Tomorrow I'm taking Eddy to a herding class to experiment herding sheep and ducks. He's never taken any sort of obedience training or puppy class or anything before. I guess we'll just see if he enjoys it and go from there... The proprietor said her method is really for independent-minded dogs who work well on their own without reinforcement. Sounds exactly like Eddy! Another corgi-owner I know went to the herding thing and didn't like it. She didn't like how independent the dog's job was, and she wanted to be more involved. To each their own.
The lady said to start training at home with your dog's ability to Start-Stop-Wait-Start-Stop-Wait, and we've gotten it down ok... in our living room, though, with no ducks around to distract... She said no worries, though, that once we do a few rounds with humans involved, then most herding dogs can do it alone even on their first try. I'm very excited, and have been waiting for a month for April 24th to arrive! I hope other corgis are there! Thanks to Christy Fry for the referral to Brigand's Hideout. This place sounds awesome, the site says they'll let you use their livestock (to herd, haha) for free once you reach whatever master level or whatnot. And I heard somewhere it was the first place a Portugese water dog became a master herder! But that might be heresay.