The lie down.

I’m teaching Split a lie down.  She doesn’t like to stop and I’m still not happy teaching lie downs because I believe it made Fern clappy.  I realize that putting a lie down on Fern didn’t cause her clappiness, it was there to begin with; it was the way I taught it.

In the beginning of the new DVD series, Derek Scrimgeour says that much of the training he’s seen relies on being really tough on the dog and that these ways of training can be very, very successful.  He also said that you think the dog is defying you or being obstinate, but he’s since realized that these dogs are not being stubborn or trying to piss you off.  The more confused that a dog gets, the more it will guess … trying to guess what it will do to please you.  Some of these dogs are really strong, fast and hard and they look as though they are trying to defy you.  They know they are going to get into trouble if they don’t guess right so you are forcing them to try to make decisions quick.

I am not sure there is a kind and gentle way to teach a lie down while on stock.  Some dogs (Split included) don’t want to stop.  Even now, Fern doesn’t always lie down the first time I ask.  Luckily now if I growl at her to lie down, she gets right back up.

All things in good time.

We are off to take Petunia to the processor.  She’s been getting out and that was our agreement, that if she started to get out, she’d have to go to the processor.  It will be interesting to see how much meat we get off her.  She’s a pretty stout pig.  If we do it again next year, we’ll plan better.

Until later …