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  1. I don't see what is wrong with a down at the end of an agility run as long as you have not taught the dog that down is a punishment. I develop a fast drop on my dogs by reward with a tug game afterward, so "down" means play for my dogs. I practice that during training sessions all the time. My dogs are either called to me or I ask them for a down in practice after the last obstacle is completed. I then call them to me, put the leash on them, and then play tug. I think one of the problems I see as an agility Judge all the time, is that the behaviour competitors want or need in their dogs
  2. "Euthanized lab dogs" - now that is just offensive. The Western College of Vet Medicine in Saskatchewan was going to euthanize a bunch of lab Beagles, but they got razed about it, and they were taken into rescue and all adopted. Some of them ended up with friends of mine and went on to play agility, etc instead of being killed off because they were no longer useful to the college.
  3. You don't need to have the hips certified - you just need to have an xray done and read by your vet. If your vet can't determine what the hips are like you are in real trouble and need to find a new vet. We just happened to have a board cert radiologist very close to us, and book in there, but we don't have them certify the hips - just read them. I could just as easily get my local vet to do the xray and read them.
  4. Just because both parents are clear and there hasn't been any known HD in the lines, doesn't mean that it can't happen. It's called "shit happens". No matter how clean the genetics of the lines are doesn't mean that something can't crop up. It doesn't necessarily mean that this is genetic. Is it both hips or just one? Sometimes things just don't form properly while the fetus is growing. My friend and I breed a litter every 5 - 6 years for ourselves. There has been NO HD in our lines, or in the males that we have used. Out of 4 litters of puppies - 28 puppies, one has very mild HD,
  5. Recently there has been a lot of discussion among quite a few European breeders who compete on stock dog trials over there about this genetic disease and testing breeding stock for it. Does anyone know of any border collies in North America that have been diagnosed with this? I looked it up at the University of Davis site and it says that it is Beagles and Border Collies and affected dogs are unable to absorb B12. It is a recessive gene so each parent must be a carrier in order to produce affected progeny.
  6. Love your dog for who she or he is, not what your ego aspires to turn the dog into. Accept their indivdiuality - they are their own being, not an extension of a person's ego. Too many people now can only feed their egos at the expense of their dog's mental and physical capabilities. Their dogs have now just become a means to an end.
  7. Are you guys using the crate games for all your agility training? The full crate games includes all the training for front crosses, rear crosses, creating drive, teaching start lines, drive from off of contacts (the dog once release is supposed to drive into their kennels and then get rewarded. I have seen some dogs hit their crate so hard it bounces 10 feet backwards), It sounds like you are doing just the first three steps or so. Her crate games encompass all aspects of agility training.
  8. My agility friends are spread out all over the place, and I have had lots of discussion from all over North America with people about the problems with crate aggression. It was discussed on the CleanRun Yahoo list a couple of years ago. You don't need a crate to teach a rear cross, a front cross, a start line, to teach drive, etc. It is one of the best marketing ploys I have seen in a long time. She has so many people convinced that you cannot possible succeed in agility without doing her crate games, and of course, lots of us know that it just ain't so. The top handlers in the world do
  9. Although I can't stand SG personally, she is a hell of trainer and knows how to market herself. I have heard nothing but really positive feed back about her Recall course. The only problem is that you are not supposed to share it with anyone - top secret because she doesn't anyone who doesn't pay for the course to be able to work through it. The other caution is I know her crate games are part of this course. Be VERY careful how far you go with crate games. It is notorious for creating crate aggression in dogs. Susan's only solution to this is to tell you to cover your crate. Her own
  10. We never run full courses during practice. We work all our foundation exercises, which may include one obstacle or several. All a course is when you think about it is a series of foundation exercises joined together.
  11. have you taught your dog the verbal left and right. Without seeing what you are doing, it also sounds like he does not understand the body language for a rear cross, and of course, without a video, we can't tell if you are giving him the correct body language for a rear cross. Have you taught him the pre-cue for a rear cross?
  12. have you taught your dog the verbal left and right. Without seeing what you are doing, it also sounds like he does not understand the body language for a rear cross, and of course, without a video, we can't tell if you are giving him the correct body language for a rear cross. Have you taught him the pre-cue for a rear cross?
  13. have you taught your dog the verbal left and right. Without seeing what you are doing, it also sounds like he does not understand the body language for a rear cross, and of course, without a video, we can't tell if you are giving him the correct body language for a rear cross. Have you taught him the pre-cue for a rear cross?
  14. The Gentle Leader or Head Halter can be a great tool to help with certain training issues. I have used it a lot with dogs that are easily distracted, have fear issues, etc and the handler needs to have control of the head. I teach all my puppies to use them, firstly, because I never know when I might need to use one, and also since I recommend them, I use my dogs for demos. BUT the most important thing is the handler has to understand HOW they work and be able to teach the dog HOW they work. They work by applying pressure, and you have to teach the dog to give to the pressure, not fight a
  15. He's a five and half month old puppy!!! He's just being a puppy, and for goodness sake, please don't take him back to the herding "trainer". Do you have him in puppy classes that uses positive training methods?
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