This whole 'training' before you trial thing….there just might be something to it. I've spent the last few or more months watching reruns of bad tv; cleaning a really really trashed future home, purchasing future home, painting and fixing future home and moving into …home. Plus, I watched 2.5 seasons of Archer.
I love that show.
I didn't have time to TRAIN my DOGS. or me. Unless by 'train' you mean 'buy a new couch for' ….
Highlights from My Personal Goring Ranch Experience:
1) Jai didn't find sheep. First time ever that she actually shrugged and turned in the entirely WRONG direction when I sent her. As if I had said, instead of 'Away',
'Go Find Yourself!'….
In fairness, I didn't spend a lot of time SHOWING her where the sheep ACTUALLY COULD BE FOUND because I was certain that everything she needed to know she learned in kindergarten. Or something to that effect. I was busy trying to get internet access on my Iphone so I could check the weather and text.
Her second run was better.
2) Jack had a nice outrun, credible lift….stopped to sniff pee on his fetch….trotted a bit further, turned around, went back to pee spot, more sniffing ensued, follwed by a leisurely pee on pee; he then meandered after his sheep downfield, into a large ditch as the sheep were coming out of it..late late late…Jack emerged from the ditch way downfield…HEY! WHERE ARE MY SHEEP??!! frantic frantic frantic…running entirely wrong direction…Finally found sheep with much irritated help…had sheep moving toward the post….stopped to take a poo…
Need I elaborate further? It was about this time that I found myself fervently wishing I had a monkey; a handsome little thing, vicious and shit flinging, but studiously fashionable with slicked back monkey hair and a pillbox hat, PLUS a begging cup. He would rattle that thing about half way through a run such as this, standing next to me at the post.
What I have is about 3 days to work Jai a little before Big Willow, plus move some of the rest of my stuff into my new home, plus surf the internet and buy things that I don't really need.
I have 3 days to get my attention span in order and commit to at least trying to give Jai a fairer shake next weekend.
Because I do NOT have time to find and outfit a monkey.