I’m glad I have good friends to set me right about my training goals, especially when one friend in particular is going through some of the same training issues I am.
I was blessed to start out with a dog like Gel. He’s pretty much spoiled me for any other dog. He was relatively easy to train. We had (and to some extent still have) some relationship issues, but in general, we’ve done very, very well together.
Starting with a dog like Fern would have been much harder. She has a lot of eye, is much quicker and more driven than Gel. She has a lot of Gel’s personality, but she’s got a good amount of Midge in her as well. Fern is easy to train, but I’m going to have to be much quicker on my feet with her than I was with Gel.
Kessie: I’m going to have to go back to baby steps with her. I thought that’s what I was doing when I took her to agility with the intention of putting her in a puppy class. What I didn’t factor in was the close proximity to sheep and how she’d react to that. We are having some issues with Kessie here in that she flips back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth in front of the fenced in area “working” the stock the Kessie Way. It is often so hard to remember when I go outside, okay, I need to keep Kessie from pacing the fence line, keep Fern out of Rose’s way (I haven’t seen any more aggression out of Rose since the one time she jumped on Fern, but Fern hasn’t forgotten that episode and is very nervous around Rose. I need to make sure I keep that under control because there are going to be times that I need Fern to be able to work when Rose is around her) and keep Gel from pushing the goats around too much. As long as the sheep are not up, Cian just runs laps around the house like a fool.
The thing to do would be to leave all but Gel up in the house (in their crates) until I have the goats milked and back up and the sheep down in their ElectroNet.
I do not know how someone with my intelligence cannot learn to keep these dogs in line and out of trouble. It’s probably simply the factor of having too much going on. I told Wally this morning that I thought I might like to just stay in bed all day today. Yea, right. I remember the days early on in my unemployment where I did lie on the couch a good part of the day watching television. That doesn’t happen any more. I’m tired though and I keep thinking I should listen to my body (which is telling me I need to rest) and take it easy, but there’s too much to be done in the two days I have off.
The weather is going to be less-than-ideal until the beginning of next week. We are going to go from sunny, almost 80 degree weather to cloudy, rainy and high 40’s. I’m sure there will be lots of people sick at Walmart in the coming weeks. Hopefully I won’t be one of them.
Until later …