snook Posted February 16, 2005 Report Share Posted February 16, 2005 Wow! Moose and I had our first introduction yesterday and it was quite an education. First off, thanks for the pre-lesson advice. Moose is a bit of an uninterested ninny. I was really suprised that he didn't seem to care about the sheep, at first he ran behind the trainer and my legs, whining (he's the whiniest dog ) then would run to the fence for rescue- nothing to do with the sheep. THe trainer called in an experienced dog who worked the sheep, once Moose saw that he got a little interested- in chasing them and barking. He didn't care about controlling the sheep or keeping them together at all. I haven't lost hope though. He's only 7 months old, and we've been given the assignment to work on his down/stay, and give him access to sheep to build his interest. Once he's doing something with them we will be back for more lessons . Okay- back to the WOW! I had never seen sheep worked like that in real-life. It was so cool. I saw a 10 month old pup that had previously had no interest or skill controlling the sheep and balancing with the trainer. The pure intinct shown was unbelievable- now I understand the really passionate threads of preserving the working border collie. What really got me was when they put a 10 week old pup in the ring and she started moving the sheep. No training, she'd just been watching on the sidelines and decided to give it a go. We will continue to work from home, learn more about herding and hope that Moose gets interested. Mandy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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