At 9:17 PM -0700 8/10/98, Jim and Reta Knott wrote:
>I thought I would quit lurking and ask a question. I got advice for
>training which said to make a round pen and put ducks in it and use them
>to train my dog, JJ. I never did get the round pen built because the
>minute my dog sees a loose duck it is a dead duck. I think the death
>toll is up to about 5 or 6 now. I've heard you can't break an egg
>suckin' dog, but is it possible to break a duck killin' one? Any advice
>besides get rid of him? He's a farm collie and I would only get rid of
>him to someone who is interested in perpetuating the breed, and there
>aren't a lot of those people in Idaho.
Hi Sunny Jim, I figured you've been too busy this summer to send any emails.
I don't know anything about training with a round pen so I'll leave
that to the experts like Linda. I do remember your pup used a lot of grip
on the cattle and didn't seem to have much restraint. Most of his time on
stock has been with him playing games with the stock and not doing any real
work. I'm sure he thinks killing ducks is just more of the fun stuff.
I'd say it's time for JJ to stop the fun and games and really
settle down to school. Have you done the basic obedience with him and
worked with him so that he really believes you are the boss? And then kept
himon a real short lead when he was around stock so he starts getting the
idea that stock are not to be attacked.
As for only letting JJ go to someone who wants to use him for
breeding... I don't care if he's the best looking farmcollie who has ever
walked this earth if he uses this much force on stock. Even catahoulas and
other dogs who work really rough stock do it with control. Sounds like JJ
needs to prove himself worthy of being a dad before he gets a chance to