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About AllieMackie

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    My dog has speedlines
  • Birthday 03/09/1984

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  1. I ALWAYS get "are you sure he doesn't have some Burmese in him?" First of all, it's "Bernese". Second of all, no. I'm polite about it, though. I didn't realize how few people have seen a tri-colour BC before. I've had a few friends try to tell me I got gypped when I show them Finn's dad. He's a smooth coat and on the stockier side, and one friend had the gall to say "he's definitely got lab in him... you don't have a purebred." ooooooooo rly. It can be aggravating, but then you get people who get all excited to see a tri BC who make it all worthwhile.
  2. Agreed with all of this. Sometimes Finn is crated when I'm in my office in the other room, and sometimes when I'm gone. He gets at least half his daily meal ration in the form of Kongs - I pack a Kong with kibble, top it with a bit of canned food or peanut butter and freeze. I always have one or two on hand in the freezer and when FInn sees it he rushed into his crate because he knows he's getting a fun treat. It might work for you too!
  3. I have had a similar problem with Finn's house training (he is currently 9.5 months old). I gave him a bit too much freedom, and he developed a little habit of pooping in the upstairs hallway. Now, he goes out every hour on the hour. When it's playtime as well, he can go offleash in the backyard. When it's potty time only, he goes out on his flexi-lead. That way he has free roam to do his business, but it's business only, then back inside. I control when we play outside, and he's now starting tog et that leash = we pee and poop and come back in. I take Finn out every hour and a half to two
  4. I don't feed Orijen simply because I know only one pet supply that sells it, and it's pricey. The ingredients check out though, looks to be quite a good food. Finnegan just got switched to Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream and is thriving on it. I can get it for a really good price at a local farm supply,
  5. It's been mentioned already, but I also know this from experience; give it time, first and foremost. You've only had her for a week and a bit, she's got a lot of adjustment to do. She's still getting comfortable with her new digs, and I bet a lot of that will loosen up with some time. I know folks who have rescued border ollies and other breeds who didn't really play for months, then one day they just let loose, played ball, fetched sticks... it was like they realized it was home! Definitely keep offering her the opportunities without pushing, but know it can take time.
  6. This is a very true point. In opposition to what I said before, it is probably in your best interest to teach Vala "this is a cat, and you are to leave it be."
  7. First off, let me tell you that most of your dog's behaviours are not herding behaviours, even if they may seem as such. Now that I've actually herded with my dog, I realize that a lot of the things I thought he was doing instinctually for herding, well... he wasn't. He's just being a dog, with perhaps an extra crouch or a bit of extra staring, which is hardly herding behaviour, just bred-in traits. I second what Journey said. The "leave it" is good, but why ask her to help "work" on getting your cat off of counters and such? How is that herding behaviour in the least? Promoting intimidati
  8. OMG! How exciting! Go go you and Moss! Nat let me work Finn just a mbit at our instinct evaluation, since he was taking to it so well - and maaaan, it is HARD to be a handler! It definitely takes some getting used to, but I think it'll be a ton of fun.
  9. Costs will vary greatly depending on the specific trainer, how much you train/devote to the training, etc. As with any dog sport or training regime. Folks have given you good advice on looking up trainers, let that be a head start. A good trainer will evaluate your dog's herding instinct, give you their opinion on where to go from there, and their fees for lessons, you'll have a much better idea on costs then. For Finn and I, lessons are in blocks of $100 for four lessons, or $30 each lesson seperately. I don't know a lot about lower-end trials, only about Open trials. I don't plan on tr
  10. Makes sense to me! Thanks! I'll have to research the heck out of it when the time comes - you can be sure I'll be pestering you folks as well.
  11. Haha, to be honest, a knitter friend told me that hair sheep was used to describe fibre sheep. I trust you guys over her. I haven'rt researched much about sheep breeds yet, amd have only spun Corriedale and Mohair thus far!
  12. haha, we'll see - for now this is all for fun. However, I LOVE getting out there and watching trials - I'll have to check these out. Amanda Milliken, right? I can probably make it to one or both of those trials just to cheer you all on. haha, I so am sunk.Two hours in the pen today and I'm addicted. As for a farm, well, it IS my long-term life goal to own a hair sheep farm, as I also spin and knit wool as a hobby.
  13. Hey folks! I know I've been quiet lately, mostly because Finnegan and I have just been doing normal doggy things. Lots of walks, fetching, visits to the dogpark, obedience classes... ...until this morning! Finnegan and I went out to Rockland, ON to visit Nathalie Labelle to be evaluated for herding lessons! Okay. So. Wow. First off, no pics this time. I really wanted to focus on what Finn was doing and listen to what Nathalie had to say... however, Nat said next time, she'd be happy to stop instructing for a few minutes here and there to snag some pics of Finn and I making mistakes
  14. Haha, love it. They really are too smart for their own good.
  15. Here's the short story: Finn has met two cats, and was good with them. They were full-grown and dog-savvy. Matt (the BF) has just rescued a 3-month old kitten. As Finn likes the cats he's met, and the kitten is new to dogs, I feel that if introduced properly, all will be well, and they'll at least be tolerant of one another. My only issue is Finn's typical impulsive BC behaviour. Matt held the kitten tonight, and the kitten showed curiousness in Finn... until Finn leaped at Matt's legs trying to get to the kitten, tail wagging away. The kitten hissed and tried to clamber up Matt's
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