ejano Posted February 14, 2013 Report Share Posted February 14, 2013 I'm still working on widening Robin's outruns. We have made some progress last fall and are at the point where we are practicing clock work - the dog is to respond to a flanking command without any body signals to push him along. Robin is still very much inclined to slice in as he prefers to come straight on at the sheep, pick them up and steer them someplace, preferably into a corner where he can hold them. Once he has them in a corner, he will take flanking command, lift and fetch. We are working in a square half acre level paddock. I am working up a list of exercises I can do to interrupt this natural inclination to drive and to widen his outrun. This spring we are going to be putting the sheep in a 15 acre pasture where he will find it very difficult to get them up against anything and I fear he will be steering them all over the field, searching in vain for a fence. Other than stopping him at quarter turns on the clock and redirecting him, what can I do? He is four years old next month - our training has been intermittent for various reasons and we didn't really get serious about it until last fall. He is quite eager and does a good lift and fetch, has a good down and recall but he still bowls into the flock rather than widening around them. I've been encouraging him to do laps in the near field (about 7 acres - mostly flat) encouraging him each time to widen his laps and he's doubled his distance over the winter. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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