Becca had her herding instinct test and first lesson today. We went to Little Dove Farm in Appleton, Maine. A friend from agility class went with her aussie as well. It was very comprehensive. Suzanne began with a lesson with us (handlers) using one of her dogs for example. She cut three dog trained sheep out of the flock. Explaining what she was doing and what should be expected of the dog.
Then she worked with each of our dogs in a 30x30 pen. The dogs were on a long leash giving her control and ability to direct their actions. Becca showed instinct, but was a little intimidated by the sheep during her first turn. Becca and I worked together during our second turn and she did much better. Overall it was a wonderful day. Guess what my poo eating dog didn't eat sheep poo!
I will upload pictures as soon as my friend emails them to me.
It's her first time herding, but is it also yours? Don't get addicted. ; ) Herding is so interesting but it can be hard to practice if you don't live on a farm.
Lucky you got a little lesson beforehand, haha. My first time was during an official instinct test, and I had no idea what to do - it's a good thing my dog did.
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