Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The roller coaster ride that is owning Risk

Remember this two years ago. So sweet and full of potential

When buying risk I was warned by his breeder that his cross was not for a novice handler. I am not a novice handler but boy did they say a mouth full. Risk's early training was a product of my making a lot of mistakes with my previous dog Kipp. Kipp like Risk was full of potential as a puppy and I could not wait to unleash that. I started Kipp at an early age and as a result he was a wash out by the end of his nursery year. So I had agreed with my self to not put Risk on sheep too young and to let him grow up first. In an attempt not to put to much pressure on him I inadvertently created a monster. Working risk on sheep usually leads to someone or something in tears be it me or the sheep. I have sent many a teary e-mail or phone call to my friends "I hate this dog". He can only be trusted about 50% of his time on sheep. Since losing his eye he has lost a lot of confidence in me and my abilities. As a result I spend most of my time encouraging him. Then he turns around and takes advantage of that by attacking and chasing. At this point I am not sure what the future holds for Risk. They say god only gives you what he thinks you can handle.


An English Shepherd said...

What a great looking dog.

Sorry its not working out at the moment with Risk.

Donna Brinkworth said...

Oh Louanne, I think a lot of us can relate with your post! I agree, Cesar Millan says the perfect dog only nurtures what you are, but if you get the dog you need, you are challenged to grow. Personally, I CLING to this as I've got more into working lines! But you are such a great handler and I know this will have a good outcome. I envy that you can work every day if need be (weather permitting!)

sheepkelpie said...

Kelpies can surely test you. I bet though, if you remember that Kelpies settle mentally at about three, that you can get through this.