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Bucky Badger

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Posted: 03/06/12 09:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does you dog do smart things? Post a video or pic of your dog doing something smart. What have you tought your dog to do? We have a Shiba Inu that likes to be challenged and looking for Ideas.


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My border collie is the ranch supervisor. He guides customers to the hay stacks, and guards the bed of our truck when in town. Does that count?


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If you have a smart, active dog who needs some stimulation and exercise, I would suggest agility or rally classes. If you have a smart dog that is mellow, but bored, perhaps pet therapy would be up their alley.

Badger Kennel club has some classes, there are others around Madison.


I have two dogs, one of which is very active (well, hyper really is the word, and she is 5 years old). She loves to chase the ball, she could run for hours on end without wearing herself out, and swim endless laps. But she is not very bright, so tricks and agility courses are out for her, as well as therapy because she is just too hyper. She will, however, HURL herself off of any pier or dock to retrieve a ball thrown into the water, regardless of temperature. It is too bad that we didn't get her until she was almost 3, as she would have made an excellent duck or dock dog.

The other dog is a mellow lab, who is quite smart. He is content to chase her while she is chasing the ball, as she is much faster than he is. His only hope is that she over runs the ball, leaving it for him.

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Posted: 03/06/12 10:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bucky Badger wrote:

Does you dog do smart things?
Too many to list and difficult to convey with photos or videos. Things like helping me move a ewe and her newborn lambs from the field to the barn (picture lambs barely able to walk and very protective new mother towards dogs). Helping me separate and catch a ewe that needs treatment from the rest of the flock. Going into the pond to bring the ducks out of the pond and moving them into their pen (picture dog swimming behind ducks and not allowing the ducks to swim past the dog). Helping me return an escaped ram to the proper field (picture nervous large aggressive sheep because he is not with the other sheep).

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* This post was edited 03/06/12 11:10am by BCSnob *


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No video. Like Mark - I have herding dogs, only don't own sheep. So my Aussie Ike has had various (strange) jobs:
carrying junk mail back to the house from the mailbox
picking up empty soda cans
picking up kids' toys
retrieving stuff dropped in the lake
fetching laundry "dropped accidentally"
chasing geese out of the yard
bringing slippers/taking off shoes
entertaining babies whose diapers are being changed

His vocabulary is profound - we were arriving at work, and I saw a ground squirrel dart INTO the building under a raised garage door. I got the dogs out - then pointed inside the building and told Ike to "seek the squirrel". First he looked at me like I was deranged (that's a command he had never heard before - let alone INDOORS) - but he dutifully went in and started sniffing around. Sure enough - he picked up the scent - flushed the critter out from under a car - unfortunately, it ran straight at Jack the Cattle Dog (the Enforcement Division) and was dispatched with one bite. Jack understands NONE of these commands - just innately knows that squirrels don't belong in HIS building.

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Mine's to smart to get in front of the video camera.
But, pull out the camera and tell her to smile and she will pose for the camera. She can sit, shake, high-five, speak, etc. She also knows several words bath, walk,out, cheese and she has learned the spelling of a few of the words.

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BCSnob wrote:

Going into the pond to bring the ducks out of the pond and moving them into their pen (picture dog swimming behind ducks and not allowing the ducks to swim past the dog).
Mark


Water Polo for dogs!
Could be a new course... water instead of a field.

I have a few videos of the corgis being smart. This one is Pippin competing in the Utility class in AKC obedience. That's considered to be the PhD of the dog world.
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This video is of Buddy in a herding trial this past weekend. It was not a good run. We did pass with a 75.5 out of 100, but there were a lot of mistakes--mostly mine, but Buddy was also being a little naughty. When Buddy disappears from the camera, it was first to chase a couple of Ravens out of the arena, and then to mark the bush where he found them. That cost us 7 points.... 4 for being "off contact" and three for the marking. (yes, Mark, I know I gave two consecutive incorrect flank commands!)

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corgi-traveler wrote:

That cost us 7 points.... 4 for being "off contact" and three for the marking. (yes, Mark, I know I gave two consecutive incorrect flank commands!)
In our venue the judge has the option 5 points to DQ for dog walking off course (going to flush the birds) and 3-6 points for marking.

In our venue you don't get pointed for giving the wrong commands (or your dog not taking commands); but if your dog does what you ask things usually go badly (and you loose points). Our dogs have shown how smart they are by not taking bad commands (sheep right in front of turn location but not through and dog doesn't take the turn command until the sheep are through).

Have I told you about the trial weekend where I had 6 runs and 5 of those I turned the post the wrong way realizing it right after the turn and then had to fix it?

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My dog is very talented at barking ... but since most campers are annoyed at barking dogs, I'll not post a video of that.


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Sue Bee wrote:

If you have a smart, active dog who needs some stimulation and exercise, I would suggest agility or rally classes. If you have a smart dog that is mellow, but bored, perhaps pet therapy would be up their alley.

Badger Kennel club has some classes, there are others around Madison.


I have two dogs, one of which is very active (well, hyper really is the word, and she is 5 years old). She loves to chase the ball, she could run for hours on end without wearing herself out, and swim endless laps. But she is not very bright, so tricks and agility courses are out for her, as well as therapy because she is just too hyper. She will, however, HURL herself off of any pier or dock to retrieve a ball thrown into the water, regardless of temperature. It is too bad that we didn't get her until she was almost 3, as she would have made an excellent duck or dock dog.

The other dog is a mellow lab, who is quite smart. He is content to chase her while she is chasing the ball, as she is much faster than he is. His only hope is that she over runs the ball, leaving it for him.


Actually, we have had her in 2 puppy classes and have her scheduled for agility 1 starting mar 13. we have been using "Dogs best Friend for the classes"

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