Kearney - We got to herd today, even though it was drizzling. I got to get the ducks out of the pen as usual. TM just stood there and watched. She was impressed that I kept my distance and pressured them just enough to keep them moving. I brought them straight to the gate. TM told me I was awesome. I drove them around the yard, through the obstacles and then to the free-standing pen. If it sounds like yesterday, it was a lot like that. TM works with me on my handling and trying to get me to stay back from the ducks. She changes up the run so it isn't like I am learning a course or anything. We always run it differently.
The free-standing pen was kind of fun. I am just about to get the whole idea. TM wants the ducks IN the pen with very little fuss and muss. I am figuring that out. She says I have about 30 days of working ducks between now and Nationals. That is if I work them every weekday. She doubts if that will really happen, but it does give me a bit of time to learn what I am supposed to do.
Lowri - TM actually took us out to herd today because she was thinking of how few days we had left to train in. Because of dog shows and herding trials, I have a little less than Kearney. I will get a few days of herding sheep to add in, but for me, it is all about the ducks. I am only entered on ducks at the Nationals.
I don't have this duck stuff down like Kearney does. I think his method is... BORING! I like bouncing so much better <G> Today, the brown duck did a lot of stopping to rest. TM let me figure out how to fetch her with the rest. I got to push on her with my nose. After I got her moving, I had my mouth open and I was breathing on her tail feathers. TM cautioned me about taking a taste - like I was going to! I was just thinking <G> Over all, TM was pleased with my work. She still thinks I have a lot to learn.