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Old 07-27-2012, 02:33 PM
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:59 PM
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I just googled aussies with tails and sifted through the images. Oh my gosh, I love it! I hope yours gets to keep it left on (unless you need it removed for service dog reasons). So cute!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:12 PM
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It's up to the breeder (tails are done before the pups are old enough for temperament tests) but if the right puppy for me is a mismark and gets to keep her tail.. I'll be really happy I like the tails as well!

trying to prove to people that she/he is in fact an aussie, and not a border collie.. is going to be interesting though lol
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:07 AM
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Just got a 30 minute lecture from the person who we HIRED to help with my future SD training because I want to use a collar on my dog.

Not a shock collar, not a choke collar.. A REGULAR FLAT COLLAR.
Thyroid issues, neck injuries blablabla.. I'm not going to use the collar the wrong way or yank the dog.. I just like collars better for everyday!

He is very knowledgeable and I do like the curriculum he has set up for us.
but there are days when I want to punch him in the face.
Last time he went on HIGER THAN THOU lecture mode because I used the word COMMAND instead of CUE.

Give me a freaking break.
I want to be TAUGHT ..not scolded or corrected like a child.


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Old 07-31-2012, 01:19 AM
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That's weird that you get lectured about collars. My dog always wears a collar, and if you're not yanking on the leash and your dog isn't lunging and hitting the end of the leash like a maniac I don't see the issue.

And I still say command instead of cue.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:45 AM
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I use a collar. Works better for me, as I use the harness for actual assistance stuff. He's trained to NOT PULL on the collar, and DO PULL on the harness. I only prefer harnesses on tiny dogs, and even then if you ever want to compete in obedience or rally with them they MUST be in a collar, NOT a harness.

So, somewhere down the road would you like to dabble in obedience or rally? Then the dog will need to wear a collar.

I almost always say command. Cue, to me, is more the actual movement or word I associate with the command, and the command is what I actually want the dog to do. Maybe that's just me, though.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:07 AM
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I use a collar too. At first when I read that I was like, whut? where does the leash go? Then I realized you probably just attach it to the harness. Dur. lol

Oh my gosh the parents are GORGEOUS. I love the expression on dad's face. He's really sweet and beautiful looking. <3 Mom is so pretty too. I'm so excited for you.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:06 AM
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Those dogs are absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see what your pup looks like.

As far as collars go, Kikopup just came out with her article on why collars are bad so I'm guessing your guy read it and that's why it was top on his mind. I put Tucker on a harness for walks (mainly because he is one to try and drag to something he wants to sniff and if he has a reactive episode it gives me a lot more control), but no way I'm going to work to get that thing on every time he has to go potty in the yard.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:03 AM
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Late to the dewclaw discussion, but Elsie has her front dewclaws, and she does use them extensively. Zobby uses his, too.

Elsie split hers when she was 10 weeks old, but other than that has never injured them. I nail-polished it back together, and there were no further issues.
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Fran, I REALLY think you should get a swimming pool. I mean, they spammed your thread THREE TIMES. It's fate. Just, not from them
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