Yesterday, I brought Gel out to work separately from the girls. Unfortunately, his brain is still on breeding and he worked like shit. I brought him home and put him in his run where he stayed for a few hours, then climbed out. I put him back in his run, but put him on a line so he couldn’t climb back out again. One day, his brain will be back to normal. Probably just in time for Split to come in heat.
I am supposed to get together with an open handler on Wednesday, but the weather may interfere. We’ll see. My new Derek Scrimgeour DVDs (the new series, not the ones I loaned out which I haven’t received back yet) arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to watching them. I’m hoping they will help to break me free from the hole I’m stuck in right now. I wish I had been able to get my other DVDs back sooner as I may not have been stuck for so long as I have been. It’s been extremely gratifying to have accomplished as much as I have on my own, but there are times that you need experienced help, be it in person or via DVDs.
Both Fern and Split worked well. Fern is going to have good out running skills like her father which is a blessing, however, it’s hard to commit to do close (boring!) work when you have a dog who is such a nice out runner. She is taking a stop whistle both at the top and on the fetch. We did a bit of driving, but today when I work her, I’m going to use the front field and drive along the fence. Split has all but stopped that excessive flanking and is starting to learn to stop on command.
I may very well simply leave Gel up for the time being and just work the girls. Lately, Gel is doing nothing more than frustrate me. If it works out that I am going to be able to get together with the open handler on Wednesday, I will work Gel, but it may behoove both of us to leave him up for now. I was told early on that you always ruin your first dog and I’m still not sure if that’s true or not, but I’m seeing increasingly more holes in his training. I have not been consistent and allowed him to do too much thinking on his own. It’s a fine line to walk: allowing the dog to think on his own and keeping him from being too independent.
I just realized we missed another Sunday of Split videos. We simply had too much going on last Sunday to take the time to do it.
We only had to manually put up a few chickens last night and I found the secret nest that I knew was in existence, but couldn’t find it before now. It is in a corner at the top of the hay in the Shelter Logic Building. It seems you have to have rock hay climbing skills in order to collect eggs around here. Petunia is going to have eggs for breakfast. I think it’s only going to be a matter of time before she is able to get out of the garden and once that starts to happen, she’ll have to go to the processor. Next year, we’ll plan a little bit better. In time, we’ll be experienced pig farmers. I should talk to the people who have the Christmas Tree Farm to see if they want to set up a pen for Petunia up there. She’d enjoy all the attention and food, however, her exuberance may frighten some people. It does me sometimes.
Off to kick the goats out to pasture …