No grand adventures this weekend. In fact, Saturday we did next to nothing – I decided I’d give Lu a break. A real break. Not a sneaky “I won’t do any agility except maybe I really want to do some running contacts” break, or “But the weather is so nice we might as well go on a long hike” break. An actual sit around, not do anything break. Ok, so in the evening we did some tricks, and then she saw one of her Border friends and wrestled with him, but it was as close to a break as I could get without her going crazy.
Sunday saw us at a herding fun-day at Lu’s first home out in the country. She was very excited and happy to be playing with sheep, but barking a lot, suggesting she wasn’t confident yet in what she was doing.
I also came to the realisation that if I stand still around something exciting (dogs running, playing, agility, herding, whatever), Lu is a huge turd. Straining on the lead, pulling me over, crying, standing on her hind-legs… BUT…. say her name, and her attention is on you. Play with her, and you have focus. This dog does NOT like to be idle. And it’s just her. She’s not trying to be naughty or go crazy, but why stand around when there’s all this fun stuff to do?!
While we were there, Lumen’s breeder gave me her papers, and then convinced me to enter the Aussie shepherd confirmation show. This is so laughable. I have no clue what I’m doing, and Lumen’s reaction to me trying to shape her into standing properly this evening was to try lifting her back-legs on things, or to try lifting both her left legs up. Any slightly movement from me resulted in a big movement from her, and I was hoping there would be some kind of ‘trick’ to get her to stack naturally (like if I made her back up she’d do it.) but… no. Oh, she is going to be the worst dog they’ve ever seen. And while they’re meant to be looking happy and alert, she’s going to have her serious ‘work face’ on, grumpy mouth, intense and angry glare as she tries to figure out the game (HOW CAN THE GAME BE TO JUST STAND HERE??? THIS MAKES NO SENSE!!!!)
Well, Saturday in 2 weeks time should be fun. 😉