I've got a few classes in and there are 2 main things we're working on. The first is having her sit or down every so often. The instructor originally wanted her to down but Brenna has issues with downs and is very reluctant to do them, possibly due to past training experience before I got her. I have to walk up and tell her several times (which I know is a no no) while motioning right in front of her. She's much more reliable and confident doing sits, so that's what we've been doing. My question is, during trials is it OK for the dog to sit instead of laying down as long as they stop where they are? I am going to work on downs between classes, but she really doesn't like it, I think maybe she feels too vulnerable?
The other question is, do you have any tips on steering her, so to speak? I think this is more of a issue with me than Brenna. I have a hard time keeping her going in one direction and far enough away from the sheep all while walking around the pen. It doesn't help that she likes to pick one out and chase it around. It was a bit easier today since we were in a bigger pen, but I definitely still need some work!
Brenna: GSD Born 7/16/06
Chewy: Shih tzu/Yorkie
Monty: GSD born 5/24/14