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About esantorella

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  • Birthday December 2

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    Medford, MA
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    Trail running, agility

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  1. I no longer give mine soft toys unless I'm watching her like an eagle. Parts of them can easily be ingested, and foreign body surgery is expensive and dangerous. A friend of mine has a dog who nearly died from it. No tennis balls either, since those wear down the teeth. Check out this photo: https://whitebearanimalhospital.com/something-to-chew-on/ Sorry to be the fun police! If I'm not there to supervise, I'll let her have Kongs, Chuck-It balls, and a spherical puzzle toy that she rolls around. The "Pet Zone IQ" treat ball toy has stood up to over a year of regular use. When I am around,
  2. I'm 3 months late, but I strongly recommend the book Agility Right From the Start. It goes over many foundation exercises in huge detail, and provides explanations that will make you a much better handler.
  3. This question really speaks to me because I'm in a similar situation. When we got our first dog two years ago, we did it "right" and got a rescue. After a long search, and failing to find any suitable dogs in shelters, we adopted a dog from an excellent breed-specific rescue. They did a great job and answered all of our questions, but we ended up with a dog with much more sever behavioral issues than we anticipated, including fear-aggression. After tons of training, she's made huge progress, and entirely stopped resource guarding and reactively barking at people. But she still has body handlin
  4. While my dog was still learning this, I tried playing "look at that" in a situation that was too scary and now she thinks it's the "bark at that" game. Oops.
  5. We tried everything to teach our dog to work on a loose leash. She always wanted to charge forward and nothing we could offer her was as good as going forward. The only thing that worked was turning around and walking in the opposite direction every single time she pulled on the leash, then resuming our original course after she made eye contact while on a loose leash. It took months, but it worked.
  6. Interesting, has anyone ever seen a purebred that looks like this? No white on her face or neck, apart from some stiff, short hairs under her nose. I've been asked if she's part Kelpie, but the long hair gene is recessive so I don't think she could have a purebred Kelpie parent. I know it doesn't matter but I wish I knew where she came from!
  7. Can anyone recommend a trainer? I live near Boston but am willing to drive for a while. I know nothing about herding. My dog is a two-year-old rescue dog we adopted six months ago. Experienced people believe to be a Border Collie. I would definitely expect her to herd in a stalky, strong-eyed style based on her behavior. Is it important to find a trainer who specializes in strong-eyed dogs? The local ones I've found through Google seem to train "all herding breeds" and the competitive ones use Aussies. Also, what are some prerequisites to introducing her to stock? My concern is wheth
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