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Our First Agility Trial

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Colman and I competed in our first agility trial in October 2013.

My trainer had warned me that dogs will go a little crazy in a new environment and not to be disappointed if I didn't make a qualifying score for my first time.

I entered in four events. The first thing he did was run to sniff the judge!! Then seemed distracted the whole time. When I would send him through a tunnel he would growl, then go. When I sent him on the doggie walk, he would growl and then go. He never did that before. However, we received a qualifying score plus a second place ribbon!!

We scored one more qualifying score. It was fun and nerve-wracking as well. I plan to go again in April. But I do not plan to enter so many events. (At least not on the same day.)

I was very proud of my baby.

  
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DESERTDREAMERS 2/26/2014 4:16PM

    Excellent! I used to do agility with my lab and my cocker. Haven't done it with my little furbabies.

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SHARJOPAUL 2/26/2014 10:03AM

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Our Australian Cattle Dog

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ryder is turning out to be the best dog ever. The mouthing is slightly less than in June. He knows many tricks. He is so quick to learn. My son now has him running full speed ahead chasing and catching his frisbee.

He has also started agility lessons. Yippee!

  
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PLUGINALONG 7/30/2013 1:19PM

    Would love to see a picture of him.

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AQUAJANE 7/29/2013 8:34AM

    So glad it's going well. Is the cattle dog Sir Bauxleigh? Not to be rude, but how's Colman's agility doing?

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CAROLJEAN64 7/26/2013 12:30PM

    My DSIL used to have one of these and he was the best natured dog ever. They are a great breed. Enjoy.

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MARGARITTM 7/26/2013 11:09AM

    So glad your dog is becoming such a wonderful member of your family!

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BADBRY72 7/26/2013 11:04AM

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Best dogs ever

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Wishing I had listened to my Spark People friends. . .

Thursday, June 06, 2013

We got the Australian Cattle dog. His name is Ryder. He is the sweetest, most in-tune dog we've ever had. He is smart as a tack. My son, his owner, has taught him a lot of tricks. He is usually very well behaved. Most of his antics are related to being a puppy. But, he does MOUTH!!! BIG TIME!!! We are trying to get that curbed. Then we should be able to breathe, but for now you never know when teeth will set in on you. Beware!

  
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MARY1313 6/9/2013 10:50PM

    snort! Oh the joy of puppy hood!!

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Colman Rocks at Agility

Thursday, June 06, 2013

We have been taking agility lessons for nearly a year, now. He loves his contact obstacles such as the dog walk and the A-frame. He is getting more confidant on the teeter as well. He jumps through hoops, over hurdles, panels, and broad jumps. Of course there are the tunnels and chutes. We are just beginning to do weave poles. We have bad days and great days and everything in between. Mostly, he does a very good job! (Me, too, I guess.)

  


Austalian cattle dog AKA blue heeler

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My son wants a blue heeler. I'm not sure we should get one. He/she would basically be a family pet. My son wants to do agility with the dog. I am concerned that it will herd our dogs & cats. Can they be trained to stop herding? Do they bite? If you have one please tell me about yours.

  
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PAPERCLIPSUE 11/26/2012 7:33AM

    Thanks for your replies. We have found four owners of heelers and met one of the dogs. She was well trained and behaved herself. He still wants one. Maybe it is a phase. He did mention an Irish wolfhound. Yikes!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/25/2012 6:51AM

    I agree with the border collie idea. Good agility dogs: poodles, border collies, Australian shepherds - all smart and great family dogs. All of them will herd. Even my poodle herds us sometimes. It cannot be trained out, but it can be channeled. I don't think I'd recommend the blue heeler. The Australian shepherds are very different dogs from the heelers.

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MARY1313 11/23/2012 10:11AM

    oh, and no they won't be able to stop herding, it is bred in them and it's just a natural instinct. Remember, they don't just herd, they nip the ankles in order to make the animal or child run the way they want them too.

Mary

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MARY1313 11/23/2012 10:09AM

    This is what I found on Wikipedia, just this one phrase made me shiver:

It was originally bred to herd by biting, and is known to nip running children. It forms a strong attachment to its owners, and can be protective of them and their possessions.

If he is wanting to do Agility, he should get a Border Collie, as they are the best suited to this type of activity, and they are well integrated into a family that has other dogs. I would suggest a puppy thought, because they must be trained from the start.

Hope this helps you!

Mary

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