While he was preparing for his MBA exams, i passed my HIT (Herding Instinct Test)! Introducing border collie to sheep

While my friend was studying hard for his MBA exams, i successfully passed my Herding Instinct Test.

Here is how the story started. Since my childhood, i had a desire to herd sheep. One time back in the good old days, i saw a sheep in a farm, so i chassed it. i really didn’t know what to do next, but i knew this was something i was born for. Since that moment, i decided to consider it as a career path. Unfortunately, my friend doesn’t own a farm nor sheep. so all my dreams to become a professional one day shattered.

However, my friend never gave up on me. Since whe we arrived to montreal, he started contacting farmers outside Montreal. finally he found someone who offers herding lessons and booked a date!!! What??? Herding lessons???!!. When he told me about it, i couldn’t help it but to tear (don’t believe this part, i didn’t even know what he was talking about).

We had to wait till spring; and when spring showed up, it was time to do it.We drove 1:30 hr to the farm and we kept playing the song “eyes of the tiger”. finally we got there. I knew this was the D-Day.

As a border collie, i don’t bite and i don’t bark to gather sheep. instead, i intimidate the sheep with what we call it : the eye (know for border collies). I was supposed to be like a magician. by simply staring at sheep, they should know where to move. although i was pumped up that day, but this never happened. there was one son of a …….., seems to be the head of the sheep, he was the troublemaker. i couldn’t move him a single inch. so i spoke to the juries and asked them to replace this pack with a more cooperative one. once they changed the sheep, it was magic. i was running around and assisting the shepherd gathering the sheep.

I have posted a video on my youtube channel :

There are several farms that offer such training. if you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me, follow me, like my youtube channel, and leave me a comment.

Lupu is reading books :)

The Camel’s Dead: My Name Is Timothy Conehead the Invincible and I’m a Border Collie. Kathleen Phythian. 112 pages. Animal / Dog / Short / Fun. My Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Book Blurb: This is a tale of a nine month old puppy who was discovered to be living in somebody’s car as […]

via The Camel’s Dead: My Name Is Timothy Conehead the Invincible and I’m a Border Collie Book Review — The Tattooed Book Geek

Lupu the Border Collie might be Olympia one day

Olympia may be a horse show but the Dog Agility trials nearly steal the show. AG CH Darleyfalls Pipistrelle owned by Lee Windeatt won the Large Senior Dog UK Agilty Championship with this run.

via UK Dog Agility Champion — Olympia 2016

How did I get here? importing dogs from the European Union

As I mentioned before, I was born in Hungary, adopted in Romania, and then flew to Canada.(Who am I)

My friend had to prepare for my entry to Canada. at first, I thought because I was very important, but later on, I realized that getting into a country isn’t piece of cake.

Fortunately, my friend made all necessary preparation for my journey, except for the business-class flight ticket. I had to spend the whole trip in my crate, somewhere in the lower compartment of something called Airplane.

Now what do you need to know for this journey, it is the following:

  1. Vaccination : First, you need to check what are the requirements for import to Canada. since Canada is NOT a rabies free, therefore all dogs are required a rabies-vaccination. since I hold an EU Pet Passport (Romanian nationality), my friend had to prove that I am rabies-vaccinated. this can be shown on my EU Pet Passport (an alternative would be a veterinarian certificate).However, I highly recommend that your friend checks again using this link of the government of Canada : Automated Import Reference System
  2.  Air Transport : each airline has its requirement to transport pets. However, most of them share similar requirement. in my case, I needed the following:
    • A certificate from the veterinarian that I am fit to travel
    • proof of vaccination against rabies
    • and as most humans, I still needed my EU Pet Passport to board on the airplane
    • tranquilizing pills (some airlines prohibit giving pills to pets during air transport)
    • a crate should be sized with specific dimensions. some airlines will require the following measurements on international flights. United Airlines is an example of this:
      The length of the kennel must be equal to A + B.
      The width of the kennel must be equal to (C+1) x 2
      The height of the kennel (top flat or arched) must be equal to D + 3″.source: Crate size
  3. Connection flight : I had my connection flight through CDG Paris airport . depending on the airport, my friend had his luggage send directly to final destination. however, he had to pick me up from the “special cargo” belt, and check me in again at the counter for the connection flight. this was a great opportunity for me to have some break. walk a bit and play with other passengers at the airport. I was allowed to be inside the airport building, but under one condition, to be on leash. Also, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport allowed me to be on leash at the terminal.
  4. Clearing at the custom : I had to undergo inspection by a CBSA officer. my friend had to pay the fees. back then, it was CAD 32. today, it might have changed a bit (apparently higher). the inspection is first to make sure that my EU Pet Passport shows a valid vaccine, as well to make sure that I was transported in a humane way (in one piece with no broken bones).

this is all you need to know about travelling from a European Union country to my lovely now home in Montreal-Canada.

 

Must have items for a happy dog!

No, that’s not Santa in disguised, it’s me styling a red cape and boots I received as a gift from my friend. I swear, I tried to please him and show appreciation but I guess my face says it all… .

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Well, he buys me lots of things. Some I like more than others but I know he is doing his best.  So I’ve made the tour of my assets yesterday and this is what I have in my inventory:

  • A bed (or two 😉
  • Food and treats
  • Toys
  • Chewing bones
  • Poop bags (oups, what is this, I never used it)
  • Collar and tag attached (very useful when I get lost)
  • Leash
  • Water and food bawls (always full)
  • Grooming Supplies
  • A car
  • A yard
  • A sofa and king bed (but only when my friend is not at home:))
  • and my favorite … the bin!

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Not just friends, best friends!

Like most of my fellows, I have tons of energy and I like spending time outdoors, play Frisbee and discover the world. I enjoy my time with friends at the dog park.

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But what I love the most is spending time with MY BEST FRIEND (some call it ‘owner’ but I don’t know what that word means). We’ve met 3 years ago, we shake hands (he seems to like that) and became buddies instantly. When he said he’s an engineer I was a bit worried and I feared boredom but little I knew. 

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He treated me like family and he shared his food with me, but only the ‘right’ stuff because he cares about my health. And for the past 3 years we went through some interesting adventures together. Just to give you an idea, I have a passport, a spa passes and I’m getting ready to participate to a dog-agility competition this Spring.

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I must admit, living with a human is not always easy but there are ways to make it bearable and fun for both parties.

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I built this blog to share with you some of our great moments and the lessons we’ve learn (and to brag a bit). So take a look at the stories we shared so far and follow us.  If you feel inspired, share your stories and worries in the comments section. I might be to busy to read them but my friend seems to enjoy feedback (and dancing :))).

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Train hard and the treats will come : Top 3 Dog Agility clubs in Montreal




Let me tell you fellows, there is nothing I enjoy more than a good game where I can use my skills and energy. And a year ago, me and my friend, we discovered the agility classes – a training preparing dogs for obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

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It shortly became one of my favorite activities for three reasons:

  1. It’s forcing me to focus, respond to commands and use my memory.

  2. It’s all about team work. My friend plays a key role in my success leading me only by using voice, movement, and various body signals.

  3. I get the best, juicy treats after each achievement.

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We practice this sport every Saturday for an hour and the trainer is proud of my evolution. He said that I’m ready to participate to a competition, if I want to.

If I want to??!!! You should’ve seen my friend’s face, he was so proud when he heard that, we are definitely doing this…

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If you’re interested in doing this sport with your friend, here’s what you need to know:

  • I need to remain focused on my friend, and see which direction he wants me to go (we took a FOCUS training so i don’t get distracted whenever a beautiful female dog passes by (you know what I am talking about 😉 )
  • It is a team-work, we both should cooperate to achieve the desired result.

Since we both live in Montreal, we looked for agility clubs in this beautiful big city, here is what I want to share with you:

We chose the Club d’agilité de Montreal because they keep offering sessions even during winter. how do they do that? simply, they rent an indoor facility from another dog-training school called DogzWorth (http://www.dogzworth.com), where I already took some training. And guess what, it is very close to where we live in Nuns Island – Montreal.

I hope that you found useful information for you guys, so please share them with your friends.