Dixie is getting big- she is absolutely gorgeous! I am having trouble
using my scanner %-( or I would have her puppy pictures posted.
Hope to have them and current ones up by next month. Dixie is now 4 1/2
Dixie is very collie-like. Many of Erin and Dan's friends call her a
collie although she is a clear sable.
Perhaps when she starts filling out again instead of growing tall she will
look more ES.
She shows the shepherd/cur hunting instincts in the way that she "hunts"
the cats. Barking at them and trying to get them to chase her. It is all
a big game and when they don't think Erin is watching, the kittens curl up
on Dixie's front legs and sleep!
For more info about the shepherd and cur instincts go to:
Dixie is one of the smartest dogs I have ever seen and knows a lot of what
Erin and Dan say, although sometimes she pretends that she doesn't hear.
;-) Now she usually only pauses for a moment to consider the command then,
(as if it was a her idea all along) she minds. Erin and Dan are very
consistent in her training
and she should be a super dog. She is beginning to be very consistent in
coming when called, although she is often distracted and interested in
something else at the time. This impresses me.
Teaching a dog to come back when called is the main thing when working
livestock, and often it is the only command that an ES really needs. It is
imperative that a dog always be rewarded when they come when called no
matter how naughty they were to begin with. If they are doing something to
be punished for, it is imperative that you go to the dog to administer
punishment, not call it to you. I have seen many otherwise excellent stock
dogs ruined in this way.
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