Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Tonight Gibson ended his lesson calmly balancing sheep around me, which he took from a fence to my feet within twenty minutes of (Mostly) controlled work. 180 degrees from yesterday, and I stood the entire time. He is growing calmer.

Half the battle is just going back to do it all over again.


Blogger onesilentwinter said...

jenna, when i read your post yesterday, i understood it so well. it is amazing what being centered, calm and ready can create but when our gut says were having an off day and we are a leader of the pack well, it just can get of out of control. it is happened to me, tears mud aching bones. yet after it does, after a good cry, a new day i always feel as if i learned something and most of the time it is something like -pace yourself or do not get ahead of yourself, or all good things come with slow but steady work.

i am glad your day was a good one.

September 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...


September 20, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

maybe because you were calmer? Good for both of you!

September 20, 2011 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Billy said...

You are calmer and also you will find with a young dog that working (almost) every day will help you. Rime is 2 1/2 (almost 3) and still if I skip more than one day he is impossible! ;-) Each dog is different but border collies clearly respond to daily sessions even if they are just short little chores. Good luck!

September 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger kippy said...

Your last sentence said it all.

September 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddah~

September 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

See, it was a Monday thing... ;)

Glad to hear you're doin' better today!

September 20, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

It is amazing how much your body knows when you listen to it. Some days you just break even and it's a challenge not to go backward. Good job Jenna and Gibson!

September 20, 2011 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I'm glad you are back on the horse! (figuratively, of course!) :) Have a great rest of the week, now!!

September 21, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

good for you.

i too have pushed myself and dog to frustration. once i started working with a wonderful trainer i quickly changed my mindset, its not the amount of training but the quality of training. some of our best training sessions have been less than 5 minutes long.

with the help of skilled and experienced trainers you will excell.

September 21, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

Jenna, do you know about arnica montana (herb)? If not, I'd love to send you a care package. It helps with tissue injuries and bruising. As farmy folk, we both know it's not if, but when an injury will happen again.

September 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
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September 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

amen to that last line- so true.

@Meredith- you are right, and that goes for all animals! I trained a pair of alligators last year and the best sessions were usually the shortest. I learned to always end on a positive note and quit while we were ahead. If I got frustrated and kept pushing on, everyone ended up frustrated and we'd have to start back a step the next time.

September 21, 2011 at 10:45 PM  

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