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Pam Wolf

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  1. Much depends on how well your dog works. You could ask if they need help moving their stock (assuming your dog is competent) and offer 'farm sitting'
  2. And with the warm winter we had, there wasn't much of a parasite kill off plus the heavy rains lately-so the parasite population should be high this year
  3. While not every day, it is quite often a thing in summer afternoons. Depending on the duration of the med it could mean multiple doses/day. I am using clonidine now and it is cheap and effective.
  4. While not every day, it is quite often a thing in summer afternoons. Depending on the duration of the med it could mean multiple doses/day. I am using clonidine now and it is cheap and effective.
  5. Waffles, not cost effective IF you live in an area with daily thunderstorms
  6. Contact Liz P She has had one dog with EOD and has done some research into it.
  7. One of my 4 Her's did that with her smooth collie. Never had a problem with him jumping up. The nice thing about tricks like that it can put control on certain behaviours. If a dog jumps up on your back, make sure it is on command. Then if he does it unwanted, let him know it is not wanted. IOW you can put the behavior on cue then not allow it unless on cue
  8. since herding is selectively bred from dogs which likely hunted like the wolf-cooperative pack hunting, I would expect to see individuals within all breeds which display certain factions of 'herding'. Herding is at it's base, prey drive-and since dogs are predators, having prey drive, there are actions which are part of or at least similar to 'herding'. But Herding dogs have been selectively bred for a purpose and they tend to exhibit a high degree od trainability and tenacity for the job that is often lacking in dogs not selectively bred to help with the herding of livestock. If you want to preserve a breed that is dwindling in numbers, go ahead. But don't tout it as the 'best' for herding. Until there are sufficient numbers to show that they are consistently superior for stock management-even if it is the type for which they were originally used. There are breeders within certain breeds which do give more than lip service to breeding their dogs for work. However, they more often than not also want the show Ch. as well and no one can serve two masters and do well-so the doge are mediocre working dogs at best and mediocre show dogs-usually referred to as 'performance dogs'.
  9. Back to the old "Trial dogs are better", huh? While farm chores may be simple on some farms, trials can be simple. Flat fields, short outruns, sheep that run towards the handler, drives towards a draw-these trials don't really test the dog. Some people can help a dog learn to work better, others cannot. Some can train, others handle, and a few can do both well.
  10. While you think it unwanted, your dog does not!! LOL! In a pinch I've found dryer sheets rubbed can knock the smell so we can sleep til the next day. Vinegar mixed with water will cut the odor-they smell a bit like a rotten salad but it is more bearable than other smells!
  11. The only true way to test a dog's abilities is to see it work under a different variety of situations. Dogs bred for companionship and showing are NOT (in the general opinion of this group) Border Collies-as here it is defined as a dog selected for working attributes-where work is stock work. so it could be argued that those dogs called"Border Collies" but bred for different purposes are NOT Border Collies, but something else(imposters?)
  12. To those 'outside the loop' it is easy to get misled. I often find locals who got a dog only to discover it really isn't a working dog. There are many stories of these failures, which( IMHO) lead to farmers/ranchers now wanting a dog
  13. The combination of high drive and biddability which help a dog do well in stock work also help them be good at dog sports. So if a dog has what it takes to get a simple HTCh then it most likely would be better at dog sports-and a line that consistently produces HTCh should indeed be better That said, a HTCh, especially done in arenas as most are does NOT mean the dog is a capable stock dog. It simply means the dog has drive and trainability and MIGHT (but not necessarily) have stock working ability. As far as those abilities which make up a good working/herding dog, well that may depend on who you talk to . There are inbred traits in the best dogs, an uncanny ability to understand how to make stock move with the least effort on their part and the least stress on the stock. there is a 'feel' for the stock, knowing where to be to get the maximum affect. There is a willingness to be part of a team and learn what a 'job' is and many more things, often hard to describe.
  14. I think sometimes it is easier to see a mechanical dog in real world situations than on a trial field. And in many places the mechanical dog is all but useless
  15. Taught my Lassie Collie left and right, it was easy (and she was not the brightest!). A friend taught it to her Sheltie, Papillion and one Frenchie she worked in agility
  16. Guide and Follow-most likely mechanical. Take and Guide- is better
  17. Guess because a friend and I worked hard to develop the pylon heeling method used in Max Parris' book years back, I kinda like that way. I've made modifications over the years, but it is essentially l/r shaping the proper heel position for competition
  18. In the States if your dog is on a farm or out in the countryside it should have Lepto. the number of cases has increased in recent years as city vets stopped giving the vaccine routinely
  19. There is a way to turn a behavior into an intrinsic reward. Via shaping a behavior, it is possible to turn a behavior into a reward for the dog, thus enabling you to use less food/toys during the training. When training my Lassie for obedience, I often used the weave poles or jump chute as a reward for doing something she had had trouble with. After doing the difficult behavior I would simply tell her "go weave" or point to a series of jumps and send her-she would run across the yard to do the obstacles, come back looking quite proud of herself. As a long time food trainer, I learned early on the need to fade treats and put them on a variable reward schedule only for better and better performance of a behavior. Also it is handy to have a variety of rewards to get better behaviours from the dog. What Root Beer describes is shaping and it works
  20. Crawford Dogs, sadly no! Most of the local farmers take a dog out on a rope (or chain) and walk around the cows, getting behind them, they alternate pushing and 'flanking' to keep the cows moving forward. Most a: don't put good money into a dog, b: do no research before purchasing a cheap dog and c: don't want to put any time/money/effort into training a dog. And when(if) they do get a good dog they have a problem understanding that the dog is trying to BRING the stock to them. The humans try to get behind and push the stock over the dog,(see c: above)
  21. Hmmm not sure if the timing is good for me either, but I really like Tommy and learned quite a bit at the clinic I attended. not only is he great he has a wonderful dry sense of humor!
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