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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?
  16. I'm just seeing this and I'm so sorry sorry. What an awesome dog and what a charmed life with you!
  17. I always thought Laurae (Laur-Ray) was such a pretty name, LOL! Never occurred to me that it was Laura E! Soda-Pop is my dog's name. She came with it and I thought it was really cute and appropriate so I kept it. I got a couple of PM's when I first signed up asking it was from The Outsiders, which I confess, I've never seen! I should watch it. I think it's one of those essential pieces of the movie watcher's wardrobe.
  18. Is there one? This is a serious question--I see the term dogged used in a negative sense but I'm not really sure what it is. I am assuming, but I could be wrong, that it's not the same as dog broke. I also am willing to accept that my definitions anthropomorphizations could be wrong. When I think of dog broke sheep I think of sheep that are pretty familiar with the game--know what to do and aren't too bothered by the dog and don't get super freaked out by the presence of a dog, just more of a "oh. Here comes the dog. Let's get a move on. Everyone cooperates, there'll be not trouble" (to anthropomorphize a bit). When I think of non-dog broke sheep I imagine they're thinking something like "WTF is THAT? WOLLLLFFF!" and really don't get how the whole thing works and the dog has work a lot harder/more precise/have more self control to move everyone along in a cool collected manner. Now, what would a dogged sheep, or over-dogged sheep be like?
  19. I'm very sorry to hear about Jetta's passing. I hope time sweeps aside the pain of her death and leaves you only with bright memories of a wonderful companion.
  20. If you have AVID, you have to have a form and mail it off and it's like $7. It's kind of a PITA. Also, a lot just plain aren't registered. They dogs are bought/adopted, whatever and they never bother to register the chip. The 80% is just my gross guestimate, btw. Not an official #. But I feel it's accurate of what I've experienced.
  21. When we shelter folk scan your dog A.) We have good scanners. Most shelters have better/multiple scanners than the vets office because we scan so many animals. I'm not saying it's perfect, (it's not) but generally our scanners are good and most shelters have at least one truly universal reader. B.) When we get a chip most of us know what the number looks like for which company and we call them. If we were wrong, a lot of the time (most of the time!) the company will tell you who registers that particular chip. If they cannot, we are bound by law to track it down, so yes, we have to take the time to find the registry. The real problem comes with foreign registries. I had a cat with a Canadian Avid chip and no joke, it took me 30 full minutes to find who registered it. Even American Avid couldn't help (the company split to two separate companies) C.) There is actually a generic # and a website you can call (i can't recall it off the top of my head) that will tell you who the chip is registered with and will direct you to them. Chipping is a good backup, but a collar and id are the best front line. ETA: About 80% of the chips we find are registered to nothing or the people no longer reside at that address/phone number.
  22. What kind of dog is it? Is it a type of border collie, a cross-bred dog, a type of aussie? I have no idea! I googled but I find different information. What is their general usefulness? Are they good practical working dogs? I'm just curious for curiosity's sake. Thanks.
  23. I've always wondered: To be ROM'd into ABCA does a dog HAVE to be a border collie? If I had some magical Aussie (let's say parents KNOWN to be an aussies) that could meet the rigorous standards set forth, would they be registrable as a border collie because they could work like a bc? Also, what if it was a border collie of totally unknown breeding? I'm just curious.
  24. Thank you, Julie. Yes, this, pretty much exactly. I've no talent for semantics and am most prone to using what seems most convenient and assuming everyone will catch on to what I'm meaning.
  25. What makes a BYB? (BYB = back yard breeder)? A BYB is someone who doesn't breed for the sake of the betterment of the breed. They breed because they have dogs that are pretty, or because they have a bitch and their friend has a male or to see the miracle of birth or pretty much any reason other than to make the breed better. What experience have you had with one? As a shelter staff member, I have encountered numerous people who didn't want to s/n their dogs because they just wanted to have one litter. I remember in particular one family who had a sweet yellow lab female and were looking for a companion and were doing a dog introduction and we talked to them about why they needed to get their dog spayed and they didn't want to spay her because they wanted their kids to see the miracle of life. We explained why that wasn't a good idea, all the health tests (especially for a lab!) and all the labs in rescue. They were tremendously uneducated and thought the dog only went into heat for one week and didn't know what OFA certification was. Additionally, I am fairly certain that their dog was coming into heat at that point and they had no clue. The people were the epitome of BYBs. Did you sell a dog/puppy and the person became a BYB. Details and how did you stop it, if you did. If not, what happened? How about breeding because the dog looks pretty/handsome? How about breeding for color? How about breeding because they need the money? How about breeding because they want to see puppies being born? How about breeding because they can get $500-650 per puppy? How about breeding because they have a bitch and someone else has a male? Well, to the first question: No because I've never bred a dog. However, my own dog Soda-pop is from a puppy mill and her sire's breeder was byb who's offspring is now in a puppy mill. I did a lot research and tracked her down and let her know and she didn't seem overly concerned. She primarily sold her border collie puppies at horse auctions to people she hadn't met before. She also bred pugs. As for the other questions: All of these things contribute to being a byb. As I stated, I believe breeding for anything other than the betterment of the breed makes you a BYB. If you have a great working dog who has great attributes and has achieved much, then that dog has great things to contribute to the gene pool then I believe that is a sound breeding. If you have a fantastic chihuahua that has a good temperament and is conformationally correct, then that dog can contribute greatly to the gene pool. I even believe that you have a great show border collie that is conformationally "correct" and has excelled in confirmation and has all the attributes that make a great confirmation border collie and you breed it to another conformation border collie then you are not a byb. You are not a breeder I would buy from but you are not a byb. If you have a cool merle aussie and you breed it to a cool tri aussie that your neighbor has and both dogs are pretty nice and you're hoping to get some merles to sell and a puppy for yourself to keep because ol' Fluffy is so sweet, then yes, you are a BYB.
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