Like so many products, it's so important to follow the directions on the package. Hopefully you get yours before the noise really starts..we will start hearing fireworks tonight, unfortunately.
The idea behind the Thundershirt is that the feeling of being "hugged" is comforting and calming. BUT....the dog needs a chance to associate the feeling with the shirt and other happy things. Put it on for a few minutes at a time, a few days in a row, when there is nothing around to create anxiery. If you wait till the fireworks start and then cram a dog into a tight-fitting jacket, you have just taught him to associate the jacket with the scary noises.
There are a lot on the market.
On the economy end, there's this one
The Snoozer line costs a bit more, but are very versatile, and well made. They have everything from open bicycle basket carriers, to convertible backpack-to-rolling luggage type carriers.
Single-coated breeds (poodles, yorkies, wheaten terriers, etc) can be shaved with no ill effects. When you shave a double-coated dog, you are doing much more harm than good. The answer is to keep the dense undercoat combed out. Yes, it is time consuming. It's part of the "cost of doing business" of owning a double-coated dog, though.
Why you should not shave a double-coated dog.
I can definitely relate to being put off by the paddle. Young Diva is very sensitive, she is intimidated by even a crook and will wander away from the stock and sniff when it comes out. Pretty much all I can use with her is a little 3-foot sorting stick. Luckily she doesn't generally come in to close or hot, so I don't normally have to put much pressure on her. We have recently started working with call ducks, though, where she really does want to pounce in and make herself some duck soup sometimes :o
Buddy, OTOH, is sometimes completely oblivious to the paddle, flag, crook-with-a-shaker-bottle, thrown crook, etc. He's a very strong-willed little dog. I guess you have to be if you are 26 lbs and you were bred to move 400lb cattle.
Very good! Certainly the makings of a good working dog.
Funny, just as I was starting to wonder why you weren't using a rattle-paddle, you picked one up!
It's nice that you can leave the long-line dragging and the dog can still work. That doesn't work on corgis ;)
Congratulations! Sounds like you dominated the event!
Not much herding going on here...triple digit temps have made it almost impossible to get out and work. I did do an AHBA trial recently, running Buddy on goats, which was great fun. A friend was hosting it at her property and I went to support the event and also to help out. I ended up setting stock. Of course, since Buddy was entered, I couldn't use him, so I had to do it with an un-entered Aussie. It was quite an experience, working with a relatively green dog (whose owner was brand-new to herding - which is why I was acting as handler) for the first time, and needing to keep the stock calm and settled. It was odd that a dog nearly twice Buddy's size didn't have half his power on the stock. It was OK for the sheep, but I really found myself wishing for my corgi back to move the goats!
I don't see anything to indicate cattle dog or auusie. The dog in the photo is overweight, that is contributing the the "square" look of those breeds.
Beagle, possibly. Probably some sort of medium-sized terrier in the mix, too.
We've kept quiet lately, doing a lot of training in our various sports, but Buddy and I ventured up north for an AHBA (American Herding Breed Association) herding trial this weekend.
Buddy ran on goats for the first time, and had quite a good time. We got one nice shot...the "object" was to pass between these little panels, then we had to "hold" the stock calmly in the field for a little bit. Buddy is about to swing out to the side to cover the exit gate, which was where the goats wanted to go, but not where they needed to go. He had a couple of great runs, despite a little goat who didn't think he needed to mind a small red dog. Buddy taught him otherwise. ;)
For most of this trial, I was helping with setting out stock. Since an entered dog cannot be used to set stock at a trial, I had to do it without Buddy, which he didn't particularly care for.
Earlier this month we did a string of AKC agility trials, where Buddy has now moved up to the Master level, and earned his first few points toward his championship. Exciting stuff.
BTW, Buddy will be 9 years old in November!
Scout's House is located in Menlo Park, California, so quite a ways from you, but they have a lot of good resources on their website.
BTW, the corgi featured prominently in their photos is my Diva's Great-Grandpa Jack. Unfortunately DM took him at age 12, but his last years were full of very high quality life thanks to his cart and the great care he received.
Congratulations! Goes to show age is just a number. The working relationship between dog and handler is very complex, and difficult to understand if you haven't walked that path in person...but they do tell you when they have had enough.
The corgi herding community had a sad week....one of the greats of the breed, a DC (dual champion, both conformation and herding) crossed the Bridge at the age of 14 1/2. I count myself lucky to have seen this dog (and her litter brother, also a DC) run many times, including several runs at 11+ years of age.
We have flat nylon collars embroidered with my cell number. Dogs don't wear tags because of danger of snags, etc. I keep them on the key rack by the door. However, we were on the road for some trials over the 4th, so we re-attached everyone's tags...1 for rabies, 1 ID with name, address, and cell phone. Tags are on a spring-loaded clip for easy on-off from the collars.