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  1. Oh and in response to the OP, which is why I came in in the first place LOL. There is a BC competing here that is incredibly tiny, she would be about the size of your fellow (I think, Im not too good with the conversions). She is purebred and KC bred, just the runt of the litter and has been tiny all her life. That breeder has bred many, many litters of the years and never had another one even close to her size, she was just an anomoly
  2. Yeh she is pretty nicely built, only about 48kgs (not sure what that translates as). There was also a male GD competing at our nationals, he was from interstate so don't know much about him, but he was much bigger and didn't make the whole thing look effortless like Sash does.
  3. Interesting you say that actually, I have a friend with a Great Dane that absolutely LOVES agility They are only new to the sport but she has done incredibly well with her and even made it into a national final in June with this run (also features her 2nd agility dog, a Viszla, in his first comp). Her first few trials Mind you, in Australia the heighest height for ANKC agility is 600mm (24 inches) so it is not a huge effort for her to step over, its more the tunnels, chutes and weaves that cause the problems. She is a notorious weave pole snapper! Her handler is very awa
  4. Not the best images, and from memory I had a polarising filter on LOL but this was my friend's choc tri Milo.
  5. I haven't got time to give a big reply sorry but just wanted to say that every dog is different and every dog will prefer something different to work for. You can manipulate this to suit yourself when they are young by building a huge amount of value into your preferred reward but some dogs will still have a natural preference. Ours are primarily agility dogs and this is what I am referring to when I saw "work", we do work them on sheep but have none of our own at the moment so travelling a few hours to see our trainer is not possible on a daily basis for obvious reasons My preference is
  6. Well it could explain why Delta can be the most intelligent dog in the world sometimes, then fall down the steps a minute later (the roof of her mouth is a nice even mix of black and pink)
  7. Ok, I attempted it with both dogs. Delta was pretty much too tired to care and when it came to Charlie's turn I got distracted halfway through by trying to photograph him catching a ball 1. Both dogs were left 2. Delta was left (except if I was holding the camera, then "shake" meant lie on the ground ) Charlie barely knows the command as it is so I didn't bother with him, he has only learnt left-handed shaking. 3. Delta was left, Charlie exits the fun at this point. 4. Delta was pleased that I finally made it dark enough for her to sleep. 5. I couldn't be bothere
  8. I would teach it to her as a completely different obstacle. Go right back to the start by getting her to touch it, bang it, jump on the end etc. Teach it the same way you taught the wooden one and make sure she is completely comfortable with it before getting her to do a full run over it.
  9. Must be contagious. Delta is exactly the same at flyball. The most fun thing in the world for her is to chase a dog with a ball. It has taken me 12months to get her to pick up a tennis ball, once we got that part worked out she was doing full runs within a week. She is fine as a start dog so could be used in an emergency (not planning on competing with her yet, waiting until she is ready under all circumstances) but has issues with trying to steal the ball off the returning dog. She is getting much better and can actually do a pass now, but only if we are close to the gate so that she doesn't
  10. He is back Well, kinda. I am at an agility camp this weekend and going away for a flyball comp next weekend so he is staying with someone else for a week until I can actually get him. Such a shame he didn't work out but he just wasn't the dog for these people. Fingers crossed he finds something soon and so do they. ETA: They actually spoke to a respected behaviouralist about their options and how to make things work so at least they were commited to trying. Unlike the people who returned their new border collie to us this weekend for being "too obedient- she is like a Stepford dog". W
  11. Yeh that's what I was trying to get at, just didn't phrase it properly. My dogs also don't bother with the attention sulky stuff as they know it will get them nowhere. In this case, the lady has actually crawled under the bed with Molly and started patting her and talking softly to her. I can see that hamster running through her head at top speed- "if I'm not getting the pats I want, I just have to hide under the bed. He gets thrown outside and mum comes and joins me..."
  12. If it is as bad as the owner is saying then yes it is a problem. However, having recently gone through it with a flyball team mate who got a second dog I realised how much she was worrying about small things. I spent the night at her house and observed, turns out smokie "hiding behind the shed to get away from milo" was actually smokie "hiding behind the shed so that when milo later walked past she could dart out and he would chase her and fun and games would ensue." Forcing Smokie to eat at the top of the stairs while Milo ate at the bottom so that "smokie could be boss" was causing all sorts
  13. Kind of a mixture of you both. I was watching tv one day and heard my answering machine going (phone hadn't rung). Rose (siamese cat) had managed to press the button that allows you to leave yourself a reminder message (kinda like a talking notepad i guess) and sat there miaowing at it for a minute or so. I was laughing too hard to shoo her away and couldn't bring myself to delete her message.
  14. The above post is actually a cross post, it was written by the lady from the rescue. Logan was my foster dog. I had absolutely no issues with him whatsoever, he fit nicely into my pack (at the top of it, but that's where most fosters place themselves and my dogs are fine with that). My other foster is very similar to Molly, he is a sensitive soul who doesn't cope well with raised voices etc but Logan didn't bother him at all. In fact, I had absolutely no issues with Logan bullying any of my dogs, he was naturally dominant without actually asserting his dominance if you know what I mean. He
  15. A great home came along for a rescue dog who's been in care for about 8 weeks. His name is Logan and he is a Border Collie cross perhaps Labrador and maybe a little bit of staffy too. He is about 8 months old - very smart - has learnt manners while in foster care and was in care with 2 other male dogs and 1 female - all working breeds ranginging from 1 year to 4 years old. There were no prolems with Logan and his canine foster buddies. Logan does have the type of persoanlity where he will react when challenged - he's not submissive. Logan has been rehomed with a 18 month old female border
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