Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fun At Alta-Pete !

Yesterday Amanda & I went to to Jenny & Scott Glenn's Alta-Pete Stockdogs for a herding lesson.  This would be lesson # 2 for Kort.  Amanda & I had a feeling that Kort would be a little on the worried side due to his "run in" with the paddle at his last lesson :)

Herding is extremely complicated, more then I ever knew.  The dogs must have so much drive & determination to want to do it, but at the same time not succumb to pressure when it is applied.  Kort is very sensitive,  as most collies are, & even though the paddle hitting him was an accident, & we did our best to make the rest of the lesson fun, he still remembered it & did not want any part of herding the sheep.

No worries though, I am ok if he doesn't want to herd, I am trying it out to give him something different to do, I don't need to trial him, I just want to have some fun with him.

I do not like to go in the pen, so that is why I asked Amanda to do the work :)  However, there was no way Kort was going to work with her, being such a mommas boy,  so Jenny & I went in, my job was to follow behind the sheep & keep them moving, while Jenny jazzed Kort up & tried to get him excited about chasing the sheep again.  It took alot of work!  Bless Jenny though, she did get him excited enough that he did a few runs around the pen barking all the while .

I'll take him back , probably in the summer when there is no mud!  I am such a PRINCESS, omg ! I hate the mud!! I hate the dirt!! I hate my dog dirty!! lol!!!  You know what, Kort hates it too! He would try to avoid stepping in the mud if he could help it, sooooo funny!, my little prince ♥

Here are some pictures Amanda managed to get of our adventure, thanks Amanda!

 Can you see the mud!!!......


 Look at his feathering's!!......


Barking :)......


Jenny trying to get him excited......
 


I had to get in & help, ick! ......


Yeah! success!!!......


It was an awesome day!  I love doing things with my dogs, even if I'm a wuss :)
Here is a little video I put together of some of the other attractions out at Alta-Pete,
Special appearances by Lad the border collie owned by Jenny, Mr Rooster & the chickens, the guardian dogs Togo & Alaska, & of course the sheep, there are lots & lots of babies out there now, I got to bottle feed one, you can see him at the beginning of the sheep section, he is just staring at me, hoping I was going to feed him again ♥


6 comments:

Michelle Larson said...

it's because his Mommy is a groomer, Storm was a princess all weekend too, she wouldn't go outside to potty at Wet Creek all weekend because Saturday was all muddy and slushy and Sunday was so snowy, she squealed like she was walking on fire every time I took her outside. Heaven forbid her toes get dirty!

Daviethedog said...

Lucky you don't live with Davie AKA Mud Man. Love all this snow but spring and mud are coming!

Squishy said...

Awesome everything!! Herding is so much fun, but it is hard too, if the dogs lose confidence. Did Kort get a bath when he got home???

Dianne SS said...

You and I have to talk about herding!!

onecollie said...

Diana, by the time we got home he was mostly dry so I sat outside & brushed him out, of course the stuff on the bottom of his feet are stuck in there like glue! I will probably have to shave it out

onecollie said...

Diana, by the time we got home he was mostly dry so I sat outside & brushed him out, of course the stuff on the bottom of his feet are stuck in there like glue! I will probably have to shave it out