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Welcome Suzi. how old is Bo? Cassie is the first one I have gotten that wasn't a puppy. She was given to me by her breeder after she got her back from a couple of previous owners and then her daughter showed her to her championship. She was 4 1/2 when I got her. I haven't really gotten too far with her training, but I think it is completely because I don't seem to have the energy for anything.
I have had 5 previous ACDs, so have done some with them.
I wish we could get some activity on this list.
Hi I'm Suzib123 and this is Bo. We got him at the pound 3 weeks ago. All tips on this breed are welcome. So far he knows sit, stay, roll over and walks very well. He likes to run along when I ride my bike!
I need to change-and with that said....lets do this!
Suzi B 123
I had a look at the herding place and they listed all the cattle/sheep dogs we have over here. How elitist they only want BCs... while they're beautiful dogs ACDs and kelpies are just as good at herding as anyone else.
And what? They expected the dog to be able to run the course 100% perfectly everything up to maximum on the 2nd day? Thats... *sigh* I know there's a lot of companies out there like that. Makes me sad. Not just in the dog world either.
How's her training coming along?
That is great that you have a facility near you with all that. It is a half hour to where I did obedience with my other dogs (after Bridgitte who was my first ACD who went way up north). The herding was an hour or more from here. Many of the herding trainers will not work with ACDs. They want Border Collies only. I did go to a Border Collie person with Annie and that got funny when she took us to a trial in SE Colorado. The BC people were telling her that ACD owners "thought" their dogs could herd cattle, but they really couldn't do anything. Annie's problem was she hadn't ever been around cattle and they had a longer outrun than she had ever done. When Carol took us back out after the trial was over those BC people shut their mouths. Annie was working the cattle fine once we got out there with her.
I don't know what the dog parks around here have. I only ever see one that is on the south end of town and they don't have anything. For me to try to teach Cassie agility I would have to make the stuff for her to work on and I don't know where the book is that I had for that. The author is in the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America and I got the book from him.
I can understand wanting to do all that stuff with Flamey. I wanted to with Annie, too. With Venture I tried Obedience and Herding and with Blue Obedience and Agility. Unfortunately, the trainer said that Venture didn't have any instinct (ACD people said he had good instinct, as did a national trainer) and Blue got kicked out of Agility because he was too afraid to go up the A-frame when it was put all the way up on the 2nd day. Of course, they kept all my money for tuition.
I don't know how well at my age I could get to doing agility with Cassie. She has to learn some obedience commands before I try that anyway. I hope I can get her to understand the obedience stuff.
There is a training group who do herding, agility, flyball and dancing about 20 min drive from me. I just had a behaviourist out today for Flamey's issues.
I think I'm going to have a much calmer dog. It's funny I told him on the phone I know it's me not her - and turns out I was right. I think we spent about 10 minutes with her all up out of the 2 1/2ish hours he was here.
So, I may join them but I'm going away in 8 weeks so I think for now I'll just keep walking her.
The dog park nearby has agility stuff set up. Hurdles, weaving poles, tunnels... the one near my friend even has the 'hoop' and balance beam. I wanted to see if I could get her to jump the hurdles. Turns out Flame will do anything for a stick.
So, I'd really like to see her get to expend her energy that way. I want to get her into film work if I can as well. I've got the equipment so once I've taught her a few things I'll make her up a portfolio. (I just finished my advanced diploma in film in 11.) So, I bought myself a camera. Now I love photography although I'm not doing it enough.
I sound like one of those show mothers LOL. But, I just want to get her into as much as possible that will keep her brain active. She's keeping my active. I cannot find where she's stashed her kibble ball for the life of me! Mark said to me today give her all her food in her kibble ball or a bob a lot - so she'll be mentally exhausted.
I do like to rave on don't I?
Welcome Anne. Do you have any herding trainers near you? I think other events usually have trainers fairly close, but sometimes herding is some distance. A friend of mine does some clinics in Australia and in some European countries every year or two. (he is a distance from me with a state and a half between us) I did herding with a couple of my dogs as well as obedience. I haven't tried agility, though.
Keep us updated on how things are going with the herding, agility and dancing.
I just got a new ACD last Sunday. I wasn't expecting her until toward the end of February, but she was able to get here early. She is about 4 1/2 and was bred and shown by a friend of mine. I might try to get her into agility, but will be working on her obedience at least.
First Name: Anne
Where are you from: Adelaide, South Australia
My ACD (what type, how many and names): Flame. She turned 1 on 12/12/12. She was a rescue. She's a purple heeler. So I'm wondering if that means I got the double whammy of heeler energy.
Do you have other pets? Daisy 13 year old Spanador
Why did you join this group? I want to get to know others with ACDs. It's my first time with one I've grown up with kelpies so I know a little about working dogs but ours were never workers.
I plan to get Flame into agility (that will help me with weight loss too!), herding and perhaps even dancing with dogs. She's an agressive chewer. I bought some cheap ornaments yesterday with the intention of sending them to a friend. Flame gave them a makeover...
because some silly person forgot she left the bag on the sofa and went out.
I'm Darlene from Denver, CO.
I am currently without dogs since having to send Venture to the Bridge last month. I have had ACDs since 1980 -- Bridgitte, Annie, and Annie's pups Blue, Patty, and Venture. Patty stayed with her grandpa for a few years and was the top ACDCA herding dog in 1998. She was high point at the Nationals that year on sheep (actually had the highest score for all classes). With me she didn't want to herd, though, just stay by my feet.
I currently have one cat, Orzo, who I adopted Dec 16. The last couple days I have noticed he is very suspicious like ACDs after I let him out of the back room after the guy working on my truck left.
I joined the group because I love ACDs and to meet others who have them.
I would like to be able to help answer questions people might have about the breed or find out from others. I want to eventually try to get a dog that I can use as a therapy dog.
My Lorelai is 10 weeks old today, and can totally relate to the puppy stage. My hands look like I've been in a fight...which I guess I have. We're slowly getting her use to the word NO, which is used quite a lot.
Glad to have you on the team.
Dog: Blue Heeler--9 weeks
He belongs to my son. He is smart, getting the potty training down, and loves my son.
I live on a farm with my husband, two adult sons, three dogs and two cats:
Blue heeler is Ryder. The "old man" Boston terrier is Bauxleigh. Colman is our 2 year old mini poodle. The cats are Daisy Lou and Red.
I joined the team to learn more about ACD from people who own them.
OTHER: The puppy stage is driving me crazy. LOL.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
First Name: Susan
Where are you from: Oklahoma
My ACD (what type, how many and names): I have a Blue Heeler, 8 weeks old now, named Lorelai. We found her in Texas, and brought her home when she was 5-1/2 weeks old.
Before that we had Cinderella, also a Blue Heeler. She was with us from 2001 until August 2012. She had cancer and is now at the Rainbow Bridge
Why did you join this group? To learn more about others who have ACDs.
I also have two cats, Izzy and BeBop, age 3. Lorelai wants to play with them, but they're not crazy about her. Hoping this will change as Lorelai gets older and bigger.
Tell us a little about yourself and your ACD(s)! I've created a template that you can copy/paste if you'd like to.
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Edited by: IZZYBEBOP at: 12/26/2012 (11:19)