Champ...no down time for this boy!
This boy has some STAMINA. His mother has the best stamina of all of our dogs and she passed on the good genes. Not to mention, I'm sure Buzz passed on the good genes to this kid, too.
The neat thing about Champ is his temperament. I call his Mom a junk-yard dog. She is tough and down right mean to strange dogs. Champ just goes with the flow loving everybody and everything. He is easy to travel with, easy to live with, and just a real pleasure.
He is 16 mos. old now and he is like a sponge absorbing anything and everything right now. I have to be careful that he is absorbing the CORRECT things. Suzy put almost 8 weeks of training on him at one yr. of age. That was the best investment I could have made on Champ's future.
Now, he needs EXPERIENCE. And, that's what he is getting at the ranch. He is a slow maturing in comparison to the girls, but he is learning at warp speed now. Plus, he just LOVES to work. He can't wait for his turn :0) His turn is just about all of the time now.
He is working sheep, goats, and geese. He would like to try his paws on the cattle, but I'm too much of a sissy. I'd like to have a little retirement money versus putting it all into Vet bills. He is just starting his outruns off of set-out people. He is gaining experience working the pens and sorting. He is doing some baby sheds now.
He is fairly clueless about panels and penning, because I don't practice those. We just try to keep practicing the basics and the rest will follow. I have entered him in his first AHBA trials coming up in a week or two. June 1/2nd, he will try started ranch dog trial in Gardnerville, Nevada. I am taking his mother and half sis, too, for the advanced ranch classes.
The next week I will put him in AHBA started field geese and field sheep. I am keeping him out of arenas. It is too much pressure at this point in his training.
The week after, I "may" put him in Ranch at our USBCHA trial. He is not really ready, but everything I do with him I try to make it fairly pressure-less and work him very quietly. If he needs help, I assist him. He is a FUN pup. He always tries to be right. :0)