Does not want to "shut off."
Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:54 PM
Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:30 PM
Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:08 PM
I'm guessing that, since there has been 250 views and no replies, that maybe this is something that I should not be concerned about.
There's only one person, I believe, who answers questions in this particular forum.
There may be many more of us who are interested to see what people have posted, though, which could be why you're seeing so many views.
Please be patient and the appropriate person will respond.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:58 AM
How strange. How utterly strange and counter-intuitive.
Our working dogs are always interested in the sheep - whether they're working them or not. In a three or four dog crew, which is what is usually used here, very often one, two or three of them are waiting for a command while one or two are already off ... losing their interest in the interim would be less than ideal, one would think.
Again, not an expert - that was a knee-jerk response to the notion of points being lost because the sheepdog won't stop being a .... um ... sheepdog.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:47 AM
Amanda Milliken is our current Expert and may be busy hosting and competing in trials at the moment. You could post this question in the Training Discussion section where others are allowed to post answers.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:00 PM
Mark was right
But here I am
The turning off thing, is definitely a convenience, but that is all. there are plenty of hands who would wish their dogs to be more enthusiastic. Mostly decent Border Collies at trials are keeping a critical eye on the trial field, not yawning, or gaping around at pigeons. Sheep work is not a very relaxing dog activity. On the other hand, when a dog relaxes into a job, into a groove with his hand, we see beautiful work.
I would be pleased with his ability not to turn off, as you say. If points are deducted for such a thing at AKC trials, that would be just one more reason not to compete in them.
Posted 15 August 2014 - 11:10 PM
Pete is snuggled up to me in the big chair, and I am trying to decide whether or not to take him in an ASCA trial tomorrow morning. If i do go, I'll let you all know if I have any issues with his intense work ethic outside of the field.
Posted 22 August 2014 - 06:04 PM
Posted 22 August 2014 - 06:08 PM
Posted 23 August 2014 - 04:19 PM
Be happy you have a dog with that focus! In USBCHA trialing, you don't want a dog that's keen only when pointed directly at the sheep. I want my dogs to be sheepdogs 24/7. That's what a border collie is meant to be. The notion that they should shut off and lose interest the minute you call them off work is totally AKC and totally counter-intuitive to the breed's purpose.
Edit to add: not all border collies can sit at calmly while watching a trial field. If that's the case, you just take them back to the truck and let them rest.
Yes, I believe our resident expert is off trialing, traveling and doing things at present.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
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