08-21-2012, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: PA, USA
May be he's part NZ Header, too. LOL
I don't know how to train herding dogs but I do know that for the most part they are bred and trained for their tendencies to either heel, head, or back. Either way, it's all modified predatory behavior...keep the hunting instinct but curb the predator part of that instinct. Hutaways have an instinct to drive the herd away from the herder (just like the name says) and use barking and intense eye contact to do so. It seem like maybe he needs some fine tuning to suit your needs and is a bit overeager. He is still pretty young. Does he have asolid grasp of all the herding commands? Maybe try getting him in a smaller pen with just a few animals or one animal and use commands to encourage the behaviors that you want, while using a rope or leash or stop command to discourage the ones you don't want. Maybe wait til he is more mature and reliable before putting him in with so many head of cattle? That way, you won't be inadvertently strengthening the instincts that you don't want.
Like I said, I don't know much about how to train working dogs. Are treats even acceptable to give herding dogs for rewards during training? If they are, You could just treat him like crazy every time he isn't going for the head of the animal.mostly, it sounds like he's doing what you want but he lacks control and he's overexcited and needs more shaping. Then again, i sure as heck ain't no expert. There are probably great books and websites out there with much better ideas.