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  1. Hello, I have a ABCA registered pup (a little over 2 years old now) and was curious, if we got him CGC (canine good citizen) tested/awarded, does that interfere with his ABCA registration? I know AKC and ABCA are big no nos together, and as much as I don't want to support AKC, I think there is some merit in having a program for good dogs and for owners with dogs to strive toward a good dog (I know too many "bad" owners and I honestly think having this sort of goal is a good starting point for getting the nation's pet surrenders down and adoptions up) its also nice to be able to show off "hey my dog is a good boy" to friends, family and future realtors. Anyways, I was also wanting to try teaching him agility and was curious IF he won any of those titles, would those affect his ABCA registration as well? We don't plan on breading him, im just genuinely curious TIA
  2. My 1 year old border collie blue heeler was doing great in agility but suddenly in the arena she won't go through the tunnel, is scared of the dog walk and is fearful of her trainer. When we are out and about she will go through the tunnel, jump up on high benches without being scared. My trainer is wonderful and extremely knowledgable in the area of agility. Does anyone have any tips?
  3. Hello all, I am just curious if there are any agility/flyball people here who also live in Sothwest VA, specifically, close to Abingdon VA. I would like to get into either one of these sports with my girl, but am having trouble finding any classes/clubs as close to me as I would like. Of course maybe there are none and I should just suck it up and drive 2 hours (or however long) to the nearest one, but I wanted to check and see if any of y'all know something I don't. I hope I don't sound lazy, LOL, it's just that if I'm going to attend classes regularly I'd rather it not be a 4 hour round trip, for the sake of my schedule and the environment. Thanks for your time.
  4. Hi, I have started taking a Foundations 1 class with my BC, Bella, and I just have a couple of concerned questions about teaching her to do certain things. The trainer in the class has done a great job explaining what we should be working on, we aren't doing any obstacles except tunnel and a jump on the lowest height possible. I think she does this mainly so we can introduce our dogs to it, plus people sometimes complain when you don't get to do any obstacles at all. I think this is fine because Bella needs some serious confidence building (Also, Bella and another dog in the class are less than 7 months old). I'm mainly interested in the foundation training part first anyway. She has a decent stay, can spin right and left on cue and is responsive to my hand cues. We play the "chase me" game where I throw the toy and try to race her to the toy then throw a party when we get there. I can even throw the ball and have her stay until I reach the ball then release her to come get it (I think that's her favorite). For the life of me, I CANNOT get her to back up onto a surface. I have tried to use like a flat box lid and all she wants to do is put her front paws on it then step off and do back paws. Do you guys think this is okay, will it mes her up in the future? Any recommendations?
  5. Hey everyone! First timer here! I have a Border-Aussie who is almost 11 months old who I have just started with agility. We've done the jumps, tire, table, and tunnel. He gets way too over-stimulated when we do it though, and will bark non-stop and jump and bite at my arms. He gets too crazy to listen to my commands. (This all based on a single class we've done so far, but I'm a big believer in nipping problems in the bud.) I am walking calmly through the course, and keeping my voice business like, but it wasn't enough to calm him once he got going. The trainer told me when he does it to gently take him by the scruff on either side of his neck and sternly say "enough". It took a couple of times doing it during a run but he finally focused enough to run down the tunnel when I asked, and kept quiet. Phew! My question is, what do all of you typically do in these scenarios? This seemed to work for my dog, but I'm curious what everyone does. I don't want him to eventually stop enjoying it, but he needs to chill out! lol! He didn't seem terribly bothered by the correction, but I want to be sure I'm not potentially setting us up for future problems. Thank you for any advice!
  6. Hello! Long time lurker, first time poster! I have been waiting on a few litters of working bred border collies puppies and they have all finally made it safely into this side of the world! Now comes the hard part: choosing! Litter 1: Working bred rough coated Red tri male (45lbs) x Working bred black tri smooth coated female (38lbs). CEA clear/clear, hips good/excellent. The bitch is out of incredible lines, bred and brought up for one year by Norman Close as his pick of the litter. She ended up not being pushy enough for the trial environment and was sold to their close friend who has a small sheep farm. She is athletic and FAST! Lovely temperament and structure. I have pick between two females. This is the female's first litter. Litter 2: Same sire x Rough coated red merle female (50lbs). CEA clear/carrier, hips good/excellent. I love the temperament of these dogs! Litter produced mostly red merle and one red tri, I have third pick of females. Puppies from previous litters of this same pairing appear to be lovely dogs in mind and drive, and are successful stock/ sport dogs. Originally when I started my search, I loved the idea of a red border collie, the red merles are also pretty, but as I have been researching, color is my last priority. This pup will be my sport prospect, especially in agility and dock diving, with intention to work stock as well, possibly trial. I am leaning toward the smaller black tri pups, but I still can't get over how gorgeous those red merle puppies are. I know there is a lot of prejudice with the merles, and worry about that in an active sporting/trial career. Thoughts?
  7. At my last agility class my instructor was talking about proofing her dogs in the weaves with a tunnel entrance pointed in her dog's face about 3-4 feet off of the weave poles. She asked her students if they thought their dogs could do the challenge... Proofing is so much fun!!! Here's the result that we had What kinds of proofing do you do for your equipment???
  8. Hi there! I'm new to the forums so please excuse me if I say something that is incorrect. I have an 8 month old male entire Border Collie. I purchased him from proven champion working stock with lines behind them of the same. The dogs have lure coursing, herding, disk, dive, agility and obedience titles. I sought after a BC as a performance dog and of course, a companion for myself and my other dog. Despite his heratige my border collie has almost no drive at all, for toys, balls or prey. He is fairly driven for food but just seems lazy in general. He is a very fit boy, has been health checked and is in top health and is fed raw so it's not something health related. All his brothers and sisters, mother and father, and relatives have high prey and toy drive. However there is a few strange things about him. He is a tiny border collie, he is only 11kgs (just) at 8 months. All his siblings and parents are large big boned borders. He has large floppy ears that do not perk at all, his siblings have erect ears with tipped tops and so does both lines he comes from. He has a very long "show" coat and look which is abnormal considering he is from medium coated working lines. He also used to have bad fear aggression towards other dogs, with a lot of training he is now friendly and shy. None of his lines have had early fear aggression. He was also bread from dogs that were clear of all hereditary diseases. Everyday I have been working to increase his non-existence drive. I have used flirt poles, tug toys, rewards for fetching and games of chase to try to improve it. It has hasn't worked. When I play with him he just goes through the motions, he will lazily grab at the toy or ball and then tug until I free him. When fetching he will just walk slowly over and pick up the ball before dropping it at my feet and wait for a reward. We occasionally have successes but it's fairly infrequent. So what I'm asking is, have you any idea how I could improve this? I love him to bits but I really want to be able to do performance sports with him. Should I maybe introduce him to sheep? I have heard a few success stories from that. Also, the reason why he is not desexed is to try to help him to grow more confident in hopes to achieve better drive, I have no desire to breed him. Thank you so much! Sorry this is so long but I think it's better to explain everything.
  9. I am curious what system you use and why? Or do you have your own system? I have been practicing agility for 4 years and competing for roughly 2-3 of that (not regularly at this point). Until last fall I used the Derrett System which is based on very specific positional cues from the handler. Ideally you are in position at the next piece of equipment when your dog is launching from the previous jump. After struggling with timing with my little rocket dog (>7yps jumpers), I decided to change systems to Shape Up Dogs, so that I can give her on a verbal cue and leave regardless of where I am or where she is. It has been a bit of a transition with the hardest bit, getting her to take a jump while I am moving in a different direction - with the Derrett system, human decel means the dog should be coming with you, not continue to the equipment...Additionally, moving threadles have been a bit of a challenge because she was always taught to come in to me and then flick, where now I am literally moving in the direction that I want to go while giving her a cue. Serpentines were more of a challenge in the Derrett System for me, but with a verbal cue to take the jump, it is much more clear to her not to go running by as I move ahead.
  10. Im looking into getting into REAL agility with my next dog. But directionals, fancy jump work has always baffled me to death. Terms like blind crosses, front crosses, and wraps from the front or backs of jumps... Teaching a dog to go behind a jump and come in to you from the right wing... or the left wing? Then take a left or right towards an outward jump.. WHAT? And Kip cap?! WHAT? "Out doesn't just mean get outside of the jump, it can also get out past the jump." How am I to teach a dog all this nonsense if I have no clue when people are trying to teach it to me? I am so confused. How does the dog know the difference? I have always guided my dog by body language, obstacle names, and the occasional. "right" or "left", to have my dog moving right or left out of a tunnel or over a jump. How do we teach the dog different sides of a tunnel? Does that not change when the dog takes it from different angles? I need help.
  11. In my morning paper. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/07/12/deaf-dog-once-thought-untrainable-wins-champion-agility-title.html I've never weaned myself off from hand-signals, so it never occurred to me what would be difficult about training a deaf dog. Clicker/verbal marker training doesn't work. She said she used a 'thumbs up' hand signal to replace the clicker, which would mean her dog would need to looking at her to have a 'precise moment in time' marked. Anyway, the article is delightful light reading, Seven is a rescued border collie.
  12. In the Spring my previous dog and I were involved in the production of these videos for Tawzer dog. Game On! is for teaching obedience classes using games, and has some super fun ideas for any trainers out there. Agility for fun and confidence is a 6 week curriculum for teaching an intro agility class to help dogs build confidence and have fun. Nicole's great to work with, she has great ideas, and Tawzer's having a 50% off Black Friday Sale! http://dvddepot.tawzerdog.com/ My doodle and I make some appearances in the Game On preview also
  13. Hello! I'd love it if anyone could give me a list of the things you like to bring with you for your dog when you go to agility trials. Thanks!
  14. We adopted Bear when he was about 9 weeks old. He is a BC/Lab mix. We've never owned either of the breeds before. We have a beagle who is a few years older than Bear who we also raised and trained from puppy hood. Both are hobby agility dogs (meaning we show fewer than 6 times per year and train with a club weekly for fun's sake). Bear was not very good with new situations when he was a puppy, probably due to being taken to the vet so much due to an eye issue. He would throw up in the car due to anxiety every time we went anywhere. We still made him go places though, poor guy, and gave him a lot of positive reinforcement. He loves the car now as he knows it means we are going somewhere fun! When we first started going to the dog park, we took him to the small dog park and he seemed to have a great time romping around. We went 5 or 6 times and he was always relaxed. So we took him to the big dog park which is connected to the small dog park and completely in view. He ran screaming when the dogs came up to him. We didn't think much about it as the same thing happened to our beagle but she quickly got over it. Long story short, Bear was always uptight when we would go to the park. I thought he was just excited. He was submissive to dogs who paid attention to him but he never played. Eventually, however, he would start lick-attacking dogs that came too close to me. We worked on this by me holding on to his collar and saying ah-ah if he lunged and then saying yes (mark word) when he sat down and looked calmer. Eventually he ignored dogs that came near me and we were good...or so I thought. We rescued a 6-month old Great Dane/hound/lab pup, Happy, from the road in July. Bear let him know that Bear was allowed access to the porch when Happy became possessive the second day. They have been great friends since, constantly wrestling and tugging. Bear frequently flops on his back in front of the pup when they are playing. The pup was attacked by a dog a few weeks after we got him. We were desperate and let Bear and the beagle play distraction as the dog, who had slipped out of her collar, refused to get off the pup. Bear has again begun to lunge and snap at dogs who get too close to me when he is in his crazy state which is caused either by agility happening nearby or water being nearby or balls being thrown nearby. This almost always happens when he is on his leash. However, we went to one of our fairly regular dog parks recently. Bear and Happy had a stand off with two other dogs just a few moments after entering the park. I attempted to diffuse this by running off and singsoning, "Let's go, puppies!" Both followed me as well as one of the stand off dogs, whom my dogs promptly ignored. About half an hour later, a small dog decided to get snippy with my pup who responded by barking loudly at it, which set Bear off. He came zooming in from behind and growled and snapped at the little dog. the little dog drakes out and ran back to the bench its master was sitting on. My dogs followed the little dog and I immediately walked in the opposite direction and called them. They came to me and we put some distance between us. They calmed down and when the pup walked near the little dog later, he seemed calm but wary. Bear ignored the dog in favor of playing fetch with a little boy. Yesterday, I purchased new dog food. Bear joined his beagle sister in raw feeding a week ago. He growled at the pup for being near the food bin and then attacked him when he got too close to me on my chair. I grabbed him, gave him a firm no, and then rolled him on his back. Positive reinforcement when he calmed down. I have no idea if this was right but it was all instinct. I have little experience with aggressive dogs. He didn't break skin on the pup, but the rest of the day was pretty miserable with the pup being submissive and Bear doing a lot of posturing. Bear gets a lot of exercise as we have a fenced in back yard and 10 acres behind that. Also, he and the pup wrestle for hours. We do some sort of training about 15 minutes a day with each dog. Lastly, I have been doing some research and noticed there are stages of aggression, the first being growling. Bear has never growled before lunging. What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it? Did I break Bear when he was puppy? Is that why he plays like a maniac at home but won't play at the dog park? I know he has gone through a lot of changes recently, but I want to make sure he is successful, even if this is just a phase. Also, I have been researching calming methods, but wanted to get some direct recommendations from experienced BC handlers, particularly those who do agility or dock jumping or have ball obsessed dogs. I apologize for the long post, but I wanted to be as detailed as possible. Thank you, Julie
  15. Link and I have been having some trouble with contacts. He does them fine on the bottom of the obstacle (on the A-frame, decent on the dogwalk), but when we start doing the whole obstacle it falls apart and he comes off the contact. If someone is waiting on the other side and puts treats on the target he does ok, but usually I'm working by myself. My instructor suggested having him jump up on the side of the A-frame using a table, or lift him onto the dogwalk and start working backwards, since it really seems he is having a hard time slowing down, and on top of it doesn't really understand his back feet have anything to do with it. I did a little bit of that though and it worked better. We also have a target box at home that we do back foot targeting with, but I don't know how to transfer the behavior to the contacts. this is my first serious agility dog, so I'm pretty confused on how to address this. Any suggestions?
  16. Hey agility folk! If you have/had an agility dog who has ever experienced any type of toe problem then you are probably eligible to participate in this research study. The study is designed to 1) identify potential risk factors for injuries, and 2) analyze the return to athletic performance of dogs who had one or more toes amputated for any reason. The goal of this research is to provide agility enthusiasts with information about common toe problems in the sport and to provide veterinarians (and dog owners!) with information to assist with decision-making in amputation situations. Your dog will not be examined if you participate. All agility dogs are eligible, regardless of whether the injury/problem occurred during agility or whether the dog returned to agility after recovery. All types of toe problems (injury, disease, infection, tumor, etc.) are eligible. For additional information you can visit the webpage here: Clinical Studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine If your dog is eligible, the online survey can be found here: Agility Dog Toe Problem Survey. The questionnaire takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete for dogs who were not treated with an amputation, and 15 minutes to complete for dogs who had one or more toes amputated. Feel free to pass this information along to your contacts and let me know if you have any questions (by posting here, PM, or via email at kmartucci@vetmed.wsu.edu). And for good measure, here's a recent picture of Dazzle (who is still competing and doing well, although she is nearly deaf now) for those who remember her. Thanks!
  17. Hi all! I had a sheltie that I did agility with just for fun 5 years ago. Since then he has passed, and I've gotten a BC/Kelpie cross. She is 12 weeks old. When can she start jumping? What can we work on now at this age? Also I want to compete with her, and that means she needs to be registered. Correct? Where do I register a mixed dog for agility? I am in the Bowling Green Kentucky area. How do I find out about upcoming agility events? Thank you for your time!!
  18. I am still pretty new to dog agility and am wondering what the best sort of exercise you have found to do with a dog the morning before you leave for an agility trial? This weekend we will be going back and forth from Lexington to Louisville, KY (about 70 miles) each day for the three day AKC trial, so I will be able to do some kind of exercise or warm up with my dog before we leave home. I have tried different things in the past year we have been trialing, more when I am commuting from home than when staying at a hotel. I haven't found that playing ball fetch calms her down particularly, despite the energy she expends (she can go very over the top at agility trials, she LOVES AGILITY). I think the best result was when I walked her about 3 or 4 miles before we left, which is our normal morning walk; it's just hard on my middle-aged body to do so much then drive 70 miles, then run agility and drive back and start over the next day. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. This is only our second AKC trial, since my Layla only fairly recently decided that that the teeter was doable, we've been mostly doing NADAC. She was measured at 18" the first time so she was able to jump 16", she jumps 20' in NADAC, but it would be nice if she could come out with another 18" measurement. She is right on that edge between jump heights. We did our long walk before she received that first, favorable measurement.
  19. Hello, everyone! I am a BC beginner and I will be getting my first Border Collie. She will be just about 8 weeks old when I pick her up. I am extremely excited, as I've been searching for the right puppy for a few years now. Even though she comes from a strictly herding line, I've decided that I would like to train her for both flyball and agility when she's older. I've been involved in flyball for about two years now and I am a complete beginner in agility. So, I have a bit of a dilemma that I'm hoping a few of you can help with. How should I go about as far as training classes go? More specifically, which classes should I take (obedience, foundation agility, etc.) and when is a puppy considered old enough to begin said classes? I'm aware that a puppy cannot be subjected to repetitive, strenuous activity until they are about a year old. That being said, what should I be doing with my puppy until then? Also, are there any general (not necessarily sports-related) training tips you can offer? Or any information you'd feel would help a novice? I'm a bit nervous for my first BC and I want to do things to the best of my ability. So, any knowledge would be incredibly appreciated! Thank you!
  20. Hi, I have a 9 month old BC boy, we are new to any dog sports, and new to the BC world too. I have been looking at a lot of agility training classes, reading CU for puppy, watching Susan Garrett DVD's etc...But still an outsider to this world ! Here is my question - what should be the format of a good agility class ? What should I look for ? I looked at pre-agility too, and whats the best format? Mine is too distracted & hyper when he gets to class, eventually settles down & focuses, but I am not sure its the right format of a class I picked. And do all BC's bark in an agility environment ? Thank you in advance !
  21. I have been taking agility classes for about a year and a half now, we had our first NADAC trial a year ago, and have gone through ups and downs for sure since I began with NO CLUE about what I'm doing. BUT, I am getting a bit hooked on this agility stuff now that my precious Layla is showing actual progress; I finally took her to an AKC agility trail and she did great except for standard (because of the teeter-totter, which she is still leary of off and on). I am feeling good about how she's paying attention to me and returning to me to let me put the leash on her in the end (we had serious problems with that in April). She loves agility, and I can honestly say this is something I never thought I would do until we adopted a border collie mix puppy at the shelter and she grew up to need a JOB! And now I am loving it too, even though I know I probably look kind of silly at 49 chasing a fast little dog like her but the ride is SO FUN! Here's our JWW cue from this past weekend (Qed once in JWW and twice in FAST), now I just can't wait until the NADAC trial on June 22-23.
  22. Hello All- I have a wonderful 4-month old BC. Her parents are both champion herding bc's, and she has a wonderful, friendly temperament. I want to train her for frisbee for sure, and maybe agility and fly-ball. Is she too young to start training now? When is the best time to train? Is this best handled by a professional trainer? If so, I live in Westchester County, NY and would welcome suggestions and introductions. She is very smart and athletic...so want to keep her busy!! Thanks
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