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  1. It might also pay to see a really good animal chiro. I take my guys to one (vet qualified who also practices chiro (has his masters in it) and accupuncture) and he can pick up stuff no one else has a clue about. He's an old school bush vet who knows working dogs, but has kept learning and now swears by some forms of alternative therapy. If you can find a guy like him it might help point you in the right direction. Cheers. Tony
  2. We have a club member (foundation member actually) with a 7 year old dog who has been doing frisbee since he was very young and is showing no signs of slowing down. This dog is super quick, does agility and frisbee and is the envy of many owners.
  3. Nah...... Monday's (not this week because everyone is away), Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday week in, week out. Not sure I could do 7 days though.
  4. We compete in flyball, frisbee and agility. Xena our 27month old BC girl is titled in all three and is going really well. CK our 22 month old BC boy is titled in frisbee and flyball, but is yet to find a happy medium between no and go in agility. It's either no, not interested today (usually because he is a bit confused and I have asked too much of him) or about 1 million miles an hour and he misses obstacles. Fortunately it's a bit more of the latter at the moment. Once we get him on track not too many dogs will keep up with him. Just have to get the handler right now!
  5. I can only echo what Tassie has to say. 1. Make sure it is always fun for you and Poke (cool name btw). 2. DO NOT RUSH with moving to new levels. I'm having to go back a retrain a really good dog at the moment because I rushed things and wanted to compete with her before she was REALLY ready. (first dog didn't realy know what I was up to.) Best of luck. Cheers. Tony
  6. OK, looks like I might have been wrong.....(I hate that).......Tonight we had a really good look at her contact behaviour and it seems that we have all missed something. As she comes off the dog walk or over the top of the dog walk she is looking AT ME - TOTALLY FOCUSSED ON ME - to the point where she is ignoring what she should be doing. It seems the reason she gets the contacts right isn't so much that she knows what to do, rather that I've been able to put myself in the 'right' position on the courses we have been running. Now to go about solving this focus issue.......At least we hav
  7. Some puppies just seem to do it naturally...... Not our best effort, but shows her early on in her career (just shy of 2 y.o. - now just over 2) landing most of the time nicesly on all 4 no matter what the jump. My Avatar shows one of her more spectacular leaps caught on film. Other puppies take a LOT of work to get to land properly. this is my boy at about 18 months - the night after the video above. i still spend a lot of time doing rear end awareness exercises and core strength exercises with him and getting him to jump over my legs while I am sitting and having
  8. I haven't pulled Xena off a course yet, but know that when I do she will know what it going on and why she is leaving the course after she has to do it a couple of times. When we are working in the back yard she can get preoccupied with possums and forget she is meant to be working. I take her straight inside for 10 minutes or so and then bring her back out. If she chases after them again we go back inside without a word. I never have to do it more than twice. This is with a totally obsessive dog, but one that will get the message pretty quickly.
  9. Sadly I think this is the road we are going to have to travel down. I can't pick the difference between Xena's state of mind in a trial or at training - totally high drive and exactly as you say the behaviour is self rewarding. At training I push her further than in a comp and she performs well. As with you my this would break my dog, but with X she just figures I've made a mistake and will tell me off. I've videoed trials and training and my handling doesn't seem to differ - I'm sure she's worked out that there are no treats to be had and it's quicker to get to the next obstacle i
  10. I'm sitting here playing on the computer with my Pet Store puppy lying asleep at my feet. She is the most gorgeous girl in the entire world, nice and straight, great teeth, beautiful markings, but every day I have her I can't help but feel nervous about how she will be in another six months and another after that. I hate pet shops and puppy mills with a passion.............this is my story - a story of ignorance, mistakes and learning. My wife and I decided we wanted a dog, had never wanted one before, but the time had come. When I was a kid puppies came from pet stores - so off to t
  11. It's always hard to give advice without knowing the dog and seeing him in action, but Buddy sounds a lot like my little man CK. By way of background CK is a VERY soft dog who was jumped all over by a bouncy goldie when he was 4 months old. (I know, I should have been looking after him better, but first time dog owner, ignorant etc etc). At just under 2 CK exhibits most of the behaviours you mention, except he's not great at warning and goes straight into dominating mode with dogs he doesn't know who annoy him by jumping in his face. In a formal environment or with dogs he knows and tru
  12. Xena is a little cow. We had a 2 day trial over the weekend and while I sent her the wrong way a couple of times (novice handler, quick dog, bad combination!) the rest of our faults were things she KNOWS how to do correctly, but knows she can get away with in comps – with hind sight I’ve let it sneak up and become a problem. Contacts - instead of the nice 2 on 2 off we had trained she now decides to launch from about 1/2 way down most of the contacts - much quicker that way (fortunately she still respects the see saw). I know I have caused this by letting her run through her contacts,
  13. This is funny - thinking I had found somewhere new and it wasn't new at all. Great to be here amongst friends!
  14. Hi, Our names are CK and Xena. We are two young border collies with a very inexperienced handler, but we have a lot of fun playing agility, flyball and frisbee. Xena particularly loves frisbee and hardly ever drops the disc, and is just learning her first freestyle routine. Agility is her other great passion and she has just achieved her starters AAD title. Mr CK is a big softie who just loves to run. He's still learning how exciting agility can be, but is an awesome flyball dog with a best time of 4.4 secs and he still can't turn all that well. Frisbee is his other great love,
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