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  1. A little update for you guys. She's doing super well, making progress every day. She's still a little spooky and weird, but MUCH more confident now, and she plays every day. After two weeks of hiding from it she decided the flirt pole is brilliant fun. She's also a biking fanatic. Her core still isn't super strong, but her topline has improved pretty dramatically. Oh, and she discovered how to stalk.
  2. And for a photo update, here's the change in her free stack after just a week and a half of good food and free range exercise. Before: Current:
  3. So far I have been pretty much ignoring the appeasement behaviors. I'm staying 100% neutral, just not acknowledging the fish-on-the-shore theatrics. As soon as she just sits back and holds still I shower her with attention. I want her to feel better and receive praise by sitting calmly, not from offering appeasement behaviors. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I didn't want to reward and encourage behaviors that indicate low self esteem. She doesn't seem to be at all put out by me ignoring her, if I thought it worried her I'd approach it differently.
  4. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LCgzXy0Nyy4 Today's afternoon romp...
  5. I love to hear your guys' thoughts on all this! I've been doing a fair bit of decompression, at her pace. She's a bit goofy, in that she absolutely adores walks, car rides, or general adventures. But she's also inclined to be leash reactive to people who look at her and dogs, so we've been doing as much adventure time as she likes without seeing a soul. It seems to be working out really well, as she has made enormous strides over the last week. She is EXTREMELY people oriented, she has been in my pocket from day one. She will do anything in her power to be touching me. But she also completely shuts down at the first sign that she *might* be in trouble. Full on belly crawl, play dead, submissive pee, whatever she can think of to try to call you off. But what she views as "in trouble" might be I tossed a frisbee a little too hard at the boys, or the jolly ball she and I were playing with yesterday suddenly looks a bit like a weapon. When that happens she will fly to the nearest crate or to the door to get back into the house. Where she's really improved is that if I accidentally scare her I am now able to call her back out and we can resume whatever we were doing pretty quickly after the "omg please don't kill me" panic. Our training has been pretty informal, but she isn't jumping on me much anymore, she has a sit, a lured down, a wait for both, and a really solid recall. She is lapping it up, practically begging for ways to understand the world. She has really started playing with the boys, and is now running laps with them while they play fetch. She'll even body bump and play growl at them too. We're in the middle of moving (great timing) so it's been fairly unavoidable that she's been meeting strangers at the house. She used to bark and growl at any newcomer, and now she actually runs up and wants attention from people as long as they don't acknowledge her. If anybody but me tries to call her name or get down on her level she barks and runs. I know we have months and months to go to work out almost all of the kinks, but I'm really impressed with how quickly she has been able to become functional. Oh! And I took radiographs of her hips and elbows after she was having a hard time standing up, and both came out to be stellar. Still waiting on the tick panel results, but it was a big relief to know she avoided any structural problems after her rough start.
  6. I just gave nexguard to my foster. Within 6 hours all of the ticks between her toes were dead and easy to pluck out. I had never given it before since we don't have those problems in CO, but my only experience is a very good one.
  7. How does this happen? I have a third dog. Ugh. At this point she is a long term foster, but she will become mine permanently in the next few months. She's a 15 month old rescue from Texas. A group of us uncovered a "training" facility that was full of abused, starving, very sick dogs. They are at felony fraud level as well, and are likely facing jail time. This dog isn't at death's door, but she's in his driveway. Her name is Bodhi, and she's so damaged. Leash reactive, super afraid of men, came to me about 8 lbs. underweight. She has gained over 3 lbs. in her last week with me, despite having HORRIBLE diarrhea and worms. I had her flown to me, and now we're on our way to recovery. Her breeder is actually local to me, I brought Bodhi to her and we had a good meeting. She's actually incredibly well bred from mostly working lines, with a dash of sport (which is where her color comes from.) Both parents were actively working on a cattle ranch until about a year ago. A good friend of mine is a behaviorist in California and she has 3 full siblings who are either established obedience dogs or very promising ones. Bodhi was the hands down pick of the litter based on her behaviorist evaluation, it makes me sick to see where she's at now. She is a pretty little thing, an interesting blue saddleback tri with half a blue eye. I'd never seek out the color, but having it come to me as a rescue is kinda neat. She's going to take SO much work, I'm going to spend my time looking back over the Kelso thread.
  8. I wouldn't be too worried yet, if he hasn't dropped by 8 or 9 months I'd look at a neuter. If it were me I might consider pulling the retained testicle but leaving the other. Does anybody know if being cryptorchid can cause excess testosterone? I haven't heard of it. One of my boys (with both testicles descended) was leg lifting at 3 months too. 26 lbs. at 3.5 months isn't crazy! My 46 lb. boy was 21 lbs. at 16 weeks, and my other one was about the same, although he'll be about 53-55 full grown. 26 lbs. is big, but not unheard of at all. Just make sure he's a lean 26 lbs.!
  9. Only one clean run, on the easiest course ever and we STILL had a near miss. I was too busy running and forgot to decelerate! He was super good all around though. Two dropped bars (novice dog getting a hurry) and one off course that was totally my doing. He enjoyed himself though! He was AMPED, when he's usually only moderately fast in class. So I was slow on some crosses because I didn't read the dog I was running. Overall, a great experience though! Here's the run we screwed up least in.
  10. He'll put everything together on course with a little time. He's suuuuuper easy to amp up, so at this point we're trying to keep things quiet and smooth on course. As such, he's slower while weaving on a full course. We're finally getting some strong steering skills so things will start to get faster pretty soon. He's a rear cross specialist, thank god, because I can't possibly stay ahead of this speed demon. He also is getting really good distance skills, I can layer pretty comfortably now if I need to. He's so much fun to work with because he gives me so many tools in the toolbox. He's so hair trigger that a lean on my end can send him to a backside very easily. I'll be trialing him in USDAA so he'll be needing those skills. I'm only jumping him 20" now, I'll have to bump it up for a while soon.
  11. Since nobody has seen Scoot all grown up, I thought I'd post a little video of his weaves I took last night. One of these days I'll remember to get a full course video during class. Sorry I can't embed the video, I'm on an iPad and don't know how!
  12. Gosh, it's been, what, a little over a year since I've posted here? Life sure has been busy. I still have Keeper (my best boy) who is now 3. But last I posted my mom had just gotten her puppy, Scoot. Well, shit happens, and my parents are getting divorced. She decided that apartment life wouldn't be fair to this HIGH drive boy, so I'm happy to announce that he's now my dog! I had been taking him to weekly agility classes for about 6 months for more experience, so it won't be a rough transition. He's an agility freak, and I'm really excited to see where we'll go together. Somehow I managed to get out of trialing Keeper, who was more than ready last fall. But we officially have our first trial this coming weekend! Scoot is nearly 18 months old (and a GIANT at 22"+ and a ribby 49 lbs. He's a slow grower, he'll be over 22 and probably 55 lbs. fully mature) so he will likely start trialing as he approaches 2! Anyway, it's been a rough road but it has a happy ending. I hope to be around here more these days!
  13. Oh gosh, you're making me look back at his ugly puppy pictures. Ugh.... Here he was at 6/7/8 months: And here he is today (ish): In the winter he has more coat, and those pictures were before his mane was in full bloom. I swear, they get pretty! My mom's dog is 10 months old now, and we're finally able to wipe our brows and know that he WON'T be as awkward (read: ugly) as he was from 6-8 months.
  14. But really, I've done quite a few world and national horse shows without anything worse than some butterflies. And yet my throat gets all tight just thinking about this little trial!
  15. Thank you guys for the suggestions! Funny you say Joann's TxMom, that's on my to-do list today already! Maybe I will use my 36". I actually just found a 30" soft sided crate almost new that's usually $100 and she'll sell it to me for $30. I'm a dog gear hog, so I'll probably get that and keep it in my car for class or something anyway. Then I have a backup in case I need it! I tend to prefer wire crates too, but having a sturdy collapsible crate is pretty handy to have anyway. What's money? ETA: He's pretty spoiled with a 36".
  16. I'll be crating with my trainer, but I'd still like my own mat, just so I don't have to rely on people. I measured my crate, and it's 36". I think I'd be too much of a space hog if I used a 36" crate for my 45 lb. border collie. Time to spend more money...
  17. I'm SO sorry that I haven't been around the last month or so, summer gets wild between work, horse shows, and whatnot. BUT. We are doing our first trial August 28-29. Holy sh*t. Keeper is pretty much spectacular, he thinks agility is the greatest gift I have ever given him. He's solid on everything now, even the teeter! It's not his favorite, but he's fine with it. I need to get a video, I think you guys would like it! We're starting to work on fancier handling and giving ourselves more options on how to run a course. Course study up the wazoo, my little brain sends off sparks every week. So, what would you recommend bringing for your first trial? I'm a newbie, and don't want to look like a dork. It's a turf arena, so I need a 6x6 waterproof cover to go under his crate. I currently have a 30" (I think, maybe 36"?) Midwest wire crate. I'm trying to decide if I make a cover for that or go with a soft sided crate. I know space is tight, and I don't want to be That Person who takes up way too much space. Oh, I'll bring my big girl panties too. What else?
  18. I'm so sorry D'Elle. I, like several others here, was very clearly informed when it was Time for Trooper. There was something in his look that just resonated "I've fought enough." I went through the same ups and downs for months, and was always questioning "Is this the time it happens?" But when the time came, I knew quite well that it was the best thing for him.
  19. Congratulations!!! He looks absolutely adorable. What a find! I hope you join a couple SD groups on facebook, I'd love to get more updates on his training!
  20. Oh my goodness, what sad eyes! I love him!
  21. A friend of mine had a dog who went through that. He's was a Cavalier, so when he very suddenly began having issues they assumed it was either his heart or syringomyelia. They brought him to the vet, who didn't have any answers other than "sorry, keep him comfortable". He became almost entirely paralyzed over the course of a week, and they were fully prepared for that one last trip to the vet. It was just by chance that their youngest daughter saw a report on the news about two people in Larimer county who became paralyzed after a tick bite. They went over him with a fine-toothed comb and finally found one teeny tick hiding on the underside of his tail. Once removed, he almost immediately improved, returning back to normal after two or three days. Pretty scary!
  22. I find color fascinating. I don't agree with breeding for it, but I like knowing when and why they show up. I do the same with horses. I research all the dilute colors, paint genes, shading genes, etc. But at the end of the day my barn is filled with damn nice sorrel cowhorses. I also find it comical how many serious breeders and horse trainers don't understand color. It's not important, but to me it's a piece of the whole puzzle of what you're breeding. A client of our trainer breeds very nice horses, and he didn't find it at all odd that his "brown" mare produced two buckskins when bred with solid studs. And another friend bought a mare who, surprise(!), was bred. The previous owners said she must have been exposed to one of their studs, a sorrel. And yet the sorrel mare bred to a sorrel stud produced a grulla paint. They never asked, registered the horse with the supposed bloodlines and are showing it. It's quite obvious (to me) that the previous owners lied about the bloodlines, which matters very greatly to me. An understanding of color can give you great insights. Again, I don't agree with breeding for it, but you can't say we're supposed to ignore color entirely.
  23. I actually didn't think sable was all that uncommon in working lines. I know a pup who's absolutely sable. He's not quite 6 months old, so his coat is still changing, but he's a smooth coat and as 100% working bred as can be. That's just one, but I didn't think they were rare like the merles are in working lines.
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