Posted July 16th, 2005 — Filed in Highlights
The July 15-16, 2005 Stockmanship School was a lot of fun. This is the first to be held in our new classroom. It’s really nice to have smaller classes and have the time to get acquainted with the new folks and visit with old friends.
Posted July 13th, 2005 — Filed in Stockdogs
I’ve been starting pups for so long using a lot of control that I’m having trouble starting pups using your methods. The main problem I have is not teaching them to come to me first. I am currently starting 2 pups, a lively Kelpie who is 10 months old and a quiet Kelpie cross Border Collie who is 8 months old. They are both working the sheep well and learning to hold them on me OK but I have trouble calling them off especially the Kelpie pup. I’ve tried waiting until he “asks” to come in but he hasn’t asked yet and we’ve had some pretty long afternoons. It has often resulted in me tackling him when he’s unsuspecting but I don’t think that’s the right thing to do either. He’s a great pup, going to suit this country well as he is so tough and won’t give up or tire. Would it do any harm to let him work with a rope dragging so I can bring him in with less fuss? (more…)