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Date:9/1/2014 2:17:32 PM
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Hello from Lorna of Wall 2 Wall
Well you have two problems... one it is an Australian Kelpie ... and not a Border Collie.... the other is that you have to control of him that he can not [in his mind] do what ever he wants to.... I would suggest (if he was a BC) to buy some training DVD's that is what we did and learned a lot... mostly how they think... with a BC they are hunting in a pack like wolves and you are a pack leader so they bring the "kill" to you.... there for the gather.... a go back... is actually a different thing that what you are thinking of and that is when the dog has gathered and brought the sheep a long way towards you but one or more have been missed and you stop the dog and then tell them to "look back" and that means that they need to go back to pick up the ones they missed... this is a more advanced move for a more confident dog. I think your real problem is not having a "lay down" or "stop"... where they stop moving and listen and then move in a controlled manner toward the animals and not an "ATTACK" .... Go to the Border Collies on line store and try a few of the DVD's for training ... Elvin Kopp is good... don't waste your money on any Rural Routes productions.... OR try to find a Kelpie breeder on line and talk to them.... I don't know how kelpies work... different breeds work in different ways... like a Heeler is a chasing dog not a gathering dog. We had a vet come once and wanted to work her samoids on the sheep and she was sure that they were "upright herders" as they see them with the Eskimos and the Reindeer.... but after and watching any tv about them the dogs are just with the people but I don't believe that they actually herd the reindeer in any fashion... what hers did here was litterally bounce off the sheep (jumped on their backs) and barked so much that the sheep were totally un-nerved.... BC very rarely make a sound when they are herding sheep... some with cows but not sheep....

The other thing ... just because they stare at things does not actually mean that they have a good eye... .and letting them stare at animals for long periods of time can be detrimental as they will think that is what they are supposed to do instead of moving them... just watch them.

Hope this helps some... good luck! Lorna : )
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