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  1. Thanks both of you! And yes, she barked at the mailwoman when she was across the street (we were in the front yard), so we walked into the backyard, and the gate was open, so she could see her as she put the mail into the box,but no barking, just a little watching. She seems to be the most agitated when she can't see where the source of barking is coming from, which is similar to my other BC, who eventually grew out of it.
  2. Thanks D'Elle. We've been putting her in her ex-pen if she barks at my dogs or us, and it seems to be working, barking = removal from the fun. It's a little harder outside when they are running, but toys again seem to help that. We've only had one person approach her (my elderly neighbour who did not respond at all to my requests to stop), and the rest of the time (like at pet stores) we are walking around and she chooses to charge up to people, tail wagging for pets. I try to make sure with all my puppies that puppies meet people, not people meeting puppies. I have never let a dog approach her (I've seen way too many people and their "friendly" dogs cause issues), and the dogs she is barking at are quite a distance away. It makes me very concerned that already at 10 weeks I'm seeing some heavy reactivity. Do you think this could be a fear period which we will get over, or is this her personality? She only tried the face bite the one time, and since then is pretty easily redirected to a toy, thank goodness. She just gets super aroused by quick movements, or if I clap my hands or encourage her to run over. Honestly out of everything the over-reactions to dogs/some people have me the most concerned. The rest are just puppy antics which I can manage, but if this is already reactivity, I'm worried about that.
  3. We officially brought home our new Border Collie puppy, Logan, this past weekend! She is 10 weeks old and pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. She is not my first herder or BC (I have a 4 year old Aussie and a 3 year old BC), but I did things right this time and so she is my first BC from working parents! While I'm so far pretty enamored with her, I have a few questions that hopefully people who have these higher intensity dogs can tell me if it is common or if I have a problem. 1. Barking. My previous BC barked a little as a puppy, but as an adult is basically mute. However, little Logan enjoys barking at most things. My other two dogs if they are running, if she wants them to play with her, or me if she believes I'm moving too fast. Is this just some over-arousal happening? And if so, what is the best way to fade that? I am not a fan of barking dogs... 2. Reaction to people and dogs. She has growled at a couple of dogs she has seen, and launched into a full scale bark-fest. Not sure if we are in a fear period or if we are seeing some early reactivity. Interestingly enough (because people keep approaching my poor barking puppy) she is always very happy to say hello to people when they come, then happy to disengage and bite a stick or dig. 3. Zero to 1,000 in 2.5 seconds. So I'm used to puppy craziness, but she goes from zero to trying to bite me in the face in a hurry, haha. Like if I pet her too long, or if we've been playing with a toy too intensely, she's all teeth and barking. So we try to keep things super chill, but sometimes she's crazy regardless. I just don't want to mess her up. My other two are great dogs, easy to live with, my BC is a great agility partner, and truthfully maybe they were also insane as puppies and I just don't remember? Thanks everyone, sorry about the rambling nervousness.
  4. Puppies are obnoxious. Said with love, I do love puppies, but seriously when it comes to meeting other dogs, puppies are the worst. They jump, they're crazy, and they have sharp teeth. My BC hates puppies, and I don't blame her. If a puppy greets her properly, she is fine, but I can tell from a mile away if we're going to have an issue, and I don't let it happen. Because it isn't fair that your dog is "Aggressive" and their dog is "just a puppy" and "just wants to say hi" I highly recommend you read this article by Suzanne Clothier (https://suzanneclothier.com/article/just-wants-say-hi/) it totally changed how I interpreted how my dog behaves. Now if is is a crazy puppy, we walk on by.
  5. Yeah, she tires out at home, not in class. I feel like I should try to get some video of her doing sequences at home and also in class to compare. I personally don't see stress, but she's my first BC, so she could be showing it and I just don't see it. We have class tonight, so I'll try to bring my husband as my personal videographer so you guys can see.
  6. Thank you so much for all your advice and suggestions! She would train and shape/brain games forever, so I think maybe the combination of quite a physically demanding task + mental fatigue could be making her tired. I also did some thinking and I'm realizing that she probably associates our backyard with more of a relaxed fetch/sniffing/relaxing zone, as well as her special toy is only in the backyard, so I was wondering if it becomes less about she's tired and more about having and getting her special toy. In class she can last for longer, probably due to excitement (she's very chill in her crate while waiting her turn). I did a little experiment yesterday with my husband's help. We hid all the toys, took out crates, set up a little training sequence and ran it as a class. One dog out at a time, in and out on leash and noticed her stamina was WAY higher and she had way more drive to do the sequences, so perhaps the backyard is too chill an environment? We did not do a tick panel, I could ask my vet, but I think he'd probably say it wasn't necessary. It is fairly warm where we are, so they are on flea and tick preventative all year long. Definitely something I could look into though!
  7. Hi everyone! Hoping to pick the brains of more experienced Border Collie people! My BC is young (turned 2 in July) and I notice that she seems to have not stellar stamina when we are doing agility. She's fairly lean (about 18" at the shoulder and about 34 pounds, I think she could lose a couple more, but she's not bad). I notice she seems to get tired after a couple of run throughs of jump grids/sequences. It isn't very hot and the jumps are fairly low. I guess I'm just wondering if there is a good way to get her stamina up a little bit higher, some sort of conditioning program that someone knows of? She has been evaluated by both my vet and a chiropractic vet who say she is in good health, and she doesn't collapse or anything, she just goes and lays down somewhere and pants. Picture because I think she is so cute!
  8. I agree - make it fun and it should not become a chore. My Border Collie pushes me for work and has a hell of a time waiting her turn. When I'm trying to shape behaviours with my Aussie (who learns MUCH slower than her) she tries to intervene to do it for him.
  9. Thank you, Kingston isn't "home" anymore sadly, but I make my husband drive home 7 hours every year to see it! And every year I swear I'm going to go talk to a handler about getting a puppy from them in the future and every year (...like 5) I chicken out and don't. Maybe next year I'll be brave haha. This year was interesting because last year Heidi was crazy, crying and lunging at the sheep/dogs running, so we had to sit way back. This past May, she was introduced to sheep for the first time, so I was super worried about how she'd be. Instead she was silent. She just sat there, so focused, and only cried a little when the sheep went over the hill into the exhaust pen. As per usual, my Aussie was just looking for pets from fellow spectators.
  10. I also just got back from this trial. It is in my home town and I go every year. I seriously love it. It is amazing, so much to do, and amazing handlers. The double lift was awesome. There were several ewes that were putting up some serious attitude.
  11. Thank you both so much for your advice! I'm definitely impatient, she picks up on everything else (rally, nosework, tricks) so super fast, that I feel she is frustrated with my inability to be a good handler! I'll keep at it in class and relax a bit and hopefully that relaxation will make it easier for us. My girl is still quite young (just turned 2) so we have lots of time. Thanks again.
  12. Hello everyone. I was hoping since there are quite a few members on here who do agility, you could offer me some guidance or advice. I'm very new to training in agility. So when I started, I ended up going with Susan Garrett's Handling360 program. Not only was it rather on the expensive side, I did it for a year and still not really feel like I could go to a trial and compete. It focused on handling and learning a lot of verbal cues. I finally was able to find an agility class where the instructor was also in H360 (I figured it would be smart to keep it consistent). I've taken the four classes now, and still feel like I couldn't do anything/I don't think my girl really understands what I want her to do. We've yet to do any contact equipment (even foundational stuff) or even the table. Just jumps and tunnels over the past 24 weeks. I've certainly since gotten over the whole Susan Garrett craze, and I'm not crazy about her techniques. I've decided maybe I should start over with something different. So I started looking into other options, but there aren't any other classes near me (actually there is one, but they punish dogs when they get it wrong, and I'm not going to do that). So I started looking online. and there are just so many options. Silvia Trkman (I do think I want RC!), One Mind Dogs, Bad Dog Agility, Daisy Peel... I'm feeling very overwhelmed, and I don't really want to waste another year with no real progress. Does anyone have any preferred methods, or optimism for someone who is feeling fairly dejected? Thanks so much!
  13. No! Really? I can't believe that. Ugh, people are the worst.
  14. There's a whole lot that concerns me, but I'm very concerned about them breeding this Border Collie at barely a year old. She's still a baby herself.
  15. I have a super laid back male Aussie and a higher-drive female Border Collie. My Aussie is 3 and is very chill, always has been. My BC (2) can be guardy with her toys (never with him) and also can take offensive to rude dogs, and they get along famously, never a single scrap I can think of. As for running, can't help you there. We sprint for 30 seconds or so in agility, but that's as much as I can do.
  16. More of the same, but Heidi also does not like dogs disturbing her games of fetch. I think it's partly a little Resource guarding of the ball, but even when they are sniffing her/trying to initiate play she'll ignore for a bit and then tell them to bugger off.
  17. Control Unleashed is such a fabulous resource, every dog owner should read it. While you're on CleanRun there is a DVD set called "Foundation Fundamentals" that you could look into. A foundations course should be all about doing things "on the flat" meaning no obstacles (mayyyybe a tunnel). Your dog should learn how to follow your body cues, turn, pay attention to you, start object discrimination etc. Unfortunately, the average person doesn't care about that and wants the "sexy stuff" which are the obstacles. Instructors tend to be put in a bit of a tough place as Blackdawgs mentioned. I would also not be scruffing my dog. Agility should be fun, and it isn't his fault that you haven't learned how to communicate effectively yet. Any class where you did four obstacles the very first night would be a class I wouldn't go back to.
  18. I would second the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy. Really great teachers, positive reinforcement, and so many cool courses available. I'm currently taking Rally Skillbuilding at Gold and a handful of courses at bronze. It really is awesome!
  19. Heidi can make anyone feel like a dog trainer. She is more than happy to work with anyone (my Aussie always looks at me first as if to ask "Do I have to?"). Kids, friends, family, training clients, work with her and a) feel less afraid of dogs (because she's SO cute) and listens so well and recognize they can in fact train their dog. She also makes me smile a million times a day.
  20. Heidi is 34 pounds, and about 17 inches at the shoulder. She gets called petite and "fine".
  21. Just a quick little update: Since I have been more vigilant about not letting dogs rush her, and standing between them and her or walking away I've noticed a huge difference in her behaviour. She's way less snappy, and is more likely to walk away or go hang out under a picnic table. I've also noticed she's happy to greet dogs that are calmer/more polite. She met my boss's Sheltie the other day, and because he is shy of people, he was very mellow and Heidi was all tail-wags and wiggly body.
  22. Hello! I'm looking for a herding trainer/instructor in Michigan or Southern Ontario. I live in Windsor, which is right on the border, and I'm willing to drive about an hour or so to get there. I've been trying to Google trainers, and I've come across a couple, but I don't know if they are a good option. One of them is an all-breed instructor, one of them specializes in AKC trialing, and one who breeds working line Aussies. I figured I better come to the source, and see if there is anyone you guys would recommend. And because she's so cute, a picture of Heidi willing her football to move.
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