This week's lesson:
- If at first you don't succeed, you need more time
Here's an excerpt:
Success, comprehension and willingness all rolled into one good, young dog this morning when I put the sheep out. When I opened the gate, Star flanked nicely around his sheep and this time followed them out of the pen. Hah! He broke hard to get around him, and I let him bring them back to me rather than diminish his enthusiasm. I flanked him around, and with the sheep headed in the right direction, I downed him. He hit his belly like a champ and as I walked ahead of him, he started to break again. I downed him quietly each time he started up, which resulted in him walking beside me down the lane. It only took a few times for him to understand that we were walking down the road, not gathering the sheep and when we got to them, he waited while I opened the gate and then put them through for me. Again, he broke to cover as they trotted off, so I let him bring them back, then flanked him around and called him off. Patience rewarded. Happy dog, happy handler.