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    Manseau, Québec, Canada
  1. Lili is a tricolored 3-year old. Part of her coat is rough, very thick and wavy, especially her behind. The curls have spread in the last year. In all, it is a difficult coat to groom. To top it off, Lili loves swimming and fetching in the river that borders my property – she is wet from May to November! The problem: she becomes heavily matted no matter how often I brush her down (Ok, I admit to being guilty on this count). Last year, I had her groomed by a professional –it was very difficult for all involved since Lili is fear-aggressive. Grooming time is back again. DW suggested tha
  2. Attended a three-day clinic last month. Even though this man trains exclusively for stock work – and my dogs are not working dogs – he finally accepted to help me improve my training approach. We worked together with my two dogs every day in a fenced-in part of his property. After spending some time with me, the trainer would work his stock dogs in another part of his property but in full view of my dogs… (Yep, you probably can see it coming…). To make a long story short, the first time my nearly 3-year old Alice cast her eyes on the sheep, you could literally hear her whisper “OH wow!”
  3. Hey thanks for all the replies. I enjoyed the candour with which most members responded. Your thoughtfull answers put training my canine friends in better perspective – “The Super Dog Trainer” doesn’t really exist! john landry
  4. I keep reading on the Boards and elsewhere that the human side of the man/dog equation is generally if not always accountable for any unwanted yet theoretically correctable behavior (faulty recall, pulling on the leash, etc.) that may exhibit our canine friends. Let me be clear about this: I wholeheartedly agree that the onus is always rightfully on the dog owner – me, you. If after several attempts, my dog still does not behave the way I want it to, then it’s my fault. OK, I buy into this. But… just sometimes… once in a while… after repeated attempts and some frustration (my own as w
  5. After two years of hard work, my Lili is still slightly fear-aggressive albeit a lot less than when rescued. What has happened during those two years? She has trained me! She finally got me to understand that some situations bother her greatly and will for the rest of her life, that she really wants me to be the guy who will be responsible enough to avoid putting her in such situations, and if by accident, such situations become unavoidable, to know how to manage them. The long and short of my two years with Lili is that I now understand that I’m the one causing the problem, not she. Afte
  6. My neighbor is 93 years old and believe it or not, still takes care of his 52 year-old son – call him Harry - who suffers from trizomic mongolism. Well, one of my dogs, Alice, has a hard time staying on our side of the hedge any time Harry is out. Alice will bark anytime she believes that anyone is even thinking of maybe, eventually, some time in the next century, venture even an inch onto our property/her territory. Not so with Harry. When she is totally silent for more than a few minutes, I know Harry is out there, patting Alice, both of them with nirvana on their respective faces. The
  7. WOW! So much information already! There's a lot in there that I was not really aware of. So thanks Kristine, for the info and the way of implementing the reframing. john landry
  8. We live on the outskirts of a small village. When going out with the dogs, within minutes, we are walking on dirt roads with, obviously, no sidewalk. When walking down these roads with my dogs on leash, one of them, Alice, will get aroused by any oncoming car (mostly panel trucks) – she will hear them long before I even get to see the car, shift into a “Border Collie stance” and keep advancing in such stance, totally concentrated and pulling somewhat, unless I stop walking (If I do stop walking, she will just lie down and “eye” the oncoming car.) If I keep on walking, Alice will maintain he
  9. Like many other board members, I’ve been reading with great interest the “Signing Off” thread. The intensity of the exchanges has brought me to consider what I had gained – above and beyond a bagful of tricks and very useful training tips – from being a BC Boards member (albeit a rather recent one). Before joining the Boards, I was (still am?) one of those dumb human beings who decided they wanted a dog and without knowing much of anything about dogs, went out and got a Border Collie/BC/sheepdog/stockdog (I hope I’ve not offended anyone)! Dumb luck – We get along marvellously! AND THE
  10. Hi, My experience with dogs (I have two BCs) is not really that impressive – slightly less than three years. Nevertheless, I feel the need to read something deeply different than the usual “teach your dog zillions of tricks” and the “step-by-step training” manuals. I’m looking for something more introspective, the (more or less) serious musings of an experienced owner/trainer/handler, his or her highs and lows, the soul-catching moments of living with dogs (preferably Border Collies). Any suggestions? Thanks, John Landry
  11. I finally got around to reading On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals (by Turid Rugaas). It is a short book, simply written yet very much to the point. After reading it, I was left with a strong desire to put my observation skills to work and most importantly, to use the calming signals to communicate with my dogs. I did not have to wait very long. One of my BCs has this really unmanageable hair – although we groom her frequently, she stills gets these dust carrying (and potentially, disease carrying) knots on her behind. Our land is bordered (no pun intended) on two sides by a smal
  12. Thanks for the information! Went out this morning to buy stuff for the garden and came this close to buying a new product on sale... Guess what it was! Didn't buy it - too expensive. But I was tempted... chocolat LOL!!! John
  13. WOW! Intense! Sharing my life with a dog is quite new to me – I had never owned one until my retirement two years ago when I moved from Montréal to the country. I’m well over sixty and my two BCs became “the rest of my life” project. What a conscience awakening encounter! Never did I expect the depth and intensity that I awake to every morning and that carry through to the next day. I now fully comprehend the potential impact of zootherapy. The relationship with Alice and Lili grows every day and I get to acknowledge sides of me I had not suspected existed. My dogs are not quite two ye
  14. For 1sheepdoggal, Thanks for the advice. Will try. John
  15. My two BCs are not stockdogs (yet?). We will attend (as spectators only) herding trials (in Ontario) for the very first time this summer. Aside from the sheer esthetics of herding (as seen on some DVDs), I know absolutely nothing, nothing of the strategies and tactics involved and just about nothing of the vocabulary employed. In short, any suggestions on what I should be reading in order to become a knowledgeable spectator? John
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