ejano Posted July 10, 2012 Report Share Posted July 10, 2012 Robin evidently doesn't have enough excitement in his life. He is enjoying scattering the sheep so he can round them up again so this is the problem I am working on fixing. Yesterday evening when I was working with him, I picked my three calmest sheep. While he did his darnedest to scatter them, they stuck to my leg like burrs. I felt like I was in the middle of a butter churn as he whirled around us. I kept stepping in front of him, either lying him down, making him change direction, or pushing him back off the sheep. I achieved what I thought might be a tiny amount of success as he did take the commands. He was still wild, puppy eager when I took him off the last time. He hasn't been that way for some time so I'm thinking there still must be something amiss to have him that dissatisfied mentally. Or maybe I'm over-thinking it, and he was just having a heck of a good time and didn't want to quit as he was pouting every time I took him off the sheep? Is this all I can do, or is there another approach to teaching him how to stay off the sheep and to take time? He will take a "slow" or "steady" command once he has the sheep and is doing something with them. In his first small outrun of the evening, he got them stuck in a corner of the pasture and was holding them there as he was unsure of what to do. He didn't want to blast into them as he was reacting holding them against the pressure of heading back to the barn. We worked quite nicely together with him taking good direction. For once we were in complete agreement about how to get the job done. Felt good. . (I always feel like I'm doing something wrong with him because when I train with Brodie, I tell Brodie he's a good boy and he wags his tail and we leave the field with him prancing beside me. I tell Robin he's a good boy, he pays absolutely no mind and we leave the field with him dragging me backward toward the sheep. Once in a rare while, I can tell that he's leaving with his mind, satisfied and relaxed but I can't yet put a rhyme or reason to why.) Thanks, Liz Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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