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  1. I was in Pet Smart one time and a guy with a huge dog just stood there as his dog lifted his leg and urinated on a building support post, then just walked off. This dog was really big, and left a huge puddle. He let him go in the store like he was outside watering a tree. I should have said something to someone, but didn't.
  2. I generally just lurk here, but we brought home a BC puppy a couple of weeks ago, and I have been dealing with a few of these issues. With the biting, I don't think there's a way to stop that, but he will take a bully stick as a substitute for human flesh better than anything else I have put in his mouth. And I'm glad to know that the fact that he doesn't want to go out the front door of the house (he loves going into the back yard, however), is normal. Our now 6 year old BC was the opposite, she wanted outside the house as a pup and had a relatively decent distance she was willing to go wi
  3. I appologize, I am beginning to believe that "startline stay" is more of a religious practice than an agility technique. I've not been doing agility long and I must appologize for despising the ground "startline stay" walks on; though I still do. Sorry that me and my shelter dog stink so bad (actually she could use a bath).
  4. I am sure people would be quite supportive. If I did feel I had to do something like blow runs, it would be at a NADAC trial and I just wouldn't count on doing anything but stay all day. I don't personally want to do that though, Layla might be fine with it but I am not sure it's worth it to me, I might have to blow God only knows how many trials worth of runs and still have the same dog with no change. I have seen a lady do this with a Sheltie for the same length of time as I've run Layla, she does everything the proper way and blows the run if the dog breaks her stay, but the dog still is
  5. Really good idea! I will DEFINITELY work on that one. That is certainly something we can do! Thanks!
  6. I'm glad for the discussion. (Especially the folks who say agility can be done without the startline stay, which we won't have). I have been using something like the "sling-shot" for the last trial and the one this weekend, my teacher just didn't give it a name. I talked to a lady at the trail we competed in down in TN who had a very good agility dog (now retired) that didn't have a startline stay. That relieved me quite a bit also. I have worked very hard with Layla, she is my first dog as an adult and I didn't get her until I was 46 and she was 8 weeks old, and of course my first agilit
  7. This probably sounds crazy, with no stay, but I have some decent goals for Layla; I would really like to get her running at Master level at some point; and I actually think she could do it. I will just keep working and trialing and trying to enjoy the process. She is very attentive except for the stay. I think a lot of her and want to try to get her to reach her potential, whatever that is. I feel like she deserves a better hander than me, but at least she gets to do this since I'm unskilled rather than just unwilling to try.
  8. I will be very happy for and try any tip that does not include blowing runs at trials. I enjoy training Layla and would certainly be glad to incorporate anything I haven't considered.
  9. That's awesome! Actually, I did something very similar at our last trial because I was afraid the leash wouldn't hit the ground before she made it through the hoop to start. Not that I have moved anything like Silvia Trkman can for about 20 years, LOL. But I did find that it helped us to do that.
  10. Thanks! I was almost afraid to come back here after posting that (at least right before leaving for a trial). Layla is scary fast, but she's also become VERY observant of me during runs. If she takes a cue wrong 10 - 1 I gave a poor or late cue. I have been getting that team feeling during the last couple of trials and in practice. I really like that feeling. Only once did her no-stay bite us in the butt at the last trial, and I could have still pulled that one out if I had anticipated the course better and run straight for the fourth obstacle and let her take the first three in line lik
  11. What a lovely girl!!!! She is going to be lots of fun!
  12. Update: We will NEVER have a startline stay. I have tried so many things, and I have worked very hard, I do now have a dog who has tremdous self-control when I feed her and make her wait, when she has to wait at the door in and out, waits whenever I tell her. The only two times I got a startline stay out of her at a trial we had just awful runs. I just feel like the startline stay is the only thing that really matters sometimes when I read about agility. We will always look like frauds I guess, but I'm not going to just blow runs for it no matter how bad that makes me, I would soon quit a
  13. Probably trying to cash in on breeding the two "smartest" breeds together. We got our border collie mix by going to the shelter, so obviously this is a bit pricey for us (though I won't admit how much I spend on agility trials and general doggie bling, LOL).
  14. She is absolutely beautiful! I think she's part Sheltie, looking at that delicate face. I am no expert at all, my girl is a mix als (probably). Most people think she has a bit of heeler; but her every little action is BC, from what every trainer we've had has told us. Get her in agility and ROCK the 12 inch jump height!
  15. Wonderful runs!! I'm still pretty new to agility, and our team has a much better dog than handler. I really like your handling, great distance! I tend to look like a Dodo bird trying to take flight.
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