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From: julie (67.49.248.116)
Subject:         thanks to everyone
Date: March 26, 2009 at 6:28 am PST

In Reply to: nipping/herding question posted by julie on March 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm:

I posted a longish reply under nice to meet you/grin, and it probably should have been here instead. If you get a chance to read it, please do because I talk about correcting the nipping in it and about classes.

All of your suggestions have given me a lot to think about and some great ideas. Since I live in the desert and classes of all sorts shut down in April, I'll be working with her on my own after she finishes this basic obedience training.

I do take her for long walk/hikes almost every day, and she loves that. We tend to go to the dog park in the late afternoon when she's not as energetic. And since she's not all Aussie, she is definitely NOT as energetic or job oriented as a purebred. Luckily for me, whatever she is mixed with must be pretty mellow, because she is just as fond of napping on the bed as she is of playing and herding.

This is a real process, since she is about 3 yrs old and I have no REAL idea of what her life was before this. As I wrote before, she was found on the streets in Mexico and brought to San Diego - where she promptly had eight puppies, all of which got homes. Her rescuers are great people (the woman is a vet tech), but of course, they have no idea what her early years were like either.

So far, aside from the nipping and some anxiety, she's been amazingly good. She's a sweet dog who certainly doesn't seem to have been abused (thank goodness, since I've dealt with that before with other rescues). She's got an interesting personality, and she's not like any other dog I've had, so it's both fun and challenging.

This board is great, and I'll keep you up to date on Velma's progress. More suggestions are VERY welcome, and thanks again!


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