Well I went to dog camp the end of August, and had a great time again. I hope to go for two weeks next year, not just one. I’m excited. Since I’ll be retired, I should be more free with my time! Sorry I haven’t been posting much… but I thought I’d post about Jet and how wonderful he’s doing with herding.
At camp we went herding on Nigerian goats and some sheep. He did awesome. The goats were really heavy, so he was able to just walk behind them slowly and keep them with me. That was the most amazing herding I’ve ever done. I have only dabbled in herding in my life, mostly with my collie Levi, but I’ve always wanted to pursue the dogs sport of hearding a great deal more. So when I got back from camp, I decided I’d start lessons with a local herding instructor. So Jet and I are going to take herding lessons. We had our first lesson, and he did so well! He circled the sheep and changed directions and kept them with the trainer. When I stepped in, though, I was falling over my feet and I was a complete mess. So I have a lot to learn to get my feet under me and get into the right positions when I need to be.
These pictures are of Jet herding at camp. We went to Sheep Camp in Tahoe. Maybe we’ll even go back early next year and spend a few days with the instructors there.
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are an amazing breed. Not only can they do agility, obedience, flyball, ratting, nose work etc… they can also herd. Myself and another lady are working towards getting the Farmdogs so we can compete in both AKC herding and ASCA herding. We can compete in AHBA. Though ASCA and AKC require a breed to be approved before herding in competition.
Jet is such an amazing boy, and I love herding with him!