sandra s. Posted April 18, 2006 Report Share Posted April 18, 2006 ...and down the hole we fall, to quote Kessie's favourite band. Count me in among the herding addicts . We had originally planned to do two days of training with a "real" herding trainer, but he was ill (or didn't like the weather), so somebody from the farm gave us and the other dogs and owners some lessons. Nothing as professional as what some of you do, but we both enjoyed it a lot and that's the only thing that matters. At first, Kessie didn't even seem to notice that there were any sheep at all (I've always trained her NOT to go after animals, so she thought we had all gone nuts). Then, when she first went in with the trainer, she got more interested very quickly, and when she came out again she spent the rest of the time staring at the sheep through the fence while the others practised. I was completely surprised by the way she worked! The main reason why I always thought she might be a mix is that she doesn't display the same kind of thoughtful calculation in her every day behaviour that I've seen in other BCs. I completely expected her to happily chase the sheep around, or even pull some wool. But, as soon as she understood that she was allowed to herd them, the brains came out! at myself. She has a very calm and quiet way of working. Not as "driven" as some of the other dogs there, but concentrated, and very concious of the pressure she was putting on the sheep, and how they were reacting. She's still far too eager to please (too worried about getting it perfectly right) towards humans, but she didn't take much cr*p from the sheep. I'm very proud of her! (Laugh at me for bragging if you like ). As for myself...I was very grateful for all the other beginners' stories I had read on these boards . There's nothing like being the only real obstacle in your dogs way Off to post some pics. Oh, and of course we'll have to do this again... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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