I'm looking to train my shepard for hearing and sight helper any advice? - Robert Shelby, Fri, 18 Sep 2009 7:22AM
Looks good, wish we'd taken more pictures! - Chickie aka: Mom, Thu, 6 Jul 2006 11:07AM
enlarge 95KB, 640x427 1 042 1 One of my dogs working duck at a trial
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enlarge 90KB, 640x450 3 Pulling Wool I leave the wool-on some sheep to help get new dogs (first timers) Turned-On. This bitch went from "No Interest" to this in 5 minutes and has a good hold now. That's "Ok" at this Point and Time in her Training.
enlarge 75KB, 640x443 4 Teaching Down Now that she has gotten "Turned-on" I'm teaching her that I'm The BOSS.
"Down" Means "DOWN"
enlarge 92KB, 640x444 5 FH010023 1st - I use 15' to 20' foot x 1" pvc with a Cap on each end to protect the dog.
Never hit your dog with the pvc - use it to nudge your dog to where you want it. I also have an Eye on one end so I can snap it to a dog coller if needd be. (use for dog that don't want to respond to a Gentle Nudge)
enlarge 94KB, 640x446 6 Learning Respect for the Pole Put the pole in her face and she'll start to learn the "Back" or "Back-off" Command All pole corrections are given with your verbal COMMAND
I let the new dog pick their own Direction and give it the "Command" that fits what that dog is doing.
enlarge 100KB, 640x448 7 Things Cool Off About 15 minutes in to Training She is starting to get the idea
Note: You can teach a "Head Dog" to Heal BUT it hard to Teach a "Heel Dog" to "Head"
"Head Dog" turn the stock and Fetch (bring) them to you.
They can be taught to Drive stock away from you in time
Heel Dogs will Drive stock off (away from you) They are good where you can set the Gates and let the dog move the stock (with No Commands) other than Sick'm
enlarge 80KB, 640x450 8 (Get Around) or (WayTo) (GO BY) My friend is working a bitch that has 2 hour of training on her.
At this point I use 3 Commands "Get Around" (letting it pick the direction) Use THAT Drections Command
["Way-To Me" (Way to) or "Go Right" (counter-clockwise)]
["Go Bye ME" (GO BY) or Go Left (Clockwise) would be the Commands]
She is on the fence keeping the animals between her and the Handler (Point of Balance) A "Head Dog" will bring the animals TO the Handler.
enlarge 66KB, 640x439 9 Her Mind Starts to Click She has figured out what is expected. Average time 25 minutes
The pole was never used to hit her - I Just use it to push/Nudge her where I wanted her.
She is still picking her own directions - NOW I step in front of her and place the pole in front of her face to make her change direction as I give her the right Command for that New Direction - Keeping her on Balance.
Balance ='s the dog keeping the animals balanced between you and them. Like a clock - 12 would be you, 6 would be the dog, the hands connect at balance
Note: I have gotten rid of the Pole and she is taking Directions.
At this point I start raising my left or right arm and or use a whistle to teach the direction..
enlarge 83KB, 640x450 10 "Get Around" or "Go-by" The Command is - "Get Around" or in this case it could be "Go By" (Clockwise) This bitch is getting it. She will force her way through (between the fence and stock) to bring the animals (off the fence) to the Handler.
enlarge 90KB, 640x446 11 Oval Training Pen 100' roll x 4' non-clime makes up 3 sides of an oval Training Pen (No Corners) Burlap covers the sheep holding pens so sheep being worked can not see sheep in the pens. There is Water and Feed in the Holding Pens. You will note that all pens are under Big Walnut Shade Trees to help keep animals Cooler.
enlarge 79KB, 640x427 12 014 2 1 Medford Oregon Fair Grounds Bob Carrillo's Kelpie Head Dog doing a good job.
enlarge 71KB, 640x427 13 013 1 1 Head or Heard Dogs Naturally Tends to Brings the Stock to the Handler Heal dogs tend to Drive the Stock Away from the Handler Note: Head Dogs can be taught to Drive but Drive Dog seldom Learn to Head
enlarge 79KB, 640x427 14 015 3 1 Bob Carrilo (sp) working a Kelpie "Head Dogs" or "Heard Dogs" follows the Handler with the Livestock working with no commands
Bob has 100's of head of sheep - One day we were in 500 Acres - when we could just see the stock he cast his dog out - as we walked and talk the dog followed us with the sheep - we stopped at a creek to water and the dog waited - as we got close to the barn Bod said "Take Them Home" his dog put the sheep in a corral and laid in the Gate.
enlarge 59KB, 640x427 15 016 4 1 A good Dog has the force to push the livestock towards the next gate!
This stock was not Dog Broke and was tough to work
enlarge 83KB, 640x427 16 010 2 1 And Quietly force the livestock into and through the gate!
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enlarge 90KB, 640x427 18 Malards Malards tend to work fast and split-up. Note the duck behind the pannel.
Not Pictured Here: I prefure to use Indian Runner Ducks - they work slower and tend to group-up and turn like schools of fish. Their great for training
enlarge 83KB, 640x427 19 Malard Ducks Malard Ducks tend to get excited, flap their wings and split up causing dogs to get excited.
enlarge 80KB, 640x427 20 011 4 Lonnie and Sid Sid has just brought the stock (Ducks) out of the pen.
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enlarge 62KB, 640x427 23 067 2 What the Hell are these things? Starting a dog
enlarge 71KB, 640x427 24 045 3 These sheep are Wild and Flighty - I put Melody Down and waited/hoped for the stock to settle down
enlarge 65KB, 640x427 25 043 1 Working them slow and from a distance
enlarge 75KB, 640x427 26 044 2 I let Melody use me as a Post to work the sheep off of
Melody and I are one of three entries who got all the sheep through all the gates
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enlarge 83KB, 640x427 36 068 2 A Friend - Dave Mason - Cleaned Up at a Trial at Casa De Fruta
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enlarge 52KB, 640x428 39 Scan0047 0047 1 Working Dog People had a Wild Pig Xmas BBQ
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