On the gather the sheep were moving at a nice CLIP, and Chesney finally took the second lie down I gave him that was preempted by... Hey you! What are you doing (while stepping into him). I guess he figured he might want to listen to me today. After that it was just sit back and ride the breaks the whole way. He was sharp taking his lie downs. He hit the dirt the fastest I have ever seen him take a lie down before, I was very happy. He was responding to the steady and taking his time when asked. We got them through the first gate (Yay!), and he moved them through the gate himself I didn't have to actually walk through the gate (not supposed to usually) then we moved on to the next. Through the second gate we only got one through because of my stupidity and bad positioning (once again I am ruining my dog and he is picking up my slack*sigh*). Then we were off to the pen. I noticed that everyone else who was having trouble with their pen were not beating their sheep to the gate. So I used Chesney to hold them off the pen while I opened it and then sent him around to put them up. We only played ring around the rosie once. Then he penned them nicely. Got them out quietly and we went to hold them. It only took me once to reposition myself and get everyone settled to stand for a minute. Then off to the Exhaust and That'll Do!
Everyone was exceptionally nice. A very welcoming crowd of poeple. I got a few numbers of people who are willing to let Chesney and I come out to their place and work with them. I'm excited for next semester to finally work my dog on a regular basis.
Walter Drummond by Ree
5 days ago