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        10-09-2009, 03:41 PM
    Kirby did this charging thing a few times on the lounge line...it was probably over the course of a month. I held my ground (kept my feet as still as possible) and focused my attention at that shoulder. Sometimes I had to take a big-energy-angry step towards his shoulder, but I always came back to my starting spot. Sometimes he'd get a good swat on his shoulder, too. I wanted him to keep his feet moving along that circle we had established during lounging, so anytime he strayed from that circle and started making bad choices, he was reprimanded. It's the old adage Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Max will come around soon & start acting more like a grown up.
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        10-09-2009, 06:56 PM
    When he is coming in toward you, take your coiled rope, and fling it in the direction of his neck; that will stop his advance and get him to go back out on to the circle. Control the front end in this instance, and the attack stops. When he gets back out on the circle I would then stop him, and do some exercises that will remind him that 'you control his feet'; disengage his hindend, and front end. Back him up, and then ask for a few more circles, and make sure you change directions often, so he doesn't get 'bored'. If he's bored on the line, you may just be doing too much on each side; I will generally do alot of stopping, and direction changes, and with the Appy I recently sold, this helped him realize he wasn't in charge, I was. If you have too, shorten your line for a bit, as that will give you better control of his motion.
        10-14-2009, 02:48 PM
    On the weekend we had another go with Max. Hubby started him on the line. The split second Hubby raised the stick Max took a "fraction" of a step with his inside shoulder and then immediately changed his mind and did as he was asked.

    I took over for the other direction..... he didn't charge at all, although he came in off the circle a time or two. A quick flick of the stick at his shoulder worked like a charm. The first time he gave quite the toss of his head, as if to say, crap she's figured it out......

    We put out a tarp and some cones, I had him walk and trot over and threw those with no issues.

    So, so far so good..... I'm sure his testing will continue.

    Thanks for all the help!

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