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Barb Scott

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  1. After many years of feeling welcome on these boards, I'm signing off. My BCs do not do sheep, I do not live on a working ranch (although we were actually thinking of taking HERDING LESSONS and I guess I'm tired (lately) of feeling like a second class citizen. Thanks especially to the person who sent the personal emails about the poor choice I made (actually it was my husband who is not under my control) in getting a new puppy. Barb S
  2. I would try really short throws at first (less than a foot); then as soon as you get the ball back quickly throw again. Use 2 balls if you have to. Barb
  3. That's not quite was advised; if you want to do agility start to work on Foundation Training now. Barb S
  4. I found this site: http://www.sinisterlabs.biz/rally_o_signs.html Barb S
  5. Marla is a doll! She's too young to train or compete in agility but certainly old enough for agility foundation exercises. I don't compete in Rally but it does look like more fun than regular obedience (and from what I could see at the one event I attended), it looks like the Q rate is much higher! Barb S
  6. Which is exactly why I would only use it while my pup was very well supervised! Barb S
  7. You should write a book or at least a short story! You are awesome!!!! Barb S
  8. I got into a discussion on FACEBOOK about Border Collies and kids. Everyone wrote how they were great with kids and I countered with "then why are so many in rescue for nipping at children?". I guess my main concern is that people looking for a dog will read this (on Facebook) and then go get a BC. I know there are many BCs who are kid friendly and great family dogs; I also know that there are just as many who aren't (especially if they weren't well-bred, well socialized or well trained. Anything I can add to my argument? Barb
  9. USDAA and CPE! NADAC used to be one of my very favorites but since all the changes, I'm only aware of one club in our entire state that hosts their trials. Barb S
  10. Our dogs are always collarless in the house, our fenced yard and by water. One of the older dogs caught her tooth in a puppy's collar (15 years ago) and almost killed him trying to get away. Another of our BCs got hung up in tree roots in a river and almost drowned. Plus, I think there are too many things in the house they could catch their collars on. They are all micro-chipped so they can be identified if they do go missing. Barb S
  11. My BCs are the self-cleaning variety. In the summer they swim in Lake MI and play in the hose. In the winter, I guess the snow keeps them clean. I can't remember the last tie any one of them except the puppy has had a bath. (Spirit, our puppy walked under our male while he was lifting his leg! He did get a bath!) Barb S
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