This week I am looking back on the progression of my abilities as a sheepdog trainer. It has been a long, twisty road from the beginning until now, and just about everything has changed for me. It all started with Price, the dog shown here, and together we learned how to sustain a successful working relationship. It was harder for me than for him to learn how to do that.
Here's an excerpt:
Things were beginning to get easier for me and my dog, and Price was really starting to blossom. He had been like a race horse carrying too much weight to the post. He was running, but not easily, and not at anything close to top speed. As I began to let up, open up and leave him alone, his entire demeanor changed. The one thing that never changed was his unwavering commitment to the job at hand, and now he was free to do it. Suddenly, I was conducting the orchestra, and the music was soaring.