Last night, the Lazy One (Miss) and I had a great session. She was quick to move and she doesn’t need as many reminders to keep “both eyes” on me. I’ve definitely had to earn her trust and respect which she is still a little apprehensive about. She is very poised and proud of herself. She isn’t one to wear her emotions on her sleeve but once she opens up just a little she is very calm and gentle. Rambler’s Mist would be the equivalent to the wife of an American Indian chief. A proud woman who is strong for her people and capable of great compassion when needed. A woman who if shown respect will return it and won’t be taken for a fool.
I love her!!!!
I need to get a video camera so I can share her with more than pictures….. Maybe Santa will bring me one this year
Now Rosie is a different story… I am really having problems getting her to lunge away from me. Following Clinton Anderson’s example, I point and twirl the end of my lead. That usually doesn’t trigger an immediate response so I start to push into her space while twirling the rope, this makes her move backwards. Unless we are standing still, she will do anything to keep her front square with me like she is glued to it. I actually had her spinning in circles around her front without her front feet moving a step! I tried standing still moving to her side and then proceeding with the point and lunge. She did better when I did that but it wasn’t 100% Once I had her started in the circle, I yield her hindquarters and stop all of which she does beautifully. When I try to lunge her again and we are back to the beginning pointing, twirling, pushing, backing, confusion.
I also tried the yielding the forequarters exercises in the Clinton tapes but they were not very successful.