On Tuesday and Wednesday we competed at FarmFair International. There were a total of 42 dogs entered in the competition. On Tuesday I kept both dogs with me in the waiting area. I wanted them to get used to the noises of people, announcers and to realize that there were sheep and herding to be had. Diva was up first at the 12th dog in the running order.
Diva, apparently, is deaf. Who knew?
What a little rotter. It was the longest four minutes of my life. Little shit refused to take any of her commands. She was there for a good time, not a long time. So, on the Wednesday and second day of competition, I ran down the arena the moment she showed me she was going to ignore me. I sent her on her flanks, and made her lie down. I needed to show her that working somewhere different did not mean she could do what she wanted.
Ryder was a surprise.
I fully and completely expected him to melt down. He is such a wimpy soul. He freaks out all the time over sounds and strange stimuli.
But he didn't. Who knew?
His first "go" was ok. He was a bit sticky which isn't like him. He got a bit stuck on the sheep at the top of the arena. He did come around and was moving the very heavy and tough to move sheep. However, he got in too close and made some chasing and "gripped" or bit the sheep. The second day I don't think he bit but we still got called off for biting. Such is the game. It's a lot of skill, and a bit of luck.
Overall, I'm happy with the experience. I wanted to know how the dogs would perform. Now I know exactly what I need to work on to help them reach competition levels. Quite frankly, Diva may not be the calibre needed. I'll work with her over the winter and try again in the spring.
Sorry, no pictures or video. I was a bit distracted with nerves to set anything up.