Pippin's person Posted October 8, 2007 Report Share Posted October 8, 2007 Hamish and I went to our second trial together this week-end. Yesterday I learned the lesson Laura learned recently with Taz--trying to send the dog in a direction he doesn't want to go can easily lead to the dog going straight up the field and crossing (which is what Hamish did). He did listen and lie down three of the times I tried to redirect him, but the last time was just too much meddling (or something) and off he went. Sigh. Retired on the outrun. Today, he looked like a useful dog--calm, controlled, kept the girls moving at an easy trot--lines were straight, he did what I asked. Then we got to the pen. He still did what I asked, but I kept asking for the wrong thing (and to be fair, I think he also sliced in on the flanks some). Result was the dreaded ring-around-the rosie until time ran out--and I had over a minute left at the pen, so it was a long game and we never got the pen. I asked the judge what I should have done and his answer was "Take a penning clinic". Then, he added "your dog was in the wrong place 99% of the time at the pen." Fair enough. I talked to several Open handlers at the trial about this and got very good advice (as usual--thanks folks)--mostly boiling down to that I was stopping him short and he was probably slicing. I know much of correcting that is more experience reading the sheep, penning, etc.. But, as I gain that experience, does anyone have any good mental tricks/advice for keeping yourself from stopping the poor dog too short. Do you try and count an extra beat or something like that? Is there time for mental tricks? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.