Guest mjplant Posted April 20, 2006 Report Share Posted April 20, 2006 Hi Amanda, My pup is 10 months old and showing incredible enthusiasim for work, I stopped drilling her as you suggested and now her only training is around sheep. I am gettiig a good stop on her she is taking flanks, etc. I read the post about a slow lift and have a question. A number of handlers enquire after my pup and the big question appears to be: Is she showing more eye. Currently when I work her she is walking in towards her sheep, nice and slowly when called, to do so, she adopts a typical B/C pose, stays on her feet with one paw off the ground in a limp wristed manner..... she seems to me she has some eye and is using it. I am aware that this will continue to develope as she matures, she is only 10 months old so still a baby. This question as to whether she is developing more eye is somewhat perplexing to me. I know it is difficult to answer without actually seeing the dog concerned, so maybe I am answering my own question: Is the amount of eye a personal thing on the part of the trainer?, ie what looks good and what dosen't as I am aware each person has their own preference. Does a dog only use and develope eye as it feels necessary to control and move stock? Should I be worrying about eye at this stage, or simply leave her to develope this and work it out as she grows into her role? I am aware that a a B/C with too much eye can be hard to move, sticky, claps eyeing the sheep and crawling slowly on their belly which is a downside to timed trials. I want my pup to develope a natural style and currently moves freely balancing her sheep nicely and stops when called upon to do so, I am also unconcerned about trying to control her every movement as I believe she either has it or dosen't and she seems to have it. I am wary of adopting any exercises to develope eye incase this bites me in the proverbial and I end up with a dog so intent on eyeing sheep it won't move, becomes hard to move or developes to slow a lift. what are your opinions on this topic, Should exercises be conducted to develope and encourage eye if a young dog appears to show little eye, or leave it to the dog to work out rfor itself during exdposure to sheep and rely on it's natural, inbred instinct and breeding. Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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