Preparations for the dog trial were in place this week. A touch up here, a reminder there, but most of what occurred was aimed at leaving both of my trial dogs feeling confident and powerful. Having been to Porterville many times, I knew what was in store.
This weeks lessons:
- Make it small
- Make it keen
- Calm before the storm
Worked in the small field again today. Lazy, I am so lazy! But, on the other hand, it might be just what my dogs need. The confined space keens them up measurably, and allows me to more quietly use my voice and body position to accomplish their training. In other words, bringing things back "at hand" is often a good idea. Star in particular enjoys it, and runs full throttle around sheep that are right in front of him comparatively.
Nothing new today. More flanks on the fly and direction changes while running out. Star did a really nice job in shedding practice today. Not only did he remain focused entirely on the shed off sheep without once looking back, but he came through with more intention, and drove his sheep away with more confidence. It was good to see.