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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

10/20/2009 5:58:10 AM

To those wanting agility information try cleanrun.com or akc.org or ukcdogs.com


To the person who mentioned mixed breeds I have to say I welcome the plugs on purebreds! These days purebreds are getting the short end of the stick with all the plugs for adoption which are usually geared towards mixed breeds. (although there are plenty of purebreds who need homes too) I personally would not reccomend a mixed breed or rescue puppy for performance events as evaluating health and structure would be nearly impossible. You want a sound/healthy dog for the physical demands of agility. Weak knees, long backs, short upper arms, straight shoulders and other structural flaws can lead to injury and soundness issues in the future if the dog is jumping a lot such as in frisbee, agility, flyball. With a purebred you can evaluate the structure of parents/relatives and most likely have access to evaluating the puppy itself at 7 weeks of age to help assure avoidance of structural issues that could cause problems.


Of course some people will jump their dog without care or concern for the dogs structure and long term soundness.

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

10/20/2009 5:50:42 AM

I totally disagree. Border Terriers are high energy little dogs! I have lived with Border Collies and Papillons, and the Border Collies are far easier to live with, quieter, less active in the house!


The right Border Collie, from a breeder who is producing balanced dogs with good on/off switches will do just fine. They aren't supposed to be a go all day breed...they are supposed to be able to relax in the barn or in the field while the sheep graze. Short bursts of energy, followed by rest periods...just as most house dogs need to live.

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mandy   forest, OH

11/26/2008 8:41:55 AM

Fly ball sounds like
fun
God Bless

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kaye   springtown, TX

9/23/2008 6:19:07 AM

i have a border collie,where can we go to learn more about flyball i live in ft worth texas area

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Pat   St Louis, MO

9/11/2008 1:01:32 PM

No doubt about it. Border collies are the Cadillac of agility dogs. But they require extensive ongoing stimulation, mental as well as physical activity. They're not going to fare well with a couple of training sessions a week and the occasional competition, not unless you find something else for them to do on their "off" days. Unless a person can provide daily exercise and training of some sort, you'd better have a herd of sheep to keep the dog occupied or else you'll both be miserable. I wouldn't trade my border collie for the world, but my free time essentially belongs to her.

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Gracelyn   Nashsville, TN

6/1/2008 6:51:07 AM

I just wondered if mixed breeds were allowed in agility contests.

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Lisa   Yorba Linda, CA

5/29/2008 9:30:18 PM

No plug for a rescued dog? It would be nice to see some of your advice include plugs for rescue dogs and just how great they can be. They are so many wonderful shelter dogs out there who are waiting for homes, all while you and the other show dog people produce more and more dogs to the problem.

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Lisa   Yorba Linda, CA

5/29/2008 9:30:07 PM

No plug for a rescued dog? It would be nice to see some of your advice include plugs for rescue dogs and just how great they can be. They are so many wonderful shelter dogs out there who are waiting for homes, all while you and the other show dog people produce more and more dogs to the problem.

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