joewrite Posted December 2, 2011 Report Share Posted December 2, 2011 All I'm writing a children's book about a boy who adopts a border collie pup and trains him up to work sheep. For complicated reasons, the dog will have to be ready to work at 14/15 months old. I know this may be an unrealistic time frame, but I'd still like to get the general order of training correct. (The dog's a natural and a fast learner?) The dog will be raised with plenty of access to sheep but they don't belong to the boy or his family, so he'll want to be very careful about harming any of them. Could someone give me a sort of timeline for a normal training? that is: What you'd train the dog to do as a puppy? What you'd ho[e to accomplish at that stage? Then at say 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 months? As I understand it, usually you'd expose the dog to sheep first in a round pen. If one wasn't available, what could one improvise that might work? (Finally, are there videos or something that I could watch to better understand these stages? I've watched May's on this site.) Many thanks, Joe PS. I've already had a series of books published, and have watched bc's working with sheep both with a trainer and in the wild, so I have some idea of the process. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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