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  1. Brilliant..Well done to both of you..all the best for the rest of your sheepdoging journey.
  2. Personally.. I find the observations made in the OP article about leadership in wolves/humans & about dogs in Julie Hill's book interesting & yes as I have said before I consider that the similarities intriguing... but one is a general newspaper article and the other is from a book on sheepdog training. .and of course neither should be considered a rigorously reviewed scientific article (lazy or otherwise).
  3. Talking about deer...these days, when someone mentions the possibility of dog-walking in Richmond park.. my mind always seem to flip back to . Lazhar - All the best for you and your pup
  4. Tommy - I didn't view your comments as confrontational...I think that some of the disparity in views has been partially caused by how (generic) you define 'pack' and what traits are actually required to make a good leader. I find the comments in the OP article about wolves interesting.. especially when read directly alongside Julie Hill's observations about her own dogs. Mr. McCaig, although you may not remember when a 'sheepdogger' last talked about 'alpha' etc, Julie Hill does use this term in her book that was published last year (this 2nd edit has clearly been completely overhauled
  5. Judith ( Juju) thank you for sharing your story. I fully appreciate that things have been very difficult for you. To me, I think your story is truly inspirational and may well act as an example to provide some additional options to owners who are struggling with their own reactive dog. I hope River continues to do well - she has an awesome owner to help her. I wish you both all the best
  6. yes.... It is a relatively common problem that individuals commenting on scientific literature (and even the scientists themselves) may confuse the observations (actual results) with the conclusions (hypothesis/ theory/guess) that may explain those observations. ..and then of course there may be issues with the way the study (experiment) was designed and what parameters were measured. ..the joy of science.
  7. Ha, I kinda knew as I was quoting from Ms Hills book that I would get this comment in response. FWIW my own thoughts are as follows. Yes, I completely agree that there are some academic papers published suggesting that dogs do not form hierarchical packs (for example ... - van Kerkhove W A fresh look at the wolf-pack theory of companion-animal dog social behavior J Appl Anim Welf Sci. 2004;7(4):279-85 - Bradshaw J, Blackwell, E and Casey R Dominance in domestic dogsuseful construct or bad habit? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research Volume 4, Issue 3
  8. Interesting read. With regard to dogs, Julie Hill in her book, The Natural Way (2nd Edit) repeatedly writes that being dominant is not the same as being aggressive. From living with a pack of 10-20 unneutered working border collies for 30 years, she says the following about how different dogs behave when they are 'leader of the pack' "Over the years, I have come to realise that different dominant dogs actually have very different natures and ways of leading the pack. So when Bill was the dominant Alpha, he projected a calm, firm, quiet dignified, assertive manner. In contrast, when Ti
  9. Fantastic news. Hope Bett goes from strength to strength. It must also be such a relief for you. All the best for the rest of her recovery
  10. Oh boy...Sorry to hear about the Max's reaction to your aid...hope your bruising settles quickly. ..but as you know, things could have so easily turned out much worse for either/both of you, so I guess in someways the dice rolled the right way for you...and forewarned is forearmed. What are you going to do to try to make sure it doesn't happen again? .next time there may be much more significant consequences -I''ve seen a working dog wrecked from ripping his hind tendon when his leg was caught while attempting to jump a high tensile wire fence.
  11. Congratulations. How exciting. Enjoy your new venture
  12. Brilliant...well done to you both.
  13. Chris, IMO the sheep in your video are heavily 'dogged' rather than tired..As you noted they are 'used to unruly dogs' and have learnt the best thing to do is stay near the handler and not to move too much. In many ways they have become resigned to the situation. If your trainer regularly instructs complete beginners, then she may prefer to use stock like this..Anything less dogged risks being significantly stressed or injured partly because the novice would not know where to position him/her-self and partly because they would not have sufficient experience to pre- empt an overexcited dog f
  14. But that is almost always the issue. These days a number of larger farms in the UK are using RFID equipment and associated software (electronic ID is compulsory in the UK). Something like this http://www.shearwell.co.uk/p/112/shearwell-stock-recorder . I,ve seen some demos of this and have been on a couple of farms where this sort of system is used. One (over 1000 ewes) bought into the whole Shearwell system - RFID weight crates etc - and it certainly made his record keeping much easier . Another (approx 350 sheep) had just a scanner and associated software ( - different brand/software but
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