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  1. Thank you Denice and Debbie for the thoughtful responses! It seems I am on the right track and have prepared well. It is always good to hear from people that have done this before though.
  2. Yes the litter is spoken for. I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to whelp the litter, Maid actually belongs to a friend of mine and I am getting to keep a pup for doing the work. I will hopefully get to keep a girl!! My luck is she would have 5 boys haha.
  3. Of course...prepare to be inundated with puppy pictures.
  4. Hello All, I am expecting puppies some time next week and would love some advice/tips from experienced breeders on this board. I have done tons of research and feel comfortable with what to expect but I thought it might be fun to hear from you all. This is her first litter and her x-ray showed 5 pups. Her and the male have had all health clearances and are excellent working dogs. You can see mother of the pups, Maid, in a video here . Thanks in advance for any advice.
  5. Some handlers do stop their dogs on their feet but I find that a lot of people especially novice handlers have a hard time enforcing that stop... a lie down is very easy to visualize and correct if the dog doesn't do it. Where as with a standing stop, the handler maybe a little late correcting a few steps here and there and then all of a sudden the dog is walking through the stop.
  6. I believe the sheep were Mayo Blackface. I would be happy to share the contact information for the clinic host with anyone interested in attending, just send me a PM.
  7. He will be here in October in Tennessee. Might be quite a drive for you though.
  8. This run tied for first at the 2016 North of Ireland Sheepdog Society Nursery Finals. The tie was broken by OLF and James and Maid got second place. She was only 15 months old for this run and did amazingly well. I really enjoy watching her work and James is an excellent trainer/handler. This dog is now owned by a handler in South Carolina.
  9. I apologize for posting something in haste.. that wasn't well thought out. The point I was trying to make was there are rescues that are willing to take a dog and invest resources that you aren't willing to spend due to your own personal reasons which you have stated in previous posts. It seems wrong to not give the dog a chance based on what you "think" might happen. We only have your side of the story, none of us have seen this dog so we can only assume your judgements of her behavior are correct. So once again I apologize for hurting your feelings but in my opinion your got giving the dog a
  10. A well written article on heartworm treatment and various alternatives to HeardGard. http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2008/05/billion-dollar-heartworm-scam.html
  11. Sorry I missed your reply. He is slow and hesitant leaving my feet and gradually picks up pace and then slows himself down at the top. We worked yesterday in a huge field that had rolling hills and set up some tricky outruns; he did beautiful work. He was confident leaving my feet and found his sheep every time without my help; because there were several hills I could not actually see him once he was behind his sheep so I left him alone and he did lift really nice. The handler that was holding the sheep for me told me that the first time he was lifting he stopped himself and seemed to be waiti
  12. I have been working on getting flanks to correct the lines on fetches. He has really nice pace and can be a little pushy some times but usually with a steady whistle he settles in. He is not a dog that I have to hold back if that makes sense; he usually paces himself and lifts nice enough that I usually don't stop him. Because the sheep were so heavy at the last trial I actually purposely didn't stop him on the lift and kind of let him figure it out on his own. If there is one thing he lacks its confidence and that probably isn't helped by having me as a trainer/handler. I am going to try for
  13. Thank you for all the advice. We are definitely going to be working in some new fields throughout the Spring and going to several trials so hopefully getting him out more will help his confidence. He actually takes redirects really well on his outrun; during our most recent trial when he hadn't seen his sheep and started to come in early I blew a redirect and he kicked out and picked up his speed to almost normal which was nice to see. I do "shhh" him on his outruns to get him to speed up; and maybe like you said Julie I use it too much when we are practicing and have slowed him down unintent
  14. Hello! I haven't posted very often here but enjoy reading the boards regularly and have only recently starting trialing my young dog for the first time. He is 4 years old and we have run in 3 trials at the Pro-Novice level. At each trial he tends to start on his outrun very cautious and unsure when he leaves my feet and then slowly picks up speed however he never reaches his full potential at trials. I don't have this issue when we are training at our normal location and the other various fields I train in regularly. So I have been pondering on what may be causing this. I discussed this with m
  15. I am playing around with resizing the pictures.
  16. Well the trial is a couple weeks away and I am very excited! I worked my dog in the open fields in Flagstaff last weekend and he looked really great. He did some huge outruns and made it clear he will have no issues with the increased outrun distances. He was taking all my whistles and I was able to really free him up on the fetch which was really great since it has been something we have struggled with. I can't wait to see how are training holds up at the trial. Ill look forward to meeting some of you there and at Free to Be in June. My trainer took some pictures of us working that I will pos
  17. Thank you guys! I feel we are prepared for the increase in distance we have been practicing a lot! I am going to a clinic this weekend with Diane Deal and I hope she can help me pin point some things to sharpen up for the trial. I am more concerned with timing out at the trial, my dog drives really well and is getting better every day but he is still a little unsure and tends to be overly cautious. I have been working a lot just letting him take sheep and trying to not control everything every step of the way which has really increased his confidence. I am also definitely not afraid to leave t
  18. I am very excited and nervous I am entering my first trial at the Pro-Novice level. I ran in my first USBCHA trial last July at Geri Abrams's Free To Be Ranch in Novice and was way over prepared and did better then I expected. I was holding back entering pro-novice until I had my whistles trained and stretched out our outruns and driving distances. We have a a solid stop, walk and recall whistle and are training flank whistles right now and should be good by the trial. I am sending my entry to the Hotchkiss Sheep Camp SDT in Hotchkiss, CO and I have heard it can be a tough trial to get in to.
  19. My dog intensly eye's tennis balls and other dogs while playing and when we first started working stock he showed little style. As we have progressed in our training, especially after we started training the drive, he developed a lot more style. Also I have noticed depending on the stock we are working his style changes. We generally work on some pretty heavy dorper sheep but when we have gone to other places and worked lighter/flightier stock he uses way more eye and really drops his head down to control.
  20. Hello- I am considering moving to Knoxville area and would be looking for someone to continue training with. I have an excellent trainer right now in Arizona and am hoping to get some good leads on some trainers in the Knoxville area if I did decide to move out there. Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions. Alicia
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