YEA! I'm home!!!!
While up at Suzy's, she worked Champ both days. On day one she worked him out in her field by herself. He looked nice, but was a bit tentative. On day two, I stood next to Suzy while she worked Champ and he was much more confident. I liked what I saw. But, I have to tell you I was a bit worried when I left that I should have worked him (myself).
I haven't uploaded his second day of work yet. Thankfully, Jean Singer was there and filmed day two for me to watch over and over. It doesn't want to upload to my iMac, so I will try to get er done on the PC today. I had Suzy do her whistles for me and recorded them on my phone.
Yesterday I took Champ out to Task Farms to see how we would do together. He tried real hard. But, I stand differently, I hold my crook differently, and I whistle differently....no doubt. But, I had a STOP and a sweet steady. Can you say HAPPY? Ya, sure, you betcha!
It was important for me to get a good solid start (foundation) on Champ. I didn't want him to take advantage of me like his mother did. I did all of his pre-school work before leaving him with Suzy for 2 months. That was the best investment I have ever made.
Suzy said I could let him be a little bit naughty while working him. She will take him back later this summer for another month or two. He is so much calmer around his sheep now. When I took him to Suzy's he was clacking his teeth as he circled his sheep. She is an amazing trainer. She doesn't miss an ear going forward or backwards, She sees everything. Plus, she is the hardest working gal around and one of the most knowledgeable in the business :0)