Be Scaredy of- Me, Dawg!
|Barked: Sat Dec 1, '12 10:56pm PST |
|Just got home from working the Catahoulas on cattle & then Bones on hogs....I don't know all that much about ecollar use, and I'm interested in what your ideas are, Lou, regarding what we did with them today. For example - on a herd of about 10 cattle (is that big enough to be a herd? ) we had 3 green dogs. Now, Catahoulas are headers, not heelers, so they should work the head of the cattle to move them to where they are supposed to go. One dog got a stim (on level 1 setting) because he decided to flake out & go roll in aromatic cow dung - the stim seemed to refocus him and he went back to business. There was no jumping, yelping, cowering behavior - he just got up & went back to business. Another dog got a stim because he cut out a calf from the herd & started getting hard with it - & that's a major no no - stim seemed to refocus him, and send him back to managing the larger cattle. The third dog got a stim because she decided to stop paying attention and go lollygag around - the stim again, seemed to refocus her. I didn't see any of these uses as punitive to the dog - no dog ever yelped or showed discomfort other than doing the canine equivalent of "oh, yeah, I'm supposed to be doing THIS". None of the dogs received a stim over 1.5 on the setting (I have a Tritronics Sport Combo G3). Now, Bones did receive a stim on the 1.5 level because he did not want to come out of baying the hog - that low level stim was effective at breaking his focus & he came out. One of the things I'm curious about is the comment about how using the ecollar in the way Rusty described is not what you would recommend - but what are your ideas about the way it was used today on the working Catahoulas? It seems to be the only way to affect a change in behavior at the range the dogs were working the cattle. I don't know how much anyone here on Dogster knows about working Catahoulas, but they definitely have a mind of their own - which they need, given the work that they do. Generally, you are not going to freak them out - the good ones are bred to herd cattle, hunt wild/feral hogs, protect the home, etc. They tend to make decisions on their own because of this. I guess I'm just interested in your thoughts - what could we have done better, did we make mistakes in what I described, etc.|
Edited by author Sat Dec 1, '12 10:58pm PST