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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 supe
  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
  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 ag
  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
  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
  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
  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. 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 a
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 t
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 look
  25. only have the one, and she likes the IDEA of strangers (only women) but not so much the actual stranger-experience. She gets all wiggly and run around like a maniac but they can't touch her for a few minutes until she's decided they're cool or if the other dogs are around then she must be the one to get pet first. I think it's a nervous behavior. And men strangers = the debil in Soda's opinion. I think it's all a general lack of socialization.
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