It’s time to get moving if your dog has “too much” eye.
To a greater or lesser degree, border collies use “eye” (a particularly intense and assertive stare) to move stock. In some dogs the look is very exaggerated (often said to have “too much eye”), while other dogs work with their heads up and don’t appear to be using eye at all.
Either type of dog is perfectly capable of getting the job done.
But when a handler finds, or more often is told, that their dog has “too much eye” it can seem like a big problem. The dog works in a stop-start fashion, frequently “sticking” on the point of balance, but it can be improved, and it isn’t difficult if you understand what’s happening.
If your dog has an excellent stop – but won’t get up again – the chances are that the problem is “eye”. This was exactly the problem we had with Mab, the subject of our Sticky Dogs! tutorial; Mab works with that typical stop-start action, sometimes rooted to the spot.
Andy demonstrates that with a kind, encouraging, but assertive approach, the dog learns that it needs to keep moving to get the job done.
The emphasis in this tutorial is on movement, and often it’s the handler who needs to do the moving.
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