We have started recording some lessons, I'll have to figure out how to post them into this format. For now try to get a fast and consistent 'down'. My biggest challenge was getting Stosh, who's a very enthusiastic herder, to listen to me from a distance and do what I asked even though he was thinking he knew better. Which truthfully he does, but he and Stark have to learn that they will get to work the sheep but do it our way, not theirs. I thought it was so cool just to watch him that I was just standing there with my mouth open instead of giving him the commands I needed to give him. Honestly, I'm the one with the biggest learning curve and he's waiting for me to catch up. In between lessons, I put him on a long lead, get a cattle paddle and lunge him in both directions and have him down often. Another thing I practice on a long lead is walking in one direction, an changing at right angles with him following. I use the command 'with me' and it's not a heel but an awareness that he has to work with me but not next to me and that I'm always in his mind- he's not getting to run with the sheep on his own. Even though he's very talented and driven he has to do it my way and that's his reward. It's just so bloody fun but it does take a lot of time to get the feel for what you're doing and how Stark works. One thing that helped me tremendously was when my trainer let me work one of her dogs- she has border collies- and it made a world of difference. And I've also been in the pen with the sheep by myself to see how they move and react so I know where to put Stosh. I'm telling you it's a whole new world and very addictive! Have fun!!