So I've started doing some work with my border collie (already trained to chase geese). He has had some time without chasing geese, and now he won't go all the way to them in the water. How do I train him to keep after them?? He's been successfull in the past. He swims half way out and then turns around. I hate to be negative when he's in the water. Any advice appreciated.
Mick
What's the point of him chasing them further into the water unless he's supposed to catch them?
Celeste
What's the point of him chasing them further into the water unless he's supposed to catch them?

The idea is to harrass the geese into choosing another home. The alternative is to kill the geese. It is an increasingly common method of keeping the density of geese in urban aras to manageble levels. If the geese only need to go into the water to termnate the chase then they will learn that and will not leave. If that happens lethal control is the next alternative. So the idea is for the dog to continue chasing the geese until they decide the area isbn't safe and they leave. Which means the dog needs to swim after them. VEry few BOrder Collies are intersted in actually catching the birds. Their motivation is control and chasing.
So I've started doing some work with my border collie ... the water. How do I train him to keep after

them??

He's been successfull in the past. He swims half way ... be negative when he's in the water. Any advice appreciated.

Mick, I don't know the answer to your question. I know someone who has trained several goose dogs but I've never worked one myself. I recommend joining the Herders-L group. At least two people experienced in goose control work post there regularly.
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And while you are doing that and getting answers from the experienced here is my thought for you to chew on. As I said above Border Collies are motivated primarily by the opportunity to control. Is your dog getting any opportunity to work ducks/geese in a situation where the dog can actually control them?
Hope to see you and the answer on Herders-L

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Thanks for the info. He has been coming around.and I've signed up to that email listserv.
Mick