We are signed up to start herding lessons the first Sunday in February! Very excited, we got in with a wonderful instructor. Now, I must not obsess about getting Jedi past all of the people and dogs quietly, to get us into the pen. I will admit, old habits, but I always tell my students they must concentrate on what they want to happen and not what MIGHT happen. Yes, this is not easy, but it is best.
Jedi had a few lessons right about when he turned one year old. Then again when he was a year and a half. He was on sheep probably 8 – 10 times and ducks twice. He really liked ducks. I have yet to work him, the instructor was working with him at first. He hales from current national herding winning parents and siblings.
A side note, one of my students spoke with the dog school owner after my class. She told her, I took her dog and was able to get him to perform the rally signs effortlessly. This made both the owner and I smile. The student told the owner, this class isn’t about teaching the dog to do anything, it is about teaching us isn’t it. Oh yes, this class is about your journey. I can take your dog and make them look good at allot of skills… Such irony, I cannot take my dog and get him past other dogs…yet! It is all about the JOURNEY!!