I took my puppy to her first ever herding lesson on Monday. It was a half day seminar where we learned about all the commands, the courses, where local trials are held, and got to see some experienced dogs in action. Then, the fun part. We got to test our own dogs! Mine was the youngest there
Altogether there were 3 border collie's, my GSD, two standard Poodles (haha, they were in bows with fancy haircuts too!), and an Australian shepherd (a month older than my pup). Mine was the youngest, then the Australian shepherd, the rest where over 2 years old.
The first two border collie's that went were already partially trained by their owners, they just wanted to see how their dogs would do with a professional trainer on the other end of the leash.
Third was one of the poodles (chocolate male). He was a barker and a chaser, haha. He even got a chunk out of one of the sheep's tails which caused a mess. His owner couldn't believe it, she says her poodle's were always so calm, and non aggressive, she couldn't believe that was her little boy. (the poodles are therapy dogs with all kinds of obedience titles). Their was even a person there taking photos that got an action shot of her dog in a full run, mouth open, teeth bared in a bark mode all dressed up in bows and the owner of the dog just busted out laughing, she couldn't believe it.
Fourth was my puppy. I have three short video's of how she did!
She is not the dog barking by the way... that is a dog in the background (in all the video's).
German Shepherd Herding (Part 3) - YouTube
The trainer said she only needed very soft corrections (very tiny). She did wonderfully for her first time! I am a proud mama
We are going to try and go to lessons at LEAST twice a month... the place that does these is kind of far away from me... if she was closer I would be going a lot more often, it was a lot of fun!