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  1. So sorry. I still remember her as a little pup.
  2. I'm so sorry to hear Fly is gone. She was a funny and interesting dog, and i'm glad you had her.
  3. Thanks for the info. I can't open that pedigree, says i don't have permission.
  4. sorry, not public knowledge here. what's the scoop? what's the breeding?
  5. I just had to skim this thread but something jumped out at me when i read what you wrote above. It's kind of hard to explain but i'll try to give it a shot. The reason those dogs at trials hang out and wait and behave is because they've been taught that they don't get to decide what they will do and when. You say your dog will "bam" to your side on a here command, but he can't walk properly on a leash near sheep. So teach him! And i don't mean teach him a heel command, i mean give him a loose leash and if he tightens it, he gets a leash pop. If he's hanging out with you and starts off towards sheep (or whatever) on his own without being told, notice it immediately and tell him to get his butt back to you where it belongs until he's released to work. Don't nag and beg him to do things right with commands. Watch him and tell him when he's wrong and try to do it as soon as he's made that choice to be wrong. It's on *him* to choose to do it right, not on you to command him into acting like he's got a brain. Give the dog freedom to do it right, watch his choices and let him know when he's wrong. There is a vast difference between that and commanding a dog into behaving himself. It puts it on the dog's shoulders to act right rather than you trying to *make* him right. Sorry this has to be brief and i hope it makes sense, but you need to do a 360 on how you're training this dog because you're working against each other instead of together. And it sounds like he's winning.
  6. Oh Donald, I'll miss you! I was thinking about you this weekend and thought it odd you weren't at Pipedream.
  7. I hope the shedding is going better for you Donald! :-)
  8. You may have to train him to bend off pressure by getting just tiny amounts of give and building on that. Hard to give advice without seeing what is happening. I find a lot of times if a dog isn't giving, it's because the handler is asking for too much at once. The dog doesn't get anything out of giving you a little, so he hardens up and won't give the bigger bend you're asking for. Not sure that makes sense. Again, easier to do in person.
  9. Yes, i'd think hemangiosarcoma too. Fairly common in border collies. The nosebleed would be from bleeding out.
  10. A dog eating sheep poop is not acting defiant, she's showing fear or disinterest. It's an avoidance behavior, not defiance. If your trainer doesn't recognize that, you might need a new trainer.
  11. here's another method to remember the commands -- http://shooflyfarm.blogspot.com/2008/04/remembering-flank-commands.html
  12. I'm always amazed to see experienced Open handlers who don't regather and bump the sheep toward the exhaust when a run is finished. And it's one of those etiquette things newer/novice handlers should be instructed on. I almost always mention at a handlers meeting that i am conducting that the sheep should be pushed towards the exhaust at the end of a run.
  13. I still say send him back to the breeder. At 11 weeks he can resell him if he wants. Cut your losses.
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