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  1. Sue and Geonni are right about the Oakland PD. An extremely violent place. I have to go there to the county and state buildings on business. I have had one incident with the cops where I had to shout him down to get him to call his watch commander. Apparently cops in Oakland make liberal use of a Calif law that allows them to take you in for "Observation" a general catch all The Oakland PD make liberal use of this law. Fortunately I live on and island connected to Oakland by drawbridges. I see we have a couple of members who have SDs or are using BCs at home as SDs. If you're interested in training a BC for service dog work I'll be glad to help. Simply put when they've learned their trade they are brilliant(of course). On the other hand there are a few special steps that have to be taken with BCs and special stress resistance training that allows them to work in large crowds for long periods. The other big thing in training BC as an SD is one we all know. If your not a BC person it won't work, guarantee that. I learned that from a friend and mentor who has a pair of BCs as service dogs. Probably would not have happened without Rebecca's help. There are a service dog teams out there that use border collies. They are far and few between since it's a difficult job for a sheepdog. There was a point where Jin almost washed out big time. He seriously broke training one day last Mar. As a result of my work with Jin bringing him around and through the completion of this training I have been asked to join SD Schools. A group of professional SD trainers who are creating an Open Source Syllabus (ala Linux) for the training of service dogs. The requirements for membership have been waived because of my approach to training. *blush* and while I am not formally in business as a dog trainer I do have a handful of students picked up at the local dog park. 2 Aussies, a BC for general training and 2 mixes for SD work. Rather be chasing geese, it's more fun. So anyone who is interested training their BCs in a service dog work can contact me on FB at the Adventures of Ranger and Jin or Please Don't Pet me.
  2. A good photo is worth posting a couple of times. The name is Bond, Jinss Bond. Jin will be 3 on Dec 5th. He has successfully completed his service dog training and for several months now has proofed himself many times over the past 3 weeks in the streets of Occupied Oakland when challenged by police. Funny thing is the police hinder and challenge the validity of my service dog while the demonstrators were most helpful, even escorting me back to my car one day. As a mobility assistance dog he provides a steady platform to brace my knees against and to use while getting ujp off the ground. As a medical assistance dog he alerts me to changes ensuring I take appropriate steps to prevent a crash. In protection (as allowed by law) he places himself between me and whatever. When I go to an ATM machine I can place him on alert. No one comes near a BC that's giving 'eye' to everyone. For stress reliefe from SD work Jin works chasing geese. There are hundreds of geese in parks and greensward here. Jin and i have a regular 35 acre plot where we train and work with geese daily. He has close in control but once give the run-in he's off. He responds to most whistle commands but being Jin his recall still sucks until he's cleared out all the geese. Then I can give him a down or recall. Ji can clear 35 acres of geese in about 15 mins. Most of that is me walking from one place to another. He's knows all the gates so all I have to do is turn him loose. Since we work in an area where there are streets Jin has learned when his feet hit curb to stop even when chasing balls and geese. He will not cross any street without an OK. As far as the geese are concerned. He's coming along. Currently he is learning Peter and the Wolf. If I take he tail and hold it he is to immediately take me to the door we walked in and return me to the car. His record for Peter and the Wolf is about a block and a half and finding the car. It works OK in training and testing. Haven't tried it for real yet.
  3. This is the first BC Forum I ever logged on to. It is the last one to receive this post. It has been almost three weeks since my beloved Abby has passed. PTS for complications to a spinal injury when she fell trying to get into DWs car. A rough collie mix Abby crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, 24 Sept 10 a few minutes passed nine in the morning. We thought she was getting better but a few days before everything turned turn very bad. I'm going to miss her. She was the perfect dog. Sweet, loving and barking all the time until she was petted. Traditionally trained she performed way beyond the of my Service Dog Jin. Her life was trail and pack work for me and she had a knack for finding people out for walk whether they were lost or making love in the brush. Abby had no interest in Frisbees, balls, or toys. She loved people especially children. She even stood with Jin to protect me one day against three coyotes that came too way close. Acting like a 65lb defensive linebacker to Jins' blitzkrieg attack we were able to retreat in safety from what was a truly potentially bad situation. Each night I open my window and wish upon the stars then look at the place in my garden where the puppies dance. Abby loved wearing her pack. All I had to do was take it out an she would come over to have it put on. Abby and Jin loved to travel. Jin and Abby at the river Jin's about 8mo. In the Palm and Eucalyptus forest Jin at 10 weeks. Just becoming friends. I am disabled now. Jin is my service dog, not a trail pup or farm dog. As long as Abby was beside me there was some sense of the trail left. Jin now inherits Abbys pack with the addition of his Service Dog Patch. I love you Abby.
  4. T-touch has gotten a lot of publicity over the years with little detail to accompany it. While I've used the parts I know on my dogs I don't find a difference between that and just giving them a belly rub or massage.
  5. Primarily body language, hand sigs and the whistle with a few voice commands. Normally I only call to Jin when I want his specific attention and when he goes astray. All directional commands are given in relation to the ball. Jin's service dog commands are whispered noises and hand sigs. List of Jin's field commands Go Way= Move left. Come bye= Move Right Walk On= Go straight OutOut= go away from me To-meTo-me= come toward me. jump jump= jump go over designated object slides= climb object
  6. Would someone post links to whomever sells whistles. All I can find are the plastic ones and whistles out of the UK.
  7. Always found corian and metal whistles out of my budget they get lost to easily even on a lanyard. I keep half a dozen in a draw, an extra in the car an one each in Jin's D vest and pack.
  8. Good for you Chi-ann. You may have to move the whistle around in your mouth and experiment with the correct position. Breath frm the diaphragm and blow easy. It doesn't take much once you've got the basic technique.
  9. I like Jin's coat. Just right I had a rough coat that was absolutely the most fur I've ever seen on a BC.
  10. That'a funny. I use the cheap plastic whistles. I read these instructions many times and learned the Zen of the sheepdog whistle. There is a saying that each BC puppie comes fro the womb fully trained and includes a sheepdog whistle. It's just that it takes a year to learn how. I'm missing teeth, the instructions don't work, so I had to make some changes in to to get a sound. That changes when I have my teeth in. It's a whole different dynamic. however through experimentation I was finally able to get a bleat from it that over several weeks of listening to the radio turned in to a Queens Bohemian Rhapsody accompanied by sheepdog whistle Place the whistle according to the instructions we have all received. e dentist first and have yours adjusted. False teeth probably won't work as well as your own teeth, but I haven't tried that yet.
  11. You may get some more, adults coats are usually full in by 18 months. However be awayr you may have a relatively short haired dog. Jin's coat is very smooth about 2-3" in layers. Here's Jin at 14 mos or so.
  12. That's how I call my dogs back to the car. Just unlock it. Very convenient for Toyota to issue that recall.
  13. That's ridiculous. Over $9,300 for a sheepdog? That guy should be drag through those thousand sheep by a thousand sheepdogs. Disgusting!
  14. Dixie has a point./ Jin does the same thing. If he's hot and tired he lies down in the coolest spot he can find. I've learned to wait and wouldn't call it willful disobedience. Jis does exhibit that on occasion. Mostly when he find the garage door open and he wanders to the church. He doesn't always want to come home since he's having a good time. When he's upset he also tries to make for he church and then the wash. Getting him to return is a joke and he'll plain refuse. I think I know the reason he does this and slowly we are making progress to his not doing it. I don't think BCs are willfully disobedient. I just think they have their own reasons for not doing something.
  15. After reading this thread a couple of times I'm ready to answer. Do border collies exhibit willful disobedience? DW says yes. Case in point my last BC named Basil. Depending on who was issuing an instruction he would stand there and refuse to do as instructed. Additionally if you insisted on his doing it he would start to argue with you while stamping his feet. And as if that was not enough he had to have the last word just before he would walk off in a huff. Jin's jut as bad. He plays stupid mind games. Things he wants to do. Mind you they do not interfere with his work. If I send him for a medicine bottle he gets it. But if he brings me a ball he may or may not want to give it to me. As for recall obedience, it's getting better but there are times when I issue a recall and wh looks at me then will do something else, go lay in a mud hole, get a ball he left in the field. DW also says he looks at you and plays dumb. "Jin, pick up the ball" You get the head tilt and "Say what?" From a more serious point of view it means if he's wild searching for a ball it may take a few minutes for me to get his attention back to me so I can give him a down before setting him on course for the ball. I shall also say I have given him instructions like go to that field in gate 'A', fetch object, exit gate 'B' then return. I've seen him wait and look at the problem before executing it. Then do all of the parts of the exercise in a manner he chooses. . BCs have a lot of latitude in their work. As an SD Jin is supposed to enter the house and clear it first. Instead quite on his own volition he turns on the hall lights first then checks the house and not always in the same order. I didn't teach him that. He's supposed to check the house form the back to the front. Instead he seem to do it at random and it's never the same twice in a row. Don't ask me why, that's how he does it. Wilful disobedience I don't think so. Just a dog thinking about his work.
  16. Where's that? I know the Sierras very well, both sides. We were there from the 12-15 July. Had I known you lived close to there we could have arranged a meet up. Most of you can skip this next para and go to the one on Jin himself Hi Comet, Jin's A PSD first and a mobility assist dog second. He helps me in public which can be very difficult for me. That's a riot when you consider I was a fairly prominent public figure. Can't do it anymore too stressful. As for what SD boards I belong to there is only one, Service-Dog Forums. SD Central doesn't care for my training methods, opinions and politics so I was asked to leave. I left Dogster for the same reason I ask everyone to boycott Dogster. They have no ethics or qualms about invading your account, reading private mail, editing and deleting messages and worst of all violating the civil rights of individuals especially the disabled. After speaking on the phone with the CEO (Dogster is a public corp) I found they really don't give a damn about anyone. They only want a happy, happy, joy, joy world so they "protect" their users from undesirable elements like myself and a few others while raking in the cash. Strictly profit drive. Nothing wrong with that until you step over the line which they did. If you search or mention Jin, Abby or Ando your message will be deleted and you can get kenneled. How's that for small mindedness. There is currently a group of people planning to file a class actio0n lawsuit agains dogster. FYI I do not belong to that group. I do belong to Facebook and a few forums there: "Please Don't Pet me" and "Owner Trained Service Dogs", Return Jin to Dogster, and "You look healthy for a disabled person." " You look clever for an idiot" I also belong to an invitation only PSD support group. If you and Geonnie might be interested in that group let me know and PM me a paragraph on yourself that I can submit to the admins. Staying on the subject of Jin. He was neutered in June. I waited until he was full grown and all the growth plates had closed since he needs to be physically mature to perform as an SD. Those were expensive x-rays. On a trip to Los Angeles we found an agility club at a park were we playing our games of 4-ball, jump-jump and others. Mostly they Aussies and BC with a few Jack Russels. When I turned around to pay attention to them they were watching us. Several commented on his training yet they wouldn't let me try him on any of their equipment, liability. They asked about the sheepdog whistle and how I got him to do what I wanted when he was across the field (few hundred feet out) and how I trained him to directional control without having to be next to him. You do it the same way you do it with sheep. I was a bit puzzled until I realized none of these people had ever worked with sheep or at a distance. BTW One of the reasons I got into trouble with the SD boards is because of my attitude on Distance Work for SDs which they don't think is necessary. You can read it here if you like. My rough collie mix Abby is 9yrs now and has joint problems so she no longer carries a pack and is treated like a princess since I retired her from trail work. Because she is a mix I think she has a genetic problem. She seems to be aging faster than other dogs I've had. Sweet Abby. We spoil her. OK Nuff for now. Time to go out.
  17. I've vacationed with my dogs for years. I've always looked for motel/hotels or resorts that allowed dogs rather than try to rent a house which I did once. Staying a places like the Vagabond Inn where they have pet play areas, kitchen units, pools and such wind up costing about the same as a furnished vacation rental. Depending on where you got the units can be anything from a typical motel room to a bungalow very nice. Research parks and other places to find out what the dog restrictions are. Some areas are particularly dog friendly with cafes where you can dine outdoors with the dogs at your table. As the owner of a service dog the law gives me the right to stay anywhere however I prefer dog friendly places because the facilities are better prepared to take care of the dogs.
  18. All to often a disability runs you and you have little if any control over it. That's what's happening today. Not an excuse it's a fact of life. That's where Jin comes in. He keeps me straight. Helps me to to keep track of where and when I am and to escape to a place of safety when in trouble. reminds me to take meds and other things. He's quick learner but still typical of a BC in his field work. Sort of an agility course made up of natural objects he can jump, crawl and run under, over around and through. Right now Jin is my link to what was a normal life. Without him it would be impossible.
  19. There is a reason I haven't been here. The thing is I make mistakes and instead of allowing for them I get sanctioned, my posts moderated. I don't think that's fair for an innocent mistake. I am disabled, physically and mentally. It makes my life hell, unable think clearly and to always make the right decision and for that reason people get angry at me. It's not my fault. My disability affects how I think and act sometimes. I can live without that kind of pressure. I belong to a service dog forum that teaches acceptance and tolerance for others which is something I need to function. That is something I don't find here from the mods and a few others despite the friends I've made at ABC. I didn't ask to be disabled. It was not my choice to have my life turned upside down and totally F'd up. I don't understand it and have a hell of a time accepting it. Even worse I have major problems in adapting to certain situations. I love BCs. I came here to have some fun to get a handle on my disability through my dogs. However (pointing fingers) Eileen some others don't seem to think I should do that. So I get sanctioned over the weird and different postings I make like the one that ran away about local government and pot shops. I get what I think are excuses, "It uses too much bandwidth." Pictures take more bandwidth than my few paragraphs of text. I'm told people don't want to read that kind of stuff. If they don't want to read it why are the threads so long? I have been directly told that some of my topics change the focus of the forum. That's ridiculous. Nothing I write here will ever change the focus of the forum. I have learned something over the years having owned my own forums and being mod on others. Once established a forum ceases to be owned by the people who pay the bills, in this case Eileen. It belongs of the members who shape and create it because without those members, good, bad or indifferent there is no forum at all. I like it here. I've made a few contributions as well. It can be a fun place to play except when the "grown ups" come out, and I can no longer play with those who have grown up too much. Together we, Ranger and Jin.
  20. I occasionally get email asking about Jin, who is now 1 1/2. Officially he is a service dog in training (SDiT) registered with the state of Calif. We just came back from a small gathering of service dogs and their owner/handlers in Donner Pass, Ca at 7,000 ft in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A great time was had by all canoing, hiking, swimming with the dogs with Jin making two new service dog friends; Indio a 3 yr old Golden Retriever and Zeus a 5yr old Mastiff. Jin's training was evaluated and I was told he's coming along well and that he just needed more time. He barked at things and people occasionally while we were in the camp and he was on the tie out line. On and off lead he was well behaved in public at restaurants, the market. stores, and the motels we stayed at going up and back making friends easily. I did slip in a puddle of water while on the trip. Hurt worse than climbing rock but Jin was there to provide me with a stable platform so I could get up and some mobility assistance to get back to the car although that is his secondary function as an SD. His only problem was he wanted to stare down a chipmunk that was a constant visitor to our camp. Taught Jin to ride in a canoe. That was fun, first had to teach him to jump into a floating boat. Beached it's easy, not so when floating next to the shore where he has to jump a bit. Very fortuitous that I taught him to "jump jump" over things on command. It made teaching him to get in a lot easier. Even better that he trusts me enough to jump into a floating boat. One problem though. In the car Jin rides in the back seat all the time. No room for a crate when loaded with camping gear. Throughout the entire trip he sat in the back seat rather than lying down. He was so tired he would fall asleep sitting there. Somehow I have to teach him to lie down in the back seat especially on a long trip. My vet suggested giving him a Benadryl next time we do a long trip. Not too happy about that thought. Clickable thumbs. Jin and I at Donner Lake camp not far from where the Donner-Reed (not Donna Reed) Party sort of survived the winter of 1846-7 Slide Show Titles give an idea where we were.
  21. The data may be recoverable. You will need file or disk drive recovery software, just do a google search for it. I've recovered data from drive considered totally corrupt and as long as the drive spins up there is a possibility of recovery.
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