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Piper

I just finished reading Piper by Natale Ghent. It’s a children’s dog story…about a girl and an Aussie. Which is of course why I read it. I finished the story and turned another page…a short history of Australian Shepherds. I turned another page..and…a pedigree? The book is about a young girl whose father is killed […]

Herding 101

I’ve been working hard to learn some herding basics. It’s really hard to read about herding without having watched enough to put labels on actions. It’s getting clearer though. But I’m finding articles and a book or two to read. I wish I could get ahold of a video or two as well, but yipes…pricey. […]

Oh dear…

You know you’re a dog person when…

-You have more dog beds, chew toys, collars, leashes, harnesses, and dog crates than you have dogs.

-You meet other people with dogs, and remember their dog’s call name after 30 seconds, but don’t get the owner/handler’s name until you’ve met them 2 or 3 times.

-You don’t […]

Corners, Hips, & Lumps

This morning Mesa did her first track with a corner. She was brilliant. It was a great day to throw a problem at her. There was no wind and very heavy dew. I laid a track with one 90 degree corner, 4 articles, and aged it 12 minutes. She was marvelous. She figured out the […]

Sproing!

I’ve been sick all week. I’ve managed to keep up with Mesa’s tracking and to mess about with some tricks we’re learning, but all in all the dogs are slowly going out of their minds from lack of exercise. I hadn’t realized just how much they were getting until a bad cold and a couple […]

Tracking Thoughts

My only tracking experiences were many years ago with my GSD, Brand. He was, as we say, a natural. Head down, nose deep, all business, he made a 90deg turn perfectly on track without hesitation on his very first corner. At that time I read (and memorized) Glen Johnson. Brand didn’t have much problem with […]

Flyball

I took Kaia to flyball practice at the DTC on Sunday. They helped me get her started over the jumps. Thank you Marion & Mary Beth. She ran around the first one so they made a chute out of ring gates. We worked up to her running down the four jumps and back. The first […]

Herding 101 continues

Saturday Mesa and I headed for the sheep once again. When we first arrive she needs to greet everything: people with unreserved friendliness, dogs with puppy submissiveness. She waits quietly, although she eyes the sheep and whines if another dog goes in to work before her. She sits nicely at the gate. When we went […]

September Showers

I entertained myself this afternoon by watering the yard…with dogs. We haven’t had any rain for weeks. The dirt is like bricks and everything is wilting and dying. If the grass goes dormant the dogs will destroy what little is left. Kaia killed huge parts of the lawn just by running around this past winter. […]

Your Dog Is Bigger Than My Dog

The weirdest thing happens when we take our dogs anywhere there are other big dogs. Our dogs SHRINK.

Kai & Mesa have BIG DOG personalities. I don’t know if it’s their attitudes, or if they just move around a lot, but they fill up our house. When we get them around other big dogs, […]