There are quite a few ACDs in agility that are really good. A friend of mine here has one that is always at the top of her class and there is a couple from California, I think, that has had ACDs exclusively in agility and they are top competitors at the national level. Not saying they are the only breed for it, just that the nay-sayers are wrong when they keep saying you can't train them for those things. I don't have any way to do that because I don't have the equipment and don't have the money to get either the equipment or take classes.
Poodles, I'm afraid, often look like sheep to herding dogs, so you might have more problems with him herding your poodle than even the other dog you have. Of course, since he is of the smaller size, that might be helpful for getting your ACD to understand he isn't a sheep. I know that my first cattle dog thought a poodle was a sheep when we went to a herding event one time, though she should have known better since the Poodle was show cut. It was an instinct thing (not AKC) and they had the Poodle there after the show to see if it would herd. And he did, pretty well.
It sounds like your son is a lot better at training than I am. If he keeps it up like that he will have another dog like Skidboot. I don't know why the guy bred Skidboot to a Border Collie to get the puppies he did when he had such a talented dog in the first place. Of course, I think Skidboot was something like 3/4 ACD and 1/4 GSD. The guy sure did a great job with him, though. Just give that dog things to do and he will be a good boy.
As far as being knowledgeable, he is our first blue heeler. We have read all about them, but the experience of owning one is quite new. I know from experience that you have to be on top of him to stop herding the other dogs. Most of the time a "No" is enough. He is a very sweet and beautiful animal.
My son has trained him to do many things: Chomp, speak, whisper, catch a Frisbee, back up, wait, get it when I count to 3, Turn around/other way, fetch, hide and seek, and the usual things such as sit, down, off, walk on a leash. He is very smart and a quick learner.
He loves toys with squeakers. They don't last very long, but he carries it and squeaks it over and over (and over and over - LOL).
They have recently started beginner agility lessons. I look for him to be faster than my mini-poodle.
Edited by: PAPERCLIPSUE at: 7/30/2013 (07:49)
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I would like to see people knowledgeable about the breed posting and also people who are having fun with their dogs and what they do with their dogs. There was a lady who pretty much had the team going a little bit for a while, but it seems like she left SP. I haven't really seen much on here since a former leader lost her dog and quit posting.
I have a new one that a friend gave me back in January after I lost my last boy and if there is anyone knowledgeable about training them and can answer questions, I'd love to have ideas. Cassie is 5 and a little harder to train than my others were and I have not been working with them on this kind of training for many years.
I have been out of Spark for awhile due to health but trying to get back into the swing of it. Would like to see this team remain active. I have 3 ACD's. Jack my blue 13yr old, Mae Mae my red 2yr old and Smokey Bones my other blue who is 1.
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I would like to see the team continue. I have trouble bringing up things and getting notifications, but will try more often. I have had 5 ACDs, but just lost my red boy, Venture, this month. It will be a little while before I can get another because I have to really get rid of the carpet and such in the house first. I am hoping that I can find one that will make a good therapy dog and also get along with cats since I adopted one about a week and a half ago. Maybe some people could help me out with finding the right pup for therapy work and how to train one for that.
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If you'd like to keep the team going, please reply here.
Depending on the responses, after a month, will depend on whether I stay on or not. I'd like to keep it going because I think there's a lot we could learn from each other about ACDs. But because the team is so inactive, it's not even showing up in team searches.
Also, if you have ideas on how to keep the team going, post them here as well.
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