Maralynn Posted November 14, 2011 Report Share Posted November 14, 2011 The past few months I've worked on incorporating Kenzi (aka, my 2 y/o happy spaz) into my chore routine. I never really did it with her before because chore time was Missy's thing. And Kenzi was happy doing just about anything. The barn is a half mile from where I live so I start out biking over with her most days. Helps to get the edge off a bit. The first couple weeks I kept her on leash, but that started to be a pain, so I just let her off and micro managed her while I did basic chores - let the ewes out to pasture, feed the ram and the lambs. At first she was like "whoa - what's going on here". She'd want to go up to the fence and bark at the lambs. I'd tell her "no", usher her away and put her in a down. I gave her free rein to explore the sights and smells of the barnyard just a bit. Just stay within my sight and come whne called. I've slowly upped my criteria for her. I make her stay with me, and put her in stay more and more while I chores. Her attitude toward the sheep has changed a bit, too. Her interest has grown, but instead of getting bouncy/excited right away she'll drop into a bit of a crouch and stare. Her self control around the barn has improved nicely and she loves the routine. It seems to be starting to inflence other aspects, too. She seems to be starting to mature, but I'm not sure if that is just her maturing or the whole new routine. So is it the routine? Is it becuase I'm just expecting more (and being firm/consistant in my expectations)? Or does the whole farm context just give an excellent place to teach a Border Collie about rules, self control and life in general? I noticed some similarities with Missy when I first got her. The whole farm setting and routine really helped her come out of her shell and gain confidence that tremdously helped her in life in general. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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