Herding!

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  1. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    So, Lizmo found me a great herding teacher in the area and she actually has time for me and Izzy! We'll be visiting her on the 11th for what I keep calling aptitude testing. I hope she does well! Herding dog vibes would be appreciated :)
     
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    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    I'll send lots of Herding Dog vibes, but only if you promise to give full details of how he does.

    Pictures woould be a plus and video would be even better. :D
     
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    That is cool, I ditto ^^^ CP.

    Good luck
     
  4. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    Ok, so the heat index for Tuesday is insane and we pushed it ot Wednesday but it is still happening.

    Of course you guys will get full details. I just hope they're happy ones!
     
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    Yes. Tomorrow will be too hot for herding. An excellent decision.
     
  6. Lizmo

    Lizmo Water Junkie

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    Don't feel disappointed if nothing *does* happen. It might take an exposure or two to get an idea if she has any instinct. :)

    Blaze, at 3.5 months, didn't do anything except follower the older dog around. At 4 months he turned on (what you'll see Izzy do, it's really neat to see it happen!). Then at about 9ish months nothing was really happening - as my trainer said he's still maturing. Even at 14 months he was still maturing and not showing much. (total that was around 5 times on sheep). Now he's 18 months and showing nice progress.
     
  7. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    So.. At Ten months old (To the day!) What should I expect if she has ZERO interest? (Not really wanting to pay $50 a pop to see if she will develop interest 4 tries later)
     
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    Lizmo Water Junkie

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    I don't know. Honestly, I'm not educated enough in sheepdogs/border collie instinct to know. Robin will know, though. She could say that she might need another time out there or. . .I really don't know.

    Sorry.

    Most of it depends on the individual dog. She's a female, so they usually mature faster than males.
     
  9. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    So, we got rained out :( Not sure when the next chance to instinct test will be but I will let you guys know!

    To cheer me up, I'm watching Babe with Justin though :popcorn::popcorn:
     
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    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    You say in your sig that Izzy is a retriever mix, she may not herd. Most dogs (even non herding breeds) will chase livestock. Herding is a little different than just chasing, your instructor will be able to know.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Izzy's Valkyrie

    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    I did that sig ages ago and it was based on what the rescue told us. Since then she's grown in to a lot of very herding/Border Collie habits. Her coat and bone structure are also similar to a BC as well. I don't know how it will go but I am hoping she takes well to the sheep :)
     

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