Stosh's herding evaluation- two thumbs up!!
I took Stosh to a herding trainer on Monday for an evaluation and she said he has a great deal of potential and natural ability- she wants to take us on for training! She was doubtful because of his young age but was really surprised he did so well. First of all he recognized the sheep, kept his focus on them, wasn't afraid, didn't bark and didn't try to bite or run after them even when the bolted one time in our direction. One jumped over Stosh and landed on him but he let it go. It was so fascinating to watch him do what he was meant to do, we worked really well together even though we had never done it before- he's never even seen a sheep before. She had us walk behind the sheep at an even pace and move them around the pen in different directions. When I noticed that they were about to bolt, I told Stosh to 'down' and wait until they settled, then we'd continue. After just a few minutes he could anticipate it and would down just as I was about to say it. He was so proud of himself, I was so proud of him! He had this look on his face like "Now I'm a real dog". Can't wait to start training.