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  1. I'm getting started in agility myself. Check your local library for books and DVDs. I like "Switching Sides-Making the Transition from Obedience to Agility" by Kay Guetzloff. She has included a range of exercises from very simple foundations to more advanced. As you gain some skill you might want to look for Australian Shepard Club (ASCA) trial in your area. The entry fees are cheaper than other venues and you can train in the ring, though you will not Q at that point. You also have to register with ASCA, but the fee are very reasonable. Hope that helps.
  2. Pro Plan Performance. Works well and three bcs chow down.
  3. Purina Pro Plan performance. Three dogs love it and have done well.
  4. I also have a four month old bc puppy. She gets Purina Pro Plan Selects Salmon and Rice puppy. She weights 22 pounds and is doing great. The vet is very happy with her progress.
  5. My bcs have been on Purina Pro Plan Selects salmon and rice and doing very well; healthy, happy, and shiny coats. My new puppy is on Pro Plan Selects puppy food. She loves is and is also doing well. Purina has a good track record. I feel good that they do a lot of research into nutrition and have not had recalls where other brands have.
  6. On the exercise side of the equation, consider strength training. Cardio (i.e chasing the ball) can burn calories, but strength training can turn the chub into muscle. I'm going to suggest a tip I read from a Frisbee trainer. Find a nice slope or uphill. Throw the ball up hill so the dog has to work against gravity. This will be a good work out and help make the muscles work harder. Always make sure your dog is not overheated or overworked. Strength training should help with agility and other activities. You could also try taking a walk with the dog wearing a doggie backpack with li
  7. As a very good trainer one told me "control the toy, control the dog". The dog should be actively looking and listening to you before they ever have access to the toy. It's about changing their focus. One of my dogs get very focused on her ball or Frisbee. After a while of me standing there not doing anything, she looked at me like "What?!". She had to do a short successful obedience session, then I threw the ball. Control the toy, control the dog. Good luck. mobcmom
  8. I’m not a jumping expert but perhaps it is something else. 1) Could it be a takeoff and landing problem? How far away does your dog start the takeoff and are they leaving on the correct foot? If the dog takes off to soon, they might not have enough momentum to carry them over the jump and hit the bar or board. Same thing with the stride. Is it a smooth take off or does the dog take shorter strides going into the jump. They may be losing momentum if this is the case. 2) Does your dog arc when they jump or are they a flat jumper? It a dog arcs its body during the jump it carries they higher
  9. Check out a book called "Building Blocks for Performance" by Bobbi Anderson and Tracy Libby. The book talks about activities to train, build drive, and lay a good positive foundation for puppies, but most if not all of the information and exercises can be applies to adult dogs. These are play based activities that help build the dog’s interest and focus. There is a chapter and section on how to increase drive. I think you and your dog will find it interesting and fun. I’m not sure if you plan on doing any performance activities with your dog, but be carful with food and clicker trai
  10. I think the one of the main reasons for a dog looking at the handler during heeling is attention. Active, focused, engaged attention and teamwork between the dog and handler. That concept has applications to many different activities. Not all dogs look up at the handler during heeling. Small dogs, such as a pug, may watch the handler’s leg and queue off that. As you move up in the obedience classes, engaged focused attention and team work becomes more important. By the time you get to Utility, don’t say never, everything in the signal exercises are non-verbal. If the dog is not watchi
  11. Welcome to the world of puppy training! All our dogs have been tethered to me until we felt comfortable they have some idea of rules and boundaries. From here they got to drag a six foot leash and were in the same room as a family member. Nylon is cheap and easily washable leash. If you have an old leash clip, you can make a drag line out of any kind of roping from a hardware store. The tethering will also help with bonding and training. Tie a six fool leash to a belt or belt loop. Make lots of right turns, as the puppy moves with you. When making a left turn, push back on the le
  12. Etiderm Shampoo. My dogs have seasonal allergies. It gets the junk out of their fur without stripping out the natural oils or monthly preventatives. It has a pleasant smell without being over powering. mobcmom
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