Re: Just starting herding... helpful tips?
For now...yes, you are in front and then sheep and then Lana. We have our dogs sit (or if you have a standing stop, that will work too), walk up, sit, walk up, sit, walk up constantly to slow them down (Leyna still likes to trot too fast at times and that makes the sheep move to fast and then bad things happen!). But, at the beginning...I do remember times when we were running backwards (I'm so glad those days are over).
Later on...(after Course A Started) when you start driving...the dog will be herding the sheep and you will be staying in one spot for a time. We are just at this point, but have taken a "detour" in our training and are doing large flock for a little bit. There are times, during large flock, when I actually have my dog in front of the sheep with me. It is all about learning to place your dog so that the sheep go somewhere or don't go somewhere (in Course A, I placed my dog so the sheep wouldn't break to the hay for a snack...so that she wasn't always in back of the sheep...sometimes she was along side them). It is just going to take practice...there really isn't any other way to explain it.
It is a really fun sport. I enjoy it and so do the dogs. But, yeah, it is very confusing at first.
Paisley and TJ
Leyna and Levi, RIP
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