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  1. I was there....he was great; at my place (which doesn't have nice border cheviots or very many NC cheviots) Spot Glen took two very big weathers and a few other misc yearlings right off the fence with no problems; they can paste themselves in a corner for the best of them. We didn't subject Spot glen to the Suffolk (ask Andrea about poor Nap's experience with my bi**&Hy suffolk)....I was so impressed with him...nothing compared to the glow Andrea had! Cynthia P
  2. An electronet seminar would be useful for the beginner!!! I remember my first time picking it back up, it took me 2 1/2 hours to untangle it again. But I learned fast how to do it correctly. I agree with Bill, no need to lay it on the ground, just make sure you can hold all the posts in one hand (little hands are challenging) and don't get the wires between your fingers (because it'll make it harder to hold all of the posts); Moving electronets gets easier....I'm not proficient yet, only about 6000 more repetitions! the only other problems I've had are one of my dogs got caught in the netting while it was on and it took us about a year to get her back near the netting to get the sheep. She of course doesn't challenge it. The pigs I have are very curious and managed to grab a whole roll and pull it into their winter housing...that was another 2 hour untangle job plus repairs. Thanks for the tips all! Cytnhia
  3. Look on NEBCA.net for trainers in the local area. If you want to PM me I can let you know who not to go to around there. I used to live in the area and there are several good trainers in NJ and area for BC trialling/training. cynthia P
  4. I find it easier to cross the border in a car....that being said, it is still about 1 1/2 hours from Toronto (depending where the AAC nationals are) from Buffalo; If you hold a valid drivers license in the US you can rent a car up here....no problem; I only do herding so I can't comment on the level of agility folks but I know some of the common names. Cynthia
  5. The offer to attend some good trials is open here in Ontario! don't come in November through FEb...just too darn cold! Hopefully you *and your camera* will be travelling north sometime. See you at some southern trials than! Thanks for keeping us herding junkies in touch Cynthia
  6. Clue must be in her longer coat...i always remember her being very smooth...looks like clue, just confused by the coat length....shadows!!!that's it! Great pictures Mark....are you going to be at any trials further up in Ontario or Michigan.... Cynthia
  7. Hi Mark, Definately not Clue....but a darn handsome stylish dog! Brock is a little rougher coated than that dog....and the rest of Lorna's are tri's (I think) Who changed the running order?????
  8. Nice job! You sound like me....at least 2 lie downs to make Pam lie down...and least get up get up for Libby to get out of a down! I trained with Scott Glen last fall with my new dog libby (Sam Furman's Libby) and he had her "fine tuned" in about 30 sec after I had been working her about 10 min....my husband too seems to have a quiet nature that the dogs listen to...sometimes I might actually shreik owwww say my dogs! You have inspired me to video my sessions this weekend....trial at Dal & Kate's next weekend...lambing out 220 lambs has taken precidence over any training. Cynthia
  9. All that grass and lambs makes me excited. We lambed out 16 ewes in January (by accident....don't keep the ram lambs in with their moms too long). We have about 110 ewes to lamb starting April 15...some are as big as houses....all the pictures sure are upping the anticipation of lambing...keep them coming! Cynthia
  10. We have a flock of about 150 ewes, a bunch of chickens and ducks, plus 5 horses. We have a llama named Blanche and 2 LGD (an Akbash and a Pyr/Maremma mix). We have had losses when we just had the llama. She isn't particularly bonded to her sheep perferring a higher ground and more shelter than the sheep have. She is a line of site animal and while effective on the neighbourhood dog, less effective on the coyotes. We haven't had a loss since we installed 5 strand hot electric (8.6 KV...1800 J) and added the two LGDs. My neighbours farm lost 35 lamb/ewes in the same time period..she has no electric, one LGD and one llama (who is actually pretty good). There are problems...they bark at night, they roam. Scarlet the Akbash, doesn't like strange dogs, not border collies, not new border collies and she really doesn't like strange people. Kind of limits who we can have look after the farm. We have had 3 lambs or ewe lambs tormented by the LGDs...mainly when the dog is between 12-18 months. That is a management issue and usually occurs for us in the early spring when the dogs are confined with the sheep 24/7 and get bored. They usually grow out of it. Roaming is a big problem as LGDs are escape artists. Scarlett ran into a car on a -27C night and exploded their bumper and trim on the quarter panel...$1780 damage. Electric is used to keep them in but they seem to be able to find a spot to get out. Mine are pretty good around lambing but if we aren't around the puppy (Scarlett...14 m.o.) gets tied up or put in a kennel run. They still need supervision. Introducing a new BC to the Akbash is also a bit of a chore. The Pyr/Maremma charlie is no problem but will protect the flock from a stange BC if we aren't around. Definately more management If you want obedience, the LGDs aren't for you but they do a great job of keeping the coyotes, and stray dogs, and the occassional stray person off the property. Here is the link to some pictures http://picasaweb.google.com/Palmer.Farm/ Cynthia
  11. A crate when he can't be supervised....but you know that.... I thought I was over that with my 14 month old BC puppy Preacher but I had him loose in the house (ours are almost always crated until they are at least 2) while I was on a conference call and he chewed my husband's muck boot shoe. One of the things I find works most of the time (besides being fanatically neat...which I am not) is teaching them to give. Trade them for an item of "whatever" for a cookie....pretty soon they'll be cleaning up the house and bringing things to you. One of my older dogs just keeps bringing things to me...I end up with a big pile of misc items just outside my office during the day. If he has a favourite thing to chew on that is "out of bounds" put some bitter apple on it. You can also take a kong and put cream cheese or peanut butter and freeze the kong(so it lasts longer); Gives him something he is allowed to chew. Supervision and time, especially supervision will cure the chewing. Good luck. Cynthia Pam 7 y.o. BC Libby 3 y.o. BC Dixie 4 y.o. BC Preacher 1 y.o. BC Mist & Tate 10 m.o. yesterday Boomer, 8 y.o. ACD Mia & Sergeant 9 y.o. GS Maggie 6 y.o. GS and the white dogs and the sheep
  12. How about this for a test: Take 150 ewes and lambs into a field, through a gate with an alfalfa field just on the other side of the lane. Fetch all of the ewes and lambs out of the alfalfa field when they do not move into the field you want them to go into; Second: Go out 2000 yards to a ewe that has lambed in pasture and bring back the ewe and new born lambs to the barn in the rain Third: Several lambs have escaped through the electric fencing into a bramble filled brush area. Send dog into bush and bring all lambs back through the gate while not getting your dog shocked on the electric fencing. Fourth: Ram lambs have broken through and are heading out to the "ready to be bred" ewe flock; Stop the ram lambs and if they do get into the flock, shed off all offending ram lambs before breeding occurs. How is that for practical? I could go on and on and on....
  13. We've used quinoa and crushed pineapple. The quinoa can be quite bitter...but my dogs seem to love the crushed pineapple. Cynthia P
  14. Regarding your question about those of us in snow country herding in the winter: I would say that most of us do not have access to an indoor facility and train outdoors all year round with the exception of those icy times when it is too dangerous for man or beast. Yesterday I plowed a path with the ATV in the hay field to practice driving with my novice dog and moving heavy sheep with my PN dog...I do look like the stay pufft marshmellow man when I'm out to practice...this is no time for running...It was -18C yesterday plus windchill The good news is that the sheep don't run fast in the snow, nor do the untrained dogs.
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