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  1. My little man had no eye either. His trainer was not too worried. Said some dogs just dont control with eye right away. But he has superb body control, moving and controlling them properly with his body. Trainer had to be very tough at first because of the behaviors you were mentioning and he gets frustrated faster than a dog with eye. But he controls the sheep better now with practice and we noticed lately that he is using one eye on them ever so cautiously. So maybe he is learning it. Don't know, just trusting my trainer.
  2. Do you think it can have to do with location also? I mean I have found some VERY prejudice people...professionals...in this area of wash state. I have found NO place that will let my 2 BC's in doggie day care, sight unseen. Also have to board my babies back where I got them, because I found 3 boarders who "dont take BC's...too much trouble, too unpredictable." I have 2 BC's and I got one from rescue who was a bit scared and aggressive around men only. Now her best friend is the neighbor man and I trust her much, much more than when I first got her. It took some time, but I think she finally forgot her past. But my other one bites with his tongue too.
  3. Love it! Love to see if the walkie talkie works. Try it please and let us know.
  4. Thank you. you did make me make a change today with my home equipment. I added some stripes and tape to them. we'll see if it helps. she is a happy girl. I need to remember that.
  5. I guess it hurts because she is an active, smart, DUH, border collie and I really have strived to keep her entertained. She is totally bored with Rally O and any kind of obedience. I mean what good is a sport if you can't do a zoomie? In search and rescue she only wanted to find women and kids. She is so afraid of men because of her previous abuse, the abuse that caused the blind eye and deaf ear. You can't get her to chase a ball for anything...I don't know why. She loves agility and hiking and would be a good jogging partner, but I don't jog. We walk a lot and hike in the summer. I may make/buy more agility equipment and train more at home, but she zoomies so much more at home. I guess I just feel like a border collie owner failure, because I can't keep her busy enough. But I tried everything.
  6. Thanks for all the advice. Confusing and varied, but interesting. I guess I don't worry as much about her because she is NOT a fast contender. She is slower, but very methodical. I may never compete with her, probably not, because she is slow...but I would like to still go to class with her and practice. She doesn't herd, she hates to play ball, she flunked out of search and rescue, so this is all she has left to do. She loves it, keeping her from doing zoomies is always a problem, so a conundrum ey?
  7. Thank you...that was way cool.
  8. I have been doing agility training with my 4 year old BC for a year now. Shie loves it and does well, but sometimes won't do a jump or refuses the tire. I just recently found out she is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. My agility trainer refuses to let her in classes anymore. Says she has no business doing agility if she is blind in one eye. Can't I adapt and keep going? She has not had an accident in a year.
  9. I wish I could read (German?) so I could enjoy the website more. Is there a video on the site somewhere?
  10. I think you need to keep in mind temperment and motive.....of YOU, not the dog. I have seen it used successfully, when not in total anger, but as a TRAINING method to drive the dog off the sheep. But I quit a trainer who escalated from tossing stuff at my dog, to walking up to him and hitting him with a metal bucket that had a large rock in it. We were in a small pen and my boy yelped when he got whacked. It was done in anger, not training.
  11. well said. My little 2 year old herder brings me a smile every day because of all he is learning and the joy he has. At least he does everything to the fullest, I wish we all did.
  12. A lot of what you said is true. He does better with the trainer/instructor than with me. He also gets frustrated when the sheep don't do what he wants. Also instructor said he is a little nervous too close to the fence. He also got feistier when he got more accustomed to what he was doing. I guess I just wondered if it was a common thing to lose your brain when you begin herding.
  13. I am not new to the boards, just returning and I have a new pup. He is a 2 year old male. He has his canine GC and his advanced behavior classes. This was all needed for search and rescue. he is a great dog and minds well. I started him with herding lessons a while ago and it was great watching him just instinctively know what to do. The trainer said he has not much eye, but controls well with his body and has great balance. Then the day came after about 3 months, that he became the herder from hell. All of a sudden he won't listen when herding, not to anyone, and just runs wild. In a small pen he grips like mad. What went wrong? How can he go from well behaved in agility and search and rescue and become the dog from *&^ in herding? Is this common? He seems to love to scatter the sheep and them collect them up again, but only at his own command, not others. I'd appreciate any reassurances or comments.
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