Sheepdog material or maybe try something else?

Discussion in 'Dog Agility and Flyball' started by JROI, Sep 8, 2016.


  1. JROI

    JROI PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everybody!
    I have a Collie/Kelpie (Australian sheepdog) called Bruno, he's just over a year old. He showed up at our doorstep with his sister at about 2months old. We live in a farming area, a lot of farmers around here dump unwanted dogs, it's very common. It's likely that he came from a long line of working dogs.
    He has a lot of energy, and takes direction well, he has bonded with me a lot and follows me everywhere. At the moment we've learned 'Here', 'Sit', 'Down', 'Stay' and 'Go', we use these when playing ball and using the hose as he has fixations/obsessions with both of these things. I can now make him stay a few metres in front of me, tell him 'Here' and then 'Down' half way to me, I repeat this a few times before he gets to my feet. We've learned all this in 6 days (he was my parents dog and they never trained him before this).
    I think that this is amazing considering it's only been 6 days, I teach him something and within 3 attempts he's pretty much got it down.
    Problem-
    Today I took him in with the chickens, I had him on a long rope (just incase), I just let him roam around to see how he acted towards them. As I thought, he began stalking them, but instead of naturally grouping them he seemed to be trying to break one away from the rest of the group, and stalking it in to a corner. The chicken flapped and tried to escape and Bruno lunged towards it, I gave a tug on the the rope and brought him back to me and called it a day. He listened to me somewhat when stalking the chickens but it took a few attempts to get him to do what I wanted, he was fixated.
    Any advice? I don't have the money to pay for a trainer, and I enjoy doing it myself. The only reason I'm doing it is to keep him focused and active. Maybe Agility would be better?
     
  2. Moobli

    Moobli PetForums VIP

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    Many young collies will show this kind of stalking behaviour before peeling one sheep/hen/duck etc off - usually to try and worry it, if given a chance. If you have no sheepdog training experience, no sheep of your own and cannot afford to employ an experienced person to help, I would definitely avoid doing herding. Your best bet is to teach him to leave your hens alone, and have a go at agility or flyball (or another sport) instead.
     
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    JROI PetForums Newbie

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    You're right, trying to do it myself was mainly a challenge for me, as eventually I want to be able to do this kind of thing. Maybe agility would be a safer option. I might reconsider getting a trainer in though, we'll see, maybe I can dip into my pocket. :p
    But the main thing is that I'm able to keep his mind active, he already has some quirky obsessions that I'd like to get rid of.