We have four smooth collies in our house and one border collie. And man, are they different. 🙂 Chase, the border collie, has taught me so much about drive shaping and high drive dogs. And I hope to use that to help train Tatum as we move through the training process.
I went to obedience training this morning and I’m really having fun and learning a lot about obedience. Lucy has her ASCA-CD but that is the only obedience we have done. Oh we have done rally, Levi has his RE and Lucy has her RA but I think we rather squeaked by on those.
Chase is really coming along on his obedience. I am going to start doing box work with him. Sits, downs, stands in the box and from a distance. We need to work his ‘go outs’ so he’ll spin and sit. It’s too much like flyball for him to run across the ring, grab the treat, then come back. He sure is fast though and he loves it! He is not even in Novice yet but we are working all levels with him, open and utility too.
Tatum did well, too. She got to play with Rift, her new border collie friend. And, what is nice, is she was able to pay attention to me and work with me, in very brief increments, while Rift was still in the room. I even was luring her into a heel by me with a treat for a few steps at a time and she was following me nicely. And she is starting to play with me, and even choosing me for play over other dogs. I think once we get competing it will be hard for her to focused on me and not want to play with the other dogs. She is not as focus as Chase the border collie, but that is to be expected.
So anyway I was on the go most of the day and now I’m tired and Oh My Gosh it’s already 8:30 and time for bed! Work tomorrow. We had a fun weekend, though. Tomorrow I’m going to have a private with my amazing trainer so I can make sure I’m getting Tatum off to the right start. Yeah I have trained many a dog in my time but I want to be completely open to new and different ways of training so I do it right with her.