Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Star pup and Mint
When i can i I have been working Mint several times a day. She has really made some amazing progress this past month. Last weekend we trialed in a small local trial. It was on rather spoiled( not complaining just a description) North Country Cheviots. From a sheep producer side they were lovely ewes, but from a dog trial stand point then were running fools! I ran last as Mint is in stranding heat. She was flagging for a dog INSIDE the cab of a truck, while she was on the ground. I thought the sheep would not care for Mint as she has lot of pressence, so i knew she would need to stay well off of them.
I have really been working on the top of her outrun to make her deeper. She is not a dog who will be able to get away with a tight top. She did a lovely outrun and took my stop at the top. She then handled them well through the course, and had a very nice pen to win the class.
I am very pleased with how she is handling trial pressure. I love so many things about this bitch, but she has been a handful to gear down for trialing. She has been able to do very difficult ranch work( mobs of sheep and cattle and long days) from a very young age, but she has needed a lot of it to get her where she is today. Trial dog or no i love and respect this lil dawg and she is teaching me so much.