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#1 Mark Billadeau

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:11 AM

Our Monty X BJ litter is almost 8 month old now. Renee and I have taken our pups to sheep a few times. Grant (Renee's pup) is not quite ready for training; he's keen but not mature enough. Lee is ready. Here is his 3rd session on sheep. I am mostly trying to get him to feel balance and how to correctly move around the sheep. I don't want him circling mindlessly and am switching him frequently.  I'm also working on a down and the beginnings of a call-off.  I'll use whatever tool helps him be correct without putting too much pressure on him. So far I've been pleased with his developing feel for the sheep and glimpses of thoughtful attitude.

 

 

Lee at 8months


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:26 AM

Dear Mark,

Looks nice. 

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:44 AM

Can't wait to see!
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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:24 PM

Wow, he looks great!!! Thanks for sharing this - I love watching videos of pups just starting out, and seeing all that instinct kicking in!



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

Loved it!

PS - Proof that long legs and youthfulness are helpful in training a keen youngster!
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Posted 18 November 2014 - 05:53 PM

Nice job, Mark!


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:06 PM

Dogs looking good. very interested will be keeping my eye on lee



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Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:01 PM

Lee is now 9 months old and has been on sheep 12-15 times.

Lee at 9 months
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Posted 31 December 2014 - 11:36 AM

He's looking great, Mark! Can't believe he's been on sheep so little - he's looking like a future star. Best wishes to you and Renee for the new year!!!



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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:00 PM

He's looking really good and responds well to your quiet handling

 

Congratulations



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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:02 PM

:) Work like that makes for a Happy New Year!
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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:31 PM

Dear Aspiring Sheepdoggers,

 

Please do study how quiet Mark is, his corrections and how he responses to failures.  It's the cheapest lesson you could find.

 

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 01:46 PM

I would love to be a tiny fraction of the handler Mark (or Renee) is - and I'd sure like longer legs and a bit of his relative youth, too!
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Posted 06 April 2015 - 07:24 AM

Here is an update on Lee. Lee is very reactive to even sublte movements. Recording and reviewing sessions is helpful in showing me things I should be doing better to help Lee.

Lee at 1 year old
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Posted 06 April 2015 - 09:17 AM

This is wonderful. I am of the opinion that the more seasoned handlers tracking a dog's progress every couple months would be beneficial to all. While novices like myself get a mountain of information out of it, as you remark, it helps the handler track subtleties.

 

I've often referred to the Stilhope May series, and this has the same DNA to it.



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Posted 29 June 2015 - 10:29 AM

Another short update at 15months.
Lee learning outruns


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Posted 29 June 2015 - 04:34 PM

That looks great, wish my Max would show outruns like that (he is a bit older than your Lee, will turn two this August).

Ah, well he is a bit slower in his development, we´ll keep working on it.


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Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:37 PM

:)
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Posted 29 June 2015 - 09:45 PM

Nice.

 

How's Grant doing?


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 06:08 AM

Grant is developing slower than Lee and less consistent in his progress; likely to do with his periodic wahoo attitude that seems to show up at inopportune times (like getting started).


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