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  1. You'll get lots of different opinions on this. The jumping styles for the two sports are different, but the jumps heights are also usually quite different. My dogs have never had any problem going back and forth. On of my dogs was a 10 inch height dog in flyball. She started in flyball and didn't do agility until she was almost 4. She jumps 16 inches in agility and it's extremely rare that she hits a bar. So, if you want to do flyball, I wouldn't worry about it affecting agility. As long as you are training with a club who is teaching safe box turns, you shouldn't have any problem startin
  2. I've had to move to more indoor exercise for my guys too because it's dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. I've mainly been working them on the treadmill. I have one BC who I could never convince to use it - the moving belt just melted her brain. But the others actually seem to like it. They all get treats when they are done. But, I'm interested in other indoor options too. Mainly I just need to keep my dogs in better shape so they are competing safely at trials. I have seen quite a few folks doing more core strength type work with the exercise ball/disc/donut type o
  3. Kristine, It may just be a different circle of dog folks. I just checked our database and there were 14 weekends of flyball tournaments in Pennsylvania last year and there are over a dozen active clubs in PA. There are also competitions in many nearby states. It's a hotbed for flyball back in that area. : ) I know several folks from there who are very active in flyball & also compete in agility.
  4. Yes, when new people ask me about coming to see it, I strongly suggest they leave their dog at home or at least have the dog crated in the car. It's a rare dog that isn't excited, if not overwhelmed, by seeing so many dogs racing back & forth. Most of the foundation work we do with a dog alone - teaching them tug drive, ball drive, and some of the basic concepts. We always start the box work alone - on my own dogs I start them at home with absolutely zero distractions. We introduce the dog gradually from the beginning to get used to running next to other dogs by using the side by side
  5. I think that's the beauty of having so many different activities we can do with our dogs - there will be something that will be the right fit for you & your dog(s). It sounds like flyball might not be a good fit for you or for some of the other posters. You did have a couple of specific questions about flyball that I wanted to answer. Yes, border collies do well in flyball. As do many breeds. Most of us train from the very beginning teaching a dog to run back to the handler for a reward - tug, etc. Then we add in one dog in other side doing recalls next to the dog - first with th
  6. Just a note that if you see a recurrance, it's often worth taking a dog with seizures to a neurology specialist. One of my friend's field labs was having very bad seizures. She tried treating them with some assistance from her regular vet. She finally agreed to take the dog to the neuro. The specialist was able to determine that the dog likely had seizures from distemper, which no one even realized she had. They were able to control the seizures with meds and the dog is now 12 years old (old for a lab) and doing well.
  7. I started with labs and then got a border collie puppy. They truly are completely different. Compared to a lab, a border collie is a much softer and more sensitive dog. You'll actually find that they are way smarter & way more willing to please than a lab, but it's in a very different package. For me labs were a much more hands on type breed. You could physically put them in a sit and they seemed to understand that direction better. For the border collies they don't appreciate that type of coaching and have great difficulty learning that way. But, if you get out some food, you can t
  8. Yes, Western Border Collie Rescue, posted by Paula above, services Colorado as well as Wyoming. They'd be your best bet if you are looking to rehome the dog. You'd have to see if they'd be able to take a dog with the history you've described. Dana
  9. Definitely the veterinary ophthamologist. They usually end up being less expensive in the long run, plus have the equipment to accurately diagnose the issue.
  10. You could try feeding all his meals in the car. It would probably work even better if you fed all the dogs in the car. It might be kind of a pain, but it might really build up value for being in the car.
  11. I had a field lab who had a couple of clostridum infections. The first time she ended up in the ER at Colorado State's veterinary teaching hospital for several days. She had that bizarre back looking thing, but I quickly realized it was from severe stomach pain as she threw up a ton of blood. She had one or two more episodes after that which were much more moderate. I just gave the meds prescribed by the vet and she did fine, so I'm sure your boy will be OK. : ) I would be sure to talk to your vet about all the additional things you are putting him on. Sometimes supplements can have
  12. I decided to take the class too & have really liked it so far. I haven't known anyone who has had problems with crate games creating aggression. I've trained my last two dogs on crate games and they are both perfectly well adjusted in a crate. I used it with the first one because I had great difficulty teaching her a stay (I'd never had that problem with a dog before). When I closed the door of the crate, it just clicked for her and she totally got it. Since I had good results I did it with my next puppy from the beginning. It was a good training tool. For both the dogs I did it
  13. Liz, I have a 6 hole topper made by Crow River. I was so bummed when I found out they closed. Their toppers were really well made and comparitively inexpensive. My topper is 13 years old and still looks brand new! Chantal, if you are on more of a budget, the Ruff Tough dog kennels (www.roughtoughkennels.com) are more expensive than regular dog crates, but they appear to be pretty darn heavy duty. I have a few friends who have them and they are very happy with them. Dana
  14. I have friends who hunt prairie dogs, racoons, badgers and other animals with their Jack Russels. They also have lurchers which in this case are greyhouse/JTR or other terrier crosses that they hunt coyotes with. They have a truck that they drive out into a coyote area and when a coyote gets flushed, they open guiotine doors and the pack of lurchers jump out of the truck, chase down & kill the coyote. But they also carry suture materials with them in the field and think nothing of sewing up their dogs on a routine basis. I'm sure you could do this kind of thing with border collies too,
  15. What great news Laura! I'm glad Sophie is still going strong.
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