Half siblings hanging out, Champ and Yoko
Kilt has worked about 8 times in 4 months and it showed. Push, push,push and one (grip) warning trying to load the Dorset sheep. Kilt has a bit of listening deficit even with being worked 4-5 times a week, so I didn't really expect a whole lot from her. She got through the ranch course, but messed up alot of the "finesse" obstacles where if you moved 2 steps the wrong way, you blew your chance. She moved about 5 steps the wrong way. LOL Plus, she is so pressure sensitive. She always knows what we will be doing next and anticipates which moves she should make. In other words, she is an independent dog and not much of a team player in trials for me. I have always known Kilt needs a better handler than I will ever be. It's okay, I trial her here and there and do so much enjoy her. If I could have a pup with Jet's willingness to please and Kilt's grit, I'd be in business!
Little man Tate (Champ) came to the trial to socialize. He enjoyed all of the other dogs and the people. I put him in a sheepless pen several pens down from the sheep and across from the cattle while setting the classes. He was as good as gold. He had a little shade cloth over the pen and was busy watching and wondering what was going on. He showed no interest or fear with the cattle. He really enjoyed walking on a longe line by the sheep pens. A few of the Dorsets would drop their heads and challenge him as he was passing by. He would stop and stare, tail down, serious as all get out, and then go on his merry way.
When the judge was out in the arena giving a handlers meeting, I took Champ in to put some hay to set the sheep on. he was loose with his longe line. He ran to the handlers in the middle of the arena. I gave him a recall whistle and he turned on a dime, hightailing back to me. Good pup Champ.