TaliC2007 Posted September 23, 2007 Report Share Posted September 23, 2007 Hammie finally met the sheep yesterday. It was awesome! It was much more than I expected. The trainer, Bridget, who I liked very much, had me lead Hammie, still on leash, to a large pen of about 6 sheep. When we got about a quarter of the way in, she had me release him and he went straight for the sheep, who were now running towards the other end of the pen, and started herding them just like he knew exactly what he was supposed to do. It was amazing. He had no hesitation with them and no fear of them. Once in a while, she said it was because he felt like he was losing control of them, he would herd them into a corner of the pen and then he wasn't sure how to get them back out as he woudn't go between them and the pen. She said that was probably because of fear to go between the two. Overall, he did great and he had the best time. He never quit one time to rest, or go and say hello to 3 Great Pyr's on the other side of the pen, or anything. He never got distracted and when Bridget called him off, he stopped. She did have to call him a few times once, and rather strongly at that, but that was the only time. Also, not sure what it is called, but when the sheep were moving up the pen, he ran large circles around them to keep them together, and she had him change directions a couple of times and he did that great. She said that for an 8 month old pup and for his first time he did great. We are going to start taking some "easy" lessons every Sat. starting the 13th of Oct. I don't know if we will ever get to competition level, but after seeing how much fun my puppy had with the sheep I can't deny him these new toys. I also liked the trainer, Bridget, very much. She explained what she was going to do once inside the pen, asked me if I had any questions, had me come into the pen with them (that is why there are no pictures. I took a camera but was too busy watching out for sheep and staying out of Bridget and Hammie's way to take any shots.) and she really worked with Hammie well. Then, when we were done, she explained everything that had just happened. Explained what Hammie was doing at different times. I felt very comfortable with her and not too intimidated. So, there is the update. I am SO glad I did this. My dog was in heaven and I can't wait to go back. Tammy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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