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Luana

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    running, volleyball, physical-chemistry, ice scream, sheepdogs

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  1. Luana

    walking backward

    i will try what you are suggesting. today was our first day in the open (meaning a large fenced field, that is all I have available). it was not horrible, I was able to work much better on flanking in both directions and wearing, but the outruns did not go well...very tight.
  2. Luana

    walking backward

    I agree that I might overdue it with the gestures (sorry is the Italian in me, I cannot help it ). however I'm trying to set Spillo up for success going wide and not like a bullet into the sheep as he was doing before. so, I observed several trainers, some for example use a stick or a plastic water bottle, throwing them at the dog while is going for the outrun. Andy (from the working sheepdog) uses the slingshot to widen the outrun. obviously the final goal would be not to use gestures at all, but that will take time...
  3. Luana

    walking backward

    this is a great link! thanks!
  4. Luana

    walking backward

    will try that. one thing that was suggested to me was to use my body and the stick at the shoulder level of Spillo to encourage him to go wider. so if I step a bit forward and look at the sheep should I step to the right if I send him away and have him pass me as I'm the post?
  5. Luana

    walking backward

    yes, I do have the book you suggested, I read it several times already. however some of the exercises I did not understand very well, so I will ask you for more explanations I also have the working sheepdog subscription, and I'm in contact with Andy via Email: he gives very valuable suggestions all the times. the video you saw is short comparing to the training session, in the video I only included the outrun portions but I was doing different exercises as well. but I do have the same feeling that I need a larger space for the figure 8 exercise. in this farm I'm allowed to rent sheep, so I'm taking more chances to try things on my own, and learn to trust Spillo. trainers generally are not very inclined to let a dog like Spillo (you should see some of the first videos I have) free in the large area. however we are improving quite a bit now. so we will try in the large area next and see how it goes. I am learning quite a bit just training on my own, particularly from my own mistakes...but I still do work with a trainer once a month.
  6. Luana

    walking backward

    Thanks Maja for the suggestions. yes next Sunday I was thinking to try in the open area. I'm taking things slow as when I started with Spillo I had a very difficult time to have him under control. I am not very comfortable in the come by direction, as well as Spillo, so I'm trying to get there. repetitions: how many repetitions would be recommended in a training session? what I tried to do, as the sheep would gather always in the same spot, is to change the position from which I was sending Spillo, and I agree that I need to work on the come by direction, we are just starting with the outrun.
  7. Luana

    walking backward

    trying again to share: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sKcaVMmDokXaVoVs-ltCE2ElzadHhQGi/view?usp=sharing
  8. Luana

    walking backward

    here are more progress in the training: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sKcaVMmDokXaVoVs-ltCE2ElzadHhQG we moved into an open area, but not a very large one. we are starting with some short outrun. I'm using pretty much always the same corner as the sheep have an escape gate there close to the barn and they want to go there all the times. so I was using this at my advantage as I found difficult to set them in the middle and have them stay in place. we are starting with the away as the come by feels a bit more difficult to me. should I have him go even wider when I send him off? the sheep start to move away from the corner pretty much when I send him off.
  9. Luana

    Aggression Advice

    my suggestion for you is to calm down and breath. the idea of the muzzle is good, so that you will be more comfortable while training Dallas. I absolutely agree of not letting people approach, pet, giving treats. But...I do not think you have to avoid people, going for a walk when there is no one around, on the contrary! Dallas needs to get more confident and needs to learn to ignore people. you need to work on establishing a good distance from people he is comfortable with and decrease it gradually. feeding him treats when someone is passing by with a stroller will not work if you are too close. his instinct to lunge will be stronger, so he will need first to train at a good distance from the moving people. I believe in desensitization and counter conditioning, I used this approach with my dog to help him overcome some fears and to help him coping with bikes and joggers at close distance, however I also used corrections and a stern NO when needed. Be kind to your dog but firm. I do not know your dog, so it is difficult to give any more specific advice, but one I feel to give is: do not label your dog as aggressive in your mind.
  10. Luana

    walking backward

    thank you all for all the valuable suggestions! I will surely bother you more with questions as we improve with our training ;-) and yes we are moving in the larger training field starting from next session, we are at the moment working with training sheep, heavy, with a tendency to follow me around. the next step will be to start to work with some less dogged sheep.
  11. Luana

    walking backward

    Me and Spillo are continuing to learn and we finally reached a point where I can calmly work him without too much diving in. we are now training at a different farm, different training approach, it seems working better with him. you can look at this video for reference: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PtUk4XEyXonR_g-OAIjyDKezxxLeSAy2 we are starting the exercise of walking backward to improve his working distance and the lie down. I have a question about having him reach the point of balance when I send him off. particularly in the away direction he has the tendency to circle the sheep, I would like have him stop behind the sheep and walk in a straight line. Is there something specific I should do to encourage this? and am I positioning myself correctly?
  12. Luana

    Loose leash with a 1yo?

    I have been the "crazy zig zag lady too" ;-) it helps to get the dog focus on you, I was just changing directions without waiting for him to pull me, so that he would need to pay attention to where I was going. another good exercise is penalty yard, with the reward being something your dog really likes at the end of the path.you can create several stations first so that the dog needs to cover a shorter distance for a reward. also practice heel work at home, off leash.
  13. Luana

    "Herding"

    Italian word for Shepherd is pastore. the dog is cane pastore. where I come from we mostly have pastore abbruzzese which is the maremma sheepdog, and often you see these dogs alone with their flock of sheep, up in the mountain.
  14. Luana

    "Herding"

    my personal opinion is that whenever we enter a competition, we deeply inside hope to win. and if we enter a competition where we already know we do not have what it takes to win (like me for example, wen I run a 5 K or a half marathon, I already know I'm not going to win) then we try to bit ourselves and do better than last time. and yes I will want my medal as a recognition of my efforts. as I would like to get my ribbon if I will ever be able to take my dog to a skill level that will allow me to compete and win something. even us, the non professionals and non sheep owners, we do put a lot of efforts in the attempt to train our dogs. and the trials atmosphere is always very friendly, but there are spectators, I can feel the competition, the handlers are tense, the dogs sometimes lose the focus because of the high pressure. I witnessed also some disagreement on how the points have been assigned. the ribbon is just a symbol, a recognition, but even without ribbons the competitors go there thinking that they could win and try to do so. and I also do not think that playing with sheep, or worst cows could be a way to describe the activity. I think it is quite dangerous if not paying attention, no only for the sheep but the dog and the handler as well. I injured my self several times for my lack of skills. and I'm always apprehensive when I start a session. I did not know that herding sheep was not a proper term to use.
  15. here is Spillo few years ago with another dog (lab-border collie mix?) he just met: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B0sXfSbvy-gB2bmVyVelgV1xblZvfQMb hope the link works. I consider my dog quite in the face himself ;-) so I think it just depends on the personality of the dogs. mine is not always playful like that, he has issues when he is unsure about the other dog, but he can plays with labs and goldens. German Sheppard I had mixed reactions. he has issues with flat faced dogs, and for some reason I still can figure it out, poodle.
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