Moss had four days in a row of working sheep. I tried taping a bit of his progress this morning. I know it’s not a great video, but what thrills me is watching the sheep and Moss actually walking. We still have things that need work, like staying down for more than a second, but I’m just so happy that we can get around the area in a calm manner. He still is spinning around a bit, but nothing like he used to.
Thursday night he brought the sheep in to their night-time pen. He had to do it in three groups since he wasn’t out far enough. Friday night I got myself in a better position and still I had to stop him three or four times before he saw the sheep way at the back. He made a nice outrun and stopped when I told him to. I kept him far enough back that the sheep merged into one long column and quietly walked (that’s WALKED) into their pen. I wish I had taken a camera with me!!
I can’t believe Moss has finally learned to STOP. He doesn’t often actually lie down, but a stop on his feet is fine. It just all of a sudden came together. We’ve added reviewing whistles, and today we worked on “walk up.” Since I can stop him, we can do this without a long line. It has taken a long time but I really think, unlike all my other dogs, he really needed to mature. It keeps getting better.