Bonnie and Sheep
Posted 29 October 2010 - 12:05 AM
However, I am working on a decent video with "outruns" for Mr. Bob, where I hope you will be able to see the actual distances between all involved elements. And I hope there will be sound, because I wanted to ask something about timing, since it's pretty obvious that Bonnie brings the sheep to me at Mach3 at least.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:07 AM
A very important part of training that I am learning the greater intracacies of is sound ... the tone of my voice, the tone of my whistles, the volume, having the emotion leak through into all of it, etc. Whoever said you can't "yell" at a dog with a whistle hasn't heard me train my dogs.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:59 AM
Here is the video I have from today, which I already posted for Mr. Bob, and you will see what I mean about the sound.
The outrun is 44yrds.
In the next short vid you can hear me clearly (it's also from today):
I hope one day I will write that best seller and buy a camera that can filter out the wind.
Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:25 PM
Posted 30 October 2010 - 03:23 AM
Driving meaning when she is not on balance as in cross-driving? I have tried it because she has a very strong balance, and I have been wanting to start on driving very early, so that she does not become fixed on it. Unfortunately, with those sheep it is very difficult - when I am behind them they don't want to move, when I am on the side they turn towards me. When we approach them form a distance they are liable to to bolt. In November, I am going to pick up my ewe from her honeymoon visit to my old ram, and I am planning to work with Bonnie there so that she begins to get the idea of what's the desired result, because with my sheep she is obviously clueless what's the weird thing I am trying to accomplish. Then I think we will try to continue at home.
But if you mean driving on balance then yes we do a lot of it. In order to get the sheep to where we practice in the open area we have to move the flock about 300yrds (there is a fragment of bringing the sheep home at the end of the movie with music).
I also do close work in the sheep's winter quarters which is a square about 8 yrds on the side. She works calmly there and I am pleased with her. In the movie where she takes the sheep out I let her go ahead and head them (she is on "up" command - which means "get going and do what you think is proper until further notice" ), because the sheep are very liable to bolt on exit. However, more often than not, Bonnie brings them out so quiet it is not necessary and she stays on balance.
And today it's Bonnie's birthday . This is Bonnie exactly a year ago:
I do think there has been some improvement since....
Posted 31 October 2010 - 01:49 PM
Of course I would not have done so well if it wasn't for all your help, particularly Julie's invaluable comments. I really greatly appreciate all the advice, and I thank you all very, very much.
I would like to continue Bonnie's development in a new topic with a creative title "Bonnie and Sheep II" .
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