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I'm having a problem with my dogs' lift.

She is 2 and had been with trainer for 2 months. When she came home it was like starting a square one. Once we got the outrun fixed things were going well. All of the sudden she seems to have forgotten what to do when she gets behind the sheep with someone holding. She will go to one side and then back, stand and look at me as if what do I do now? At first I thought it was a problem involving the person holding sheep (my husband) but I have had others hold and the same thing happens. Spoke to trainer and he suggested not giving any commands just letting her figure it out on her own.

Now 3 weeks later things are not improving.

Any ideas would be welcome.


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Guest newguy

what was she like before she went to the trainer? If she will not walk up I would be hissing her up and really encouraging her as well as being closer to give her confidence.

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Guest PrairieFire

Different sheep...?


Heavier and requiring a "harder" lift than the ones the dog was trained on?


I've seen some pretty far along dogs - who have only been worked on "flighty" sheep - simply not know how to push more recalcitrant ewes...


Go help her - do it up close - and build confidence...



Bill Gary

Kensmuir, Working Stockdog Center

River Falls, WI



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