Dave Viklund from from Brigands Hideout in Battleground, WA was an instructor at Fido's Farm Sheep Camp last week. On the last day of instruction I asked him to test Brynn on sheep.
Brynn is showing signs of being very 'sticky' and eyeing up strongly on the sheep. She gets sucked into the heads of the sheep and sticks there. Dave's goal during this 'test' was to keep her moving. Dave is doing that by tapping the ground lightly with the flag to help 'break' her eye then to prompt her to circle around behind the sheep, rather than come right into their heads.
Due to Brynn's sticky tendency I have limited her exposure to sheep (other than a little teaser here or there) and will continue to do so until she is much older and ready for serious training.
Brynn's tail is consistently down. From the first moment she sees the sheep it is serious business. Occasionally her puppy brain kicks in and she gets a little goofy, especially when I talked from the side.
I have decided that I am going to send her to a trainer who can start her correctly. Now I just need to decide which trainer!
Decisions decisions... *sigh*
Foot Note: I am messing around with my blog lay out, colors & a new header photo. Things might be wonky until I get things just right. Sorry if it looks wierd right now. The creative process is never easy... :-)
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