLEW of reasons to cause that dog to become aggresive, not just a rpong collar....as it's been mentioned ANY tool not used as intended can cause damage... Anyone with 1/2 a brain can easily use a prong collar...and in fact, is a lifesaver for most pet people that cannot physicly handle there dogs... I have seen hundreds of happy owners walk in and out of our training doors using and helped by using a prong collar......and the few that it did not help, were not using the collars correctly...
  15. Here in MN, I know Susane Hoffman(who is Vice President of the WWSDA) is planning a spring/summer litter....her and her husband are both VERY invilved in USBCHA trials and have been training/handling for quite awhile...they breed once every 4 years or so only when they are ready to add another training partner for each of themselves. They put an extreme amount of time in choosing the sire and making sure both parents are health tested above and beyond!!! There pups are well cared for and socialized! The bitch they are using is running in open and is very nice....super sweet to boot!! A
  16. Nobody here has really brought up the notion that sheep REACT to dogs of different colors DIFFERENTLY... I myslef, being a novice and not understanding why good dogs of color weren't more prevalent....heard for so long it was just a biased thing. That traditional herding people didn't like the "fancier" colors...or that there hadn't been many that had been real great!! It wasn't until recently at a couple clinics run by a few of the top big hats in the country (Ali being one of them)...that they explained that sheep react to dogs of color, differently.....and that although there had be
  17. Thanks for the reply AJM!! The sheep we usually work are pretty good, great mix between light but not TO light or dogged...If anything, I find it's easier for him to work heavier sheep as he seems to have something to push against...we have more issues when we work lighter sheep...as he can feel the draw and feel they might "get away"?? So when I need him to flank a little to turn them in a different direction he seems reluctant to want to release them a bit?? Or he wants to go all the way to the head to keep them under control...then I have to "argue" with him by flanking him BACK over t
  18. Need some opinions!!! Had this dog about a year... I'm using whistles on him but I am new to it, although been practicing for about 6-8 months...I'm having a difficult time getting consistent tones but will keep working on that part... Having most difficulty driving...he seems to lack confidence, looks at me some..is difficult to stop at times and VERY slow to get up and slow to drive the sheep....it's difficult to flank him at a turn..and then difficult to keep him from going to there heads and not bring them back to me...so..basicly he's hard to get going at times and hard to stop..
  19. Hello AJM!! I am having some issues with driving...I bought this young trained dog after his last nursery year was up..so he is trained but not polished? Not ready for open at that time.. I've had him about a year now? I'm a novice and bought him as my second dog hoping to take training/handling to the next level and beyond the novice/novice course I'm using whistles on him but I am new to it, although been practicing for about 6-8 months...I'm having a difficult time getting consistent tones but will keep working on that part... Having most difficulty driving...he seems to la
  20. PS- my goal is to get down to one whistle
  21. I know this sounds silly, but I am still learning so these are the things that are working for me.... I carry TWO whistles, I know it sounds goofy, but if for whatever reason I stop getting sound(usually cause of spit, gross) I can pick the next one up and get clear sound....don't know why, it just helps me Sometimes a quick mental re-focus while switching whistles is helpful also..of course I'm not trying to get anything practical done with my dog..yet.. I pratice in the car on my way to work...playing to the music..then I picked out a set of whistles I liked and could reasonably do.
  22. Thanks for all the great replies!!! I guess I should have explained more...I am not a "bleeding novice" in terms of training/handling my dogs on stock....I have been at it a couple years and although am not trialing in open yet(hoping to get there soon)...have worked countless hours on all kinds of sheep, have worked in pens, helped with lambing/chores...done set out at trials/taking lessons/clinics with many a "big hat"...and currently running at the pro-novice/ranch level in USBCHA trials.... I think I've sought after and gained a great deal of knowledge without actually owning my ow
  23. HELLO!!!! Been trying to find solutions for this city girl trying to progress with stockdog training/trialing with limited access to sheep!!! Looked extensively into renting land for my own sheep to be on...but after much research it seems boarding sheep at another persons active farm seems to be the best bet...as there is someone regularly there to look after the animals. Probably a little more costly but worth it in my book.... I have gotten the most response from Horse farms in the area, there are quite alot of them...some with rather large fields or open areas which would be ideal
  24. Hello!!! Not sure if this is a good place for this question...but since it's related to sheepdog training thought I would start here!!! Practicing stockwork for me and my dogs consists of going to my two good friends farms, who also train/trial border collies in USBCHA trials....the two farms are maybe 15 acres of seperated pastures...which is ok most of the time for training... We are all kind of suffering the same problem of not having any BIG areas to practice long outruns!!! We solve the problem now by having to drive 2-4 hours one way to someone who has some larger areas.
  25. Well, our "winter obedience adventure" has come to a close with our last obedience trial for the season!!! On to sheepdog trials for the spring and summer!!!! I am SSSOOOO PPPRROOUUUDDD of my boy!!! He more than met my expectations for his 60 days of trialing in Open A!!! Ten trials...ten Q's..7 first places, 2 seconds, a 3rd and one HIT!! His average score was a 198!!! His consistency and drive to work for me was amazing, we couldnt have done it without our awesome partnership!!! Mt favorite compliments had to be the ones about what a GREAT relationship we had!! And how he was always so h
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