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Dare is getting a little better at working sheep. She is extremely confident with these Cheviot cross lambs. She’s only four months old, but she has the extinct. Learning to work the sheep has done marvels for her confidence and drive, too.

sheepdog

rounding up

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sheep dare 2

dare herding

out of corner

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on sheep

 

 

 

 

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Dare got some practice being stacked. She looks pretty good for four months old.

dare stacked 4 months

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Dare on sheep

Dare met sheep this week. She loves to herd!

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pretty puppy dare

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This dog is obsessed with the ball already.  If there is a tennis ball, it needs to be in her mouth, and if you have it, she wants you to throw it for her.

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dare 4 months

When you get a dog of this caliber, you want to do it right.  You want to do her bloodline justice. You want to ensure that you’re doing all the right socialization and training that will allow her genetic potential to be realized.

It means, though, that I must remember that she is but a child. She must be allowed to be a puppy. She must  be able to play and be silly. Every day, she looks more and more like a majestic German shepherd dog. Yes, she’s going through the floppy, “Gumby wolf” stage, but the elegance is there, burning through like an ember in the ashes.

The way this puppy looks at me is utter trust and adoration. She wishes to be with me, to do things with me, and I am taken aback by this responsibility.

I am the most important being she knows. She will even leave another puppy she is playing with if she hears my call.

I don’t want to mess this up.  I want to do it right. There is pressure here. There is tension.

But I have to remember to enjoy her in her salad days. She is raw puppy, trying to make sense of her drives and her teeth.

I cannot let the desire to do it right rob me of this joy. I must take time enjoy her puppy-hood. It is so fleeting.

Just like everything in a dog’s life.

 

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dare pretty girl

dare pretty

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dare stacked

The little Tasmanian devil is turning into a little lady.   She’s about to enter the “teething ears” phase in which she will look quite ridiculous.

 

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