This week's lessons:
- The inside flank
Here's an excerpt:
After working the other dogs, I started again as I had the first time, with him wearing sheep to me, but when I stopped to let him drive, he kept trying to head them and I worried him trying to keep him on my side of sheep. He became confused. Instead of recognizing that and returning to something he knows and is comfortable with, I switched back to inside flanks, which worried him more. It wasn't until he refused to lie down and kept moving away to avoid me that I realized I had gone too far. At that point I did finally return to something he likes and simply trotted around the field giving him the shush-and-flank letting him have his sheep his way. Ending on a happy note, he got another break while I worked the others.
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