Surprisingly, for a club that is so very active in Agility, Breagh is the only Border Collie among the membership. She serendipitously joined our family at four months of age. She is now six years old, the light of my life, and she absolutely loves Agility.
We took the Puppy and Household classes through the Club, and learned the incentive and reward basics of Positive Training there. Then we went on to Beginning Agility, and Breagh clearly found her "calling". We now compete occasionally in Agility, and we continue to take lessons (needed more by her handler than herself) to refine our skills. We also practice regularly at home. Her enthusiasm will be apparent in the accompanying photographs.
The specific reason for mentioning this early training is that Breagh has turned these training techniques back upon me. Border Collies are widely considered to be the smartest dogs in the world. This might be some convincing evidence. Breagh has a favorite toy that she wants me to toss for her - repeatedly - and she uses our positive training methods to get me to do just that. She brings me a valued bone and sets it on my footrest, then brings the toy, a rubber "bowtie" that she wants me to throw for her. Sometimes she'll bring a second bone. When the playtime is finished, she removes the bone. So much for my training her!
As for Agility, Breagh now competes at the Master level in all but one class. She needs only one more qualifying score to satisfy that class as well. We have so much fun together that the ribbons are great but are secondary to the joy in spending this time together.
Our relationship is the best I could ever dream to have. Breagh is my constant companion, all day every day. I'm so very grateful to her breeder for allowing her to spend her life with me.