so kato is now 13 months old, so ive had him 8 months now....
im a big believer in not taking anything at a rush, so some might be surprised its only been the last 2 weeks he has had regular off lead runs.....he has been off lead a few times, but only in short bursts in safe locations where ive felt happy plus usually with a saftey dog to round him up if needed.
the mian problem is that ruddy prey drive for birds,....kato will just chase and chase...even trying running on the sea in order to chase.........and not learning repeatedly that the wet shiny stuff is no use for running on.......
a gull can be chased for anything up to a mile, and in a field with a flock ive seen him run himself to a foam ragged for over half an hour.................
But i think the light at the end of the tunnel is coming....as ive managed to transfer most of his prey drive over to ball drive
unlike Kodi who only ever chased the ball down then ran around like an idiot with his prize, kato actally comes back!!!!! every time!!!!!!ok it might have included a lot of slammimg into my legs, as brakes not that effective, and we did have horrific jumping up problems, which with an open mouth and teath at 6 feet in the air were a little 'interesting'
but we now have screatching holt, with ball rolling to my feet, and a quivering sit, which at the moment just about holds till the ball is thrown.
ive extended this to a quivering wait, as i thow the ball up and kick it, but once the balls fully away ........hes off!!!
today we went to the long grass and bushes, and i held him in the sit, held colllar threw ball meduim distance, before getting him to 'find' from tommorow we will start using dummies, and working on a steady hold before release.
the up shot is that if a gull flys over head.......he dosent chase it.....however the crows i think rather like him too much and actually tease him coming down in front of him as we play and hes still 50/50 if the crow flys 10 feet in front of him at a hieght of 5 feet off the deck.
but i think sometimes you have to accept lifes not always gonna go exactly to plan.
REcall other than on crow problem now running at around 95%
we went for the first time to the forest of Bere this week for 2 hours off lead walking with all sorts of other dog sents and deer trails...........think i had 2 times i asked recall more than once, and one was followed with a 'well you had bring me back some venison for tea then' but only out of sight for a few seconds before bounding back from the depths of the undergrowth.
hes big hes stupid and stilltrys to pull on lead especially on the first half of any walk,,,,but its slowly coming together.
i recon another 5 or 6 years and he will be pretty good