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About Smokjbc

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  1. Hello,

    I know someone in Vegas who lost both of her elderly border collies (both well cared for and lived through health issues to past 13/14 years.). I've been looking for an adult female for her that's cat safe and biddable. It would be a pet home and the lady lives alone and is devoted to her pets. She currently has one cat and a heeler mix. How would she go about inqui...

  2. Hi- I believe you can use this link to subsribe to Sheepdog-L: http://www.sheepdog.com/sheepdogl.html As far as playing- I have only one dog that is ball obsessive, but she has never left stock to find a ball or stick, even when under pressure. She's not a very good sheepdog though (too obsessive and does not cooperate well), so she is probably not the best indicator. I did not let any of my other dogs become as obsessive about fetching, mostly because of the annoyance factor, although I do have two dogs that will fetch and the pup I have now wants to fetch too. I never throw an
  3. Hi, I also have a two year old that was having some issues with aggressive ewes. I have two that are real dog eaters, however they are also my best, always twinning ewes- here to stay. Personally, I think the situation you described (dog gets knocked down by ewe but still gets up and manages to move them) is not so bad. She's still young, she may learn to defend herself or to get out of the way and try another approach. If I were you, I would be far more concerned if she got knocked down and wanted to quit. Teaching her to grip in a situation where she is already handling it in her own wa
  4. Since she is only 9 weeks old, should I just keep her on a lead at my side until she's a bit older? I worry that since she's so young, that right now she may not even be able to fully comprehend discipline (therefore making it pointless). So, until she is older, I should probably limit her ability to find "trouble"..What do you think? >>> I think in general that is a good idea- although my own dogs rarely see leads from the earliest age, its also the safest bet to keep a little one out of trouble. The correction Bill Fosher just described for chasing the goat is appropriate- onl
  5. Hi all, This hasn't come up yet, but one thing that really bothers me when people come out with dogs (young & adult) is that very few have the discipline to be confined in-between their turn to work sheep. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, is more annoying than trying to give a person advice on starting their dog out while another person's dog is screaming their head off in their crate (out of site of the stock). It seems elementary but your puppy should realize that it will have times of confinement away from you and will be expected to accept that confinement without throwing a fit. The fir
  6. Especially dangerous for us, she wants to herd the new calves. New mothers don't take kindly to this practice. We have started taking her on leash in the mornings when we are doing chores. Her attention span is very short, won't focus on me, but on the cats and birds and anything else that moves??. We have considered using a shock collar to enforce commands, "bad" or "no". What do we need to do? >>> I doubt an e-collar will help you with your pup. In fact, I think the situation is hopeless- she is obviously not going to make it as a cow dog. - I will be happy to relieve your situa
  7. Hi, I think what a dog wants to do at the heads is something I look at but not exclusively. I have had dogs like Denise described that felt the job was done when the stock is stopped. Rhett, now retired, will fearlessly charge into a cows face and take a very controlled, strong bite but will lie down and let them just sit there afterwards. She sometimes will stir them up but only if they are facing her, never if they are facing away. Since she was the first dog I trained semi-successfully (we don't discuss the actual first dog very much around here ), I don't know if knowing more now c
  8. Hi... Just found this thread and just want to say I feel really, really honored to have been one of the few to meet him in person Sorry, I didn't think to take pictures......... Jaime Smokinjbc@msn.com
  9. Hi Robin, I manage an animal hospital and do some work with international and hawaii shipping/health certificates. Frankly- Hawaii is a bitch (pun intended to handle but it has vastly improved in the last year. To avoid quarantine at all- the process needs to be started about 5-6 months before hand. You will want to get the official checklist from the Hawaii Quarantine Station (sorry don't have the number here at home but they do have a website - http://www.hawaiiag.org/hdoa/ai_aqs_info.htm I believe the dog must have had at least two rabies vaccinations (original, signed cert
  10. Erica, One of my older dogs is like this, and the only thing that worked well for her was to teach her a get back and then flank her to release the pressure. I don't think you should call her off, I did that too much when this dog was young, and I think it makes them more sticky- they know you are going to call them off so they get more intense on what they are doing- if that makes any sense. But teaching a good get back helped my dog alot- you have to keep on it all the time, any time you let it slip they (the eye-sticky dogs) will take advantage of it. The ideal thing is to find that di
  11. LOL.... well we know that.. but whether that makes us snobs or just people with high standards- take your pick I think the occasional biscuit eater has its value- not only can it occasionally be useful- but if you lose one to a working accident (actually most of the working accidents I know of involve pickup trucks) it won't be as hard to replace as your good Border Collie. I am always having reservations about working with OBs, when I first started I had this idea that all these Border Collie people would come out of the woodwork- but apparently they are too busy doing flyball ar
  12. Hi, Just wanted to add, in defense of some other, not quite as fancy, "OBs", is that I've seen a fair number of mystery mixes, intentional herding/hound crosses, lots of BCX (usually with Aussie or ACD), that were outstanding dogs at very specialized, real work jobs. Not anything to the caliber of a well trained Border Collie, but then again- who wants to send their good dog into a semi truck of cattle to unload it when you have Lattie the Aussie mutt who will do it for you (and quite well and strangely, still has most her teeth after about 10 years). I know a cowboy who swore by his two
  13. Hi, I have worked with some "alternate" breeds, mostly German Shepherds, ACDs & Aussies. Aussies are the only breed, at least with the dogs I've been presented with, that seem to train in a similar manner as Border Collies. Of course, another factor is that the ACDs and the German Shepherds have been show bred and not herding bred dog. The GSDs have been really difficult to work with- most have some desire to work and circle, but of course lack the gather and balancing of the Border Collies and Aussies. I don't agree with working these breeds in super small space and forcing circlin
  14. Hi, Do you have "Lessons from a Stockdog" by Bruce Fogt? I think it has the best explanation about putting pressure on the dog to go out properly- along with clear diagrams that help you know what position you should be in. I waited way too long before getting it.. you can probably order it from Border Collies In Action- I would highly reccommend it. J. Green Las Vegas, NV
  15. Hi, I do something like this, although I have my sheep on a dry lot (all the lots are dry in Las Vegas LOL) so I supply the hay, they supply the water. Its pricey but worth it when you don't have any other options. They do the feeding, so the distance is not too much of a problem- I kinda miss feeding my own livestock, but since the only suitable place I could find is 30 min away from home, I can live with out it. Its nice to have someone living on the property though, if something goes wrong, they can call me any time and I'll be up. They can also refer prospective lamb buyers My o
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