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  1. Tri colours are not black, white and *red* - they are black, white and TAN. Tan and red are not at all similar, nor are they the same genetically. Genetically, I believe, black masks other colours, like red. Some black dogs have a richer coat colour than others, and some are prone to fading, or having a reddish tint in some places. The vast majority of tri colour dogs have tan dots on their bum, by their anus, even if they express very little tri / tan on their points. My black and white has reddish patches in her coat; my tri colour has brindle tan points. RDM
  2. No it doesn't. Many black dogs have bleached out/faded reddish brown portions and in their coats. It has nothing to do with the tan points in a tri colour. RDM
  3. I do not like Labrador Retrievers. Have never much cared for them, and really can't stand them in the shelter. They are usually the loudest and the hardest to leash up to take out as they are bouncing off every surface, including the kennel staff. However, I can appreciate the sweet nature of a Golden Retriever very much, even though they are not the breed for me by any stretch. This morning I had to go collect two overnight impounds from the ER clinic with one of my staff who did not feel experienced enough to get the one dog, whose breed I will not mention, that had to be removed from the clinic on a catch pole. That dog went in the back of the truck, but there is no cage or divider back there so the Golden had to ride up front with us ... on my lap. All 80lbs of him. There are not many large breeds I would plunk as strangers on my lap for a car ride, but the Golden was lovely as could be The dog in the back was the anti-Golden! RDM
  4. He's got a hella lot of walking gear on! I don't know squat about rat terriers, but a little bit of looking at the web suggests that there is a raging debate among rat terrier fanciers about whether or not the merle rat terrier is a "true" rat terrier. How unfascinating. RDM
  5. Keep it in a freezer. That's what we do at work RDM
  6. This is what happens to Dexter when he has an episode. His whole hind end goes wobbly. I can see even very minor evidence of it on our evening walks when he has been playing the bitey-face-chase-me game with Tweed, which he really likes. He doesn't do it after playing ball or frisbee generally, even in hot weather. It's generally following an activity he is intense about, like agility or the aforementioned game. RDM
  7. Be careful what you wish for. Should you need proof of that, come run Dexter any time! I used to think I wanted boldness, energy and enthusiasm, so I went and got that ... and now I think I want a dog with listening ears and not much else ;-) RDM
  8. I am not a math and/or science geek and just looking at the cover of a text book for either subject can reduce me to tears, but my understanding of the ee / Aussie Red (yellow/lemon/gold/cream) is that it is carried recessively, sometimes for many generations, and then can randomly express provided both parents carry the colour recessively, which is why it can show up from two black parents - or parents of any colour, actually. It's similar to why black and white pairings sometimes throw red (ie liver/chocolate) puppies as well. Breeding FOR it would require the person arranging the mating to know that both parents carry it recessively. RDM
  9. We have had quite a few "Aussie Red" border collies come through rescue, one was even a smoothie. My understanding is that the colour is more common in conformation dogs than working dogs, and certainly the ones I have met that were no rescues were all AKC registered. I have an "Aussie Red" dog - he is not a border collie, but rather some kind of Australian Shepherd mix. I know he is not a pale / washed out chocolate because for starters, he's definitely just ... orange and secondly his nose leather is black not brown. Standing next to him is his biological brother, who is a tri. Both have one blue eye. RDM
  10. If this concept is troubling you, it's probably because you don't understand why 2X2s work. You gradually rotate the two sets of poles from being parallel with one another until they are lined up with one another end to end. There is no exact time frame because it depends largely on how quickly your dog catches onto the concept. This happens with small changes in how the poles are lined up, and those changes happen as your dog's accuracy at finding the entrance on each set improves. Or am I misunderstanding your question? The dog is always finding two entrances when you are using 2 sets of 2X2s together. Except that in the beginning they are running through them as a straight chute - it's still two entrances though. As time goes on and you rotate both sets of poles, they are STILL finding two entrances, and now the second entrance is a tiny bit tougher to find because it's not dead in front of the first one, but slightly angled. This difficult keeps increasing with more rotation until the dog understands its job is to always find that entrance, even if the poles are lined up end to end. RDM
  11. I cannot imagine how one would go about "boarding" chickens, honestly. I did some more research and have discovered that a large snap trap inside a milk jug should do the trick, and that many folks have successfully caught weasels this way, so those are to be arranged today. I know how to dispatch them after they are trapped, as I used to work for an anti-trapping organization and I know what the trappers do (there is no small degree of irony in this entire scenario!). And I frankly could care less if they "in season" for trapping or not - anything that kills my livestock is going to find itself buried somewhere in the back 40 ;-) I originally joked that I was going to kill the weasel and hang its corpse on the fence as a mob-style warning to other weasels, until I read that weasels ... eat other weasels!! Damn weasels! RDM
  12. I've got a weasel problem. It's just one tiny weasel, but it's one big problem! Yesterday morning I tried to beat it to death when I caught it trying to kill my outdoor bunny, but I didn't get it good enough with the stick (quick little bugger). And right after that I discovered it had killed one of my laying hens and stripped her neck and chest bare of flesh (then left her under the hen house to go kill my rabbit, I guess, having tired of chicken?). This morning I found it in the wheel well of my truck. Or more precisely, the WooTWoo found it in the wheel well of my truck. The damn weasel took on those two dogs and my whipjack. Had there been fewer heads in the wheel well fighting to kill it, I think one of them could have dispatched it, but in the confusion it sprang free. It's FAST, but my whipjack is fast too and she almost had it before it skittered under the porch. A friend tells me they sometimes chew up the wires in vehicles, which I don't like the sound of at ALL. Last night I caught all the hens at dusk and locked them away in their hen house, and I crated the bunny in her pen so no weasel deaths last night. However, this kind of management seems like a PITA long term; besides, I am going out of town for 4 days later this week and can hardly ask my landlord to catch my chickens and rabbit and lock them all away every night at dusk, so I kinda need a solution quick like a bunny. In the long term, when the hens are moved to their new pen, I intend to install electric fencing around them, but right now I just want to kill the weasel. I think it's a summer coated ermine ... it's bigger than a mouse (ie a least weasel) but smaller than a ferret. It's probably of a size with some of the rats around here. I'm wondering if a big snap trap would get it, like it does the big rats. Does anyone know? I could put out a few baited with salmon or something tasty tonight. RDM (Weasel Hunter)
  13. There are all sorts of foundation type things you can work on with your dog, but there's absolutely no reason to be jumping her, weaving her or doing anything full size at all. It's too tough on little growing bodies, and besides, why would you start those things before starting the foundation, right? You can do cavaletti work on the ground with a ladder or spaced bars, teach contact end behaviours on a single stair (assuming you want a stopped contact), shadow handling on flat ground, directionals, wobble board stuff etc. You don't need to push her any further or faster; you want your agility dog to be able to play with you for a good long time, not just a good time, so don't push it. You have many years of agility fun ahead of you ... set the ground work now, and it will stand you in good stead when you start on real equipment. And find a class if you can, because cheapie home made equipment and no instruction can cause you and your dog to develop all kinds of bad handling and striding habits that are very hard to unlearn. RDM
  14. Mine go out in the morning on our first walk, they then hold it all day until I get home and they go on our evening walk and then we either go for a final short walk before bed or they are just let out to pee before bed. Right now I am theoretically gone from just before 8AM to until just before 5PM as I work quite close to home, though I am often late getting home because I tend to stay late at work, but we take our morning walk before 6AM so that's when they 'go.' My previous job was over an hour away, so they held it from 6AM (our morning walk) to somewhere after 6PM (when I arrived home to take them out again), and they didn't seem to have any more difficulty with this than with my current schedule. Sometimes, if it's raining or cold out, Mr. Woo will simply poke his nose through the door and then refuse to go out to pee, even if it's been hours and hours. I am right now fostering the most ridiculous excuse of a "dog", a 3 lb "PomChi," and while small dogs are supposed to be notoriously difficult to housebreak, she goes twice a day if I'm lucky. RDM
  15. I let everyone out to pee before bed one night and then called them all back in and went to sleep. When I got up in the morning and let everyone out to pee again, I found Piper curled up very pitifully on the front porch door mat. I'd left her outside overnight! I felt like the biggest asshole. Conversely, one evening when I let everyone in after final potty, there was no Mr. Woo to be found. I spent 45 minutes in pajamas and gumboots with a flashlight outside in the rain whisperscreaming his name. I was so frustrated when I stomped back inside that my rage must have been palpable, because I saw his orange tail disappearing under my bed as I stormed into the house. He'd not gone out for evening potty and was inside all the while! My dogs must now sit and wait near the front door and are let out one by one as I call their individual names. Coming back in I let them squeeze through the door one at a time and count them in my head as they go by. It's been almost 3 years since I left Piper outside all night, and I STILL feel like the biggest asshole!! I have not left anyone behind before or since, but I have been known to stop my truck on the side of the road after agility class or a beach trip and count dogs, just for peace of mind ;-) RDM
  16. Our class t-shirts this year say "Shut Up And MOVE" on them, which probably tells you all you need to know about how much we are supposed to speak on course I basically only call contacts and tunnels/weaves, and do not speak about jumps at all. I think it would be incredibly tiring to have to call every single freaking obstacle. I would have no left breath left to run! The bad habit I do have is saying my dogs' names in place of any kind of command whatsoever ... in a variety of wheedling, threatening and panicked intonations. The end result of this nasty habit is that sometimes they just flip me the paw when I say their name to get their attention. But oddly enough, they mostly seem to understand which version of their name means what, and frequently do what my brain wanted to them to do, even though my mouth just said their name and nothing else. RDM
  17. Why do you let him engage in those behaviours around your other dogs? Stop him. If he barked at my other dogs when they came near me, he'd get removed to another room without a word and a door shut in his face and/or he would get crated. When he bit my legs, I'd correct him. At the beach, he'd be on a long line and he'd be physically prevented from ambushing the other dogs. and forced to wait his turn. This is not rocket science, it's jut establishing good manners. If you don't give him any, he'll never develop any nor have any. RDM
  18. I of course think Piper is a fabulous name, but kind of girlie ;-) What about just Pilot? RDM
  19. I have 6 dogs, and it's definitely my maximum. I don't really like having 6, though I of course like all my dogs. Three is my favourite - you can leave two at home together for company for one another whilst going off to work with the third, and three is about as many as you can walk down a street without people stopping and staring at you as though you are INSANE, IME. Also, 3 will fit nicely in a car, rather than a truck or a minivan or what have you ;-) It's been so long since I went from two to three that I can't remember if it was difficult. For a long time, I spaced my dogs by a few years so I wouldn't have a bunch of oldies at the same time. The WooTWoo though are the same age, so that's messed that up, and Spring and Dex are only about a year apart. The worst part of having six and wanting to drop your numbers through attrition is all the temptation of lovely dogs you wish to acquire as you lose others ... it's too easy to stay at a high number. I live very hand to mouth; affording them can be difficult, especially when bad things happen to a bunch of them at once, as happened to me earlier this year (Dexter got torn open shortly after his expensive cryptorchid neuter surgery, Piper punctured the lingual artery in her tongue and nearly bled to death, and Tweed needed prolotherapy on his other foot, all in the space of about 4 months). However, my dogs also have an incredibly wicked life with me, and are much luckier than many other dogs (and in some cases, since my dogs are all rescues, much luckier with me than they were before they met me. Spring, for example, was scheduled for euth at the shelter). I will do what I need to do for any of them within reason, but will go to no extreme measure for any of them, whether I had one or six. I am comfortable with this philosophy. I know I am a good dog owner. And there are always ways to find money if need be. NOT that financial considerations are not important to weigh when making the decision, just saying that a dedicated owner can often scrounge up the cash when push comes to shove. RDM
  20. Tweed likes the idea of 12 year old dogs getting special celebrations for competing! He won his division at the BC/Yukon Regionals last month and is heading to Nationals in August to defend his title ;-) He turned 12 in May. RDM
  21. ZOMG. I point, he goes ... wherever the f*ck he wants to go! It's hard running a really fast dog. Running Tweed has always been awesome - he is fast, but not Dexter "warp speed, Captain" fast, but he's also accurate and wastes no motion on the course. Throughout his lifetime he has beaten much faster dogs consistently because he works the course tight, wraps obstacles closely and can read a line. We often joke that Tweed has read the course map before he steps into the ring. Dexter is like running the Tasmanian Devil from the cartoons. One ill timed twitch and he's gone the wrong way and taken 4 or 5 off course obstacles in the process. No room for handler error, and unfortunately for him this handler is slow on the uptake ;-) Cheerleading Spring through the course is different too - as she gains confidence, this is less of an issue, but it's still hard work because I'm with her all the way, so more running for me! RDM
  22. Well she is lovely, but I am unfortunately in another country so unless you want to ship her to me, we can't help either. Sad reality - lots of border collies in need, only so many people able to help them RDM
  23. Man, anyone who claims that running a border collie is easy needs to come try and handle Dexter AKA "DEMO(LITION)" some time. My wee whipjack is much easier and more pleasant to train and run! I get annoyed with people who get border collies for the sport mostly because they then become self-appointed border collie experts and sometimes they make the foolish mistake of telling me about the breed. This drives me crazy. But whatever, to each their own. It's too bad they all go out and buy "sport bred" dogs though, that makes me sad. Not only do they get a border collie for the wrong reason, they support the wrong kind of border collie too. I got the sport for the dog. I didn't drive / have a car back then, so when an agility school opened within walking distance, I thought it would be something fun for my dog to do and we could walk there. I tried some other sports too, but we like agility best. I have tried to be very competitive, but the way Dex is unravelling I now only want to get through a course without an innocent bystander being mowed down ;-) I got border collies because I really liked my neighbours' dogs when I was a teenager - their border collies were awesome. I guess my reason for getting into the breed was no better than anyone else's. And god has punished me for this by giving me the WooTWoo. RDM
  24. I love working with little puppy minds with a clicker - they are so much fun to work with and pick up so much so quickly. The more of a foundation you give them, the more they are going to offer and the more they like to work with you on complicated stuff over time. Dexter practically stands on his head when I bust out the clicker, because we began working on basics and fun stuff as soon as I brought him home at 8 weeks-ish and it has made an impression. However, and having said that, I am not a "life skills" clicker trainer. I don't teach everything with a clicker, and I employ the use of corrections. My dogs understand both consequence and reward. If anything, I wish I was a little more positive with my dogs but I am easily frustrated / quick tempered and there are so damn many of them milling about ;-) I am not permissive, and there are only certain things I really require from them, so those are the things I concentrate on. But too, I am not a one puppy / two dog owner - new puppies come into a pack of dogs, so I don't hyperfocus on my pups and they spend a lot of time just being puppies and figuring out how to not get eaten by TWooie. I made certain to socialize my last puppies up the wazzoo - I took them to the local strip malls with a pocket full of weiners and asked every stranger I came across to feed and pet them. Being stranger friendly is very, very important to me, in my dogs. Nothing is more tiresome than a fear-aggressive / fearful with strangers dog. I err on the side of caution, and I have a pack of very people loving dogs. If you're the sort of owner who only needs or wants your dog to accomplish certain things, you're going to raise your dog one way. If you're someone who really enjoys challenging yourself and your dog, and likes a dog who offeres you behaviours, you're going to train another way. But I wish everyone would socialize their dogs. I have taken in so many fearful / aggressive dogs in rescue over the last 15 years, with very minimal success in retraining / rehabbing those behaviours that I not only no longer take those dogs in, but I have begun to really resent people who don't socialize their puppies. RDM
  25. I shave bellies every summer on the long coated dogs so that when they want to cool down (ie lie in the doggie pool) the water gets to their skin more readily and quickly. I don't shave anything else. Most of my dogs seem to amass undercoat as they age. For most of her life, Piper had such a thin coat, but now approaching 10 years she has a massively thick undercoat and I had to brush matts out of her chest for the first time in her life this year. Tweed gets very poofy in the winter months and takes a long time to blow his coat. TWooie sheds like a GSD, in clumps that I can pull out over the course of a couple of days and he's done. Wootie is the same but it goes more slowly. I don't have to shave Dexter's belly/chest as he scratches all the hair off with his seasonal Spring time allergies He has virtually no undercoat to speak of, but I suppose like the rest of them he will get some over time. I have always been led to believe that overall shaving does more harm than good for long haired dogs: http://www.veterinaryinsider.com/public/Thinking-About-Shaving-Your-Dogs-Hair-Coat-For-The-Summer-Think-Again.cfm I rarely bathe my dogs. I find that they only really start to smell when their collars remain damp for long periods, ie in the rain, and the musty smell might transfer to their coats. I do use Unicoat on them all, especially in the winter. While they are pretty clean dogs, 6 of of them, wet and crammed into my small house does leave a bit of a lingering odour (on both them and the dog beds they get wet). But on the whole, our version of a bath is swimming at the old quarry, or the beach. RDM
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