They say sheepherding is all about regrets. They say getting the right start is invaluable. And they say it takes as many years as the dog has legs to be mature enough to really compete. I say this is true. I have regrets with Chesney, my regret of not properly starting him, then having to start him over right. There is truth in the maturity, but maybe in the competition scene. I think there is not enough said about the relationship between dog and handler. The desire to work with their own, that these dogs posses, is rivaled by none.
Chesney has such desire. It leave me in awe how there is such a bond between us that it could carry us far enough to compete in Open within the next year. Our ability to read each other and his desire to please and my ability to learn quickly for him to advance at a steady pace, has made us stride through the last year and a half of training. What a ride its been and going to be!