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This Border Collie was given to my brother because the owners couldn't handle her and my brother is a rancher with extensive experience training herding dogs. She is ball obsessed. My brother has worked on developing his relationship with her started some basic obedience and started to work her on sheep. To train her as a herding dog and to be able to do some conservation scent work on some of the projects I work on. This would include searches for species at risk, scat, and some trailing.
March 22 -29th
Introduced her to Ivan Balabanov's chase and catch game, and started her on basic scent work.
Windy day - I observed her disinterest in me when I entered the kennel. She was fixated on the cows that she can see from the Kennel. I Attempted scent work with her but could not get her to engage. I was discouraged but chalked it up to her obsession with the cows. Conclusion: need to screen her kennel from the line of sight to the cows and calves. May need to take her to a less distracting environment to get her to engage in training. wind may have interfered with scent but I think it was mostly the cows.
Calm morning. It worked! she was very engaged and completed some perfect searches