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  1. I would never do a full body clip on a bc. For mine, the spring time brings mud, so I will trim leg hair, pants(the long hair under tail and down back legs). I also trim the belly hair, but leave enough for protection. Mine are farm/house dogs so I try to keep the level of dirt coming into the house to a minimum. Samantha
  2. This is disturbing in so many ways. It sounds like many rescue groups are just as bad as the puppy mills. I'm also shocked that there are still dog auctions going on. Samantha
  3. Greetings. If you don't know already, Wisconsin has a wonderful stock dog club, the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association. Check out our facebook page and website, we host many clinics, and trials throughout the year. Samantha
  4. This has been discussed on the boards before so if you do a search you will find more info. Samantha
  5. Hopefully you can make it to the clinic, even if it's just to audit. I wouldn't feel bad about taking your dog to someone else, its not dissing your current trainer, just trying to broaden your horizen and help your dog. As to this stockdog community being mostly offline- Many stockdog clubs have a website or facebook page that will have information about clinics, trials, and worksites. Samantha
  6. Diddo a video. Yes things might be messy, but it might open more insight into what's happening. You don't go to a clinic to show how good your dog is; you go for the purpose of getting much needed help. Reading this reminds me of some wise advice from Jack Knox. "Stop trying to make the dog right. Correct the wrong, leave the right. Let the dog think." Samantha
  7. I agree with Gloria. Its hard to give good advice since we don't have a video to see whats going on, but here is what I think. You said that he initially was working very nicely on the sheep and now for whatever reason its a disaster now. This makes me wonder if pressure/corrections, are being applied correctly. Dogs really read our nonverbal and verbal gestures very well and you/trainer might be in the wrong place at the wrong time without realizing it. This pressure could be causing your dog to react towards the sheep opposite of what you/trainer think should happen. Or in the course of trying to correct your dog, that correction may already be too late or end up going overboard with it. Along with finding a different trainer, see if there are any clinics you could attend. Patrick Shannahan, Jack/Kathy Knox, Scott Glen and Gordan Watt are just a few off the top of my head that are good. Julie Hill The Natural Way is a great book that you might find helpful. Samantha
  8. Working dogs, deaf or hearing are amazing, love this! Samantha
  9. If you go, I'm running a dog named Zuri in open. Anyone at the trial wearing a whistle and isn't ready to run a dog will be willing to talk your ear off if you want to ask questions Samantha
  10. Wow, I had a blond moment, I forgot to say that our annual club trial is happening Labor Day weekend in Hudson. Its an impressive field to see the dogs work in. Samantha
  11. I'm a director for the WI club. You might want to post your question on our facebook page and local members can give you plenty of info. We are lucky to have many good clinicians, some come here on a regular basis, some live in the area. In two weeks the Crook and Whistle Stock Dog trial will be going on at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, September 8-10. So not only can you watch the trial and talk with the handlers but check out all the sheep related stuff as well. Samantha
  12. Denise offered great advice. Julie Hill's book The Natural Way does a great job of explaining all aspects of training including how to teach driving so might be something worth checking out. Samantha
  13. If this were my dog I would get him to a vet asap and have him fully checked out, this doesn't sound normal. Samantha
  14. I constructed mine out of cattle panels and T-posts. I like cattle panels as I can put them up myself, and its also easy to take down and move. I also purchased T-post caps as an added safety measure. Samantha
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