Baxi started his first herding lesson when he was 6 months old. After 4 lessons we took a winter break and returned in the spring. Then we took a seminar with the same instructor and I had
to admit that it was way too much for my injured knee to cope with. Our instructor offered me to handle Baxi, but at this point I was suffering from way too much pain to even think about herding. I returned with Baxi the following year and had complete faith
in our instructor to handle Baxi in a dog friendly way.
Baxi has developed his herding skills slowly. In spring 2016 we agreed that we needed to change our approach and tell Baxi to
stay focussed. After four sessions we saw a major change in his skills. Now Baxi began to stay focussed, listened and slowed down his pace a bit.
Today (spring 2017), Baxi's handler
tells me that he is a pleasure to work with. From the start Baxi showed excellent problem solving skills; now Baxi also displays a good understanding of most of the jobs in the take pens as well as around the shutes. He is defitely better at fetching sheep
than driving - he simply seems to find it more interesting.
Late July 2017 our handler afsked me if she could use Baxi to locate four missing sheep in a steep paddock with trees and
shrub in the corners - his first real working assignment in an unfamiliar paddock. Baxi wasn't perfect but did okay, found the sheep and helped to bring them back to the training pen and paddock.
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