I'm skipping ahead a bit (I'm still behind on our FL vacation) to update the world about my newest sport! Herding!
Someone once told me that herding was 'easy' because "the dog does all the work". Nope. Wrong. The dog will do the majority of the physical labor, but it is very much a team effort. I was so pleased with Kolachi's attentiveness to me and willingness to do what I asked-- even if it didn't make any sense to her at the time. Our instructor, Larry Painter, was extraordinarily kind and patient with us newbies, and we spent three of our six sessions in the 'beginners' roundpen, learning the basics.
Early morning frost on the front working field. Herders are a hearty group--
She spent all of her "off time" crated in the van. They had a nice heated indoor area, but Miss Velcro-dog whined and fussed too much when I left her in there. She was much more comfortable and calm in her car area. The participants all made sure to watch each other's sessions-- there is a LOT to be learned from watching (especially for a newbie)!
The amazing thing is that even though Kolachi only had two lessons a day (about 20-30 min each), she was completely mentally satisfied and willing to just relax and hang out in the evenings. I'm pretty sure we are hooked!