Tessa is Sally's littermate, and she also got to work today. I have been doing a little more consistent training with her because she seemed able to take pressure earlier on than Sally did. She has a more of a tendency to come in close and want to bite heels also. She seems to have a bit of eye and works similar to Hank when he was that age, which makes me very excited. I really like Hank, for all his pushiness, or maybe because of it.
With her today I did some of the exercises from Tenley's clinic. First we walked around the sheep together and I had her move off my pressure to the side until she was going around a wider circle and I was closer to the center, then I dropped my rope and let her go around 360 degrees, then blocked her and stopped her. First I get her to stop moving, then ask for a down. She's not really quick about it, but she'll do it.
I worked on having her walk up next to me and do a very short drive, just moving the sheep a few feet really until they were on the fence. The first time she was really pulling to the side trying to go around, but now she's starting to walk straight.
Tessa is in heat now but it doesn't seem to bother her attitude about working.
|Serious dog Tessa|