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  1. Keep in mind that the above message is merely recruiting agility dogs; it is not a comprehensive discussion of the study’s design and analysis (and neither is this message!). You are correct – we are limited in how we can interpret some of the data we are collecting. However, the initial and still primary focus of this project is return to athletic performance after digit amputation in agility dogs, for which each dog serves as their own control. The amputation aspect of the study is far more extensive: we are collecting performance and veterinary records from these dogs in addition to the ow
  2. Hey agility folk! If you have/had an agility dog who has ever experienced any type of toe problem then you are probably eligible to participate in this research study. The study is designed to 1) identify potential risk factors for injuries, and 2) analyze the return to athletic performance of dogs who had one or more toes amputated for any reason. The goal of this research is to provide agility enthusiasts with information about common toe problems in the sport and to provide veterinarians (and dog owners!) with information to assist with decision-making in amputation situations. Yo
  3. When Daz was a pup, must have been about 5 months, she took a misstep and fell in a lake. I could see her squirming around under the surface of the water, unable to figure out which way was up. I remember seeing her under the water and thinking "My puppy can't swim, my puppy is going to drown. here. now. today". It felt like it took me awhile to react but according to others I didn't even take time to put my camera down, I just jumped right in after her. Obviously, she was fine. Although I think it may have caused some of her swimming troubles later on... Popcorn, my little old dog,
  4. Wow what a awesome pup you have, I voted for her, way to go and good luck to you both , that dog is amazing and so cute

  5. HEY! Now wait a minute, Woo was in a TV commercial wasn't he?!? That's something.
  6. Agility and Disc competitively. We also do Rally-O and some Competition Obedience for fun.
  7. Perhaps try a no-pull harness. That might work not only for the walking but if you want to get her attention too. Bottom line, as Liz was pretty much saying, is that it is time to step up the training. Both focus and the walking on a loose lead should be trained IMO rather than constantly managed with collar-popping or special training collars (like martingales, prongs, gentle leaders, or harnesses). A little time, a flat buckle collar, some positive reinforcement, and possibly the help of clicker or marker word can go a long ways... For working on attention around those kinds of distr
  8. Rolled leather collars. Flat leather collars I do not like. I like how thin the rolled ones are and how easy they are on ruff fur. Especially for my little fluffy-dogs that mat easily, flat collars just don't do it for them. I also like my thin (they are sometimes called the "shoelace") leather leads. I find bulky leashes annoying, so I tried to get the thinnest, lightest ones possible - and those were the leather ones. Both the collars and the leads are about 2 1/2 years old and still in great shape - especially considering the abuse I put them through.
  9. That is great Sophie!! He did super! Especially for his first time out. An absolutely wonderful job you have done with him. I can't wait to hear more about his future adventures!
  10. Congratulations! The first Qs are always special. Plus him being able to work after fireworks go off - that is pretty impressive! Way to go Dean! Dazzle's first Q was also a Tunnelers - it is definitely her hands down (paws down?) favorite agility game .
  11. I use Photoshop CS2. I open all the files I want to use and just copy and paste them into a single document, then have a different layer for each photo and each background element to play with.
  12. Dazzle cleans up her toys. I shaped it with the clicker. I started with just a box and got her to reach in and touch her nose to the bottom of the box. Then I did another session with just shaping her to pick up a toy. Then I had both the toy and the box in front of me and shaped her to put the two behaviors together! I found that doing the nose-touch in the box first made for a more accurate drop then other methods I experimented with later. Now she is happy to clean up her toys but she doesn't really get that they should stay in the basket so within another 10 minutes they are all
  13. I found out (the hard way) that Dazzle didn't know how to swim when she fell in a lake as a pup. Many dogs just "know" (both of our Shih-Tzus could always swim just fine if you put them in the water). Daz on the other hand....she would always go out until as far as she could while keeping her paws on the ground, and if a ball was just out of reach she would even stand on her hind legs in the water to go father (I actually have pictures of it) - but she would NOT swim and didn't seem to know how. This past Thursday we went to the beach and I went out in the water with her, supporting her
  14. This is what we do when we are bored. We also do stuff like hide and seek, finding toys by name ("go get your ____"), chewing kongs (or other interactive toys), agility, frisbee, get her to pose for pictures, etc...
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