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Started by Maddie, Sam, and Ruby Mar 12, 2012. 0 Replies 0 Likes
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Hi Liz, We're taking our 10 month old corgi, Sonny, there to Magic's next Saturday (June 8th). We're really looking forward to it! I would love to do lessons if he likes it, but it's kind of far (we're in Carol Stream, IL). Do you know of any place to sign up for herding closer in the Chicago suburbs?
We're taking our 10 month old corgi, Sonny, there to Magic's next Saturday (June 8th). We're really looking forward to it! I would love to do lessons if he likes it, but it's kind of far (we're in Carol Stream, IL). Do you know of any place to sign up for herding closer in the Chicago suburbs?
This is a late reply to your post, Jane, but I just took my cardigan for a Herding Instinct Test at Magic's Legacy in Genoa City, WI, which is south of Lake Geneva close to the Illinois/Wisconsin border. It was an awesome experience and really a fun morning. Here is a link to his test on Youtube. http://youtu.be/gWaflo5xqg4 (I'm not sure if that will work or not, but you can go to youtube and type in the search - Max cardigan herding and it will come up. The link to the website of the herding trainer is www.shannonwolfeherding.com I'm going to start taking Max there for lessons in the spring. She does a really nice demo and explanation first, and then tests the dogs that have signed up. My little cardi put the first 4 border collies to shame! It was really a fun day, and I know she does the test twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Long shot here, but does anyone by chance know of any places in Wisconsin you can take herding lessons or have your dog instinct tested? I'm in Oshkosh and it seems like most of the tests are done waaaay across state and generally at fairs and things like that, which I'd kind of like to avoid.
I did find a place online that isn't too far from me, but I'm a little nervous about going to some person's farm I've never met and without knowing their training style. I realize herding isn't all clickers and chicken bits, but I don't want anyone too crazy lol. Anyone ever heard of this place or John Wentz? http://bigyellowboots.net/aboutus.html Thanks!
Thanks again Kelsey. I'm working on more consistency with command response.
The most fun I've ever seen Ranger have, aside from the sheep, was following a cowboy on his horse at a canter. Through the dirt, big circle, on and on, Ranger couldn't get enough. When he has to sit with me and watch a horse on a lunge line he just whines. He is content to just follow my horse around while I ride so I'm building on that. I'm feeling better about my sheep herding plan and thank you for your help on this. Hope to get to Paicines this Saturday with Ranger and this time I was told I could start doing some work with him. First lesson the trainer worked alone.
Ranger found the goat pen yesterday at the horse barn and I could tell he was thinking "do I get to work with that goat?!" I let him watch, gave him a "that'll do" and got him out of there.
I believe Ranger prefers large animals, cattle, like your guy and horses. He would love to assist with roping cattle. He liked to try and help "Mark the Cowboy" load horses into the trailer...he was pretty civilized about that.
(I see there's another "Ranger" in this interest group.)
Anyway, off to the barn, thank you again! Elise
@Elise Huffman: As with any dog that is new to herding, the key is to teach them to follow your commands. Any herding bred dog is going to have some natural instincts to herd and chase (some more than others). But if you want to use your corgi for herding, you just need to teach him to only starting working and herding when you give him the command to. I'm currently working with my own new pup (about 3 1/2 mo. old) trying to teach her to hone her herding instincts.
It can really help a young/new dog to have them work with an experienced herding dog. My male, Gus, is a great cattle dog, so I work giving him commands and count on him to do most of the work while trying to get my pup, Lori, to follow him and call her back if she get's too far in front of the cattle/horses.
One of the biggest things is to teach them a stop command to signal that the work is done as well as a command to start working. Then don't even let them try herding until you've given the command to go.
A lot of people use different commands, and the truth is it's not a huge deal what command you use as long as you're consistent. The common comand to start working is "get'em up" and the common command to stop working is "that'll do". There are a lot of books and websites out there were you can learn what some of the other commands are and more tips for training your own herding dog.
The biggest key is just to teach them that they can't start herding until you give the command.
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