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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Any seasoned shepherds here?

Well I have booked my dog in for a sheepdog training assesment next sunday.
She is 5 years old and a Border Collie, I have NO experiance at all.
And she is stone deaf from birth, the trainer said it would be a challenge and come for an assesment, hes willing to try
I just want her to be fullfilled as she needs a job to do since stopping agility.
Anyone ever heard of a deaf dog herding?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 10:12 AM
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No I haven't. I guess you can use a vibrating collar. It would be hard to teach hand signals since so much of herding is done at a distance and with the dog keeping his eyes on the sheep. But you'll have her on a lead for a while so you can manage her movements that way. Good luck!
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Anyone ever heard of a deaf dog herding?
I don't think deaf dogs can take part in AKC herding events, but that doesn't mean you can't try it and do it just for fun.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 12:33 PM
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That is true, deaf dogs can't compete in AKC events. I have a friend with a deaf bc and she's had him in agility class, now she's in rally.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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I should have said im in the UK.
We/I just want to have fun, she is 5 so may be to old for anything more than fun.
Someone on facebook just commented that there deaf dog has been training, just waiting to hear back how it goes.
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It will be fun!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well it went brilliantly and was certainly fun to watch.
At first she was not sure if she was a-loud to chase them but once in the swing, she loved it, a real natural (said the trainer) but as i have heard many a time "its a shame shes deaf".
He is happy to continue training us and suggested a vibrating collar to train distance singals.
I know it is harder than it looks because i didnt have a clue what to do, but the dog naturaly knew to go round and seems to want to keep them together.
I will get a video of her next time.
He is a very well know sheepdog trainer in the uk.
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That's so great! Isn't it fun?? There's so much going on at once that it's hard to figure out what's going on at first. The vibrating collar is a good idea and since she has so much instinct it might not be hard for her to catch on. Is she totally deaf or is there a chance she can hear a whistle? It's funny...the last few weeks my trainer has been having me herd without saying a word to Stosh, just placement of my body and using a stock stick to show him what direction I want him to go. He's been doing really well reading me and the sheep and doing exactly what I want without giving him any verbal commands. It would be great to see a video of your dog in action!
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I am also in the UK (Scotland) and my hubby is a shepherd of 30 years. It is great that you are having a go with your collie, so long as you understand this type of training is a long term commitment. Once you have awoken the instinct in a collie you really need to work the dog at the very least once a week.

Who is the trainer you are training with?

Would love to see a video.
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