Pippin's person Posted October 19, 2008 Report Share Posted October 19, 2008 I seem to have made a new dog out of an old one (who often had evil on his mind) by using "time" on a flank (or outrun). The situation is thus: Hamish often chases sheep running toward a draw/pressure and becomes deaf and evil. He also seems to like banging them around on the fence once he's engaged in this kind of chasing. I have given him harsh corrections for this, but they are generally not "in the work". I have been setting up situations where he could go bad so that we could help him learn to be good. And he's gotten MUCH better, no question. But....not perfect. So, on Thursday's session, we set him up and he went bad the first time. I corrected him (talking softly and carrying a big stick method--as an aside, it is amazing what a difference walking calmly and determinedly at the dog and giving the correction makes as compared to shrieking like a banshee--but I digress). On the second go, as he started to go bad on the outrun (sheep running toward the draw--outrun of about 50-75 yards), I called out "time" (i have no clue why I did it this time and hadn't ever done it before) and that little so-and-so pulled up visibly, slowed down and started to think! He completed his outrun and work beautifully, coming in deep behind the sheep and bringing them at a nice pace. We set this up again several times with the same result. Today, different field, different sheep--same thing. And besides that, his outruns are generally much deeper and wider; his pace is great; his responses pretty crisp, etc. Yay, I'm delighted. But, I've not really heard people calling out "time" on outruns/flanks before, so is this somehow unorthodox? If it is, do the collective you think it matters in terms of "style" or some other aspect of the work? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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