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About kimkathan

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  1. On the botttom of my registration papers (I think the bottom left) there is a place to fill out for new owner transfer. I would just send along a note stating the change of Dazzle's name as well. I don't know for sure if there is a charge for the transfer or not, but I'm sure the ABCA website has that information.
  2. The situation isin't that the sheep are stomping and charging at her. It's more that if they turn and lower their head in the "I'm not here and I'm not going to move" then she dosen't even try. How should I go about a "correction" when she tries to flank off pressure (which is what she usually tries to do, her method of moving sheep is through movement, not push) Any one have any ideas of instilling some power back in her? The odd thing is that she'll take on a cow, head or heel, but I think it's something about the eye level of the sheep that's getting to her. Today, if an older ewe w
  3. Any one have any tips on how to build up a dogs confidence? I have a 3yo who will work the sheep out in the open nicely, but when we're doing pen work, she'll circle, but when one will turn and look at her, she'll walk up and lick it or try to continue to circle to move it. She'll push in between the stock and a wall or a fence with no problem, but when it comes to actually having to push or hold stock, she'll back down. I think that I may have contributed to this problem...when we were starting training, she'd fly in for nervous grips on the shoulder and hold on. I let this go for a while
  4. I've had him in with the sheep for going on 5 years now, and have had no problems. Since he knows my dogs, I have no problems working him in with the sheep (actually it's more like moving the sheep to where I need them and then he follows at times. It's more important to keep the sheep together and then worry about him) I never have let others work him here with the sheep, mainly because I'm worried that he'd try to go after them like he did the huskeys. What kind of problems were you having with keeping an intact llama? Llamas do have a different temperment than alpacas. They seem to be
  5. I forgot to add, the tail is kind of the same for flys, and if it wern't fluffy, it looks like a doberman tail. Not real attractive on such an animal.
  6. It all depends on who does it. Alot of alpaca people will shear the "neck and chest" every other year, as the fleece gathers chaff there and it's not worth as much. I sheer the neck every year because I think it looks dumb not to. The top knot is to help protect their eyes from the sun and from flys(Kind of like the tassles people put on their horse halters). If you ever see one, they have the biggest, most beautiful dark eyes and lashes, but because of the size they take in alot of sunlight even with their pupils constricted, the fiber provides some filtration so that it's not so direct.
  7. Also, on the note of roping them. Yes, if you were to rope them around the neck and they were to pull on it, there is a very good chance of them breaking their neck. What I've used in the past is to leave a very short lead (around 3-4 inches) on the bottom snap of their halters. Also, a way of training the alpaca to tolerate being handled is to take a bicycle inner tube, loop it around a fence post (not the fiberglass type) and hook them with a snap to the tube. work on rubbing them down, rubbing their ear moving down their neck and body, and everytime they try to jerk or flair, just step b
  8. I have an alpace in with my sheep, and have had experience with working them on an alpaca farm. At the farm they used 2 working wands (one in each hand)and applied the pressure to them by shiffting from side to side as they walked along. I also used a dog up there, but only on certain groups. Unbread females and the geldings worked fine with the dogs, but only after they knew what they were, otherwise they just bolted around the dog, like you said. The breeding males and bred females or the moms, would actually go after the dog in an attack mode. The male I have in with my sheep is an int
  9. She does know what time means. When driving the sheep away or doing an assisted drive/cross-drive, she's pretty nice and slow. Also, when she's tired and dosen't want to battle with me, when she's fast and I give her a time, she'll take it. I started working on the "steady" idea as previously posted. Trying to get her to stay off of the stock and not trying to push them so much. She has been notorious for just liking to make things run. I took her in the paddock last night and tried the balance work and moving slower. She'll do it, but it is really apparent that she dosen't like it. Sh
  10. I like the idea of having a different command for time and steady, this would help with some of our problem. She drives well, stays off the stock better and is not as pushy, probably because she needs to put more pressure on them for them to move. When she's wearing is when she's really on their tails, and blows them by us. At this point I think she needs something to reminder her that she needs to stay back off of them and to take her time ( eventually I think I can ween her off of that).
  11. Anyone have any advice on getting a fast dog to slow down and take its time? The 2yo. is coming along nicely, widening out on her away side, but when she walks up on the stock, she's real fast and right on their butts. She's a 3rd gear dog all the way, I'd like to find 2nd and eventually 1st gear. I have tried the command an then lying her down when she dosen't slow up, but this just seems to make her faster, as when she gets up, she's at full bore. She's still young, and some of it may be confidence that she thinks the stock is getting away, but we can't let this go on like this any longer.
  12. What are peoples thoughts on lying her down, walking out to her and taking her by the collar quietly and walking her to where she should be? Someone recommended this to me, but I'm not sure about the dog knowing/feeling that that's where she needs to be. I agree on not proceeding any further until we have this problem under hand. As she gets tired she will move out off of the stock and flank nicely and I will give her a "good" (she can take alot of pressure, but can be a little soft, so this seems to boost her up) I have been working on patting my leg to call her around me when wanting her
  13. I'll start another thread here. As I stated previously, we're working towards our first trial in Mid May in North Carolina. I have certain criteria set before we undertake the lengthy drive (17+ hours) and all the energy. She's coming along nicely, except she's WAY too tight on the Away side for an Outrun, and when switching directions with her, rather than pulling out (what many call a square flank) she cuts the corner down to around 45 degrees rather than 90. At first I thought that my voice was pumping her up, so I started going back to silent balance work. There was no difference, she
  14. I did work he out in the open after and before, I was concerned that she may have been put off by being bashed the other day, my friend/advisor suggested that we see what she'd do, and see if she was compleatly shut off. Thank goodness that was not the case. I have been working her on ducks and some goats ocassionaly since the episode, but not my sheep ( they tend to be cranky anyways). I'm trying to get her ready for a trial in North Carolina in mid-May, I was worried that this would be a major set back. Like I said earlier, she did fine on his sheep, but this morning with our chores, he
  15. I think that this situation is probably similar to what would have happened if it could have. We went to a different field last night, with different sheep and a friend who's seen her develope from the beginning. We put 7 sheep into a high pressure corner where they didn't want to come out of at all to see what she'd do. She approached there rear, as their head were into the corner, so tight that she couldn't get in between the fence and them. After a moment of thinking and trying ot get in there, she crawled down in between their legs and popped up in their faces, no gripping, no high str
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