Guest kimkathan Posted July 12, 2006 Report Share Posted July 12, 2006 Ellen - I was wondering if you had any advice on how to get some enthusiam out of a young dog, so that the true finished product can show through at a trial. I have a 3 year old female who is a absoultly wonderful farm ranch dog, who works all kind of stock (sheep/cattle/goats/ducks), but is only trialing on sheep) She still has alot of youthful exuberance and just wants to work constantly. She can do a 150+yd gather, take inside flanks, will drive forever, and is starting to shed( I can call her through, turning her onto a specific group is taking a bit of time, as she thinks that they need to be regathered) and takes a correction well when she's thinking On cattle, she's OK, will head and heel, and things aren't too much of a catastrophe, as the stock need the extra push. On sheep however, she's so ready to work that she's in a rush to start, and doesn't seem as though she's thinking for the first 30 seconds, only reacting, also, she's too afraid that they are going to get away or will not lie down until she's within in a range where she thinks that I'm close enough to get to her. I have been doing more up close work with her, pushing her to the point of slightly turning her off when she doesn't(she's the kind of dog that it would take ALOT to turn her off) I've also started recently, really shaking things up with training(changing the times, not working for a couple of days if it's possible, different things in a familiar routein area(gathering in the allies, where she'd normally drive)just trying to not give her a routien that she can predict) I'd like to trial her more, but with the ever constant possibility of her totally not in mental contact for the first 30 seconds, it seems to be a waste of time to me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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