Five months ago I visited Lass and the elderly couple she lives with. This is the story back then: http://www.dogidog.co.uk/?p=14900
Lass is now a year old. I have to admit I was dubious as to whether they would be able to cope with a highly intelligent and active Border Collie – the dog of choice for fit, experienced dog trainers who enjoy the challenge of a highly driven and intelligent dog.
The lady who uses either sticks or a buggy to move about does a lot of the work with Lass. She has found creative ways to stimulate her clever dog’s brain whilst the man does the walking.
Like most puppies Lass needed to learn not to jump up, to walk nicely on lead – particularly as her humans aren’t too steady, and to come back when called. Back then, at seven months, she had selective hearing, chased cars and had a fear issue with the on-site tractor .
We have worked together for the past five months and they have kept regularly in touch which I love, making great progress with their beautiful young Border Collie. Today I received this message:
Five or so months later Las is doing brilliantly: “Lass is doing really well. No more jumping at cars and she walks so well now even with me and my stick. John can let her off lead and the recall is amazing one call and she comes. She plays over the fields with a couple of dogs when John calls her she comes straight back…brilliant. Getting close to the tractor too and will sit in the trailer now so getting there.
She is a year old in a couple of weeks and she is so much calmer now. She does still jump at times but people just say “what do you do”and she sits down we are so proud of her. We can stop and chat with friends and she just sits and waits for us. She is doing well with her staying too. John is getting further and further back. And he always walks back to her as you said. We must thank you for your help with Lass we have learnt so much”.
NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out for Lass, which is why I don’t go into all exact details here of our plan. Finding instructions on the internet or TV that are not tailored to your own dog can do more harm than good. One size does not fit all. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dogs (see my Get Help page).