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I can see why you would not put two dogs together befor they could handle stock by themself. One of my dogs is 9 mo. and the other is a 1 yr old. The young dog is a lot more advanced than the year old dog, because I just got the year old dog. I know it is not time to work them together yet but what would you look for or what tell you it is time to use them together. The 9 mo old dog will drive and is supper good at putting sheep through a shute or loading on a tr. He is well mannered and easy to control he knows all his comands and just seems to know what needs to be done to move them. Unlike most dogs I have had when a sheep turns he stops most dogs go on by that point or most of mine has. He is a little slow on his walk up but not real bad. He will hold sheep in a pen all day for somereason he likes standing in a gate and daring on to try and break out.I am thinking maby after he gets a year and a half to two years old I sure don't want to mess up what he is doing now. Any help on this.

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I'm pretty impressed at what your nine-month old is doing. I would be tickled pink if my pup's doing that well, that young. And I would NOT DO A THING except let him work naturally. The work you do is impressive, wish my dogs had that kind of heavy-duty chore work to cut their teeth on. I'm no expert but the slow walkups sound like a pup confidence issue that you just should make sure he's not being given more than he can handle at this point. Ie, he'll get better with time as you say.


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