Miztiki Posted May 12, 2005 Report Share Posted May 12, 2005 The behaviorist who saw Boyden (edit: Lucy, not Boyden, duh.) yesterday has 6 BC's herself and gave me the contact info for someone not too terribly far who trains Aussies and BC's on different stock. For $35 they said they'd see what Boy does around stock and here's how they responded to me: I prefer the dog have a good down but it's not mandatory. I have some dog-broke sheep and will use them in a small area. What I look for is: 1. Inner drive to work 2. Conscious effort circle around to the opposite side of the stock and keep his stock grouped. 3. A sense of balance or feeling of where he needs to be to move the stock to you. 4. Confidence to move stock. 5. I need to see the dog thinking and controlling stock and not just chasing them around in a circle. ----------------- I don't expect much from Boyden really, I'd just like to see if he has any herding ability at all. I don't want to waste their time or look like an idiot by bringing my mutt over there and have him run around and bark like a fool or worse, bite the sheep. The neighbors have a pasture full of steers, mostly for keeping the pasture mowed. The park has lots of ducks. Is there something I could try with the cattle or ducks that might tell me if I should pursue this or not? He shows lots of interest, but he doesn't crouch or have the eye. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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