So I know I'm about 4 years too late on this post but hey, I just got my first BC in Jan as a pup and he just turned 1.
He's an OBSSESSIVE disc dog, and chuckit fetcher. When I say obssessive I mean when either of those tools are in my hand I am the pied piper. He'll follow me and my movements wherever I go.
One night in August at the ball diamond, I was finally able to trap a hare between us and the fence! And the only way I could pry his attention from me was to say "Jilly! Get Jilly!" (my cat). So he looks around, spots the rabbit and goes from skulking trot to slow as mollases crouching prowl. All the ABCA DNA kicked in and when the bunny spotted us and took off, he ran AHEAD of it, stopped on a dime and herded it towards the tracks where it found it's hole in the fence and that was that. But it was huge because I knew he was the real deal.
Fast Forward now. I've discovered a giant park near me that's kind of border line ghetto so nobody goes there lol.
They have a 9-hole course, lagoons, woods and a monster Goose problem. You can play a round without 100 geese between you and the green! About 8 times I've called off the tees, got him out there and he does huge circlular sweeps at full jet until every bird is airborne. The golfers tell me the next day they never returned on their game.
We went to a herding lesson one time, and while it wasn't a disaster, the HIT writeup was pretty much that Brodie has a very very strong eye, no interest in cooperating with me, and wants to go right at the sheep and only after 5 minutes of leash down did he begin circular sweeps and it was beautiful to watch, but maybe the hour ride to the farm pent up his gusto, hence the 'enthusiasm'.
So we have almost no training, BUT, when the Chuckit's in my hand, he'll always come back. When I say GOOSE! he knows and clicks into crouching stare mode. He only charges when he's close enough that they start to take flight, and the instant they're all up, he's like the little kid that just made gas and cleared a room, big huge smile and runs back right to me, recall or not.
Where on earth do we go from here? The lagoons have froze over the past week (dangerously no less), the GM and staff is gone for the season, and I'd like to practice on this course and park. I have a contact number as it's a city park district course but not really sure what to say?
I shoot weddings for a living, and have many contacts at courses that had the receptions. I also know the president of the Cemetery Assn. of America or whatever it's called.
Brodie's amazing with people, and when he's clocked-in for work, (ie Chuckit/Hero Disc) not a thing in the world can distract him except for GOOSE! lol!!
Do I REALLY need to get more lessons in since he does this so naturally and we've been successful right out of the gate?
Thanks so much for your time, if this post is still alive!
-matt (and Brodie)