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  1. My bet is that something is creating a light on the ceiling (the lamp, or as others have said, a watch or ring) that she is reacting to. I had a foster dog a while back that was obsessed with lights on the ceiling. He would usually stare at the corner in my kitchen around the same time every evening because the light coming through the window and some plants were creating some lights and shadows there. I even had to put a strip of tape over the top of my dishwasher door because every time I opened the dishwasher, he'd run in and obsess about the light strip that traveled across the ceiling. The top of the door was chrome and the light coming through the window would reflect off of it and create a strip of light on the ceiling.
  2. Does anyone know what this might be? I noticed this evening that one of the girls has a somewhat hard lump on her head over her right eye. Any thoughts on what this might be? Should I be concerned? She seems to be behaving normal otherwise.
  3. Oh Kris, I'm so sorry to hear this. I've been routing for your little Iron Man and I will continue to do so. This is the toughest part about having these wonderful creatures in our lives. Stay strong, Zachary. And may you find peace during this tough time, Kris.
  4. Spot On! This so gets to the bottom line that I actually started to tear up when I read it, which wasn't good, since I was sitting in the waiting room at the dentist. If you view your relationship with your dog in any other way, then I feel sorry for you. You are missing out on the best part about having a dog, which is unfortunate because we don't get to enjoy them as long as we would like to.
  5. This is a training issue. The dog has not learned that it's not OK to knock a bar. I've been through it with my own dog. Your friend needs to do a lot of jump work and not let her dog get away with knocking bars. And she needs to stop making excuses. And she needs an attitude adjustment. Glad she's your friend and not mine.
  6. Very well said, Secret. Oh, and dropped bars can be a training issue, as well. I speak from experience.
  7. That's kind of what I figured. Wow, that's nice. That's really what I need. That's why my class dog and my trial dog are two different dogs. He knows that he can get away with stuff in a trial. But, we are doing a trial this weekend and I've basically decided that I'm going to use it for training purposes and not worry about trying to Q. It just needs to be done, if we ever hope to run clean again. We did a little of it at our last trial and Charlie had some nice runs. But, I wasn't consistent. This time, I'm going to be consistent. If he breaks his start line or blows off a contact, the game will stop. No punishment; just an end to the game. So sad. Yep, Charlie obliterated the tire at the first place we took agility classes. Broke it good. See, I think Charlie has the opposite problem. He'd never seen a break-away tire until we had it in a trial. So, his bull-in-a-China-shop approach to the tire was never a problem until he was faced with a break-away tire. He could get through the tire, even though he didn't have any respect for it, and it was not a fault to have a sloppy tire jump. But, now, with the break-aways, if the tire spits a little bit, it's a fault. It doesn't help either that all the places that we currently train pretty much train only to the AKC standard and use only AKC standard equipment. So, we don't ever get a chance to train on a USDAA tire, which is significantly smaller than an AKC one. I'm trying to push my club to buy a USDAA tire, but I'm not sure that others will think that it's a priority for our club.
  8. I love the helicopter tail on the table. I noticed that you patted Rex on the head while he was on the table. Don't you get eliminated for touching your dog? What was your tire issue? Charlie has a tire issue with the new break-away USDAA tires. Do you have the break-away tires up there. Charlie's problem is that he just blasts through the tire and ends up splitting it half of the time, which is a fault. Since he's such a big dog, there is little room for error when going through the tire. He's much more successful if he's approching the tire straight on. But, if he's coming from an angle, there's a good chance that he's going to split the tire.
  9. If there's nothing wrong with her handling, but the dog doesn't Q, then I'd have to wonder why. If it's because the dog is not physically sound, then I'd say, yes, quit. Or, run in preferred/perfomance. I would not force my dog to continue to compete, if it was not physically comfortable for him. I love a Q just like anyone. But, agility (to me) is about having fun with my dog, the challenge of trying to run a clean course or accumulate as many points as possible, the fun of continuing to learn new ways of training and handling, and hanging out with other dog nuts. My dog will be 7 years old in a few months. We've been competing for about 4 or 5 years. We have had some successes and a lot of failures. Given our inconsistency (fix one thing, develop a new problem) we will likely never get any of the big championship titles, and that's OK. It'd be fun to get a championship title, but if we end our career together without one, I will still consider our team to be a success. If your friend's dog seems to still have fun, then continue in a lower class and don't worry about the Qs. If Qs are that important, then she should think about retiring her current dog and start training a new dog. JMO.
  10. This dog is being fostered by a friend of mine. He is not with Starfish BCR. He is located in Ocala. If you are interested in adopting him, please email me at mary@starfishbcrescue.com and I will put you in touch with her. This is what she had to say about him:
  11. Well, be fair, Julie. It's not just border collies.
  12. She is such an eager pup and I would suggest you play lots of shaping games with her. It's a great way to engage their brain and teach them to problem solve. It's also good for their confidence when doing more training in the future. They don't go all mushy and pouty if they don't do something correctly. I'm dealing with this right now with my youngest dog (2 yrs) that I'm training for agility. I wish I had played a lot more shaping games with him as a puppy. But, at the time, I didn't realize that I was going to keep him. He is so soft and shuts down quickly if he thinks he has done something wrong. I'm trying to play some shaping games with him to boost his confidence and let him know that it's okay to make a mistake - just offer something different the next time until you figure it out. And I'll also add, adorable puppy!
  13. I can't stress enough how it would behoove you to seek out professional help from a board certified vet behaviorist. I know others have already suggested this, but I'm going to stress it again. You need someone who understands dog behavior and can give you a program specific to your dog. Not all methods are right for all dogs. There are a lot of people out there that think they know/understand dog behavior and how to "fix" it, but if you listen to the wrong person (Your friend, for example - a shock collar with a clicker?? That's a new one for me. And, to add, a VERY, VERY BAD idea), you could make things worse. A lot of people bristle at the thought of shelling out $200-300 on a vet behaviorist. But, those same people wouldn't hesitate to shell out that kind of money on a regular vet, if their dog was sick. It's the same thing. Please get professional help, and the sooner, the better.
  14. I don't get this statement, or any of the other generalizations that are made on this board or elsewhere. I'm one of those "agility people" and I don't ever recall making any such statement, or hearing any other "agility people" that I train or trial with making any such statement. In fact, I don't recall ever even thinking about it.
  15. I don't know the answer to your question, but I've been at trials when the weather was pretty awful. I've yet to see one cancelled. I was at a USDAA trial a couple months ago and my last Jumpers run was in pouring rain. Most people pulled their dogs. In hind sight, I probably should have pulled mine, but I was kind of curious to see if he would even run in the rain (he did and ran clean). I have seen a trial postponed because of heavy rain. The trial was under cover and the rain hitting the roof was so loud that no one could hear the judge. I think it is kind of silly, really, if the different venues don't have safety rules for weather. Especially the AKC, who goes way overboard with all their "safety" rules, IMO. One would hope, though, that a handler would pull their dog(s) if the weather was unsafe. But, I can also understand why they would need to have a "no refunds" policy, too.
  16. I'm just seeing this now. I'm so sorry for your loss. Every day with them is a gift to us. Harley sounded like a special gift.
  17. MaryP


    Oh, that was so beautiful. I, too, am now tearing up at work. I'm sorry for your loss.
  18. Go to the vet. I would never mess around with a sick puppy. They are too vulnerable.
  19. Dog-on-it is a big club in Orlando. http://www.dogonitagility.com/ Marie with Mikamar is good and would never do the types of things your instructor did, but she'll be an hour and a half, or so, (depending on where you are in Orlando) away from you. Dog-on-it will likely be closer. KETCH Is in Tampa. So, again, would be a bit of a trek for you.
  20. I don't think you can make that generalization. It depends on the dog(s). I don't think it's a breed-specific thing. My personal dogs get along well 99.9% of the time. One is put in an x-pen when we aren't there, but that's because he'll eat things, not because the dogs don't get along. The occasional issue that we might have is due to one of two (out of four) of my dogs guarding resources. But, fosters that rotate through are usually tolerated to various degrees. And that goes both ways. I think that if you have a dog-friendly dog and you add another dog-friendly dog in the future, then chances are good that the dogs will get along, especially if they are younger when they meet.
  21. There are AKC registered smooth coated border collies. But, I doubt you'll ever see them in the conformation ring.
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