Rebecca, Irena Farm Posted January 6, 2005 Report Share Posted January 6, 2005 I'm trying out a new, sort-of Open dog. He's a dog with a great personality, a huge motor, and just the right approach to sheep for my silly, stubborn flock. He's very well bred, no problem with the instinct he came with. He is extremely hard to stop - he is a very upright, plain working dog and doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. You'll never tire him, even a little bit. So you can't just let him run. Someone tried to put a stop on him with an e-collar (not the guy I'm probably getting him from). He's improved a lot over the last year since then, but he still has this weird tendency to just do something random if you ask him to stop. You might get a flank, or a dive into the sheep, or he might walk up on the sheep at some random angle. OR he might stop. The guy I'm getting him from has him under decent control (he's even placed at an Open trial with him), but with me this dog is slipping back into his old ways. To make a long story short, I'm looking for non-confrontational ways to reinforce that stop. There's not any kind of pressure in the world that *I* can put on this dog that will get through - he just doesn't feel it. I won't even try. So, I'm looking for a way to convince him that it's HIS idea to stop. By the way, his balance isn't good enough that he will stop on balance most of the time. Until last year he was trained extremely mechanically. I'm toying with the idea of renaming him Random - I think I just might do it. So, coming to a trial near you - me and my new dog Random. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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