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About Nansee

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  • Birthday June 19

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    East Bay, CA
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    Bellydance, Holistic Health Education, My kids, Meditation, Burning Man, Fire Spinning, Music Making
  1. The other day Leila was keeping up with a greyhound at the dog park, they had some really good all out sprints going. The greyhound was not impressed with being herded about.
  2. While the intentions are good, stealing a dog is not ok. Get the authorities involved so these people can not ever own a dog again (or may be less likely to wind up with another dog). Many years ago in a fit of insanity I considered doing the same thing when my ex-mother in law had 11+ dogs and horrible living conditions. Instead we got involved and helped find dogs homes and took several to the pound (wolf hybrid x Chow mixes). It was a horrible situation. Sometimes I still wish we'd gotten Animal Control involved, even though it would have likely wound up with criminal charges. Rec
  3. I have a 30"L x 21 1/4"W x 24"H folding wire crate for when we go camping or other trips where I'm taking my car, its the only one of my crates that fits in the trunk. I wound up with a really big one for at home, it stays in the living room, I don't know the dimensions but you could fit a really big dog in it comfortably. This works great for the days that Leila is home when I'm at work or at school. And I have a few assorted sizes of varikennel, hard crates from my days of being a multiple dog/goat household. I guess you can say one can never have to many crates! lol
  4. You are in Sac? Kathi Leggett is awesome! I used to train with her when I lived in the area. http://touchngoagility.com/classes.html The Sac area has lots of great folks and different trials to check out (AKC, NADAC, USDAA)
  5. Thanks KelliPup I really do appreciate that!
  6. Thank you so much!!! I found "Mine" yesterday and started reading it. It would help to see how the game works. I've been working with her with a clicker and treats and sort of fumbled through something yesterday. She had a bone she likes and I'd ask her to give (take her mouth off it), click and give her a treat (a good one). We worked with one of her toys and food too. She started to realize that my body being in contact with her thing meant more good stuff was coming. I think with some consistency with this over the next several days and then introducing the kids to the game should brin
  7. My girls are pretty well behaved (unless you count the pre-tween angst of the 10.5 year old) and understand being mellow with the pup. They also know about their body language, not to wave their arms around the puppy when she's excited, no wrestling, and if the puppy is sleeping to let her be. This morning's situation caught us all a bit off guard as no one was aware the dog was sitting on a treat and feeling the need to protect it or herself. We had a good talk on the way to school about dog language vs people language and what we can do to make it so working with Leila is safe and enjoy
  8. I'd love to hear more I'm going to have some solid time (without kids) for a few days with just the pup and I, will be perfect for introducing this. And now that she's getting a bit more reliable with basic obedience I want to involve the kids so the pup learns that the kids are in charge.
  9. We've had a new development this morning that I want to "nip" (literally) in the bud. Kids were on the couch, puppy (5months old) joined them. I didn't realize there was also a treat on the couch and the puppy got possessive and nipped my 8yo on the face. Teeth didn't break the skin but my daughter was quite startled by the reaction. She didn't realize the puppy was guarding a treat and just wanted to pet her. I can take treats and toys away from the puppy without problem at all. We've been working on that a lot, but she sees the kids as being different. How do I work with her respons
  10. No and I've had to work with my kids on understanding why bonking the puppy on the nose when she nips does not work. I also had a friend come over and hold her down by the scruff, I set him straight right away. I don't come to your house and spank your son, you don't force my pup to submit. The only time I ever used force on a dog was with a prior rescue (non bc) who just went bonkers one day. She wouldn't let me in the house and I was afraid for myself and the kids. I moved her away from me with a broom (I didn't hit, I pushed her). I didn't want to put my hands on her while she was
  11. Are you describing my house? lol I jokingly call Leila a "herd of elephants" and she does the fish flop across the couch to wiggle in our lap.
  12. When I was 20 my ex-husband and I lived/worked on a Cutting Horse ranch near Chico, CA. They had two Border Collies, Murk and Emily. Murk was the work until he dropped type and aptly named for his constant swimming in the water trough to cool off. Emily was a young pup who really wasn't all that into herding anything. She was more into loving people and wriggling into laps. I didn't realize the value of such a quality working dog until one morning some really skittish calves broke loose of the pen and started running down the road. I didn't have a horse saddled so I couldn't catch them. I
  13. Leila is perfecting the obsessing about our whereabouts and has already figured out that if someone goes to the door, she can see them out the front window. Today she heard someone set their car alarm across the street and thought it was my boyfriend. She went to the front door and sat there for a while looking really confused. The other day we joked about if you could bottle "fomo" (fear of missing out) it would be her. All that said she's not overly anxious, but just likes to supervise.
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