gvmama Posted June 15, 2007 Report Share Posted June 15, 2007 I have a 2 1/2 yr. old bitch and no sheep. I do my training at nearby ranches and trial fairly frequently in all venues. I have a 6 yr. old BC that I trial, also. My young bitch is just starting to pace well in a large field. She has a take time whistle, a regular walk-up whistle and I'm working on a get them moving "quick-like" whistle. When I give her a fast walk up whistle she blasts ahead and nails the nose of the lead sheep. I don't think I will need a "bite" whistle, because she is not going to allow any sheep to challenge her. If I even whisper "Get in there" she is there, like now. She is a bit reactive and tense at this age for my liking. We do lots of ranch-type work and work smaller groups and large flocks, too. I'm looking for suggestions as to how to get her to move the sheep a bit quicker without feeling the need to explode into them. As mentioned, when she does this, she nails the front sheep which tends to split everyone. I'm thinking I could hold her back off her sheep at a greater distance and then ask for a quick walk-up and steady her as soon as she is making contact? Sometimes this is hard to do with the dog broke sheep I get to work. Or maybe I need to walk beside her as she is driving and try to make sure she doesn't explode to the front by reacting quicker and monitoring her in close range. I wish I had a place with chutes...I bet that might help her. That way she would have to push from the rear and wouldn't be able to get to the front. Thinking out loud. Maybe I don't even need a fast walk up whistle. I do with my other dog who has less eye and at times will stall on his drive. Or it could be a confidence issue...hard for me to decipher with my limited stockdog wisdom. Suggestions welcome. Suzanne Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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