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Friday, January 18, 2008

Sheltie HTM Training day

Last weekend we went to the Working Section (of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club) Heelwork to music training day. It was a nice day; very relaxed and fun to watch all the shelties prancing around. I did a little with Hex; but she was little off that day. I recently have taken her back swimming and have realized that 1/2 hour in the pool is too much to start out with and she seems really tired for a few days after.

Anyway all the shelties worked well. It was especially nice for me to see Zoe (Zen's puppy from her first litter with Tazz) work as I haven't seen her work before. She is a little pistol but I was amazed to see how concentrated (and quiet!) she was when she was doing little bits of training on the floor. She has really matured. She is so tiny and petite so it is hard to believe she is Zen's baby!

I was surprised to see a really sweet sheltie there who has DM (Sheltie skin syndrome). I had been under the impression that DM was not seen very often in shelties in England. This little girl had a really bad case but she still wagged her tail and worked well with her owner. Bless her little heart! I hope and pray that they come up with a DNA test for DM soon!

My first try at doing a video for the blog. It is usually Dennis job! I don't really know how to trim the videos so unfortunately it is longer than I would have wanted. Well you will get the idea of what was done during the training!


Hudsondoglets said...

Zoe looks great. I love the way all the dogs are totally into their handlers and not interested in what's going on around them. Very impressed. Andy is now inspired to do some more of that sort of stuff with Kizzy. He did quite a bit when she was tiny but not for ages. She loves that sort of training so with the current weather I think that's what they'll be doing in the garage!

Also well done on your first video!

Johanna said...

Wow. Zoe looks great. Although I am terribly disappointed that there is no video of you & Hex doggy dancing ;o)

Chi (Obay Truly Focused) said...

Look at Peggy - quite a groover eh!
And doesn't little Zoe look gr8 - really attentive to Peggy and so enthusiastic & very cute.