Showing posts with label Herding Clinic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Herding Clinic. Show all posts

Friday, May 8, 2009

Idaho Wrap-Up

I love traveling.

I am a bit of a history nut and cannot pass up the opportunity to visit historical sites. The bonus is they are usually empty which means they are a good place to run the dogs a bit. The last half of the drive from Washington to Idaho is on the Oregon Trail.

One of my favorites was...

One evening I had some time to kill before meeting a friend for dinner - I found this obscure one.

I have had tons of thoughts rattling around in my head the past few days. What should I write about the clinic? How can I sum up everything I learned for a blog post.

Egads, I can't put it all into words.

Here is the sum of it...

Figured out how to stop Beth from slicing in on the tops of her flanks and we started Beth driving..

Bonnie does not do well under pressure, of ANY kind.

This trip was wonderful for Brynn especially. Seeing all the new sights, scents and sounds, meeting people and different dogs.

My favorite part of the trip? Our hotel...yep, our hotel. We stayed at the dog friendly La Quinta in Caldwell Idaho. They didn't bat an eyelash when I checked in with two dogs and a puppy.

When we checked in they gave me a doggie care package with a little piece of paper with this written on it.

Dogs are welcome in this hotel.
We never had a dog that smoked in bed, and set fire to the blankets.
We never had a dog that stole our towels.
Played the TV too loud, or had a noisy fight with his/her traveling companion.
We never had a dog that got drunk and broke up the furniture.
So if your dog can vouch for you, you are welcome too.

Our room was nice and large with a kitchenette. It was located at the end of the hall next to the back door. Right outside was the pet area and a HUGE field for off leash fun. It was quiet, restful and clean.

I was able to relax for the first time in....gosh, I don't know how long.

We spent the days doing what we loved, hanging out with excellent people, sheep and fresh air.

In the evening I didn't have rude teenagers harassing me, a husband asking 'whats for dinner'. I was able to sleep without the sound of a herd of water buffalo schlepping through the bedroom (snoring). I watched what I wanted on TV (oh okay, I do that anyway - after all I am the QUEEN of the remote control). We went out for walks every hour on the hour. Hung out with my dogs - who think I am wonderful - relaxed and enjoyed myself. What can be better than that?

I brought along two crates. One for Bonnie and one for Brynn.

Beth is the special one and got to sleep with me on the bed.

Bonnie and Brynn used every chance they could to jump up and wrestle on the bed - which only served to annoy Beth.

Bonnie even snuck in a quick nap on the bed here and there

Beth knew she was the chosen one and quickly assumed her position of honor after she chased them off.

Brynn learned all sorts of cool and interesting things this trip.

Like how to jump on the coffee table & look cute.

I was not able to take a picture of when she jumped in the toilet. Much to her surprise she landed in a bowl full of water. I was too busy laughing to take a picture.

I have learned that Brynn did not come equipped with an 'off button' of any sort. She goes like a tornado then drops in one spot. Here she is cuddled up on the hotel room floor with her 'Beloved Bunny'.

Like the mother of a hyperactive toddler I find myself yearning for 'nap-time'

All in all I would do it again. Pat Shannahan is a very knowledgeable instructor. Dianne Deal is simply awesome! It was fantastic to meet everyone and put faces to names I have been reading about on blogs.

Here is a link to the pictures I took on Monday when we went to the desert.

Herding at Succor Creek, OR

It was a good trip - and oh so wonderful to be home.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Herding Clinics - WOOHOO!

HOORAY! Scott Glen is coming back to Fido's Farm March. The All Breed All Levels Clinic is March 21-22. Private lessons are available the week prior.

Shhhhh....Don't tell my husband, but I enrolled him & Beth for two private sessions with Scott and the entire weekend for the clinic. (John, if you are reading this...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)

I am going to audit the clinic again and I am going to have a private session with Bonnie! WOOHOOO! She will be ready to start seriously training by then. (If it all goes as planned - I will be able to walk backward with out falling over by then too).

Then April 11-12 is a Karen Child Handling Clinic, "Tips & Tactics for Success on the ISDS Trial Course". By popular request Karen Child is once again offering her handling and rules clinic for novice, pro-novice and open handlers. I enrolled us both in this clinic.

"During this clinic you will run the ISDS course with Karen Child at your side. Through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on working sessions you will hone your handling skills, learn trial guidelines, gain knowledge of how to work around a tricky situation and find out how to get the most from your team during trial runs. As the clinic finale you will run a trial course while Karen scores your run.

That gives me until March to save the money to pay for it all! I have a new "Herding Fund Accumulation Strategy". Every time I go to to the grocery store, Costco or anywhere that allows me to get money back when I use my debit card - I am going to take $20.00 or $40.00 and hide it (hopefully I won't forget where I hid it this time). I figure by then I can pay for this without having to fore go paying for any of the kids braces, food, shoes or coats. (I know... my priorities are wee bit misaligned eh?)

My favorite picture of John & Beth

We are so blessed to have two incredible instructors available to us.

I love Fido's Farm....When I die I want my ashes spread in a sheep pen.

Fido's Farm - My Nirvana

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bonnie's Spay Day

This morning Bonnie is getting spayed. It was difficult to go back to the vet just a few days after saying good bye to Katie.

Beth and Ranger dont seem to want to be out of each other's sight. Maybe they think they will disappear next? This weekend was very hard. The dogs have been out of sorts. I cant say they miss Katie, then again I cant say they don't. Perhaps they are playing off my mood?

This weekend Ranger did some awesome stuff with herding. We were moving sheep from one pasture to another through the gates. He had it in minutes. He is so gentle with the stock it is amazing. At one point one of the sheep fell over then got stuck on his back. Therewas the sheep flat on his back four feet pointing straight up in the air - Ranger standing over him - looking at him with a perplexed 'WTF' look on his face. I wish I would have had my camera. It was priceless. Needless to say we rolled him back over and off he went.

We gave Bonnie another teaser with the sheep. She was totally turned on! We kept the drag line on her just on the off chance she went 'alligator' on the sheep. She was a bit snappy, but backed off nicely. She remained engaged through the whole session. Much better this month than her last one with Karen Child. Puppies are so truly cannot judge them at this age.

Here is a link to the latest video of her on YouTube

Beth continues to come along nicely. John had another session with Karen Child last weekend and they just continued to work on 'traingles' and long gathers. Beth is completely healed from her run in with the fence. Altho she seems to be one of the most accident prone dogs I have ever seen. This weekend one of the sheep jumped then landed on her full on its side. Knocked the wind right out of her, but she learned to keep her distance a bit. She is also learning some patience in the field. Below she is waiting patiently while John talks to Chris. What a good girl...three months ago she wouldnt have this type of restraint that close to the sheep. John and Beth make such a wonderful team. Pictures like this just melt my heart every time I look at them. Beth simply adores him...something tells me the feeling is mutual.