Today was our 3rd trip to go herding. I am not sure these are lessons per say, as we are just beginning.
First of all, I want to start taking them on my own without my friend John helping. He never wants to visit the other people out there and get to know them, so it makes me feel 'stuck up' and anti social, which I am not. I want to get to know other people who are also working their dogs!!
So here is how our morning went:
Sign up starts at 6am~I was there at 6:35
After I signed up, I stopped to get more coffee, etc then came and loaded up crates, and dogs.
Joe is the guy who owns and operates the place. Today he took Nadi and just held onto her leash as he talked to some people, to get her used to him for a few minutes. When it was time for us to go in the pen(we were 1st on the list) Joe conducted the lesson. Nadi is high energy and she did excellent in there. She turned easily for Joe and kept her distance, gave the sheep space, but kept them tight.
Then Zisso was in (we were also 2nd on the list
)and the lady from our original trip went in to conduct his lesson. Zisso likes to taste them sheep and at one point he got a mouthful of wool and he kept zooming in for the grab so had to be backed off with the stick. After a good blow(for lack of a better word on my part), he finally figured out that he has to behave, and can't bite the sheep.
The only thing that went wrong today was that Nadi decided that she did not like someone that got too close to her and John outside the pen when Z was getting his turn. John stopped her, but did not really correct her, if that makes sense. She had her prong collar on, but he does not understand that a simple flick of the wrist and a firm NO is all it takes. He is a soft touch, and has a soft voice, so I doubt she even heard him tell her to knock it off. I sooo wish that I had been out there with her when that happened so I could have corrected her properly!! I watch everything my dogs do regardless of who has the leashes (unless I am in the pen which is when this happened) and I try to avoid letting anything like happen in the first place.
Overall, the lessons are going great! I am learning to relax. The dogs are learning to herd the sheep. It is fun, even in the rain
I played with the dogs a bit when we got home and now they are napping