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Posted by: Quirkydog - Yesterday, 05:50 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (4)

I thought I would share a video of how much fun Draco and I have had with this.
This was phase 2,  meaning when I introduced 3 new behaviours, nose target, step on platform and front feet up on a chair there was no initial cue given when introduced.
Basically I demo and say "Do It".  He has never done feet on a chair before I introduced it.   However Draco is footsy and loves perchwork so this was not a huge leap for him
Next phase I will introduce 2 more behaviours he has never done before and to also do a chain of the known behaviours 


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Wink Haven't Posted In A While
Posted by: kristin92 - 06-23-2017, 09:44 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (5)

hey guys!! it's been a long time since i've posted here. hope all is well with everyone here..just wanted to give y'all an update on things.

Chance and I are well! He's been healthy ALL year minus breaking his tooth in half (was in previous post but amazing, right). We've just been enjoying each other's company on my days off & going on adventures & very long walks. Him and I will walk, play, be out and about for anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours. Depends on the weather, what we are doing and what our moods are both like. lol.

He's learning how to enjoy the water... well I should say learning how to enjoy swimming. Since last summer he has found out that he loves moving water that's in nature -- not so much tub or hose water  Tongue  He knows how to work his momma so that if his tennis ball is thrown just a liiiittle too far he'll turn and look at me and give me a goofy grin like "I ain't getting that momma, you're crazy" BUT I can literally throw it in the same spot the next throw & he'll get it 

This is our first summer together, where we actually can do stuff. because last summer he had that lameness in his leg with the limp for most of the summer due to lymes and then august rolled around and he needed two staples in his foot. So him and i are getting to live life to the fullest, spend time together and bond with one another while letting him experience a life that he deserves and that i'll always remember sharing with him. 

his papa and i aren't together anymore ( it's okay, don't be sorry. it sucked at first, but we are civil and i'm happier) but even with us not being together anymore, I don't regret ever adopting him. He's my best friend and my shoulder to cry on. He's my go to when i'm having a crappy day and just need to be cheered up.  He is still the greatest thing to ever happen to me since my springer passed in '03.

I'll try to update regularly on our adventures and our time together... but here's some pictures from the other day. 

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  Puppy growling/biting
Posted by: Emilysnowolf - 06-23-2017, 09:40 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (7)

So Memphis, my 10-week old puppy, can get very excited with people's feet and hands. I can just be sitting at a chair and she can come running and start biting. When I play with her, she bites too hard and I 'yelp' loudly, then I ignore her for a minute or so, but she doesn't stop, instead she growls or barks, and tries to 'attack' me. She also barks and growls when she wants to play with someone but they don't pay attention to her. I'm kind of at a loss at what to do. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading!

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  Meet Memphis
Posted by: Emilysnowolf - 06-23-2017, 11:51 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (6)

Memphis is currently 10 weeks old. She's a Border Collie x Mini Australian Shepherd, I adopted her from a farm a week ago. I myself am not a stranger to dogs, but I've never had one before. I've taken care of other people's dogs for up to a month, and I also have a few pets already. Memphis is doing well, save for the frequent accidents on the floor. She's very sweet but likes biting a bit too much and is also very picky when it comes to the many treats I have bought her.

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  New pup on monday!
Posted by: Rambopup - 06-23-2017, 06:49 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (6)

We are picking up a new sister for Rambo on Monday. She is 8 weeks old and part boarder collie, Aussie, and they said part sheep dog. Time to puppy proof the house again! If the picture posts she is the one on the left

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  Catching a half behavior on it's own?
Posted by: Ember - 06-22-2017, 01:11 PM - Forum: Working Dogs, Sports, & Training - Replies (1)

Per something Trifan posted in another thread of mine, I got to thinking. I am working on fold-back-downs with Ember, and half way there is something that looks like a play bow. I want to capture this half-down as it's own behavior ("take a bow") on my way to getting the down ("drop").

Would you teach the full "drop" first, and then go back and try for the "take a bow"? Or is it okay to pause half way, get "take a bow" down, and then push further for the "drop" when the first is learned on cue?

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  As Stubborn as She is Sweet
Posted by: Ember - 06-22-2017, 08:53 AM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (6)

The second part of the Fenzi "tuck sit" exercise was a kick-back stand. Problem is, I've never been able to get Ember to stand on command in general - everything I've seen is just too much in her space.

This is a second attempt at getting her back end up based on instructor's first response (waiting on a second now). The response: "get the treat closer to her chest - that usually gets their back end moving".

Problem: apparently in Ember's brain that means "down", not "stand". Deb and Judy love Ember because she challenges their training and problem solving skills. Lets see what they come up with to change this girl's mind.

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  Ember learning Tuck Sits
Posted by: Ember - 06-20-2017, 07:17 PM - Forum: Photo & Video Gallery - Replies (4)

This was today's Fenzi work. The object is to help the dog learn to tuck their tail under them when they sit as opposed to rocking back into one (it's a performance skill). Ember already has a fairly solid tuck sit (she came knowing it - I didn't even know it existed until a few days ago). Either her previous life was one prepping for performance or her demeanor of slinking toward a person lends itself to being natural - but it's not generally a natural motion for dogs, so I don't know.

Anyway, I'm showing this off as another milestone of her ever-changing mindset towards training.

And also to ask if anyone has any insight into the final few seconds when my mother comes in. Would you call the zoomie-like behavior stress related or a just a release of energy when concentration is broken?

This is by far the bounciest she has ever been during training and it's been like this the past few sessions. I'm not sure what to think about it. Part of me absolutely loves it, the other part feels like it's really stress related.

ETA: I also absolutely love that all of a sudden she started offering exactly what I was asking for - scoot-sit. It wasn't exactly in the training plan but it caught me off guard when she started it lol!

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Posted by: Trifan - 06-19-2017, 01:58 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (11)

It is fare to say that in our house we have created creatures of habit. Feeding, getting out in the morning and being put to bed at night is my partners area. As he goes to bed by 7-7.30pm so do the dogs. When Max was a young, only dog he would get restless if the time came and my partner had decided to stay up a little later, it took a little while to teach him that it was OK to stay up later. 
Now Jasper is going through the same thing but this funny little guy is having no part of going past bedtime LOL. He has adopted his own strategy for keeping things on schedule. He goes to Max and lets out two sharp yaps at Max and Max, bless him, immediately responds and goes to his crate. Jasper however, has still not accepted that he can of course simply put himself to bed so once Max is in bed he then goes to my partner, whimpers and trots his feet until someone asks him to go to his crate which he then does immediately. I guess he just likes to be tucked in so to speak or he feels that a bedtime treat will only be forthcoming if he has complied with the request to go to bed.
What really fascinates me is how did Max automatically know that this is what Jasper is asking of him. It has happened many times now and it just cracks me up. They are such funny little characters.

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  Walking the dog
Posted by: Williewingnut - 06-19-2017, 09:24 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

Jura likes to help out when he can

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