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  1. kelpiegirl

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    You know, it just isn't worth it. Time for me to just quit existing here, because of the clear irritation I create when I post. If you want to keep up with me, my blog address is below.
  2. kelpiegirl

    My question

    Hi again Lori, it alway seems that if I post, I get a quick retort from certain people...... I should have added, that I moved up to pro-novice. But, I suppose I could move up to open, just to say I did
  3. kelpiegirl

    My question

    I think it depends on where you feel your dog should be? I moved up, because my dog is capable of doing small open level sized courses for driving and cross driving, and sheds. It's about where your dog is, imo, it should not be about points, it should be about where you are, and what you are comfortable with.
  4. Let's see, how do I put this gently............... She ain't goin' no where.
  5. Julie- one thing- in the north east, you see trials with 300 yd outruns (open).
  6. Yes, that's what I did (do). Now that I have my own sheep, much less driving and wear and tear, but then I don't have the expert trainers. So, I still go to the trainer's place to learn more as often as I can (not twice a week, and not even every week). It also depends on the dog. Some dogs mature earlier than others.
  7. Wow, what a story. The attack on you, or any human really makes it clear what needs to be done. One thing I want to mention though, and please, this has NO bearing on what needs to be done now- is that the lazer light is a *really* bad thing to use with dogs- especially herding dogs who are so driven by movement. Do yourself a favor and throw it out.
  8. Bob You've said what I have been taught, and I think some of what I have been taught is by you It's very true. Only very special dogs who can handle the rigors of such high level of work, and standards at a young age should even entertain the notion of going.... Not that the dogs make the decision, but you know what I mean. There are a few dogs out there that even at young ages, seem to be handling open courses very well, and I believe that's what the nursery class is for- those few cream of the crop dogs who have the mental fortitude and God given talen to put in a top flight run.
  9. Try giving her gas x, before she normally would start, if you see a pattern.
  10. Borborygmi is the term for this - gas in the gut. Something is not agreeing with the dogs. My Boxer had this problem, and it was almost always followed with change in stool. I put him on another food, and no more problems.
  11. I apologize in advance, but the scenario you just described would be a circle of he double tooth picks to me. How did all those dogs compete pre-clicker? I know one obedience instructor who doesn't use a clicker, but who is VERY good with timing, and a simple YES! is just what she uses. The dogs learn to love her voice, which is a side benefit, and look from approval from her, and not the clicker. At demos one time, someone gave away clickers to kids. OH MY LORD. There were about 150 clickers going off........
  12. I have to say, I am impressed by your breadth of knowledge on this subject.
  13. Good points Sue, but otherwise, this is getting too weird for even me. Beam me up Scotty.
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