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  1. Smalahundur

    Resource Guarding/Food Aggression

    I see you already realized Only moderators can delete posts, I wouldn' t worry about it.
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    Resource Guarding/Food Aggression

    Hello, just a headsup, this part of the forum is meant for stockwork training. You might want to repost in the general bc discussion subforum. You will probably get more views/responses there. Welcome to the forum btw.
  3. Smalahundur

    walking backward

    But you don't watch those big hats while they are starting their young dogs. You watch them performing a winning run at a top trial with an experienced open dog. The best ones might not even use a stop command, clearing the course in one flow. But does that mean you shouldn't teach your dog a lie down? I agree that the goal is to get the dog get out on command, but I think, in the beginning, you need stepping in, gestures etc, to teach the dog the meaning of your commands. Then as soon as possible you fade them out. I also agree there seems to be a bit much gesturing going on in Luana's vids, so the question is what stage of training the dog is in, does it really need those extra pointers?
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    walking backward

    There is a very simple explanation for that Maja; I completely forgot to put it there... Here it is: http://odnt-bittersweetfarm.blogspot.com
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    walking backward

    On one sidedness, I ran across some advice that went a bit against the more classic approach of working the weak side more than the strong side. It made sense to me and used it on my current dog in training, who was not that terribly one sided, but had an obvious strong and weak side. Worked fine for us. Here is the link, click on the articles "Help me! I can't do that... yet!"(part1), and "I can do that (part2). I found them helpful.
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    Dog running through splitting sheep

    Hi Shaun welcome to the boards. Sadly stockwork discussion has been on the decline here last couple of years, so for lack of better handlers I'll give it a shot, I am going to assume your dog is bred from working dog stock, and therefor with the right kind of instincts in place. But at the moment he doesn't work, and obviously his current behavior has to stop. He is young, excitable, loves to chase, and has got some woolly victims to play with... I am also going to assume you are familiar with the basics of stockwork training. So how to fix this? I think a good place to start would be the "shark cage" method. Sounds more terrifying than it is. You put the sheep in a smallish round pen ( maybe 6 meter across or so) with the dog on the outside of the pen. You can be in the pen with the sheep. Now you can get the dog to head, and circle the sheep without being able to get at them. This should waken the heading instincts in your dog and the basics of flanking, downing on the balance point under controlled circumstances. That way you should be able to get a handle on your dog, and get his excitement down because he starts to realize how it works, and what is expected of him. You should ideally be able to move on to the open ( or a bigger round pen where the dog can be in with the sheep) pretty quickly. Because you have to get your dog to go around the sheep instead of through, and you have to get control asap. The longer your dog can get way with the behavior you describe the more difficult changing that is going to be. Couple of other factors that might play a role, are your sheep dogged? Especially very flighty sheep would contribute to your problem, with your green dog ( and handler ) There is also the possibility your dog is not mature enough for training , though at a year old he should, some dogs are later to "grow up". Putting him up for a while might help in that case. A bit more info about the dog, sheep, and your training facilities would help. Your description of what the dog actually does is rather short. Good luck with the training!
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    ADMIN: Please Read

    I think it looks fine like this. Functional.
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    Welcome. Two questions, do you work stock with them? And number two, just curious, , "g'day", that means you're from Australia?
  9. Smalahundur

    Frog sniffer dogs

    Well at least they are not licking toads, but who knows, it's a slippery slope... On a more serious note, thanks for the link, very interesting!
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    "Herding" in the popular imagination

    That goes for anyone who disagrees with me, on any subject matter.... Edit, except for my wife of course, my wife is ALWAYS right. I am not stupid...
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    Kiran's thread, as promised.

    Haha, that collartag made my day...
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    Deb Meier

    That is very sad news. My condolences to eneryone near her.
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    "Herding" in the popular imagination

    Weird. Why on earth would someone want to (try to) work livestock with a doberman...
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    "Herding" in the popular imagination

    I can't really get agitated by the term "herding" in itself. I've said it before in these kind of discussions, if the term is good enough for the late Vergill S. Holland, it is good enough for me ( but, in discussions here I take care to use "stockwork" instead, apart from the sensitivities it at least gives the impression you are in the know....). People also got all huffy about referring to bordercollies as "borders" (germans do this routinely btw). I found that especially ironic, as americans in my experience are the absolute kings of acronyms...
  15. Smalahundur

    Adolescence Recall

    Haha, tell me about it! That "you're not the boss of me" look you get just before they blow you off! No real advice but the obvious, not allowing those blow offs to become habit.So yeah, paitience, back on the lead and not calling him when you know there is a good chance of being ignored.