Heather Posted June 11, 2007 Report Share Posted June 11, 2007 Hi, Jeanne: I recently imported a nursery-level bitch from England--I've had her for about a month now. I'm generally very pleased with her, but a few issues have arisen that I'd like to make sure I handle correctly in these early stages of our developing relationship. First, on her outruns she tends to sweep our whole field to look for more sheep, rather than lifting a particular small packet that I might have put out for training purposes. This is quite logical--she worked for a contract shepherd and is used to dealing with big fields and many sheep, and in general I'd rather have her do that than stop at the first couple of sheep she happens upon. But do you think I should be working on some sort of "come in" whistle? If so, how shall I go about it? Second, although she has a very nice way of walking up on her sheep, she seems to be a little hesitant to keep coming forward if the sheep are really heavy. I'm attempting to find out what her grip command used to be, since I was told that she regularly worked heavy sheep and could move them easily, but in lieu of that, I'm wondering if I should just keep her on lighter sheep while we're getting to know each other, or if that would just be avoiding a potential problem. I want her to be challenged, but I also want her to be confident, and I know that our sheep and sheep in the UK can be very different. Finally, she's much more of a heading dog than I'm used to (my first Open bitch likes to be behind sheep pushing them off more than sliding up their shoulders), and she'll occasionally refuse her inside flank if there's a lot of pressure, especially if I'm some distance away from her. Do you have any advice as to how I should deal with this? In general, I'm trying to figure out how much or how little I should be asking of her as we get to know each other. (I should also mention that I'm changing her whistles, and one of the ones I'm using is roughly--but not exactly--opposite the one that she was used to, so a lot of things are different for the poor dog!) Thanks in advance--any help you can give me would be appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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