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Old 08-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Did you know that in the von Stephanitz book which everyone quotes but few have read there are pages of description of the farm dog and the wandering shepherds (tending) dogs behaviours. In one place he describes the dog needing powerful ability for scent disrimination and talks about dogs going out into the fields or across the paths into fellow herders flocks to identify , isolate and bring back sheep that belong to his master's flock. That is amazing.

This goes far beyond the border collie type wild eyed chase in a round pen.

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It does and it's something I have no experience with. I wish there were more opportunity. I know schutzhund, i can see how the traits needed for one would easily transfer to the other. i've done a lot of reading and it makes sense. But being able to see dogs work on instinct against large animals in wide open spaces would be very interesting to watch. Probably open up a whole new insight to training for me.

But alas, all we have around here is the chase a lamb or 3 around a pen and call it day herding.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I wish I lived closer 7 hours one way. I am now training 4/7 days for BH and IPO1 to trial in Oct.

This type of experience would certainly enhance and strengthen her performance on the field. She would love it, this dog is made for working.
I am afraid that if I went down for the instinct test and saw everything going on that the dog and I would be hooked and would want to persue this.

I would need to become a renter.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think people in this area are just spoiled We have so many dog training places here, why travel?? But this is very different and unique...it's worth a drive!

Our TSC has a bulletin board - but it's in the very back of the store...where few people even see it. But I can travel around to others in the area. There are 5 within an hour and a half, I think. Guess I'll be doing a lot of driving this weekend...LOL

Gatordog - I think we're about 3 hours from Albany. If you are that far away you wouldn't have to come out every week, Geary is usually happy to work with people.

Lee - he will TRY other breeds, but I don't think he wants to advertise for them. He had someone come out with an English Shepherd a few months ago. He was hopeful, the dog looked decent. But then the guy tried to get Geary to take the dog - I guess he was looking for a "working home" for it, not for someone to train with.

I've contacted some local news stations and papers, so we'll see if anything comes of it.
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I'm definitely interested in doing a HIT. As far as training goes, I would possibly be able to come once or twice a month (I'd have to adjust my budget and let you know ). This sounds like such an amazing opportunity!
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Another option...maybe...would be to carpool if you can find someone else in your area that's interested. For a while we had 2 friends come out from Long Island together, either they took turns driving or paying for gas.

But I think once or twice a month should be enough. If you can make it down for the instinct test I'm sure Geary will be happy to discuss specifics...I am just the messenger
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Another option...maybe...would be to carpool if you can find someone else in your area that's interested. For a while we had 2 friends come out from Long Island together, either they took turns driving or paying for gas.

But I think once or twice a month should be enough. If you can make it down for the instinct test I'm sure Geary will be happy to discuss specifics...I am just the messenger
Sounds great! I'll pass the info along to my club and see if anybody else is interested!
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I just wanted to thank everyone for their interest - we have 2 tests so far in the works from forum people, and hopefully we can get a few more scheduled.

Of course the instinct test is only the beginning, the important thing is finding people who want to train. But one step at a time!
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I wish I were closer, I have access to an ukc/akc herding instructor, but I would like to do tending.
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I encourage everyone who possibly can to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. The best time I ever had with Stosh was our HIT- it was just amazing to see his natural abilities and I've never seen such a look of pure joy on his face. Just one word of caution...herding is addictive!!!! Don't say I didn't warn you
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Going to be attending this Saturday at 7am. Can't wait!

I don't think I would wake up that early on a weekend for anything but this pup. I'm whipped.
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