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  1. Thanks Beverly. It's a big change for him. He's never defined work as anything other than chasing a ball (he had an afternoon w/ sheep where he showed some natural instinct and he been around horses, but that's it). I suspect (and hope) something will "click" once he experiences one of the animals doing something at his direction. He really seems happy there. I'll keep my fingers crossed. M
  2. He's never worked sheep per se. One of our friends who frequently takes him to her farm took him to a friend who trains dogs to heard sheep. Jake didn't bolt into the heard and blow them up. He was able to work a single back to the flock. Now this is all second hand to me, but the trainer was surprised that he'd never worked livestock before. He reportedly had a great time. That's what gave us the idea to search for a ranch for him. Unfortunately, it's hot enough in our immediate area that cattle are much more common than sheep. As for Jake's heritage, he was bred by an old crusty rancher. He wasn't an "AKC style" breeder, but he's also not a guy who has an active training/breeding program. He just bred two working dogs really for the wrong reasons, to get a litter of reds because he felt he might make some money on them, very sad. Jake was the runt and likely going to die of malnutrition at the time we rescued him. So, he has genes that know how to work, but I'm not sure if they're turned on <g>. M
  3. I posted this in "ask an expert", but I wanted to broaden the chance for response so I'm posting it here too. Thanks in advance! Jake is a 4 year old border collie. We rescued him as a flea bitten, scrawny 12 week old, bet we've never been an ideal home. He was a cute pup (aren't they all) and we figured he'd be better off in a less than ideal home than dead. We run, walk and play fetch, but Jake requires a larger volume of work. We found a cattle ranch that was willing to give an inexperienced dog a chance knowing that Jake showed some instinctual tendencies with sheep even though he'd never been formally trained. It's very close and the rancher is very friendly, so even though Jake might become his dog, we look at it as though he's moved out to go to college and get a job <g>. We will visit him regularly. So, here's the question: Jake's obsession has been with fetch. That's been what we've been able to do with him to satisfy his drive to work. He's only been on the ranch a few days and he has a trained Aussie to lead by example, but Jake starts to get involved and then breaks off, hunting down a stick and bringing it back to Ted to play fetch. What's the best way to get him to see the potential in working animals and decrease his obsession with fetch? Is it too late at 4? He is very comfortable around cattle and horses. I know it's going to take time, but I was wondering if there are any tips that might help transfer his attention sooner? Thanks! Mike
  4. Jake is a 4 year old border collie. We rescued him as a flea bitten, scrawny 12 week old, bet we've never been an ideal home. He was a cute pup (aren't they all) and we figured he'd be better off in a less than ideal home than dead. We run, walk and play fetch, but Jake requires a larger volume of work. We found a cattle ranch that was willing to give an inexperienced dog a chance knowing that Jake showed some instinctual tendencies with sheep even though he'd never been formally trained. It's very close and the rancher is very friendly, so even though Jake might become his dog, we look at it as though he's moved out to go to college and get a job <g>. We will visit him regularly. So, here's the question: Jake's obsession has been with fetch. That's been what we've been able to do with him to satisfy his drive to work. He's only been on the ranch a few days and he has a trained Aussie to lead by example, but Jake starts to get involved and then breaks off, hunting down a stick and bringing it back to Ted to play fetch. What's the best way to get him to see the potential in working animals and decrease his obsession with fetch? Is it too late at 4? He is very comfortable around cattle and horses. I know it's going to take time, but I was wondering if there are any tips that might help transfer his attention sooner? Thanks! Mike
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