I've continued working with Ryder on his little skills. It's interesting, for herding work he often has to be on one side or the other by my leg. I've discovered he does not transfer this skill to being on the lawn. I've started doing some circle work. Asking him to stay by my leg as we walk a circle. This is HARD! He wants to cross behind me or circle around my legs. I've also noticed he resists sitting by my leg. He prefers to sit in front of me. These are things we've been focusing on.
He also seems to have figured out the go around the tree thing, or dig exercise. I'm afraid he may link it with his name because I'm always patting my leg trying to get him to line up nicely, when he perks up and bolts around the tree. I've been rewarding him for going around the tree even though he didn't do exactly what I want.
I've also noticed that as we play these agility games his energy increases where as with the herding it decreases. I'm not sure if either is a good or bad thing. I suppose time will tell.