I had the most interesting phone call. It was from a stock dog trainer I know and am friendly with. He wanted to know if I know of anyone with younger dogs for sale. This is a man who has helped me in the past, whom I respect, and has a pretty good reputation. He has seen my dogs. If I were interested in selling, he'd be interested in buying.
Question of the day:
Would you sell Diva?
This is a dog I've been busting my rear end over trying to build a relationship with. She is to put it politely high maintenance. But, we've also been making progress. She wants to be near me now. She is developing an interest in play. She is slowly, slowly listening and responding to training better.
But it would be one less responsibility. It would also mean a loss of a playmate for Ryder.
She's high energy and athletic. She'd be well suited to a ranch environment. She is very keen to work. She'd have her own opportunity to shine with a high end trainer.
The trainer would flip her once she had enough training on her to be more money and sale-able to a rancher. I'd have no control over her future homes. She'd likely end up in a run or chained in a yard - many, many Border's live that way on ranches.
What would you do?
Take the easy way - sell her?
Or persevere and continue working through her issues - long run, takes time but will ultimately make me a better trainer - I hope...