Bordercentrics Posted June 13, 2006 Report Share Posted June 13, 2006 Hi - We are new to this board, and new to herding. I am fortunate that my training club has a very active herding group. Four members actually keep livestock and we can go train with them weekly during the season. Because I have osteoporosis, I have been advised not to go in the field with sheep, so have elected to herd ducks, which probably pose no risk to me! We have been three times now, with the trainer actually handling Ruby. The second and third times she had me in the pen with them, so I can get a handle on what she is doing and when. Last night Ruby came off the fence for the first time and circled the ducks in the center of the pen. We are just working her on three ducks right now for a short time, as she is young (just a year) and we don't want to push her too much. She is also a bit soft. The trainer has had soft dogs herself, recognized Ruby's comfort level for corrections, and adjusted her style immediately. After reading a bit, I feel very fortunate to know this group of people. Both this trainer, and a very experienced BC handler/trialer friend have said that it would be better if Ruby could start off with sheep, as ducks are such flighty things (pun intended) and will excite her even more. Because of her age, she tends to get extremely excited by life at first. It takes a few minutes for her brain to kick in! The trainer tells me next week she will have me handle Ruby on a long line and work on flight distance. Ruby is better and more responsive off lead, so I am hoping the long line doesn't cause frustration. She gets more excited and frustrated if she is on lead, so she has been working off lead since halfway through the first session. I don't think I know enough yet to ask good questions, but if anyone has any advice/moral support it would be appreciated! Kathy Robbins Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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