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  1. I like to incorporate it into play. Just fooling around with him or her. When they are lying down, say the word, so the pup associates it with lying down, as he is doing it. I tried snacks once. It worked. But Border Collies are smart and it got so she would run over to the fridge and lie down, hoping I would then produce the piece of cheese from the fridge. Amanda
  2. Hi guest Smogette I am not a pro on this but I would give him as mush excercise as makes him happy. Sheep Dog questions I can answer. Amanda
  3. Stacey posting this to another forum will be helpful I'm a sheep dog hand. yours Amanda
  4. Don't allow it. A quick clip under the jaw will help him bite his own tongue and cut it out.
  5. Put him on long line and make him walk quietly behind the sheep. He should lie down on command on the long line and you can slowly loosen him off it. Let him drag it. Nosheep abuse allowed.
  6. Someone should send me alerts to there being questions on this list. I look for a while and nothing and then I stop looking. I, of course, am unfamiliar with the precedents to your driving. I see a lot of dog starting that is left and right, breaking through the sheep, with new dynamics for what is balance, between dog and hand all the time--rather than letting the dog settle in behind and learn to make a good line while in the infantile stages of gathering. Once dogs get the hang of holding a line in a gather, not much of a stretch is involved, in doing it while driving, These early gath
  7. I can't get a rise out of anyone on this subject. Just because I don't like wide running dogs, doesn't mean they are unsuitable for another who wants time to make up their mind about what to do next. The wide runner will afford that--time to decide what to do next. It might be you who wants such a dog, although it may not suit me.
  8. I can't run dogs running too wide. In my experience, that is a problem that escalates as they get older. It starts with a reaction to pressure early on and develops into a go to behavior when dogs do not want to face the music--an easy out. Precision required of top runs is nearly impossible with such a dog, as they will take swings at moments of grave inconvenience and hemorrhage points for sloppy turns, or worse stay out of the park when you are trying to shed; or what about a criminal cast off when shovelling them in the pen is demanded. How can a wide one inspire confidence on big unfe
  9. Since no one has a question, I have advice A notion that training will be done at a fixed time, has been drawn to my attention. "I will train my dogs at 6:00 pm." It doesn't work that way. The current severe heat in the east changes our opportunities to train. Six in the morning is the best window, when it is coolest. our job as trainers is to optimize conditions for a young dog. No way can they think well enough to learn if they get too hot, not to mention the damage you might do health wise, for the long run. We go for the coolest part of the day, when our canine partners can remain
  10. Sorry, but it's been ages since anyone has asked a question. I had one of these dogs that flew off like a wild indian around a wagon train. I couldn't wait to sell it. What can such a dog be thinking?? No balance, or grasp of for what it is getting behind the sheep. No concept of ansering to the presence of a handler. Why? I once saw a clinic Dalziel had where he put a line on a dog and stopped it, with the line. I suppose this might be an instance where that would be useful. I have always thought the requirement of the line was annoying at best. I like a dog that thinks more constr
  11. I have never neutered a dog I trialled. Breeding is always part of the game. If a dog is prospective champion in all respects, why neuter it until you establish that it is not up to par. It would be impossible to tell when it was six months old. I would wait and see what sort of dog it became before I jumped the gun.
  12. Cool. Everything comes to she who waits. Try not to bore her, or she could become resentful.
  13. WEll, I think she looks pretty good, absent a sense of urgency about the direction of the flanks. Quite casual. Maybe you could convey a sense of urgency. What exactly is the question?
  14. People don't ask questions for ages and then I stop looking and look what happens. I thank Donald for his explanation. A good one. Having some eye is an asset. it brings useful balance to dogs that makes them easy to train. Bereft of the balance, the eye, dogs must be put everywhere, instead of that they go. Without a pleasant amount of eye, a dog has less to contribute to the job. We all like a useful partner afterall and that is pretty much what we are after. The dog with too much eye, the one that gets locked up and doesn't get up, really would not have too much eye if you could obed
  15. You say your dog is not a hard head or stubborn but I have to disagree. he should be easier to train than he is. The things you are describing are instincts run wild. All dogs, whether pet like or not at home let go with a new inner self when they are set loose on sheep. Sometimes all their instincts sync up with a handler swiftly, and they are a cinch to train. Sometimes they are self indulgent and the kindest companion becomes a maniac in the presence of livestock, and this one will be hard to train. Be a severe critic of your home dog in a very realistic way. That will help you grow
  16. Your signature reads "Bchaos". Try and take that out of there, maybe that will help . The flag on the whip idea has some merit. You say it works with them for a while, but never without them. Maybe you haven't carried it long enough. He is clever and knows when you don't have it. Maybe you have to carry it all the time, until he develops some habits more befitting a thoughtful Border Collie. Maybe you abandoned the tool too soon. Bring it back. For dogs that are sent over the top by a demand to lie down, it can be more helpful to split the difference and accept a gear down, so long
  17. Pete's mom Mark was right But here I am The turning off thing, is definitely a convenience, but that is all. there are plenty of hands who would wish their dogs to be more enthusiastic. Mostly decent Border Collies at trials are keeping a critical eye on the trial field, not yawning, or gaping around at pigeons. Sheep work is not a very relaxing dog activity. On the other hand, when a dog relaxes into a job, into a groove with his hand, we see beautiful work. I would be pleased with his ability not to turn off, as you say. If points are deducted for such a thing at AKC trials, that
  18. The ducks won't hurst him. But working in spells longer that five minutes or so may. Remember he has the concentration of a gifted kindergarten kid. No way can they keep at it for long periods of time and have it be rewarding. You might be able to teach him to lie down and left and right, but only if it pleases him. If he worries about it, stop.
  19. Best to remember that sheep dog trials are not Obedience competitions. Many new spectators watch trials and complain that "the handler told the dog to lie down and the dog didn't lie down. Does it lose points?" If the dog succeeds in taking pressure off the sheep with or without flat lying down, then don't sweat the small stuff. IF the sheep are good, the management of them was good. and the "lie down" command was successful, whether the dog actually did it or not. You are commanding your dog to manage the sheep properly, not necessarily lie down like in an obedience competition. Nothing
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