Hello: I am working with an 11 month old border collie who is doing pretty well on the starting dogs exercises. My question is: when I am working the “follow his tail/back off” exercise, he does not follow the sheep toward me or bring the sheep to me. Is this a factor of his age? Or is there something I should do to assist? He is happy to flank, work the cones and lie down. But when there is distance between me and him and the sheep are his to move, he lies down and won’t come forward. Thanks.
you definitely want him to bring you the sheep when you back off. If he’s not, you need to evaluate why (is it his eye, the sheep youre using, are you stopping him too much, is it something youve done in his other training affecting this moment, etc. ) if you need help and want us to have a look at video of you working him, we do offer remote lessons, https://macraeway.com/online-lessons-with-your-dog/