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  1. It's been a while but results were just made official. Kylie was the #1, 8" mix in nadac in touch and go for 2019
  2. Could also be a straight up mix. I mean, Kiran was selectively bred for useful work on stock. He's a mix. Not of two purebreds but of generations of mixes of a couple of breeds. Neither his siblings nor his parents looked like anything but they can sure get the job done. His people just call them 'stock dogs'.
  3. A thing you can do if you can't do a harness and don't want all the pressure on his neck, is loop the leash around his waist in a kind of slip knot: It is not ideal. It is aversive/makes pulling aversive.. I still used it with Kiran when he was killing himself on a collar (wheezing, gagging, digging in nonsense) and would shut down in a harness (so, 2 years ago or so). He no longer pulls and after some work is cool in a harness, but that get up probably saved his throat and my arms and got us past him turning into a road kill impersonator in a harness (and prevented worse negative associations). https://images.plurk.com/21g6h8b7RahIUw1yZ3ituA.jpg
  4. An 'easy' dog is, ultimately, a dog who meets the owner's expectations . A difficult dog is one who does not. If you go in expecting and even WANTING those traits, they're not difficult. If you're surprised by things you don't want, didn't expect? Difficult. I think in this, and in most your issues, your biggest problem is expecting your dog to be something that he's not, and being frustrated by that. Work on what needs worked on, yes, but try to stop comparing him to some ideal in your head and meet your dog where he's at, and accept WHO HE IS. All the training in the world isn't going to change his personality- just some annoying behaviors.
  5. In pursuit of the Gold Achievement Cup 4 of 13 Open Chances.
  6. Oh yeah, for sure you can go back to playing indoors. I've opted not to, but that's because I have good outside space to play in and inside's kind of a pain. And, well, it's such an easy, clear, delineation for the dogs to understand- so me taking the lazy way out..
  7. Yes. Stop playing inside. Remove the toys entirely. Prepared to be non-stop pestered for a while. I had to remove all toys not chews or food dispensing with Molly when she was a puppy, and they stayed there. First time she bugged me, she was redirected onto a bed with a chew toy. Second time,same. Third? Time out in a crate. :Lather, rinse, repeat until she got it (which was maybe a week but it was an annoying week- hope springs eternal).
  8. Either/or. I started with a gesture - flat hand stay signal she already knew - then added a verbal 'stop' (because my 'stay' is kind of different and somewhat lazy). I use the verbal most these days, but the gesture still works. Go is always verbal. I also started this super close to me and built from there. It's actually super useful in both agility and life - but she legitimately finds it super fun, too.
  9. We played red-light/green light at our agility trial today.She's a fan.
  10. Kylie got her silver achievement cup today. That means 130 elite jumpers, 230 elite regular, and 130 NOVICE chances. Next we'll try for the gold which is the same except 130 OPEN chances. If we get past that, it's NATCh for the 130 elite chances. Not sure we're going to get that, but I'm pretty danged proud of this.
  11. All your fleas must have come here. This year was REALLY bad for us with fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.
  12. Dress or skirt + leggings is one of my favorite things to wear for agility, honestly - comfortable and usually warm! Though this coming weekend I'm competing in a dragon onesie so. LOL.
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