|Barked: Fri Apr 5, '13 3:34pm PST |
|I am older, single, and have LOTS of dogs, although not SD's. I do show them in obedience competitions. I also own a boarding kennel and have lots of teenagers spending time with me, both in the kennel and in my home, because of the dogs.
I allow these kids free reign with my dogs... playing, kayaking, camping, and the dogs even go on overnights to the kids houses on occasion. Lots of times the kids stay overnight and the dogs sleep with them instead of me. Obviously, these dogs get LOTS of "treats" and handouts from these kids, and they also get their training shown off to the girls friends when they are visiting with them.
I have NEVER, EVER had an issue where one of my dogs, any of my dogs, failed to respond to any command I issued whether they were with the kids or not. When I put their collar and lead on, they are mine, 100%.
Some of these kids have taken the dogs thru my 7 week obedience class and even that did not faze the dogs, they were still mine and mine only.
I can't imagine training for SD work would be any different as long as you did that training with positive methods and lots of loving. If we put any one of my dogs in the middle of a field and I stood on one end and one of the girls stood on the other end and we both called the dog, any one of them would, without hesitation, come to me.
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