flyingS wrote:I just whistle and hope they do what I want them to. I don't have trial dogs and dang sure don't have the best dogs around, but they are better than most of the help I could hire. I do not trial my dogs and don't use them in the corral, I would like to have a dog that works in the corrals just haven't had the opportunity to train one. I try to keep things simple, mainly because I am not smart enough to remember a long list of commands and I usaully have just thrown my dogs into the fire so to speak. I have found that using a lot of commands is like micro managing an employee. If you are always telling a person what to do they will always wait for you to tell them what to do instead of thinking for themselves. My experience tells me that if you are always giving your dog commands that they will always wait for one, or want to be where they can take one. I often give my dogs a direction (command) and leave them alone and let them do their job and ask them to think their way through situations. I also expect them to get that job done. I feel like there is a big difference between a big country dog and a dog that works in the pens, probably not as much risk in losing control of a dog in the middle of a pasture.
Sorry for the long of subject reply. Just random thoughts and experience on trying to use different commands and numbers of commands you use. Fire away, I may have no idea what I am talking about.
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