pucksfurcoat Posted January 6, 2010 Report Share Posted January 6, 2010 Dear Bob, I am working on getting an immediate stop on my 5 year old bitch. She has been allowed to take a few extra steps for years – yes SHAME SHAME SHAME on me, and I am really trying to make it better as it sometimes costs me dearly in tight situations. She is extremely biddable, but this has been allowed to go on for so long, it will take some real work to make it better. I have tried a few things. The most successful is asking her to lie down in a driving situation as the sheep move in a direction away from the exhaust. I tried this first with a long line, but didn’t really need it. I think this works pretty well because I am a presence nearby to enforce the down, and there is no “worry” on her part that the stock will “get away”. I have also tried working back in the round pen and leaning into her on a fetch when I ask her to lie down. If she does not lie down, I move into her and force her off her sheep. If I do this several times, it gets a little better, but not much. I recently got my own stock so I am, for the first time, able to work my dogs on a regular basis. The stock I have are pretty light, I might be better off with some heavier sheep for training in this situation, but don’t have much access to that type of stock. I understand that it will take me a long time to make progress on this issue, but would appreciate any suggestions you might have for me. Thanks so much! Sonja Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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