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Jan B

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  1. Hi Amanda, I thought that I should update my inquiry about my young dog and balance. I was able to do a bit of training with her this past week as one of my training fields was free of snow and ice. Lo and behold, after her winter "vacation", "T" is finding balance on her outruns more often than not. I managed to get out with her 3 days and the 3rd day of stock work was the best. Not only was she finding balance but she was reading pressure and flanking on the fetch as needed to keep her flock together ;-) I guess she just needed time to mature. Jan
  2. Hi Amanda, Last fall I started my young bitch who is very keen to work. I am pleased with the progress that she made in the 2 months of training that we got in before winter set in. She outruns in both directions, has a reliable stop and a good pace on her fetch. I've done a tiny bit of driving with her when the opportunity presented itself. My question is about her difficulty in finding balance on her outruns. When I work her close to me, she is better at finding balance but when I send her (in either direction) on a longer outrun, her speed at the top seems to cause her to overflank. I've tried helping her with a quiet "there now" at the top or calling her name quietly as she approaches balance. I hesitate to continually stop her at the top where I think balance is as I would like her to learn to read her sheep and feel the pressure. I try to situate the flock so that the pressure isn't hard to one side or the other. The snow in my area is melting fast and I anticipate that I should be able to resume her training soon and would appreciate your thoughts. When I left off last year, I just decided to not obsess about it and let her grow into her task but I don't want to let this "issue" go on too long and become a habit. Thanks, Jan
  3. I had considered using the Scalibor collars for tick prevention this year for my dogs because they go swimming almost daily in the warm weather and they are actually more economical than the Advantix I have been using up to this point. However, after reading many reviews online about Scalibor, I decided against the collars because they are useless in preventing fleas. Even my vet told me that I would have to use something like Advantage to protect against the fleas and I was unwilling to "double dose" my dogs. Jan Berger
  4. I bought a couple of Dorper ewes earlier this year and by the fall of this year, they were wide bodies as well. I sold one and she has been bred and the one that I kept looks pregnant, but, of course, she's not as I have no ram. She gets no grain; just hay now and was on pasture most of the summer. I've not put my hands on her rump but will do that tomorrow when I see her just so I can determine just how fat she is. Jan
  5. Thank you for your sage advice, Bob. It's good to know that I'm on the right page with her training as I had just started to do pretty much what you have suggested. Right now, regardless of what word (I'm using EASY) or whistle I use to communicate to slow down, Ivy lies down. I immediately get her back up, give her an EASY if she starts pushing too hard and gaining on her sheep, at which point she will lie down on her own again. She will not get up on her own, so I have to tell her to walk on to get her on her feet. The last time that we worked a friend's sheep which are quite light, after about 10 minutes of working on pace on the drive, she finally settled down and started to rate her sheep. I didn't fuss with her about lines but I did occasionally have her fetch the sheep to me as a reward. I've been told that this is a "no-no" when driving, but Ivy truly understands the difference between driving and fetching. She's not a dog that takes pressure well, so I did this in order to keep her motivated to keep at the task. Unfortunately, we are heading into winter here in New England so our opportunities to work stock will be few and far between for some time. However, I'm in no rush with Ivy and want her to get it right without taking away her desire to work with me. Thanks again, Jan
  6. I am currently training a young bitch, Ivy, who will be running in pro-novice come spring of next year. I am having absolutely no luck teaching this little girl that she doesn't need to be pushing on her sheep so hard on the fetch and the drive. Sure, I can repeatedly lie her down as needed but I want her to understand that she needs to stay back off her stock. Last year when I took a private lesson with Scott Glen to work on Ivy's driving, he advised me to forget about pace at that time as he thought she needed more confidence. I spent the next year doing just that and she is fairly confident in her stock work now. I recently tried putting her on a long line to try and slow her down but I have to confess that I was all thumbs with the line and it ended up getting wrapped around one of her rear paws. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Jan
  7. Hi Bob, Thank you for you advice which makes a lot of sense to me and will be easy for Moss to understand. It's good to know that I was on the right track as I had been doing what you advised in your reply to my query but, obviously, it is going to take some time. I never, ever train the same thing every day and have found that it is necessary to make the training interesting and challenging to keep Moss keen to work. No drilling for this dog. When the snow melts here in New England, I'll let you know how he is doing. Thanks again, Jan & Moss
  8. Hi Bob, My 4 year old male Border collie has been running in ranch since last fall. I've been doing a lot of driving training with him during the past 12 months and he seems to understand the concept quite well. However, I discovered much to my dismay, as I was preparing him for a trial this past November, that his usual lovely outrun has deteriorated. More specifically, he is overflanking whether I send him to the right or left on his outrun. I had always been able to trust him to read his stock and know intuitively where to stop on his outrun based on where the pressure was. I've been told by other trainers that is is not unusual for a dog's outrun to suffer when you concentrate on teaching the drive. Any suggestions as to what I can do to restore my dogs natural sense of balance at the top of his outrun once the snow melts and we can get back to training?
  9. Hi Laurelin, I just noticed that you have a papillon and wanted to let you know that I've bred, owned, trained and competed with papillons for 30 years. I still have my 3 retired agility papillons plus I now own 2 Border collies. I compete in pro-novice with a 3 year old male and am training a younger bitch for trialing. Both of the Border collies are from working lines and get along great with my paps and are so easy to live with. Jan Berger
  10. Ooops, I misread the label. When I checked the label again today, it states that the copper is present in 7 PPM. And, yes, it is a mineral supplement manufactured for sheep. Thanks all, Jan
  11. Hi All, I had a friend buy some sheep minerals for me at her local Agway since the nearest feed/grain store to me stopped selling them. When I looked at the content label today, I noticed that it contains a "minimum of .3457 PCT" copper. Is this amount likely to cause a problem with my sheep? Jan in Mass.
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