Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Thanks guys! The critique he usually gets (at shows in person) is that he doesn't show as much rear drive as he could which I think is true (and I'm not sure how much of that is pure structure and how much is our absolute lack of ring training) but again, I don't know how much it really matters since I'm not looking for a super-mover and in general he seems pretty balanced and moderate how I like them. I really like to watch him on sheep. Where we go the owner handles him in the arena so I can just sit back and let them do their thing. He doesn't chase sheep around but falls into a gait right away, comfortable in both directions, and will turn 180 on his hocks depending on the movement of the sheep or the shepherd's shoulder. As someone who knows nothing about herding and livestock it's really neat to watch a dog that does this stuff instinctively without me in the picture.
I picked the song in the vid b/c of the line "I wear my heart upon my sleeve like a big deal" because that's exactly how Nikon is. He thinks he is the biggest, baddest, nicest, meanest, calmest, drivey-est, most athletic, fastest, smartest, strongest dog in the world and he's always been a very easy dog for me to "read". It's Nikon's world and we're all just passing through!
Last edited by Liesje; 05-04-2012 at 05:04 PM.