Piper and I had a great herding lesson this weekend with a HUGE breakthrough. We've been taking lessons since last winter but not always consistently, so progress has come slowly. Piper showed the intial instinct according to her breeder and the instructor... but I'm such a newbie I had the
look as I followed the bouncing puppy. Staying out and away from the sheep wasn't clicking so we spent a while working goats with a chute, and yes, she did get head-butted. Taught her some more respect for the stock. We've been back on sheep in the roundpen for three lessons now with Piper staying outside the pen learning the boundary and direction changes. For the walk-up concept she was staying on a long lead and being asked to come into the round pen, walk-up, lie down, rinse and repeat... then head out of the pen and around. Only difficulty was that she still wanted to get those sheep moving, FAST! Well, the light bulb came on Friday afternoon and she walked quietly into the roundpen when asked, had good downs, and actually moved around the sheep without getting revved up!! I was practically dancing after the lesson because she really worked the sheep, got them steady between herself and me, then backed up as asked, changed directions, etc. Puppy has a brain afterall!!
Oh, and the other breakthrough this weekend? She conquered the dogwalk in agility class! Only been on equipment four times
Love this Pup!