Herding summer has begun
We found a new herding place near Turku, so now we can go learn herding going only to daytrip instead of previous overnight visits, Yippee! -We have already been there few times with both Topi and Supa. I ment to go to Kuopio also this week, but unfortunately I got ill just that time. Hopefully we can make it there this summer though, I'm very interested about the new herding competition rules (FCI approved herding rules).
Topi and Supa seem to have slightly different herding styles. Supa seems to be naturally "driving herder", who doesn't always understand why I want her to sometimes go round and round the herd more that is needed. Topi on the other hand seems to be a "collecting herder" who naturally goes round and round the herd, keeping the flock tightly around me. So, with Supa I plan to train a bit more flanks, and with Topi I think we will have to focuse a bit more to driving the herd straight, so that the herd is not unnesessarily stopped because Topi needs to keep the flock tightly and neetly around me :). The most difficult thing is to learn how to guide the dogs right. The more I learn, the more I realise how little I understand. I think learning this takes a lifetime, for a citygirl like me at least :)

Both Topi and Supa are now PLL-tested, which means Primary lens luxation test. Both were free of this genetically heritable decease.
Previous entries:

25.05.2013 Herding season has begun
20.12.2012 Waiting for Christmas
12.12.2012 The first outdoor visit
28.11.2012 Two-week-old cuties
14.11.2012 Six little cattle dog babies
16.10.2012 Puppy confirmation
15.08.2012 Puppy Plans
20.05.2012 Herding summer has begun
08.01.2012 Five wonderful years
09.11.2011 Results and championship
18.08.2011 Time to leave the nest
05.08.2011 Working as a nanny
24.07.2011 When the going gets rough...
13.07.2011 Little cuties
30.06.2011 The first week in the heat
22.06.2011 Summer puppies are born
20.04.2011 Herding and heating hearts
13.04.2011 Love is in the air