Sunday, November 21, 2010
Too wide an outrun
I have been asking Yoko to walk up a few steps before me to see if she will narrow up at the beginning. No suck luck yet. My dogs stand fairly straight forward while they are looking for their sheep. I send them as soon as I feel they have spotted them. I don't lie them down or make them lie laterally to me. I try to keep things as natural as I can. I'm going to try the one chirp of my recall as a call in whistle and see how she reacts to that. I will experiment with some of the above to various extents. And, hopefully, I won't screw up what comes so naturally to her. I'm not going to devote a lot of time to this. Yoko can fetch. What we need is lots of work on her drive. I'll try to keep my attention focused on driving. Sometimes the best way to screw something up is to make a big deal out of it and I don't want to do that!
So when we go to the desert we will start driving sheep. I need the exercise anyway! I will walk with her or just behind her and drive half a mile this way and half a mile that way. It should benefit both of us. Then, I will let her do a fetch as a reward for driving. She just loves to RUN. And, she looks so serious about it. I have to laugh. She is the oddest little dog. I'm the one who says I'm not sure if she has much sheepdog talent, but since I'm the one having fun working with her, we will continue on. Go Yoko :0)
Addendum: We had a great work today. I used my husbands suggestion and a call-in whistle at the start of her run. I used a narrow fenced field today. I used a chirp of my recall whistle to straighten her more at the start of her outrun. It worked like a charm. She hesitated, came in, but never stopped running. We'll see how she does in the open fields of Zamora on Monday. I really enjoy running Yoko, because she has a great attitude. This will be her 3rd Pro-Novice trial. I'm looking forward to running her at Dunnigan Hills. :0)