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...I thought that maybe there are some European people here who might be interested. The "Black Sheep" trial and the clinic will take place in the South of Poland relatively close to Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Introductory information is here:

 

http://www.przypiecek.bunet.pl/viewforum.php?f=125

 

For more information please contact me by email: majawn@yahoo.com

 

Maja

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  • 2 months later...

The trial and the clinic are now over, and I am very happy about it. Derek is really great, and I learned oodles of stuff. Although Bonnie suffered from a total flank and outrun amnesia, it was good because Derek told me reasons for her dramatic drop in performance and ways to deal with it. Moreover, the advice is something I can follow. Derek inspired many people at the clinic, and he is really great to learn from.

 

The last day (May 3!) we had a fierce winter attack, and only 4 dogs got to herd. After an extremely nerve wracking steep descent in summer-tire-clad vehicles, we continued the theory in a timy conference room of the hotel. It was very interesting.

 

Derek is explaining things with the help of a quiet sheep (Christine) and a clever puppy (Natalia).

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The sheep was trying to dominate the puppy when she thought no one was looking ;)

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the meadow May first:

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The meadow May third:

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It was also wonderful to meet Christine from these boards! You don't know how glad I was to meet you, your husband, and Jeanny.

 

My thanks to Penny for suggesting the idea! It all turned out really good - a beginning of more :D .

 

Maja

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Hi Maja,

 

Thank you very much for all,

for the invitation, and all the organisation you did,

to make this stay in Poland for me, my husband an Jeanny unforgettable. :)

 

We really enjoyed each minute and do not want to miss one.

 

Even the snowy day in may !

 

It was really nice to meet you - now i know for sure - i can trust my stomach

in the future, which told me before this clinic, that i will meet very nice

people in Poland.

 

The Clinic was outstanding !!!!!

Derek is such a great trainer (and by the way he and his wife are a very nice couple). It was so great to listen to all this funny stories which happened to him during his long career as judge, sheperd and trialist. I also learned so much from him.

Lone and i did great steps forward and i´m very glad i also did the clinic with Lucy, my older bitch.

Yesterday and the day before i spent a lot of time to concentrate myself on what we learned and i was able to practice it with my dogs. Things are now going more

quieter and much more succesfull.

 

Jeanny took a lot of great pictures ! I saw some of them. She now finishs them on the computer and then i´m sure she puts them to picasa and gives us the link.

She´s a little bit busy at the moment but i´m sure it won´t take to long - and you will see, each day will be worth waiting.

 

Lots of Greetings and hugs

from Germany

 

Christine

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Yes, the 4" of snow in May was by special arrangement just for us :D :D . On Monday, in the evening, I had been practicing in my head, thinking that on Tuesday I will manage to do what I need to do :lol: . But, alas!

 

On Wednesday, the lock in my car was frozen, and I had to climb inside through the back. I must say though, in the morning I was terribly depressed because everything was frozen, and on Tuesday my husband told me we had snow on the farm too, and my phone was dead and without electricity I couldn't charge it and ask him about it. So I was sure all of our blueberry flowers were destroyed and the entire corp gone (240 bushes), but when I came back home it turned out that the frost was only in the mountains and the bushes are still full of flowers, in spite of the snow.

 

I am so glad I saw Lone in real life, she is so nice! Lucy is sweet too. Lone made such great progress during the clinic, because you were able to implement Derek's instructions right away. It was great to watch you both work! (even in the blizzard :lol: )

 

Maja

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Oh, i´m also glad your Blueberry bushes are not frozen and all things turned to

a good end.

 

I found some pics on my camera about the clinic:

 

Derek and Maja

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Derek, Maja, talented Bonnie and talented Puppie Natalia from Majas Picture

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Me (the quiet sheep) in Poland on May!!!!! 3rd, 2011

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:)

 

Christine

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I hope y'all can post more pictures. It sounds like a wonderful time, despite the snow. I've always wanted to go to a clinic with Derek, but unfortunately he's not yet come to this part of the country. :(

 

J.

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Looks like a great clinic - the snow was a surprise, I'll bet. Glad all had a wonderful time and got home safely.

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Christine,

What a nice surprise! Thank you so much for the nice photos! I was planning to take pics on Tuesday, :lol: :lol: .

 

I have delayed understanding of things, so we are only now implementing things I learned. It's so nice to see Bonnie work better. I can't figure why a dog often shows more style when the handler does a better job handling?

 

OT: my Bernese passed temperament tests today, so in 2012 she will have puppies, and they will be imprinted on sheep :D . tada!!!!

 

Maja

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Are those Karakuls I see?

 

Shame about the snow. Are you going to try for August or is that iffy, too? Reminds me of Montana in the spring.

 

Congratulations on getting the clinic and trial off the ground.

 

More pictures, please.

 

Penny

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No, these are Polish heath sheep, but there are similarities, they are born all balck and then get brown or silver, silver being the "real' color the only one accepted for pedigreed wrzosowskas.

 

You mean "iffy" concerning weather? The summers are warm, actually they are very, very hot in the mountains, but there are higher possibilities of sudden heavy rains than elsewhere in Poland. Setting the date right is tricky.

 

The trial was carried by Marta and Piotr, I wasn't there. Marta is a real super trooper, and Piotr is very good at natural disaster management, which showed on the last day. Piotr also has a lovely field for trials. I am sure Christine will post a photo of it.

 

I am also very happy that Derek liked our dogs overall :D .

 

Maja

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day. Piotr also has a lovely field for trials. I am sure Christine will post a photo of it.

Maja

 

Here is the place where the trial took place.

I wish could have a place like that at home...

 

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Christine

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I spy someone in a shedding ring, drive and cross-drive panels, pen, and way out there between two trees on the left, but not extreme left what may be the next packet of sheep. Was that the outrun?

 

It is, indeed, a lovely field.

 

Penny

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Most of the participants stayed at a hotel whose owner has Polish Lowland Sheepdog. It was very nice, because the dogs had a lot of freedom in the hotel. On the second day the lady asked me "why do you keep your dog on a leash all the time?", and I said "out of politeness". So from then on Bonnie was off the leash. She behaved well, and I only had to stop her from doing into the kitchen (I wonder why? :D ) . So especially for Penny T. - the Polish Lowlanders after a lovely May walk in the sun snow:

 

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it is dark because we had no eccentricity after that d@#@# blizzard.

 

maja

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Radko cont.

 

I think Radko photoshpeed these pictures or something, all I remember was that Bonnie was on top of sheep all the time. I don't recall this distance.

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Now that's more what I remember, the no-flank, no-distance puppy:

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Flank? Never heard of it!

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Bonnie the Flanker? Naaah, Slicer is my middle name!!

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:lol: :lol:

 

maja

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It´s really funny - Lucy and Bonnie look so similar :)

I showed the pics to my husband and he asked, why did this woman herd

with our Lucy ? Is this a special part of Dereks training secrets ? :D

 

Here are "a few" pics of my friend Jeanny

 

Derek Srimgeour clinic in Poland. Fotos by Virginia Blüggel

 

Christine

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In the post with Polish Lowland Sheepdogs it should be of course that we had no electricity, not eccentricity, of which we always have an inexhaustible supply and no blizzard can cut it off. But, Penny, spelling is in they eye of the penholder, I don't know how many times I looked at that word before I noticed :lol: :lol: :lol: .

(When I wrote my first email to Derek after agonizing over the content, I finally clicked "send". As soson as I did that I noticed I had written "borer coolie" :ph34r::lol: )

 

Maja

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I realized it's an announcement only forum so if the Administrator could move the topic somewhere more appropriate I would be very grateful.

 

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to test some of Derek's advice about dealing with a dog that has a dramatic drop in performance away from home (Bonnie at the clinic had no flanks, no outrun, so-so obedience). We went to a farmer's, new, non-dog broke sheep - a bunch of mean ewes with lambs, new place, the whole shebang. Bonnie tried to slice the very first flank and that was all - the rest of the time she was perfect in executing what I told her. So my hopes for passing the trial-qualifying test are a bit up again.

 

Maja

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