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  1. My BC definitely struggled with that one and I almost didn't train it. It made him nervous and frustrated. I had to start with just holding a treat to the side of his head while in a down position and giving a click&treat for a small head turn. Took a while to get him to roll onto his side, but once he got that far the rest was easy. He is great at it except for certain types of floors. It took a while for him to get over his fear of rolling over on linoleum and tile. Once he figured it out he started rolling over every time I asked for a down Corrected that issue... mostly, still does i
  2. Maybe you can try free shaping. This would let Jack lead the training session instead of him being led. Do a search online (also, there should be some info on this forum) and you should be able to find some ideas for free shaping. Lots of people seem to start with a box or a target. Basically you just need a clicker and lots of treats/kibble. You reward very small improvements on a behavior until you achieve the desired behavior. The important thing with this is that you treat very rapidly. I think the goal is something like a treat every 3-4sec. A popular game for free shaping seems to be "10
  3. Good responses so far. I would also be wary of adding prozac right now. Seems a bit early and there are definitely other things you can try before making the dogs mood dependent on a drug. I agree with Cass C that the runaway problem might just be out of boredom. The idea that a dog needs a big yard to run around in is kinda flawed. Sure, it helps, but dogs need something to do. Border Collies especially can benefit from having a job to do. The "job" doesn't have to be herding sheep, but doing tricks or retrieving a ball. So I would start with that. Trick training can significantly improv
  4. I want to +1 that comment because I have similar feeling about Archer. I am finding that dog training isn't something that you can just jump into, it definitely something that a bit of time to learn. Maintaining a strict set of rules I think is more challenging then I thought, which I think hurts Archers walking on leash skills. I wish I knew what I know now when I got Archer as a puppy. I did get a book called "101 dog tricks". I am not going to say it is a good book, but when I feel like Archer might be getting bored we just drop whatever I want to work on and just choose something out o
  5. For recalls I like Donna Hills technique (just search "Donna Hill Recall" on youtube, she has 3 parts). Also, like others were saying, randomizing the reward is good. Also, if you can, when you are sure that Juno is going to respond to a recall then start running away right after the recall command. Juno should chase you down and if you do this often enough then this should definitely speed up her response. Chasing a running person is highly rewarding. Then if you have a toy hidden on you, you can reward Juno with that once she arrives (I usually use a favorite tug toy for this), or if Juno li
  6. I may have had a similar problem with training (probably not the same, but maybe this will help). Archer was getting bored and lacked focus. A set of articles that really helped me out were by Denise Fenzi. Check out her blog (http://denisefenzi.com/) and do a search for "engagement". She has a lot of good advice in there. This is all about getting the dog to ask to work with you, instead of you always trying to get the dog to engage in training. The "give me a break" game from Control Unleashed (CU) is basically doing the same thing. Working on engagement has helped a lot with basically
  7. I've got a floppy disc (http://www.amazon.com/Floppy-Disc-Soft-Flying-Dogs/dp/B00DFABI8A/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1436800033&sr=1-1&keywords=floppy+disc) and it has held up way better then I expected. I've had it for about 10 months now and use it at least once a week. I actually used it a lot as a tug toy as well because Archer didn't care much about bringing a frisbee back, but playing a bit of tug every time he brought it back made him enjoy it more. There's a small tear in the frisbee but it still works. I'll definitely buy another after this one is destroyed.
  8. I would recommend something a bit stiffer. I can definitely see the reasoning behind wanting a mat to reduce the impact forces but I wouldn't use something with a lot of give to it. Soft surfaces tend to create unstable landing points. This can lead to excessive torque on the joints as the dog tries to stabilize itself. At least that's my first thought and that is just me applying my knowledge of how people (and their knee's) handle soft surfaces. I am just assuming soft surfaces would cause similar problems for dogs. I like gcv-border's first thought of wrestling mat material.
  9. Thanks for sharing, I will probably be checking it out as well. I kinda liked her crate games (I didn't find it amazing, but seems to be a good tool for dog training). She seems to like games that focus on impulse control which is what my dog needs. As for the hard sell, I can't really see the point in faulting her for that. Her career is literally to sell dog training. If that sales technique is working for her then good for her. If she was selling crappy training advice then I would have a problem, but from what I have seen it seems like she has some good training games. Either way, free
  10. Yeah, theft in the US and UK (and probably Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc? I only know about the articles I've read and those are usually US and UK) is frightening. Moving on to the problem though, upgrading materials is probably always a good idea. I was also wondering if anyone has ever tried doing crate training techniques for the kennel? I feel like the main problems is that the dog wants to get out. I imagine that spending some time to train the behavior that you would like to see in the kennel would be helpful. Do some stuff to make the dog like the kennel, like crate games or somet
  11. I like Mark’s line of reasoning. That provides a link between public demand for working BCs and the breeding programs of a working breeder, and uses assumptions that I can also agree are true. But, moving past this detail, I will agree that the AKC might be a contributing factor to the downfall of a working breed, but I don’t agree that they are the principle cause. I like Root Beer’s description of the circular problem. I will agree with that. The real question is, if the goal is to protect the working breed does the downfall of the AKC achieve this? The problem for me is that even if
  12. (Note: This is a response to Eileen's post above) I meant to mention this before, but the problem with this and earlier arguments is that you use percentages to predict changes to numbers. An increase in the percentage of AKC dogs does not mean that there is a decrease in the number of working dogs. Why does 90% AKC dogs mean that there isn't enough genetic diversity to maintain a viable working line? What if that 10% consist of 100,000 genetically different working dogs? Your conclusion is based on the assumption that more AKC dogs means less working dogs, which does not have to be true.
  13. Eileen, yeah, I glossed over the name because it is part of the problem, but not the solution. As simba said, the name change has been done before and it has led to the same result as before. Sure, I agree that the AKC border collie shouldn't be called a BC anymore, but I also don't believe that will get us anywhere and it will likely just add to the confusion. As for the flaw in the argument that I am referring to, I am talking about the leap that is made from the supporting information to the conclusion. The supporting info is good: selecting for different qualities will lead to differe
  14. So I feel like we've hit on 4 different, but related arguments, and I kinda want to know what chene's goal is with whichever argument is being made. 1. Don't support the AKC 2. Dying off of a working breed 3. The difference between an AKC dog and a working dog 4. The naming of the AKC dog and the working dog I feel like #3 and #4 are what we focus on a lot here, but we tend to switch between them and confuse the argument. #1: This is what my first post was getting at. If you are just aiming to get people to not support the AKC then talk about the AKC. There is no need to confus
  15. There a lots of comments that I want to make about earlier posts, but I'll just focus on the initial post. What it comes down to is that your initial argument is flawed. There is a connection in the argument with no supporting premise. Basically, it is the link between the AKC dogs and the working dogs. Sure, the name of the dog links them, but the argument being made is about the breeding of the dogs. Your argument is missing the link of how the AKC breeding affects the working dog breeding. You even said it yourself: I don't believe that there is a fundamental link between KC a
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