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  1. I have been following this thread with interest. I don't know how I feel about the theoretical situation, and I'm actually uncomfortable with people getting dogs related to mine because they like how mine perform in agility. But, I don't think it's a fair statement. Four of these dogs were exposed to agility people who decided they like these dogs in question -could be the structure, their personality/aptitude for agility, etc (let's assume they are not blind followers like, oooh, pretty fast dog, I'll get one and be that awesome, too) -stuff that may not necessarily be filled by *any* leftove
  2. I'm under the impression that she used to do obedience, but no longer trials her dogs in anything (but other people trial their Hob Nob dogs). I was surprised to find her blog -I'm not sure if she plans on doing something with all her new dogs, or if she's just playing with them to show online, or what. I was told by someone who saw her facility she has a pretty large number of dogs. She wrote she does not leave her farm a lot. The Hob Nob dogs I've met are nice. They are pretty, fast, and driven, and all the ones I've met have nice temperaments. I think a handful here and there do some US
  3. Not really sure what she was trying to teach (I'm just starting, so I have no idea what she would even be attempting to do, I just knew it looked frustrating) -she has a blog, here is the specific post. http://hobnob7.livejournal.com/1172.html
  4. I usually lurk, but I thought I'd add. Hob Nob herding video for anyone curious (that is the breeder in the video, she gives clinics, too, or used to):
  5. Where I work is associated with a veterinary college, and every two weeks we can buy SD at a discount price --$10 per -large- bag of SD. Seriously painful to think about, but I still end up spending $30+ more dollars to buy a different food. ($10!!!! Can you imagine? Oh I wish...)
  6. It just depends. I've run my slower, more careful dogs in the rain. I haven't had to decide that for a faster dog yet. Watch the dogs ahead of you --are they slipping? I was watching a trial where all the dogs were slipping on the downside of the dogwalk -I would have skipped the dogwalk, or gotten my dog to practically walk over it. Try to turn tight and see if you slip in the grass, run your hand down the equipment, etc. I haven't had to decide either, but I don't think I would, or I would just ask your dog to really slow down, and you be extra-obvious about things, add yards, make bigg
  7. I will explain it better the first time, next time.
  8. I just wanted to explain my anecdote a little more...he wasn't belittling agility, it really was a foreign concept to him. I thought it was a good illustration of why some stockdog people did not understand tugging. I don't think it's fair to get defensive about something someone doesn't understand, when they've never seen it before and are coming from a completely different side of the spectrum. I told him I did agility, he didn't care, why would he? Edit, because I didn't see the post above: I wasn't referring to agility, I think what Seelie Fey said he trusted his dog to do, in flyball,
  9. Seelie Fey -- I don't get, why can't a dog do flyball, and be able to recall off anything, ie, have the same expectations stockdogranch is referring to? Without decreasing the drive for any of the things you just mentioned. Can't you have both, not one or the other (recall vs. manic drive)? Shouldn't an excellent trainer be able to do that? I don't think your analogy works very well. Your "just a few steps" when a dog walks to the post, etc. are not of an equivalent nature to the flyball lane scenario. And I'm sure someone could prevent those few steps if they checked them. I don't underst
  10. In reference to stockdog's last post -I agree with you, I do not think it would be detrimental. I think she may have been referring to a dog in training? Or, perhaps, a young dog, in competition in training? Whereas I would never think of setting foot in a USBCHA trial with a slightly trained dog, I wouldn't hesitate to try an agility trial with a young, unseasoned dog, who can do everything safely, at least. I think it depends on the skill of the trainer, the skill of the dog, the expectations of the trainer, and what they care about. I have a soft dog who I would not initially call off,
  11. Here it is: http://creeksideattheworlds.blogspot.com/
  12. Fiona Robertson (Canada) also has a fun World Trial blog, if anyone is interested.
  13. Do you use the word 'bar' in the same sense that we do --as in, selling alcoholic beverages? Because we definitely don't have that. So that (with the entertainment and day for charity...and the lessons) definitely is not the same atmosphere here. It differs. Some people wrote they didn't like the people in USDAA, but USDAA and CPE I have found the nicest people so far. At others I have been snapped at for my dog glancing at their snarky dog, all while they are stuffing their dog's face with cheese *within* 10 feet of the ring as we are waiting to go in. (No food/toys within 10 feet of the
  14. I guess I could have said it much shorter. Lengthy is what I get for trying to be semi-polite when others responded much better.
  15. Sorry, guess I'm not done --I also think this is a pretty bold statement to make. I don't really consider moving up a level all that much of an achievement -maybe based on your system, you do. But who says I have to consider that an achievement? It seems like you are labeling it as such based on your experience in your country. For me, I think an achievement would be placing top 10 in the USDAA Nationals. An achievement would be someone taking a low drive dog, and turning them into a high drive dog. Like I said, accomplishments -and the amount people have to work for them -differ for the indiv
  16. That's very interesting -I've always wanted a more clear-cut idea of how agility works on your side. I really love watching your jumpers courses on youtube, they always look very challenging. I would say a local show here is not as competitive based on sheer numbers and geographical size. I entered a show in AKC Novice A --and was the only person in that class. It was a large show, too. We also have limits in some venues -for example, the last CPE show I went to, I think the limit was 250 runs per day -so you have to get your entry in before the show fills. CPE isn't very popular where I a
  17. I was trying to politely emphasize why a dog should not chase wildlife, but apparently that went over your head, never mind the part about going off trail. I'm sorry the deer are being a nuisance to you in their natural habitat. Loose dogs are a nuisance to me --I suppose I can let my dog chase them off, then? So are screaming kids for that matter...I guess that's ok, too. I do realize that deer are overpopulated in several areas, but I do not see how that gives you leave to let your dogs chase them. Because deer are overpopulated, it's all right to chase one off and deplete it's energy resour
  18. Not meaning to be rude -but this is a real question --why are you worried about getting Maggie off lead when you have 2 (although I understand one is not yours) dogs *chasing* deer off the trail -shouldn't you be worried about teaching them to stay with you before you even consider Maggie? Deer, rabbits, squirrels, what have you -my dog is not allowed to chase them. Period. I have had him since he was a pup, and that was always the rule -I understand if perhaps you came to Maggie or Z when they were older and habits were more ingrained, but then I would be keeping both of them on lead, until t
  19. Hi - Besides losing Maggie: I'd say keep Maggie on a leash. It's a privilege to allow dogs in state parks, and running through brush or chasing wildlife doesn't respect that privilege, same as a person setting up tent in a wrong area. My dogs stay on trail, or if they can't, on lead -it's also respectful to fellow hikers who may not not be as appreciative of dogs.
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