A compromise

I’m not going to send Cian back.  I don’t feel right about doing it.  When he was gone, I really missed him and I feel that I owe him a chance to be what I think he can be.  What I’m going to do instead is to not work him on stock for a few weeks or months and see how that goes.  My instructor in Salisbury suggested doing some shaping exercises with him and I think that may be a good idea.  Helene wrote an excellent description of shaping here.

I worked all three dogs today and I realized I am as much pressure on him as the sheep are.  He needs confidence building and it may behoove me to do that off stock.

We’ll see how it goes …