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  1. rabbits are super territorial and can be quite mean. i've met more than a few monty python buns, especially if they're not spayed/neutered! But I also concur that the sheep are kind of wussy. I mean, a dog can be legit scary, but a bunny? Even the meanest bun can be deterred with a swift kick!
  2. i have a nite ize light up ball and it's the best one i've found. It bounces, you can replace the battery and you can put it in a chuckit for a rousing game of dumball. it's great, b/c like you, i walk the dogs (especially in the winter) when it's dark already.
  3. Soda Pop has a Thomas Baumgartner on her pedigree too but he's a puppy miller in North Dakota. (Or maybe S. Dakota... i forget) but same name, same spelling. Kind of funny, but I don't think Baumgartner is that uncommon of a last name.
  4. Pay attention to me and do what I say. Keeps her engaged. And not that she always does what I say... lol We were hobby herders (I know folks loooove that term) but she's been laid up with an injury for awhile that I'm not sure will ever heal.
  5. Thanks for adopting a shelter dog! (I work at a shelter too) You may check out "Help for your Shy Dog" by Deborah Wood. it's short and sweet, but got lots of good advice. And I echo reading body language. Look for the whispers that your dog is stressed and learn to give her space when she tells you.
  6. hi! *waves* Soda will pull in a gentle leader, she will pull in a prong and i never even bothered with a harness. I used a clicker to teach her the idea that she should be walking by my side. (The other two can manage to figure out to be on a loose leash in front and not pull. Soda is either pulling or at my side. There doesn't seem to be a 3rd of option for her...) I can't carry a clicker and treats while walking all three dogs and just click Soda so I use my leg and will block her from pulling, or I'll keep the end of the leash in her way so that she won't pull. It's still not like super happy relaxing walk, but then her job is to quit being a butthole and pulling my arm off and rather to pay attention to me for me to release her to sniff, pee, play frisbee, whatever. ETA: Also, if I can have her off leash, I always do. She's so much easier to deal with off leash.
  7. Well, I would think it's not a reverse in sociability, but rather she's old enough now to stand up for herself. Most puppies are like little kids and everything is cool but as they start to grow up they realize that it's annoying and they're in a place to say "no." and I would guess that's what she's doing. I don't go to dog parks very often at all but if I do go to one, Soda isn't allowed to play with toys because she guards them and if she tries to steal someone else's I tell her to "leave it" and we continue on. If she doesn't leave it I go and get her. She also gets pissy at the water bowl with the other dogs crowding her so I stand guard and if other dogs (LABS!) come over to bum-rush the bowl, then I just have Soda leave with me. I so rarely go that I don't see the need to get a water bottle/bowl to take for that reason but if you go frequently then it's worth getting. I guess what I'm saying is dogs are dogs and they will stand up for themselves. For me, as long as they don't escalate, then I'm ok with a dog giving another dog a snap or snarl if they deserve it.
  8. ITA agree with RDM. I just wanted to add (and this may be unpopular) but please don't dump him off on someone else--particularly an animal shelter and make him someone else problem. In my opinion, a puppy with aggression issues is worse than adult with aggression issues because chances are, it's not a learned behavior but rather falls back on fundamental genetic temperament problems or a severe, severe lack of socialization. If you cannot, or do not want to put for the considerable time and effort forth to make him a safer dog, then put him to sleep. The world doesn't need another aggressive dog walking around and it's unfair to make him someone else's problem.
  9. I've enjoyed reading your honest accounts! How long are you out in CA?
  10. Thanks all! We'll try these.
  11. Soda is a grumbler. If I tell her to do something she doesn't want to do, she'll do it and grumble. Like if she's begging and I tell her to go lay down, she'll go and grumble and throw herself on the ground and give me stink eye. I think she's thinking "Stupid mom. Stupid floor. Stupid...everything. I'm just laying down cuz I want to. Hate you." I just laugh and otherwise ignore it. If she does what I ask, that's all I care about. She can grumble if it makes her feel better.
  12. Hi all, We're plugging along and we've been working on inside flanks and I'd like some ideas on how to help Soda understand that they're necessary and make them easier. We've been working on this for awhile. We've made progress and she'll do them when it's obvious to her that they're needed, ie: the sheep are getting away but if it's not so obviously clear to her that it's needed, then she will run all the way back to me to go behind me. This means I have a hard time with finesse and fine-tuning getting the sheep somewhere and sometimes her lack of an inside flank does give the sheep time to break and run. We've done them in a field setting with my back against a fence and the sheep far off, and after a bit she figured out it was just plain easier to not run ALL the way back to me. We've done them in a smaller pen and we've done them in a cross-driving exercise. (we've done them in a house with a mouse) Any other exercises or suggestions? It's all appreciated. PS. I am a "hobby herder" and only have access to sheep once a week. Also, if you'll notice my avatar, my dog is not talented but she's what I got so I gotta work with her. I think if we're using the dartboard analogy I believe she's a "yellow zone" dog. But we've come a LONG way and I feel this is in her grasp.
  13. My favorite melodrama in the "flop 'n sigh" when the dog is bored and you're ignoring them and they throw themselves onto the ground with a huge "SIGH!" and then eyeball you to make sure you saw exactly how neglected and bored they are. I do also think that dogs learn to have exaggerated responses to things (that look like melodrama) because previous, smaller attempts at communication have failed. Soda hates having her paws touched and throws a HUGE, level 10 fit when I handle them. Part of it was she had an injury with her previous owner when she was a pup and probably associates having her paw handled with that painful injury but also that simply pulling her paw away wouldn't work so she escalated into this huge drama-rama.
  14. We were out at a big field working sheep today and I was doing a couple of big (for my dog) out runs. The sheep are set (Couldn't tell you how far... I'm distance-gauging-challenged. Rare genetic condition) and I send Soda out and she starts to stick her head in gopher holes. So I call her back, talk to her about why that's not okay, and send her out again. She beelines straight down the middle of the field. I mean, straight. It was a perfect line towards the sheep. I'm freaking out, thinking "What the heck, dog? Really? REALLY?" She hasn't done this in a long time and even then, she never ran THAT straight at them. Then, like magic, about half way down the field (okay, maybe not magic but with me screaming AH- WAY! AH-WAY!), before the sheep have begun to move, she moves out into a nice flank and comes up behind the sheep for good lift and... well, we won't talk about the fetch but they made it to me--albeit really really really fast. See, the way I figure it, Soda just realized that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line so what's the sense in wasting all that energy sweeping a field in a big lovely arching outrun for 4 or 5 sheep? So, she went straight to save some time and energy and bent out when it really mattered. Soda says she's happy to share her new process with any interested "efficiency minded" border collies.
  15. we have one of those balls at work for the dogs to push around the play yard and Soda just runs up to it and bark- screams at it and tries to bite it. It's a hoot. And LOL @ Paula and the crook- maybe they turn it into a game of giant croquet?
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