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LOL, okay, if you ever need to get your dogs' attention just play that video. I have a lap full of dogs trying to check out what on earth is going on with my laptop.

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I can't wait for my toller I'm just having a heck of a time finding an older male. I have my name on lists for puppies one litter due next week...so we'll see.

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The people I train agility with are Toller peeps. They don't breed them, but have had five so far. I agree that the temperament can be a bit more Border Collie-ish than Retriever. And the scream. OHMYGAWD. It's like being gashed in the eye with a rusty nail!

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Quiz it's like a dog going through a woodchipper

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They are pretty.
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My friend has a purebred toller. She says he is by the far the smartest dog she's ever had or trained. For instance, when he's thirsty, he stares at faucet in the kitchen since that's where the water comes from. He's super sensitive to his owner's emotions and knows when something's "wrong". He walked up to my friend and very uncharacteristically was staring at her stomach and laying his head down on it. A week later she found out she was pregnant.

Another neat thing she told me was that tollers attract wildlife like no other breed of dog. Part of if it (researchers think) is that the way a toller moves in very similar to that of a fox. My friend was on a hike and throwing a ball for her dog at the lake and a deer charged out of the woods and went for her dog! A moose followed her and her dog for miles on another hike. There's lots of stories on the internet about people having similar experiences with their toller bringing wildlife out of hiding.
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Really, that is such as sweet story, he putting his head on her, and wildlife coming out, HOPE NOT SKUNKS!
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My friend has a purebred toller. She says he is by the far the smartest dog she's ever had or trained. For instance, when he's thirsty, he stares at faucet in the kitchen since that's where the water comes from. He's super sensitive to his owner's emotions and knows when something's "wrong". He walked up to my friend and very uncharacteristically was staring at her stomach and laying his head down on it. A week later she found out she was pregnant.

Another neat thing she told me was that tollers attract wildlife like no other breed of dog. Part of if it (researchers think) is that the way a toller moves in very similar to that of a fox. My friend was on a hike and throwing a ball for her dog at the lake and a deer charged out of the woods and went for her dog! A moose followed her and her dog for miles on another hike. There's lots of stories on the internet about people having similar experiences with their toller bringing wildlife out of hiding.
All the reasons why I can not wait for my toller lol.

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Tucker and I have only met a couple of them and they seemed like very happy energetic dogs. I was curious about this Toller scream because I never heard it, so I took a look on Youtube and there are several vids of the "scream". So if anyone else is curious...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0v2pjbgGK4
My lord - is that a dog making that noise???? It sure got Woody's attention - he's by my side tilting his head.

Thankfully Woody's vocalization is nothing like that - I'm sorry but that'd drive me nuts.

Thank you for your kind words Karen regarding Woody. Beautiful is very complimentary but I'm afraid goofball is far more accurate - he's quite the character.

Good luck on your search for a toller they truly are unique dogs.

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