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  1. If you are going to use left and right it's important to teach a rear cross first (at least in my opinion). I usually start teaching a rear cross without any equipment. I teach my dog to run with me by my side (either side) and then do front crosses and rear crosses. Since your dog gets worried at speed you can start out slow, maybe just a trot or even a walk. Then I'll move to equipment. I use a single jump and start just a stride or so before the jump and as the dog goes over the jump I do a rear cross and toss a toy in the direction I want them to go. Also a tunnel set up straight is a
  2. I had a puppy that had a very bad overbite (lab, not a bc). When he was around 4-5 months old I took him to a dog dentist who explained to me all of the things they could do and what I should be looking out for in his mouth (it's amazing what they can do with dog teeth). Ace (the puppy) also was starting to get his adult teeth in and had a few baby teeth lingering and the dentist urged me to get them out asap because they could impede the teeth coming in. He wanted to charge me about $800 to take out the teeth and x-ray Ace's mouth. I called my regular vet and told her and she said she'd p
  3. Ironhorse-I admire you for making the decision to do something to help these dogs but with all due respect I think this statement is wrong. There's a difference between buying a puppy from a pet store and buying a dog that is going to be a breeder and put out who knows how many puppies. I think the lesson I've learned from this is to not be too quick to call in the State when dealing with neglected dogs in Missouri. I guess rescue should do their best to quietly come in and get the dogs into safe foster homes without notifying the State of any of it. I knew Missouri was known to have a
  4. I read it. Unbelievable. It brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for doing what you can.
  5. Annette- Jag - pretty cool! He blows every other dog in his class away every time (and I'm in the NE so I see him a lot). I don't broadcast who my dog's related to either because, well I'm not Julie Daniels! Contact Point and Hob Nob...and the list goes on... Kristi- You're right, they don't know what they don't know. A friend came to an Open level herding trial this past weekend with a 500+ yard outrun and she was blown away! I can only hope that if she ever decides she wants a border collie (she probably won't since she's got an awesome young kelpie) she'll remember what
  6. I think it's partly a want to preserve what they have in their sport dogs but also a big part of it is so that someone can say that their dog is out of X's dog or littermate to Y's dog or half-brother to Z's dog. It's sad that most of the people breeding these sport dogs either have no clue or don't care that they are hurting the breed. There are a lot of agility dogs out there that are from working dogs, nice working dogs. More of them though are out of an agility dog and maybe a working dog but I think it's happening less and less as sports, agility in particular, keeps growing and people
  7. Maybe there could be a newsletter or part of the USBCHA website set up specifically to address particular training questions or issues that novices might have? Or just discuss a different topic each month and encourage Novices to ask specific questions. I know there are several boards/forums that Novices can bring questions to already, but perhaps one on the USBCHA website that would require you to be a member and have a password to get in would be popular among Novices - if indeed we are allowed to or required to become members.
  8. I'm a novice with a total of 3 trials under my belt but after careful consideration I'm going to jump in here. I wouldn't be opposed to having to pay an extra dollar per run and having that money go directly to the USBCHA. Even though it's an organization that I'm not eligible to be a member of I would support it. However, I am opposed to being forced to become a member of the USBCHA and I'm opposed to them keeping track of Novice points. If I understand all of this correctly, the USBCHA is in a financial crisis and is looking for ways to raise money. And it seems that the major rea
  9. I have always been told that feeding raw and kibble at the same meal is a no-no because of the rate of digestion of each. Kibble can take 12 hours to be digested and raw about 4 hours - so feeding them both together can cause havoc with their digestive systems. I couldn't point you to any research on it and I haven't tried it myself (I mean I haven't tried it on my dogs!).
  10. There are a lot of brands of kibble that are better than Purina...Wellness, Timberwolf Organics, Chicken Soup, Innova, Calif Natural...to name a few. The protien levels in foods varies, so you don't need to feed raw meat to get more protien into your dog. However, I have a friend who just moved back to Oz from the US and I know that the dog food market there is different than the US and that most food is outrageously expensive and you don't have a lot of the brands we have here in the US. Maybe you can post a new message directed to the board members from Australia and find out what your op
  11. Pat- I read today that HGE can be caused by heatstroke (info written by a vet). Is it possible she had heatstroke? I don't know anything about HGE other than what you've written here so I'm just passing on what I read.
  12. I don't get CR anymore for the same reason. Not much new and if there was something I wanted to read I'd borrow one. I seem to luck out and be at trials where CR has donated copies so I get more than I miss but I don't have the handling issue. I'll find someone who does though and pick it up, sounds worthwhile.
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