All this time I thought Beth was being a stinker
If I put up my hand and not say a word, Beth will drop into a down.
If I sign 'sit' with my hand, she sits.
When we are in the field and I yell or holler "lie down" she blows me off, but if I say it at the same time I thump my stick into the ground REALLY HARD she will drop. If I hold my hand up, she will drop. If I say it alone, she keeps moving. Yelling and screaming at her has NO effect.
If I flank her with my stick, or hand, she goes in the right direction. If I give her a verbal command - she doesn't respond.
I can bend her outruns out every single time if I bob my stick at her or wave my hand or arm.
I couldn't figure out why when I was trying to 'proof' her flanks by sending her with absolutely no body language she was getting it right only half the time. She can't be that stubborn can she?
Nope, she isn't...
This morning the vet told us that Beth is suffering from what he believes is a significant hearing loss. She can hear, but only certain frequencies.
This gives me added incentive to put her on whistles & find the tones she can hear.
Yet another thing to work on with Scott.
She isn't a block head, just deaf.
I cant believe I missed this. All the times I bellowed at her, got angry and upset for 'not listening'...and she still loves me.
Wow, just wow.
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