Jan B Posted March 14, 2013 Report Share Posted March 14, 2013 Hi Amanda, Last fall I started my young bitch who is very keen to work. I am pleased with the progress that she made in the 2 months of training that we got in before winter set in. She outruns in both directions, has a reliable stop and a good pace on her fetch. I've done a tiny bit of driving with her when the opportunity presented itself. My question is about her difficulty in finding balance on her outruns. When I work her close to me, she is better at finding balance but when I send her (in either direction) on a longer outrun, her speed at the top seems to cause her to overflank. I've tried helping her with a quiet "there now" at the top or calling her name quietly as she approaches balance. I hesitate to continually stop her at the top where I think balance is as I would like her to learn to read her sheep and feel the pressure. I try to situate the flock so that the pressure isn't hard to one side or the other. The snow in my area is melting fast and I anticipate that I should be able to resume her training soon and would appreciate your thoughts. When I left off last year, I just decided to not obsess about it and let her grow into her task but I don't want to let this "issue" go on too long and become a habit. Thanks, Jan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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