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  1. Forgive the blank picture. For the life of me I can't get it to change. Right now I have runners ducks and go elsewhere to herd white faced sheep. I woud like to find some dogged sheep to purchase and work my Border Collies on. One of my collies is young so would like to have him on dogged sheep more often.
  2. Thanks for the input. I will plan on just keeping it simple and start slow with one command at a time. I didn't know at first it I wanted a universal sound if I should happen to have two Border Collies sometime in the future.
  3. I have a herding whistle but wanted to know how all of you trained yourself. Would you recommend purchasing a CD with the herding whistle commands and mimic the sound? Thanks for any input.
  4. Thanks for the info! Too bad the clinic is full but I would great to audit. What is the best way to keep updated on the clinics in the area?
  5. I'm curious as how many herding trainers are in central Iowa. I only know of two. I have meet with James Bergert from Williams once. He seemed helpful and patient.. Thank you for your suggestions.
  6. Hello all, I did take my pup to a herding trainer. He (my dog) did very well and seemed to enjoy herding the well dog broke sheep. He would gather and bring them to the trainer or both of us. He eventually did decide he liked herding in one direction and also later on in the lesson decided just to play. He is young and I am fine with giving him a large break before trying again. It was a real joy to watch him work. I have not had him do any duck herding at this time. Hope
  7. Thanks for all the feedback. I understand the threshold and will work on moving away at home first with one bike and then go to a park and stay my distance and slowly work our way in. He just turned 7 months this week and he really seems like he is wanting to herd more objects. I do want him to herd but only the objects I ask him to.
  8. I would like some ideas on how to train my dog not to chase bicycles. I need to have him not go into over the top chase mode when we are at the park or even at home. Thanks
  9. Thanks for the reply. I would keep the sessions very short and enjoyable.
  10. This has been very helpful. I guess their is alot of great trainers in Canada and the U.S.
  11. Thanks for all the input. I do have the opportunity to puchase some year old runner ducks. I do have room for them at here at our home. My thoughts were to expose him to ducks and help burn some energy off. I was thinking maybe only doing this 10 minutes at a time. I am concerned that having them here my dog will want to always run out to where the ducks pen will be. Thanks for the input about not using commands. I am not experienced at this although I have done tons of reading and going to demos. I realize I will be learning at the same time as our dog. There is a trainer who lives an hour away from me but he has been too busy right now to schedule any training times with me. It looks like the trainer will be back into town in two weeks. Maybe I should be waiting and try him at 9 months. Always enjoy hearing your thoughts. Hope
  12. I actually got my pup from Canada. The breeder crossed over in Michigan by car. She had all the papers and said that was the fastest she ever crossed over the border. She usually crosses over into NY. I am thinking about sending our dog backover into Canada for a month of training. Never really thought about shipping the dog over. How stressful is that on the dog as I want this to be as stressless as possible so our dog can take in as much training as possible. I might check into flying him over. I have also had somethought about just doing training her also. Hope
  13. I have a 6 month old pup from an active working parent pedigree. I would like to start him on ducks as he seems to be very active (like most bc's). Is there any harm starting now instead of waiting. The closest herding trainer is 1 hour away from my home. He is willing to train us but I am not sure if he would do sheep or ducks. Thank you.
  14. I have a 6 month old pup from an active working parent pedigree. I would like to start him on ducks as he seems to be very active (like most bc's). Is there any harm starting now instead of waiting. The closest herding trainer is 1 hour away from my home. He is willing to train us but I am not sure if he would do sheep or ducks. Thank you.
  15. My 5 month old hates his paws touched. I have never hurt him while touching his paws. As a very young pup I would touch his paws in play and relax time. I have trimmed his nails twice. The first time was easy treating him and clipping and had not problems. The second time he skipped around somewhat like a running deer jumping over a fence. He does the same if I try to wipe off his feet after he has been out doors. So he now ignores the treats and tries to get away. He has even made a growl like sound twice. Any suggestions? Thanks
  16. I have two dogs. My five year old sleeps at the foot of the bed and my five month old sleeps in his crate. Sometimes I don't feel like I have enough room and our 5 year old will be shut in his crate at night. It's a large crate with a foam bed inside.
  17. On my first puppy deposit I had sent out to a breeder I was able to get my deposit back. We had an agreement that I wanted a pup from certain male/female pair the breeder had. He said if she didn't have enough pups I could get my deposit back. When I had been passed up twice being 4th inline I decided to ask for my deposit back. He did not want to give it back. Thankfully we had been in contact through phone and e-mail and the breeder had emailed me the statement about returning the deposit if his bitch didn't have enough pups as I was 4th in line. After I sent him his e-mail stating I could have the money back he did send me the check. I was sad to see the relationship end as I had done my research and had been looking for two years for a BC pup. Anyway, I would suggest to get everything in writing in the future. Maybe she is just slow on the return. Keep asking for it back.
  18. I know exactly how you feel with potty training your BC. I am still having problems at 5 months old with my male pup. My schedule seems to be like yours. I work from home and take him out often. I really do wish I could trust him not eleminate so he may be able to interact with the family more often. We do use the x-pen and crate. He keeps both of them dry. We do have a second dog who loves to play so I feel like that is a big distraction for him. Daily I give him kitchen time with me and I stretch out the x-pen to block our open kitchen. I'm still working at it and hope he will be able to signal me that he needs to go out.
  19. Thanks for the reply. Atleast I know its not just my pup who does this. Like this morning I took him out potty and he peed and pooped. It was raining so we didn't go for our normal morning run/walk. I allowed him to play around with my other dog for about 20 minutes and then he ran down the hall and pooped . I'll keep trying.
  20. I have to ask do your dogs sleep in a crate? My puppy is 5 months old and he is very quiet in his crate and will get up to go out to potty at 6 am 7days a week. His crate is always dry but for the life of me I can't get him potty trained yet. It's very grewling to take him out so often. From 9 weeks of age get goes out about every hour. I give him playtime after he goes potty in the house and sometimes outdoors. Unfortunately he only gets 15-30 minutes before I need him to put him in his x-pen. I know this is more of a house training question but I would love to have more indoor time with him. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  21. I am curious if most breeders leave the dew claws on the puppies? I have never owned a BC in the past. I have had orther breeds and never had dew claws to deal with. I would think that it may be difficult to trim the nail down. Any comments or thoughts?
  22. I'm glad to hear Rex may not have a need to play ALL the time. I do seperate them at times during the day. The puppy seems to have a hard time just settling so I cover his crate and play some soft music.
  23. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I am glad that I am on the right track as I am doing most of the things listed. Maybe I just want this to happen too fast and move on to more fun training than house breaking and a calm house. Both puppy and dog (Rex-puppy, Tanner-JRT) are crate trained. I am taking the puppy to a great training class. It is positive reinforcement/clicker class. I did attend one other different class that was teaching the "Super Puppy" class. I attending without puppy and didn't return. I do feel at first the puppy just wanted playtime with the toys and my JRT would butt in. I did/do separate my usually obedient JRT in a separate room until he put some deep scratches in my doors. This allowed me some playtime/training time (and sanity for me). Now when my JRT will take a moment to take a breath then the pup will go over and pounce on the JRT. Same thing happens if the pup takes a break. I now crate my JRT instead of shutting him in a room. Both puppy/dog are very treat motivated so I do take time to do some impulse training. They both do great but as soon as the treats are done the play starts. The play is fine for a time but slowly gets more ruff as they play up against furniture and other family members in the house. I quickly found out that I need to take the pup outside to do his business alone. I thought maybe I was making it too fun as he goes outdoors many times during the day and he still seems to go potty almost every time. I do take both dogs for long walks in our hayfield and they seem to be more interested in running and sniffing instead of wrestling with each other. I will look into click to calm today as I think that would be of some great help. I do have crates and a x-pen in our home and use them often. The puppy does seem to bark in the x-pen when he sees our JRT out. Our JRT could be just resting in his bed but the puppy wants to go play. Also another thing I have noticed is that our JRT isn't really interested in us playing with him any more. We could throw a fun toy for him and he will ignore it. Thanks again for all the great help! Hope
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