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Devon Ward
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Canada
I own two wonderful Australian Shepherds. Thor who is from working lines, and Siren who is from Champion show lines. They are they absolute loves of my life.

I am a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Thor earned his Expert Title at 9 months and knows 80 tricks. Siren earned her Intermediate Title at 12 weeks and knows 28 tricks.

Both attend Sport Dog Foundation classes and excel in it.

Photography and dog training is how I express myself as I'm a rather shy person. It's opened up a world of possibilities for me and the dogs.
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Journal Entry: Tue Mar 4, 2014, 8:49 PM




I have been pondering my dog training lately (mainly because I have some horrible cravings for having a puppy) If I could go back in time and change the way I raised Thor and Siren what would I do differently?

Thor: With Thor I was so excited to have a young  dog that was friendly with other dogs and wouldn't run away from me if walked him off leash I totally neglected to train him basic manners (I have geriatric evil Jack Russell Terriers). Heck there was no training what-so-ever and by the time I realized I was in a little trouble with this insane herding dog he was already passed 6 months old and had some really bad habits. I had missed out on a lot of great early training opportunities. With mixed information about dog sports and what-not I completely prevented him from jumping and he lost a lot of his natural puppy flexibility instead of supporting him with proper conditioning and training. Once we started training I had to completely re-condition him and fix the problems that could have been prevented.

Siren: I started her training asap (she's a little simple and not as driven or as intense as Thor). I would have changed the fact I allowed her to play with Thor freely. She views him as something to play with and I have spent months trying to get her to view me as someone to play with instead. Oh and I definitely would have started working on her retrieve first because the dog is definitely not understand the "chase, grab, return to play" bit.

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jollyvicky Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Thank you so much for the Premium Membership!!:)
Happy holidays to you and your pack too ^^
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natkaz3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your photos! I don't remamber if I wrote it somewhere or not, but I'm saying it now Giggle  I would lie to have such dogs as yours... oh I would like to have any dog :) (Smile) Anyway... you know I love your photos! Love
I also wanted to wish MerryBeforeChristmas, beacuse it's tomorrow (unbelievable La la la la )
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Whimsydogstudio Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :)
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natkaz3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome :D
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DianaVVolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad that you joined to our group! :D

Hello! :D

I'd like to welcome you in :iconphotography-earth:!:heart: :la: I think we're a nice group, with a lot of talented artist and with a great leader team. :meow: I hope you'll enjoy! ^^ Invite your friends if you can! ^^

:huggle:Be nice with the others and submit your best! :aww:

By the way...if you can please donate some :points:...I'd like to holding contests in the group... :heart:
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Kenoiya Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely Dogs :) I am a Fan of Australien Sheperds <3
Your Photos are wonderful.
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the-horse-lover Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Photographer
What kind of lenses do you use for photography?
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Whimsydogstudio Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
I mainly only use prime lenses my 40mm macro is my favourite I do have 35mm and 50mm as well. My only zoom lens is a 70-300mm
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! You have been featured here: rainylake.deviantart.com/journ…


Have a wonderful day :heart:


-Kathy
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natkaz3 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photos are awesome!! La la la la
I love them you are GREAT! Clap
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