airbear Posted June 17, 2007 Report Share Posted June 17, 2007 Hi all, Looking (begging) for some tips on shedding and penning in trials. Background: Lou (the dog) was purchased as a trained, Open-level 3-year old. He is now 5. Very strong-eyed (some would say sticky) but enjoys shedding and penning and generally does not get "stuck" in those situations. His flanks are fairly clean up-close, and he seems to know his job when shedding/penning. Handler (me) is new to trialing, having run in about 6 trials over brief, one-year career. Handler also is not that sheep-savvy, though is quite keen on learning as handler rapidly is becoming fascinated by sheep. Lou and I are trialing in Open (due to move-up rules, it's the only class in which we are eligible to compete). Shedding question: Background info: These sheep were not that easy to shed. Maybe 10 teams of 40 got the shed. Their owner said that they tend to clump together when confronted, and parting them is not easy. There is a strong draw to the left behind the handler's post (exhaust). My dog treated them quite well on the first bit of the course, so they were quite calm when they entered the shedding ring. The judge asked for a split, so you could take them on the head or the butt. I managed to make a hole a few times, but obviously not enough of one, as we couldn't get the split. Any advice on what you would have done in this scenario? Penning question: Background info: these are different sheep than the above (barb crosses). Same field, same draws (exhaust behind and to the left of the pen). We've just completed the shed, and after regathering the group are approaching the pen with about 2 minutes to go. I suspect that I am not doing my part as an active member of the team, as I am standing pretty much still. What should I be doing when the sheep are at the mouth of the pen? Lou and I thank you in advance for any advice you can give us! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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