The dog we are working that has tension on his outruns is handled differently than our “confrontation” dog (as would a dog with a lot of eye).
This dog when relaxed has a good outrun but when tense can come in hard and flat at the top. With this “type of dog” handling comes in to play. You will have to help him find a way to stay calm and thoughtful. Keeping you and your voice even and quiet will help. If you get tense it will come through in your voice and attitude … wiring him up even more.
When you send him on the outrun watch his attitude … Is he relaxed, calm, looking and thinking? If so let him go as “more than likely” his outrun will be correct since its tension making him come in incorrectly… and if he’s not running tense the odds are it will be correct.
However, if he’s just running to “get there” – stop him up (if he starts his outrun “hot” he’s not going to get any calmer the farther he runs :@)
So, stop him (close and quickly so he doesn’t “work up a head of steam”) then (as with the other dog) – walk toward the sheep NOT the dog. We don’t want to put ANY pressure on him (that will only tense him up more) — keep walking past him and repeat the command calmly without looking at him (so your facing the sheep and your side/back is toward him). If he’s not tight just “tense” … repeat the flank instead of saying “out” since you are trying to CALM him down not necessarily get him wider (however this exercise can do both). The reason you don’t look at him is that will be felt as pressure which is exactly what we don’t want. This dog tends to run through pressure (because to much was put on him at some point).
We will work more on his outrun and other issues that come from tension in a later post.