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Everything posted by Shandula

  1. My BC doesn't work sheep/livestock but I do have to add that in agility and obedience, even though I am very much a R+ trainer, I use "corrections" in the form of a non-reward marker. I tend to use "oops" or "I don't think so" or something like that. It lets my dogs know that what they did isn't right and they should try something else. It isn't severe, and it's never done with malice or anger.
  2. Ah thank you both so much! I'm looking forward to The Kingston Trials, I have such a great time every year!
  3. I hope this is in the right spot, I just wasn't sure where to put it. So, my little BC Heidi is about 9.5 months old now, and she has ruined me for all other breeds. (I still love my Aussie, and always thought he was SO smart, but Heidi makes him look like a big dummy). I unfortunately bought an AKC registered dog, and was misled by the "working line" misnomer. With that in mind, I'm determined to go the appropriate route this time. I'm not going to be ready for a little while (mainly because hubby would kill me if I brought another puppy home right now), so I'm looking towards getting a puppy in around 4 or 5 years. I live in Southern Ontario, so I was thinking of looking in Michigan or Ontario (but could be persuaded to look in Ohio/Indiana), but I don't know anything about where or when trials are hosted, or if there is a website where I could find that information. I also don't know much about actually trialing (Open?Nursery?) other than I go to the Kingston Sheepdog Trials (mu home town) every year, and try to learn what I can so I can make an informed decision on if a particular breeding is a good thing or not. Would love some insight from people who have purchased BCs from actual working lines/breeders. Plus a picture for cuteness.
  4. Certainly looks like a BC to me! Just to give you a rough idea of size, my Aussie is a year and a half and is now 53 pounds. At 8 weeks, he was just under 10 pounds. Eight Weeks: Now: Sorry those pictures are huge! My BC is much smaller. Only 7 pounds at 8 weeks.
  5. Excellent advice, but I wanted to give you a suggestion via treats. Have you tried any sort of fish treats? Fish treats tend to stink to high heaven, and since most treats are chicken/turkey/peanut butter flavoured, they seem to have some novelty to them. I use them at work in my training classes and the dogs go crazy for it.
  6. Keep in mind, the person who owns Wish and Splash is a professional dog trainer! I always say I'm going to work on tons of tricks, and instead I always end up focusing on obedience, manners, and housebreaking. As a result, people are a little surprised my dogs don't know more tricks. I'm pretty confident in replying that they might not know as many tricks, but they come when called, are very obedient, and are great dogs. Tricks are something we do for fun, I'm never really that concerned about them. Different strokes.
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