Johann the Agility Sheltie!

Johann Agility SheltieI wanted to write a bit of a review of one of the dog blogs I regularly visit. I have to say, Johann is a very talented, quick, and smart sheltie. (Sheltie is short for Shetland Sheepdog.) He is a bi-black sheltie, which means he is black and white. Many shelties, and collies, have brown mixed in there. Collies don’t come in bi-black, collies always have brown in their coats. Tri-color shelties also have brown, black and white, just like tri-colored collies. Johann is a very pretty boy, he is black and white, and he is very striking indeed! This picture of Johann’s website has him on the right, and one of his sheltie friend’s on the left.

When you visit Johann’s website, you’ll find many interesting options. You can Shop from Johann’s shop, you can watch Johann’s agility comeback video, and you can read all about Johann.

Agility Sheltie

Johann is an excellent agility sheltie. I love to see how quickly some dogs move up through the Novice, Open, and Excellent classes in AKC. Johann was quick and smart enough to move all the way into Excellent in under one year. And he also does venues other than AKC. This agility sheltie also does USDAA, another very fun agility venue. We have done some USDAA and we would like to do more if we had more time and more money. 🙂

Rescue Sheltie

Johann is also a rescue! And as ya’ll know, I whole-heartedly support rescue. I absolutely love seeing dogs having a wonderful time in agility, especially the rescues which may have had a difficult start in life. It’s amazing to me to see the most brilliant, fast, amazing dogs in agility, and find out they were dumped at the shelter (like Chase), or returned multiple times from various homes, or deemed ‘untrainable.’ Bah! These dogs just needed a job. Something to do. Johann even has a picture of one of his littermates, and occasionally wonders what might have happened to them. What home are they in now? It would be great if he could talk to them once again.

Sheltie Blog

Johann even has his own blog. I visit his blog on a regular basis, whenever my own blogging and dog training allow, and love to read up on his training experiences and trialing adventures. I think it is very neat how much Johann looks like Chase, my border collie. Though Johann is definitely sheltie, and Chase is definitely.. well, we tell AKC he is definitely BC, but he is definitely not sheltie lol. Their coloring is very similar! If Chase wasn’t so grumpy, they could play together. I wonder how much Johann weighs? Chase weighs about 52 pounds. Maybe Johann will come to visit us and let us know in a comment. 🙂

Sheltie Family

Johann also has a sister named Gracie. It seems as though she has a bit of the zoomies like Chase does. But she is learning and coming along, and she is a great sister to have fun with!

So, if you’d love to meet another really fun sheltie who does agility, clicker trains, and knows how to sneeze on cue, go check out Johann the Dog!

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[tags]sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog, sheltie agility, agility, dog training[/tags]

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14 thoughts on “Johann the Agility Sheltie!

  1. I have always used Border Collies for ASgility but I am now running a Sheltie who I must say is doing really well. He is very fast and agile though is not quite as focused as the borders. Still at just two years old he has already had a clear round and I am now working on his speed. I can honestly say that Shelties can perform as well (if not better) than the Borders who seem to rule the roost at Agility Shows. Great site and loved reading your story.
    Marion

  2. I have always used Border Collies for ASgility but I am now running a Sheltie who I must say is doing really well. He is very fast and agile though is not quite as focused as the borders. Still at just two years old he has already had a clear round and I am now working on his speed. I can honestly say that Shelties can perform as well (if not better) than the Borders who seem to rule the roost at Agility Shows. Great site and loved reading your story. Marion

  3. Hi Marion thanks for visiting. We have a number of shelties around here in Utah that regularly out compete the border collies. Three mainly that usually are neck-in-neck for first, second, and third place. Though that is 16 inches, where BCs usually jump 20 inches. Anyway, they are fast little dogs. 🙂

  4. Hi Marion thanks for visiting. We have a number of shelties around here in Utah that regularly out compete the border collies. Three mainly that usually are neck-in-neck for first, second, and third place. Though that is 16 inches, where BCs usually jump 20 inches. Anyway, they are fast little dogs. 🙂

  5. Wow – we are so honored!!! Thanks so much for featuring us!!! Awesome!

    Johann is coming up on his 3rd birthday this month, what a great birthday present!

    We’re definitely in on your meme – just gotta get through the trial this weekend. It was 85degrees and 80% humidity today – needless to say Johann and I both goofed up a bit from the heat. But tomorrow is to be very nice, weather wise.

    BTW – Johann is 18 lbs. He’s a little guy, but comes across big! BOL!!! If he wasn’t so testy sometimes, I do bet he and Chase would have fun together. Although Johann is really like a couple of Collies around here – Rose and Grace. We saw them run today!

  6. Wow – we are so honored!!! Thanks so much for featuring us!!! Awesome! Johann is coming up on his 3rd birthday this month, what a great birthday present! We're definitely in on your meme – just gotta get through the trial this weekend. It was 85degrees and 80% humidity today – needless to say Johann and I both goofed up a bit from the heat. But tomorrow is to be very nice, weather wise. BTW – Johann is 18 lbs. He's a little guy, but comes across big! BOL!!! If he wasn't so testy sometimes, I do bet he and Chase would have fun together. Although Johann is really like a couple of Collies around here – Rose and Grace. We saw them run today!

  7. Well I’m glad you are okay with it! Happy 3rd Birthday Johann! We have a trial this weekend too, AKC, hopefully it’ll be short but we’ll see, the club running it usually runs slow. And very cool you saw the collies again!

  8. Well I'm glad you are okay with it! Happy 3rd Birthday Johann! We have a trial this weekend too, AKC, hopefully it'll be short but we'll see, the club running it usually runs slow. And very cool you saw the collies again!

  9. New agility rules have been introduced in the UK. Now dogs compete according to size which has put a lot of the smaller Border Collies against Shelties. As with anything new the rules have been the source of controversy. There is never anyone available to measure a dog which is annnoying as the dog cannot compete until it is measured. Again as usual there is a fee to be paid which although is only a few pounds it adds to the overall expenses of competing in Agility. There again, being humans we tend to gripe at anything new. Me, I welcome running my sheltie against the borders. It keeps both of us on our toes and gives us a competitive edge…
    Thanks for the reply. Perhaps I could keep in touch with you all and let you know what Agility is like over here…….
    Marion

  10. New agility rules have been introduced in the UK. Now dogs compete according to size which has put a lot of the smaller Border Collies against Shelties. As with anything new the rules have been the source of controversy. There is never anyone available to measure a dog which is annnoying as the dog cannot compete until it is measured. Again as usual there is a fee to be paid which although is only a few pounds it adds to the overall expenses of competing in Agility. There again, being humans we tend to gripe at anything new. Me, I welcome running my sheltie against the borders. It keeps both of us on our toes and gives us a competitive edge… Thanks for the reply. Perhaps I could keep in touch with you all and let you know what Agility is like over here……. Marion

  11. Hi Marion,
    Yes I’m curious about the agility rules in the UK. Isn’t it that only the first place dog qualifies? Here in the USA everyone can qualify if you run the course right. And here, also, we do compete by height. I didn’t know you guys didn’t. But there are measuring judges at many trials and it doesn’t cost extra.

  12. Hi Marion, Yes I'm curious about the agility rules in the UK. Isn't it that only the first place dog qualifies? Here in the USA everyone can qualify if you run the course right. And here, also, we do compete by height. I didn't know you guys didn't. But there are measuring judges at many trials and it doesn't cost extra.

  13. The agility season is in full swing here in the UK. I am quite exhausted from the hectic pace of the preparation for the big event let alone running around the ring trying to keep one step ahead of my Border Collie and my Sheltie.
    Monday 27th August was the last day of a four day event held at Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire. My Border collie had on each day been so close to getting his first clear round but had made a couple of mistakes on the weaves. On Monday, i just had this feeling that he was going to do well. Everything went great from the start. He is a very fast dog, which as you probably know means it is more difficult to get that clear round. As he was coming down the A frame, making his contacts as he always does, I said “ok” and sent him on, only to see the judge wrongly wave his hand and call a fault!!! This particular judge had already called the same fault on several other dogs who had also made the contact! To make things worse, the rest of our round went clear, even the weave poles which sometimes cause us bother. So, our first clear round, in fast time and no rosette to show for it. Lots of other people were complaining but sadly the judges decision is final! Oh well, off again on Friday – different judge. How are you all doing? Regards, Marion

  14. The agility season is in full swing here in the UK. I am quite exhausted from the hectic pace of the preparation for the big event let alone running around the ring trying to keep one step ahead of my Border Collie and my Sheltie. Monday 27th August was the last day of a four day event held at Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire. My Border collie had on each day been so close to getting his first clear round but had made a couple of mistakes on the weaves. On Monday, i just had this feeling that he was going to do well. Everything went great from the start. He is a very fast dog, which as you probably know means it is more difficult to get that clear round. As he was coming down the A frame, making his contacts as he always does, I said "ok" and sent him on, only to see the judge wrongly wave his hand and call a fault!!! This particular judge had already called the same fault on several other dogs who had also made the contact! To make things worse, the rest of our round went clear, even the weave poles which sometimes cause us bother. So, our first clear round, in fast time and no rosette to show for it. Lots of other people were complaining but sadly the judges decision is final! Oh well, off again on Friday – different judge. How are you all doing? Regards, Marion

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