Due to my camera at the hands of my husband, the pictures from our Scott Glen lessons are not great. I am trying to go through them and pick out the best. I will be posting them slowly.
John shot a very long video of Brynn's lesson with Scott (Scott gave his permission to film it). John propped the camera on a post and ate sunflower seeds (which you can hear). The wind was blowing (you can hear that too) and he forgot to zoom in - so the video is at a long distance. You can hear Scott occasionally...and often hear my nervous laughter. Mostly you just get to see Brynn zipping around the sheep.
But what warmed the cockles of my heart? I thought she was awesome and Scott said she was a "right good pup" or something like that.
In my lesson Scott took me back to basics. How to use the flag correctly. Flick it, get the reaction, turn her nose...then put it away. Don't keep snapping it over and over at her & desensitize her to it. He showed me how & when to walk into her to get the distance I need off the sheep. He reminded me "she goes where her nose follows". Where her nose is pointed - she will go in that direction. Among other things.
These are things I didn't do correctly with Bonnie and now I am paying the consequences.
We talked a lot about my relationship with my dogs. It is showing in the instruction process. I am still trying to wrap my brain around it and hopefully I can explain this correctly. From what I understood Scott believes the relationship you have with your dog is indicative of how they will work for you.
I can see where he is coming from. If they get my love, affection and approval (for lack of any other word) just for breathing it could interfere with their drive to work for me. Which in turn may contribute to the lack of work ethic.
One thing that really pleased me in this lesson was Brynn's reaction to Scott. I finally have a dog that doesn't seem to be fazed by an instructor like Scott. Bonnie has a history of high tailing it out of the field when she feels pressure from an instructor (Pat Shannahan, Karen Child, Scott Glen). You name it. Beth doesn't respond to pressure well either. Especially with Scott - I have a different dog during the lesson than I have in the field by myself.
Scott gave me some excellent things to think about. Perhaps I am creating this lack of desire to work under pressure? What is your opinion? Do you think if your dogs sleep in your house and/or spend the majority of their days with you - are in all respects pampered - do you think that impacts the quality of their work? Or drive to please you? I am still trying to process this in my head...I would love to hear your thoughts.
Brynn made me happy...*insert goofy happy grin here*. She is wonderful. I love her oodles. While the video quality is poor, hopefully you can see that she is keen, comes nicely into balance consistently - she is quick, but she is thoughful. I could see her brain working - thinking, and processing every step she took. Mind you, I know she is only 10 months old and not ready for serious training yet. Anything I do with her over he next few months will be light, fun and easy.
On the other hand....I am not happy about seeing my fat lardy butt hoofing it around the field. My weight loss effort has stalled - actually it has come to a grinding halt, and even reversed (I have gained some back). I hit a plateau & have been going through a very stressful period and gave up. I need to get back on the wagon and try again. Dang left over Halloween candy isn't helping...
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