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  1. Amanda, I have a just two year old pup that is still having difficulty with his driving. It's probably a combination of me and him :0) He is fairly confident on his cross drive, but lacks confidence on his drive away. If he has a good pace going, he slides to the right every chance he gets. If he is unsure he will look back or if he is stopped, he may need encouragement to get his walk back on. I will continue to work shorter drive distances in hopes of giving him more confidence. But, what can I do to stop his sliding on the drive to the right? Thanks, Suzanne
  2. 3 yr. old loose eyed BC, more of a follower than a driver (pusher) on stock. Natural big outrunner, nice feel on her fetch. Feels the pressure well on the fetch. This is my 3rd dog. I own the parents. Both are well bred and open dogs. Here's the problem: She tends to follow behind the stock. Driving stock on a fence line in an arena she won't hold the pressure and keep the stock on the rail. I will give her a there and she starts holding them on the rail by being out just a little off the rail with herself in a position to keep their forward movement and them on the rail. BUT, she alw
  3. Wish I did have 500 Border Cheviots! LOL...No, you are right on target. She is probably bored to death. She is working a dogged ranch flock of Dorper crosses.
  4. I'm not sure who the expert is now, but I'll take any replies :0) 3 yr. old BC, listens well, little eye, little presence. Her sire has great presence and intensity in the shed ring. He comes in like a bullet. Now, his daughter understands her job (shedding) but is too slow coming through for my liking. I have tried shedding the first part of our work session when she is fresh. I've tried revving her up, "Watch them, Watch them." She stiil comes through very lackadaisical for lack of a better word. Looking for suggestions/training exercises to get her more powered up and focused? Suzan
  5. "Slow her down and speed her up so that she gets the idea that she is in charge. Sometimes we work so much at controlling the speed of the sheep when we trial that we take a certain amount of confidence out of the dog by making them work at controlled slow speeds all the time. Let her razz them a bit and get a little full of herself at times" Thank-you Bob...great advice for both of my girls. This last weekend at a small trial, Kilt got her first open win and Yoko was in the money in both pro-novice classes. Yoko still gets a bit nervous going to the post. I try laughing, yawning...anyt
  6. Back to Yoko....Almost 3 yrs. old,lacking forward drive, a bit loose eyed and upright, but loves working stock. I haven't been messing with her wide outruns. Since she isn't 3 yet, I hate to interfere. She is working it out herself. Last few trials her outruns have been spot on. Last year she couldn't move range sheep. Last week she had another chance with range lambs. She didn't have a problem with the lifts. The first lift she had to blast them (jump into them to get them moving)and the judge must have felt she bit them. I don't think so. She did what she felt she needed to do to move th
  7. First of all, Anna, congratulations on your book. I have put it on my Christmas list. For over a month now all I have doing with my pushy bitch is walking her behind her stock. It would be impossible to take the push out of her. She just turned 6 yrs. of age and she is just starting to walk. LOL I didn't have enough tools in my toolbox to be able to get her to walk before this. Now, I know that walking sounds easy, but when you have a dog that pushes and shoves it's dang tiring. At first, she thought I'd gone nuts and kept looking at me. Are you sure you want this? She tried walking a
  8. Yoko is coming 3 yrs. Last year her outruns were beautiful. They were wide with a nice kickout at the 3/4 mark and coming in deep behind her sheep. I remember you at Whidbey asking me, "Does she always run that wide and deep?" My answer was, "Yes." Maybe you knew something I didn't. :0) I only work in the desert during the winter. It has been some 9 mos. since I have hauled the sheep to the desert. Yikes! Yoko is way too wide this year for my liking. Infact, deeper than I want her to be, too. I try NOT to interfere with her, but now I think I need to do something. I tried letting h
  9. The above is a short video of Yoko looking back for a blind fetch. She has dropped off her first set of sheep and I am asking her to go look for the 2nd set. Kind of a mini nationals :0) My question is this: Does it matter which way she turns to look back in relation to my position? Can she spin counter clockwise or clockwise regardless of my position? Does that make sense? The dogs at the nationals had to cross over the handler's position to get the away flank. It appeared that the pressure of the 1st group still moving and that most had to cross the handler's position was a pretty
  10. About 6 weeks have passed. You're right; the 5 yr. old dog does it "because she can." I have never been tough enough on her. She is just one of those dogs you can't give an inch or she takes a mile. Plus, she bounces back from a correction with a smile on her face. I'm trying to get her to turn away with some remorse when I correct her. Her 2 yr. old daughter lacks forward push. She's way more biddable and sensitive to correction than her mother. She's spayed and I am going to continue trialing with her because we have a good time. If the sheep are moving too slowly she feels the n
  11. #1 Two 1/2 yr. old "heeling" BC (working on a nose bite) still will bite a front leg. I read that cowdogs are allowed to turn a cow with a front leg bite. But, I overheard a cowdog person judging sheep say, "I DQ'ed that dog because he hit the front leg and not the sheep's nose" at a trial. The sheep was standing off the dog. If a dog turned a sheep by a bite on the front leg would you DQ them? Desirable? NOT desireable? Sheep versus cows? My pup will stand tall to sheep confronting her and I am encouraging her to walk forward without thinking about biting. Most of the time the shee
  12. It was great to see you and Nancy at Whidbey this year. I got kick out of watching you shoosh the big strong eyed dog around the PN course. Great job. My two year old Yoko got better and better as the 2 weekends of trialing went on. I overfaced her at Deer Creek with the range ewes, so I wanted as little pressure from me or the sheep for her. Besides qualifying for the nursery finals, she received 6th place out of 56 entries in her first pro-novice class. I held no expectations for her other than to have a "fine" time. And, that she did. Last year at Whidbey I entered Yoko's m
  13. Thank-you Bob for the encouragement. My thinking is "the dog is what he is" and the handler can only hope to enhance the good qualities that particular dog has. I try hard to sort a good set of sheep for Yoko with her mother. But, lots of the ranches here in So. Cal. have sour, dogged sheep that once in awhile will run a dog down. She has taken a few hits in the confidence arena. We will continue on with your instruction. Hope to see you at Whidbey this year. I am making the trek again! Suzanne
  14. "However mine is one of those that runs out turning her head in looking for sheep..she's very good at spotting them. In fact she really only kicks out after she spies them. So you are right I just have to learn to trust her." Gotta love a dog who as soon as they spot their sheep, kick out. Suzanne
  15. Hi Bob, Well, spring is here and Yoko whom I discussed with you in past posts has won a few 2nd places in nursery. Most of our problems just needed time and consistency and allowing her to grow up. She is immature in my eyes when compared to the other 2 yr. olds trialing. Plus, we only get to work sheep a few times a week. No more dessert work due to rattlers until the winter. She has won several ranch trials, because this is where we do most of our work. She is loose eyed and doesn't need the square flank that her stronger eyed mother needs. We are still working on her confidence. Sh
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