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#21 Maja

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:19 AM

Here Darinka's outrun.

 


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:23 AM

That is a nice outrun. Like her calm demeanour.

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:54 AM

Thank you  :D  .  Her drive is getting better and we are venturing into introduction to shedding. She has a nice natural pace. 


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:35 PM

She has nice square flanks. 


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:05 AM

Thank you :)  , as you can hear in the video, throughout I only said the initial "away", nothing else. She self-corrected the outrun in the beginning, and on the outrun closer to the top she also slightly self-corrected, then lift and beginning of fetch - all by herself. I never taught her any of this.  Not that I didn't try :ph34r:  .


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:27 AM

Maya, her outrun is nice and it's great that she did so much without any command from you

.. but sorry to ask, did she lift all her sheep?...when I watched your video there seems to be one ewe who exits out the side of the frame and I wasn't certain whether Darinka adjusted her position or used her eye to tuck it back in with the rest.

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:22 AM

Yes, she lifted and then brought the whole flock.   Ouessants don't flock very well, so Darinka went to my right to tuck some in and to turn them because they were drifting in that direction, and then  turned slightly to the left, specifically to that ewe, and that ewe reappears in the frame.  These sheep are very difficult for a dog, and I try to train on the lighter ones as much as possible.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:24 AM

Yes, she lifted and then brought the whole flock.   Ouessants don't flock very well, so Darinka went to my right to tuck some in and to turn them because they were drifting in that direction, and then  turned slightly to the left, specifically to that ewe, and that ewe reappears in the frame.  These sheep are very difficult for a dog, and I try to train on the lighter ones as much as possible.


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 03:54 AM

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:15 AM

I just....

 

I just don't know what to say. 

 

Today, we were taking the sheep out to the pasture, and Darinka was supposed to drive them, which you can imagine what is like with a dog like her   -  I keep her behind the sheep basically, but it's not driving as an intentional action of the dog. It's just keeping the dog from heading the sheep, while the dog does not intend to drive the sheep.

 

So today, I told her to walk and after a while I thought there was something strange going on - I listened, and I realized - there I was - saying nothing at all!

 

Because Darinka was driving - she was carrying out the task of driving, tucking the sheep here and there and pushing them forward as though she'd been doing it all her life. 

 

I was happy to pieces. 


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:58 AM

Oh how wonderful! :)



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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:06 PM

Great!


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 01:39 AM

Yes, this was very unexpected, since I was used to counting my nano-successes and be satisfied with that. But having noticed that she reacts better when we are on the drive position than when I am in fort of her - in spite of her heading desire - I changed the handling somewhat in the last 3-4 training sessions, and it seems to work. 


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 02:44 AM

Brilliant...well done to you both.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 01:04 PM

By the way, how old is Darinka now?


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Posted 28 May 2015 - 01:01 AM

She will be 2.5 years old on June 10.

 

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 07:29 AM

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 02:09 PM

It's so rewarding when everything falls into place.

 

Nice work, both of you.


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:54 AM

Thank you!

My DH has a habit  of asking me how it went after every training, and before the unexpected change happened, for more than two weeks I would reply:

 

- It went fine; I did very well.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

 

;)  ;) 


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 02:40 AM

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