Yesterday Bug and I had a herding lesson. It was SOOOO hot and yet my boy kept working.
We worked on flanking, driving, and the doggie two-step. I am definitely becoming more comfortable with the rake and my timing is improving. It is a testament to how much Bug likes the sheep that he puts up with my bad timing and novice handling!
We are also starting to put words to things.
I think I have figured out why his "down" in the pen was suffering. On occasion, when Bug is being a nincompoop and cannot get himself in check I will ask him for a down as a sort of time out. I wonder if I have accidentally made down into a punishment?
Needless to say we will be working on lots of downs with high value rewards (toy/tugging or something he doesn't get often as a treat).
After our lesson Diane told me where there is a lake less than 2 miles from her house. I took Bug for a swim and he actually SWAM. He didn't just wade! I was very excited to see him paddling away. I think he was a bit weirded out by it, to be honest. I need to get him swimming more often.
It was the perfect end to his herding lesson. He stayed cool for the rest of the afternoon.
6 days ago