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  1. Aviary-I don't know if you're still here and I'm not seeking to argue at all. I've been involved in producing one litter-I have the sire--both dam and sire passed relevant health tests, have solid temperaments and are both good working dogs (both have been reasonably competitive in Open trials and both are used for small operation farm chores regularly). The dam had one prior litter and the pups were all decent working dogs as well with good temperaments (though quirky as border collies can be). There were several unpredictable health issues with the litter of pups and all have subsequently been reproductively altered, though all those in homes with livestock are good workers. Just to say as above with Julie's point about having produced epilepsy--sometimes the genetic mix just doesn't work that well and it's hard to predict that. Kay Stephens in Texas is probably someone you would find fits most of your criteria pretty well (I don't think she necessarily has dam and sire on site) and she is a very knowledgeable person. She is currently looking to place two year-ish aged pups who look lovely of you are interested in that kind of opportunity. If you are looking for 2018, she's definitely someone I believe would be worth contacting to get a feel for whether she meets what you are looking for in a breeder.
  2. Nope, sheep are more clever than they are given credit for, I think. I remember not realizing I was being pushed toward the feeder until I suddenly stumbled on it hahaha
  3. The end of an era for sure. I hope you see him on that big field, too.
  4. Thinking of you and Tyra, Jennifer--I'm glad you had these last months. She's always been a special girl.
  5. What do you do when she barks for attention? Border collies (maybe all dogs but I've only had experience with border collie puppies) learn in a nanosecond what works for attention, so if she got attention for barking (even exasperated attention), then she's learned the value of barking, so you may have to invest in some earplugs while she unlearns it. I worked at home at least some of the time while we were raising each of our puppies--the only thing that really worked (for me and them) was to be behind a shut door when I was working with puppy in crate. 4-12 mos. was the most trying period in general and I got a lot less done at home than when there wasn't a puppy in the house. Indeed, it was often only their cuteness that kept them alive . On occasion, I'd go work at the local library for a few hours. It gets better but requires patience. All our dogs are now pretty put out when I work at home as it interrupts their napping lol. I'm also not a big fan of puppy socialization classes anymore after I believe it caused trouble for every puppy we brought to it. Just my opinion, but I think the other puppies and people are too much stimulation for a baby border collie.
  6. Oh, sorry to hear this, Jennifer. We'll be thinking of you and Tyra enjoying her pork chops and a beautiful, sunny day. --Robin
  7. I have a dog, now retired, who is very similar to Rex. Quite loose-eyed and little to no feel. Also very pushy and probably just a tad scared of the sheep. His good points were he was biddable, athletic, and had an engine that never stops. When I ran him, I had to be pretty mechanical--and I wasn't really good enough to do that so it was just generally not fun for anyone. His lift had to be managed both because he didn't have a strong feel for the balance point and he lifted hard on his own. Many of the dogs off the same sire had similar issues--particularly the males. I retired him early. Knowing more now than I did then (thanks to having bought a trained dog and learning a lot from him), I wish I could have a do-over with him. I think I could have helped him develop the little feel he had if I'd not been such a basket case myself. He's now happy as a clam being a biscuit eater and walking buddy. Mechanical to me means pretty much exactly what Sue describes.
  8. You'll meet tons of folks at Kingston--many of the best handlers in N.America are there, including plenty from both Michigan and S. Ontario. You can look at the USBCHA site for a list of upcoming sheep trials (not sortable by region, so you have to browse through a little bit)
  9. 5 mos is still pretty young--I've heard many people say that a youngster who is reliably house trained before a year had an owner who is always there to make sure they get outside just when they need to....our puppies have always been pretty good early leading us to think they were trained but none was truly rock solid until they were older (Like about a year old)--we thought they were trained because they mostly were and we were mostly pretty good about getting them out, but a couple accidents a week were pretty normal and slowed as they got older. Peeing on the couch is a little odd, so it might be well worth checking for a UTI. We also generally regretted having puppies out of eyesight for more than a nano-second--it's a pain to watch them or have them contained and so we were often willing to pay the price
  10. The inimitable Tyra! So glad for you and her
  11. What a great set of posts to read. How we should all live (and die)!
  12. I've found that lambs start acting more like adults once they have been weaned for a couple of months--they are actually pretty fun for a dog (but not a total novice dog) before that because the dog has to really think about how to move them. I have frequently worked dogs on just a group of near-weaning or newly weaned lambs. If I were getting sheep for the first time to work my dog on and both of us were novices, I would try and get a couple of adults in the group if possible as that usually settles the lambs down. Though, if you are talking about Cheviots, all bets are off
  13. Sorry to hear this Jennifer. Thinking of you and Tyra!
  14. I read the findings a little differently. The working Labs and Collies differed from one another more than was the case for the show lines of the two breeds (on the trait of impulsivity). The take-away seems to be: "These results are therefore consistent with the hypothesis that the creation of a show line results in a significant loss in behavioural diversity traditionally associated with a particular breed with regards to work related behaviour." So, breeding for form reduces functional distinctiveness, making show line dogs from different breeds more alike overall (and lowering breed specific variation relative to individual variation)
  15. Our First Dog (the one who got us to dogs and then to Border Collies) is well into 15. As healthy as he's ever been though mostly blind and deaf. Getting increasingly dottery and experiencing cognitive decline. I enjoy him so much and feel such tenderness for him. I never would have guessed how much my attachment to him would change as he aged. He's never been a favorite dog but he taught me the most about living with dogs and clearly still is.
  16. Pippin is part of a study about arthritis and she's been wearing one for about two months now. I wasn't supposed to be able to see the data but I could for about three weeks. It was pretty interesting for sure. I keep wondering what it would look like on one of the working dogs! It is a big item and it flashes a very bright green light all the time, which is less than ideal if your dog sleeps in the same room as you do. Voyce said it was ok to cover it with duct tape lol. You get an email message if you don't notice it needs recharging, I doubt I'd pay for the service but it's interesting in the same way the people trackers are. Pip (age 12) "rests" 21 hours a day.....I'm supposed to be able to see the data again in a couple of months and am looking forward to the overall trends.
  17. Even if you found a dog pack isolated from humans, I doubt it would really solve the human confound in dogs. I suspect (pure conjecture) that human involvement in dogs is as essential to what dogs "are" as it is non-essential to what wolves "are"
  18. I find it endlessly fascinating to consider that human social structures/dynamics in general are more like canid social structures/dynamics than they are like other primates' social lives (as far as we understand them). This perspective is noted in the NYT article and also by more and more academics who study these sorts of things (Barbara Smuts, Brian Hare, and Mike Tomasello have done great research looking at primates, canids and people--though usually not in the same study). It is perhaps not coincidental that it's dogs who work with people so readily and not chimps or baboons (human meddling in dog reproduction notwithstanding)
  19. no worries,didn't take it as criticism--I truly don't like when the same stuff gets posted over and over and try not to do it but missed Donald's earlier post (and perhaps others as well)
  20. Oops, sorry to repost, then--I looked through the new content and didn't see it. Hate when the same stuff gets posted again and again
  21. This is a pretty clever act and very sweet. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/6Vs4hpG50Cc Note: the trainer uses a stunt double for part of the act (can you tell which part?) and there's been a bit of blowback for that (the trainer says she always made clear she uses multiple dogs in her act).
  22. He might have meant much the same thing as described here by the founders of this very discussion board: http://www.bordercollie.org/basics/characteristics.html
  23. I haven't seen much difference in dogs neutered anywhere between 1 year and 8 years. I have noticed less chattering in one of them and no more stinky boy pee. One thing I didn't know so share in case you don't either is that there can be live sperm for up to 6 weeks post neuter, so if your female comes in heat before six weeks or so have passed, they could still breed. I think it becomes decreasingly likely as time passes and probably not very likely at all after about a month, but still possible.
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