I crashed out for a two hour nap this afternoon.
For this morning's training, first Ben sorted the sheep, then I worked with Sally in the small pen on some line work. She is such an easy dog, she just does everything I ask, no fuss. She worked on lie down, standing stop, walk up, out, and both directions and then was off the line for some fetching around and more work on the stop.
Then I had Dodge shuffle in a new group and gave him a little work on the basics while we were at it. He's pretty easy on the sheep too. You know how there are some dogs who constantly push, and you have to keep a thumb on them, well, at the other end there's Dodge and Sally who are nice and easy. I actually do like the pushy dogs, but sometimes it's more relaxing to get stuff done with the easy ones.
Then it was Tessa's turn and she did the same sort of practice as Sally, a little line work, a little free fetching, some stops, a little more line work. She's doing very well, and her down is improving. She's not a hard headed dog by any means, but more intense than Sally which requires a slightly tougher correction than Sally to get her attention sometimes.
Pepper got a longer training session with the ewes and lambs in the 1 acre field. She did some really nice outruns and driving. They are not long ones yet, but we'll get there. We have to make the short ones right first.
Last night we visited some little ones:
These are Foster/Paris puppies belonging to Bruce and Renae, of Defiance Aussies. Nine little beasties, and 6 are reds. Paris is Luke's daughter. Facebook page for the puppies