Since Kessy's HGH thread was so popular (https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...eos-start.html
), I decided I'd start a new thread for Kira's HGH training.
I co-own Kira (pedigree link: https://www.pedigreedatabase.com/dog.html?id=748736
) with her breeder, Lee, and the eventual goal is to title her in both HGH and schutzhund. She's just shy of a year old now.
We've been able to start Kira much earlier than most dogs that do HGH training, due to my experience and also her temperament. She showed lots of instinct and confidence at a young age. We have still been taking it slowly due to her age, but she's been doing wonderfully.
Most of these videos have been posted on their own, but I think this thread will be nice to consolidate everything
Here she is at 3.5 months. We let her follow behind the flock to build her drive and confidence, and Geary (the trainer) keeps the flock moving with one of his beaucerons.
We also did a few sessions out in the pasture, with Kira on a leash, letting her push the sheep around. We didn't have to do too much of that - she was very sure of herself around the sheep.
After several sessions of that, it wasn't necessary anymore, so we waited for her to mature a little before we put her behind the netting.
Here, she's about 7 months old. It's her first time behind the netting, unfortunately the sheep didn't cooperate, they left the fenceline. But she was still able to patrol a little, and it does come to her naturally.
A few weeks later, we were able to let her off the line, she gets overexcited at times, but is obviously enjoying herself....LOL
I have some video from today uploading, but I don't think it'll finish before I go to bed tonight, so I will post it tomorrow
If anyone has questions about the training, I am happy to answer them.