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MistyMae

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  1. Thank you! I'll give these a look.
  2. Hi all, I am coming away from Jon Katz's A Good Dog (I didn't know going in... what a mistake ) and I was wondering if anyone had any book suggestions to cleanse the mind! I enjoy memoirs or history-- anything related to working Border collies, sheepdogging, or keeping sheep. I've read Donald McCaig's books, adored Patricia Mcconnell's Education of Will, and so forth. What else would you recommend? Thanks!
  3. A part of me really wants to jump into training because I've been interested for so long, and I'd like to eventually get my own fiber flock to work with. But right now we have no sheep and a third dog isn't in the forecast. I'm just itching for experience!
  4. Thank you for the responses-- they are helpful! I will take them out more and see how it goes and discuss with the trainer. I definitely do need to sort out how much I want to invest with these two.
  5. Y'all are much more active over here, so I am posting a sheep question here, too! Complete newb alert here! I have been fascinated by sheep and sheepdogs for years now. I finally took the dive and brought my Border collies to see sheep. Neither of them are ideal candidates for herding, which I get into below, but I am wondering if others have any comments: Dog 1: 5 years old, bred for herding and out of successful working/trialing sheepdogs. Trained for and competes in dog sports-- Upon seeing sheep, she showed no interest. She wanted to stick by my side and showed only interest in
  6. Hi all, I have been fascinated by sheep and sheepdogs for years now. I finally took the dive and brought my Border collies to see sheep. Neither of them are ideal candidates for herding, which I get into below, but I am wondering if others have any comments: Dog 1: 5 years old, bred for herding and out of successful working/trialing sheepdogs. Trained for and competes in dog sports-- Upon seeing sheep, she showed no interest. She wanted to stick by my side and showed only interest in me. She was really meek and uncertain and the sheep seemed to sense this by turning towards her and
  7. Hey all, I added a 1 year old male BC to my home back in August. He is from a rescue and before that was dropped off into a shelter for the classic reasons. He is a very friendly guy and pretty much a blank slate with much of his behavior. He has, however, been very controlling of my older girl at times. He will shove her with his body and bite her rear end and back legs to get her to play with him or to get her to do what he wants. Likewise, the excitement from people walking into the door causes him to redirect onto my older girl and tug on her hind legs/bite her rump
  8. ***EDIT: I accidentally posted this twice. Please reply to the other post!*** Hey all, I added a 1 year old male BC to my home back in August. He is from a rescue and before that was dropped off into a shelter for the classic reasons. He is a very friendly guy and pretty much a blank slate with much of his behavior. He has, however, been very controlling of my older girl at times. He will shove her with his body and bite her rear end and back legs to get her to play with him or to get her to do what he wants. Likewise, the excitement from people walking into the do
  9. That's a good point. I'm afraid of potential dental costs if the teeth need to be extracted or worked on. Admittedly, I just don't like the look of her teeth...
  10. Oh my gosh. Thank you for finding this. I'm not an expert, but that article describes the exact wear and discoloration that I'm seeing. Results in extraction of the teeth... that's not good. ☹
  11. Thank you for the response! I spoke with the breeder and she invited me to come along to a visit with a specialist. It definitely is a hard decision. On one hand, she's a brilliant little dog. But I feel like this is beyond my scope.
  12. Hi all, I am doing a trial period with a 1.5 year old BC from a breeder looking to place her in a sport home to see if she'd be a good fit for my household and goals. She's not my first BC. We are almost two weeks in and I adore her. She is a joy in the house and has a fabulous temperament. Because of how mild mannered she is, she is getting along superbly with my other girl (who can be a little bitchy to other females). I can see myself training her and forming a great relationship. The only thing holding me back is how awful her teeth are. They are yellowed and worn down. I have
  13. I have anxiety and some related issues and I definitely have to be aware of my own emotions at all times! Thanks for taking the time to respond! Good thoughts!
  14. I really appreciate your words! Thank you for the perspective. I am excited to see where our journey takes us!
  15. Thank you so much for the thoughtful response, Gloria. You have certainly given me a lot to think about. I feel like I am struggling so much with this because my older girl is a very soft dog. She has some noise sensitivities and lacks confidence. She can be a bit leery of novelty experiences. And while I love her so much and she is still a great dog, it was important to me have a more stable pup as my next dog. I tried stacking the cards in my favor, going with different lines and spending time with various relatives of my pup. So I feel like I have somehow failed a bit at that. They really a
  16. Hello all, I have been lurking these boards for the past several years and I am now on my second Border collie. Like my first girl, new puppy is a working bred boy with some great dogs behind his pedigree. Different breeder/lines. I play agility, flyball, and disc (though, I am hoping to replace flyball with herding when my boy is old enough). So far, things are going very well. He is attentive and willing to engage with me, and extremely handler focused. He is not as high drive as my girl was at his age, but he is coming along with the basics nicely. My concern, however, lies in
  17. Thank you! I'm in the southeastern part of the state.
  18. Hello, everyone! I am a BC beginner and I will be getting my first Border Collie. She will be just about 8 weeks old when I pick her up. I am extremely excited, as I've been searching for the right puppy for a few years now. Even though she comes from a strictly herding line, I've decided that I would like to train her for both flyball and agility when she's older. I've been involved in flyball for about two years now and I am a complete beginner in agility. So, I have a bit of a dilemma that I'm hoping a few of you can help with. How should I go about as far as training clas
  19. Hello, everyone! I have an update! My puppy was born Tuesday! All of the puppies and the mother are healthy. We're super excited and waiting for the pictures. Anyways, due to the pups being born, I've really started seriously thinking about names. Of course, I'm not looking to name the puppy just yet, I simply want to have a few call names chosen to pick from. I'm getting a female and since I'll be using her for flyball and agility, I want a name that is quick and consists of one to two syllables. Any ideas? Thanks!
  20. Thanks everyone! I was VERY picky about where I'd get my puppy from. I will most definitely post a picture upon its arrival!
  21. Hello, I am a newcomer to the BC Boards and I am a beginner in the Border collie world. This spring/summer, I am getting my first Border collie puppy (I've had a Border mix in the past) to be trained for flyball, dock diving, and perhaps herding. It will be a puppy from Culleymont Farm. I have had much experience with Border collies and I have had puppies in the past, however, does anyone have any general advice on them? Odd trivia from knowledgeable BC owners is appreciated! Or, feel free to share stories of your BC's!
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