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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by kassidybc, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Hello! My name is Kassidy, and I currently own a border collie named Chloe! She is 6 years old, but still thinks she's a pup! (Shhh... Don't tell her she's not! ;) ) I have been training with her for a while and she knows quite a few tricks, although there is always more to learn! I joined so I could get some inspiration and help from others for training, and so I can share my experiences with others who need help! I am a bit of a BC fanatic, in fact I am on the look out right now for a rescue BC that catches my eye to adopt, BC's are like potato chips, you can't have just one! :) Me and Chloe enjoy herding especially (although we do some work in frisbee and agility also), we don't own sheep of our own (although I wish we did!), but we take lessons, and will be competing in sheepdog trials once we are ready! We train using positive reinforcement with a clicker. I am excited to join your community, and I'm sure me and Chloe will progress much further in our training with all of your help! Here is a picture of my darling girl Chloe- image.jpg

  2. MissyBC Experienced Member

    Welcome to DTA! Please do stick around. Got any questions? Just jump in anywhere, we're a friendly group. Cloe is gorgeous! Quite a few Border Collies around on the forum, so you've come to the right place. :)

    I also have a Border Collie; her name is Missy and she is 2 years old, (she turns 3 in September). Missy knows 51 tricks, thanks to this forum. I've had her since she was 4 months old and I can't imagine life without her. :love:
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  3. southerngirl Honored Member

    Welcome. I hope you enjoy the forum.
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  4. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Thanks! I'm sure I will like it here, seems like a welcoming community and a great place to learn some new tricks! :)
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  5. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Oh, and I forgot to mention, I am 13, and have had Chloe since I was 7. I just became interested in training her 2 or 3 years ago, and am always open to suggestions! I am glad this forum seems to be welcoming to people of all ages, as many are not, even though us youngins can give some good advice sometimes, and also sometimes need it ourselves! :)
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  6. southerngirl Honored Member

    Dogster and Dogcrazy two members on the forum are about your age 13 or 14.
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  7. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Good to know I'm not the only kid (though I prefer to be called a teen ;) ) on here! :)
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  8. sara Moderator

    Welcome to the DTA!

    I do believe Dogster and Dogcrazy are in high school, but Dlilly is around your age :)

    There are alot of BC owners on here (I am not one of them, though I have fostered a deaf BC) You'll have a great time here, and we'll enjoy having you around :)
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  9. Gracegeorgina Experienced Member

    Welcome! She is gorgeous :)
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  10. blacknym Experienced Member

    Always glad to see younger people interested in learning to work with animals. I think it's great!

    Welcome to forum!
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  11. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Thank you, she knows it. :)
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  12. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Thanks! I love working with animals, Chloe and I have a busy schedule! :) We are taking frisbee, agility, and herding lessons! (Chloe and I like herding the best though :) ) We would just do herding, but there's not many trials around here, only about 1 or 2 in the state every year. So we do some other dog sports too, because there are more trials for those.
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  13. brody_smom Experienced Member

    Welcome, Kassidy and Chloe. Sounds like you are both active girls! Who was responsible for training Chloe before you took over, and how did you learn to do it? I have an 11 year old daughter named Chloe, and she likes working with our 1 year old BC mix sometimes, but I would like to encourage her to be more active with him.
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  14. brody_smom Experienced Member

    I didn't realize they were so young! That's awesome that these young girls are so dedicated to their dogs and using positive methods to train them. Keep it up, sisters! (Why is it that the vast majority of members are female, BTW?)
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  15. southerngirl Honored Member

    Maybe more girls are interested in doing sports and teaching tricks with dogs or they like being part of an online community than guys do?
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  16. southerngirl Honored Member

    Dlilly is 16 or turning 17 this year I believe, because she was in the news in 2012 and it said she was 16 then. And if I remember right last year Dogster said she was turning 13 so she's probably about 14 know and Dogcrazy is the same age I believe. I may be wrong though.
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  17. kassidybc Experienced Member

    My mother was responsible for training her before I took over, but she just taught her some basic tricks- sit, lie down, shake, stay, and a recall. Once Chloe got older, my mother basically stopped training her, because the of the old (and very untrue) wivestale, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I believed that Chloe could though, so I challenged it, and found it to be very false! At first I just basically figured it out myself, trying to lure her into the trick, and when she did it told her she was a good girl and gave her a treat. Eventually I began to watch videos on youtube because I wanted to learn more, and just a few months ago found out about the clicker. WOW! What an impact it made on our training! In the first year and a half I had been training her, she learned just a couple of tricks. In the past few months, using the clicker, I have taught her tons of new tricks! I've always been a person to believe that anything is possible, so when I saw border collies doing agility and frisbee and herding, I said, hey, why can't we do that? So I found someone who took me under their wing, and has done so much for me! She teaches us herding, which is our main interest, and she also guided me to someone who took me under their wing too and teaches us frisbee and agility! I was so glad when I found out this was my passion, as I had never been interested in the classic sports (soccer, basketball, softball, etc.), but I finally found a sport that I love! Well, I guess multiple sports, and they're all dog sports! :)
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  18. southerngirl Honored Member

    I wouldn't't consider Chloe old at only six:p
    That's great you found sports you and Chloe enjoy.
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  19. kassidybc Experienced Member

    Neither would I! She's still a pup in my eyes! :) My mother was under the impression that you can only teach them tricks while they are puppies, so Chloe stopped getting taught tricks by my mom by the time she was a year or two old. I've been teaching her tons of tricks with her being 6 years old, we sure proved her wrong! :)
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  20. southerngirl Honored Member

    Yeah dogs can learn new things at any age. I teach my 17 year old tricks that he can physically do.
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