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#1 Sayge

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:17 PM

Do any of y'all participate in fly ball with your dogs? I was thinking about doing agility with our new heeler pup. As I was searching for areas around us I came across a fly ball group about 30 minutes up the road. It looks really fun. I have been reading articles and watching videos. Looks like it would be a great activity when she is old enough. I'd love to get my Aussie into something like that, but I don't believe she is mentally stable enough (she needs puppy prozac). I plan on contacting them and finding out if I could come watch a practice and maybe sign Sushi up for their 4 week course.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:28 PM

I've seen it on tv. Looks really fun!
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:22 PM

I went to a fly ball practice in Dec. just to see what it was all about. It is crazy and loud, but a whole lot of fun. I held a few dogs and loaded the..box thing for them. It's definitely something that I think would be fun.

There was one heeler in the group, but he was a fairly young dog still and this was one of his first practices. He seemed like he enjoyed it.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:41 PM

We did a little training session with our dog at a Pet Expo a while back. He caught on really quick and I think he would really enjoy it, however we don't have a Flyball group anywhere near our area so we have not been able to pursue it.

I would do it if we could, looks like tons of fun!
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

I was surprised that we had one so close to us. All the places to practice agility are about 80 miles away. I may set up my own agility area outside. We should have enough room in the yard. I think 10 weeks is a little young for fly ball, but it may not hurt to start exposing her to the scene.

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Ming Ling- 2 yr old Boston Terrier cross

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:49 PM

It might work for Yoko too. Might help her not be so cuckoo, you know?

Looks like a lot of fun to me!



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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:02 PM

lol Kina, I have been thinking about taking her along also. She has a high toy drive. If we can just get through a practice without a meltdown we will be doing good. I hate having to pick my dog up off the floor/ground and move her to a "safe room". It breaks my heart every time.

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Ming Ling- 2 yr old Boston Terrier cross

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:53 PM

What kind of meltdown?



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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:59 PM

well, usually it starts with her barking/howling at something. Then it just progresses. Like, her most recent one was yesterday. We had some brick layers come fix part of our foundation. She could hear them hammering/chipping the blocks to fit. She was barking at the door and I kept telling her it was ok. After about an hour of them being here she just kind of melted at the door and made these horrible high pitched whirring noises. I picked her up, carried her to my bedroom, put her to bed, and shut the door. After about 20 minutes of whirring in there she finally calmed down.

We also had an incident at our old house. I took her for a walk and the evil mystery dog (her reflection) showed up on her right side and a large group of people were on her left. To get back to the house we had to pass through the people. She had the same reaction as above. Only quicker. She collapsed right in the parking lot and whirred. I had to pick her up and carry her inside.

Oh, and usually a blank stare accompanies the episode. She has had them since she was a puppy. The vet says she is just spoiled. I say she has serious mental issues. I don't know though. We just do what works to get her through them. After it's over she is back to bouncing and playing like nothing happened.

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Banjo- 7 yr old Spotted Draft
Yoko Oh No!- 3 yr old Australian Shepherd
Ming Ling- 2 yr old Boston Terrier cross

Jefe and Pepe- Black headed caiques 

 

 

 


#10 Kina Kat

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:13 PM

What happens if you just leave her alone and make her get through to the other side by herself?

It does sound a bit like an anxiety attack. But stuff like flyball might help.



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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:21 PM

She usually winds up getting physically sick if we leave her. My husband had me leave her alone once and she wound up thrownig up and just laying in it. Sometimes she will break out in a hives type of rash (can dogs get hives?). If we move her she won't get sick and calms down faster. My mother jokes that she is a southern belle having an "episode".

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Tilly Monster- 10 yr old North American Spotted Draft
Kisser Lou- 9 yr old MFT cross (June 2005-November 2014 R.I.P.)

Banjo- 7 yr old Spotted Draft
Yoko Oh No!- 3 yr old Australian Shepherd
Ming Ling- 2 yr old Boston Terrier cross

Jefe and Pepe- Black headed caiques 

 

 

 


#12 Kina Kat

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:19 AM

Sometimes I refer to myself as having "the vapors" -- another Southern thing. :happy0203:

And yes, I think hives is the correct term.



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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:30 AM

lol I know some women that say that.

My husband will tell you she has issues because I picked her out. I do agree to a certain extent. I have a thing for window lickers. All of my animals seem to be a tad "special".

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:31 AM

Window lickers -- hahahahaha!