Liz P Posted May 31, 2012 Report Share Posted May 31, 2012 I've got a young dog who is about 30 lessons into her training. I can't remember ever having worked with a pup who is so phenomenally natural. Her instinctive understanding of her stock is absolutely breathtaking. I don't need to drill her on clean flanks, pace, lie down, how to handle herself in pens, when to grip vs when to not grip or any of the other many lessons your average young dog needs. My problem? She is getting extremely bored, very fast. With just a few lessons I could already start using her for chores, which is what I am doing right now. However, there are only so many things that need to be done on a 35 acre farm. She holds stock off feeders, moves them from one section to the next, helps me with tending duties when I use the goats for brush control and puts them away at night. I have been in contact with some other people in the area about going to their farms to work different stock, including a flock with some crazy, soon to be weaned lambs. I figure this will provide some variety for her. However, I am looking for ways to create situations that she will view as work to stimulate her at home. Any ideas? PS, she is also probably the most biddable dog I have ever owned. I have to be very careful to keep my mouth shut during training so that she maintains independence and doesn't look to me constantly for commands. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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