I have gone back to basics with Yoko. She knows what lie down means. She knows what stand means. She knows what take time means. I have done a great job in "complicating" everything for her.
She started to fudge on the down, so I was happy with a stand, she started to fudge (walk a bit) on the stand, so I was happy that she at least slowed down. Now, everything is as clear as mud to her. I have complicated some very simple commands. What a dork, I am.
Back to square one. Everytime I blow a down, a stand is unacceptable. Evertime I blow a stand, walking a bit is unacceptable. I'm trying to make my commands as clear as a bell....no more guess work involved. I'm not sure how this happens when working stockdogs, but it does. Pretty soon, the dog becomes confused and does whatever they want. That, I don't want.
I said I was giving up on Kilt. I'm not. I'm sure there is more she can teach me other than frustration and humility on the trial field. There is NO quit in this bitch. I just haven't found the right key to unlock the inconsistencies in her trialing yet. I have more to learn and I'm sure she is the girl to teach me. LOL