Welcome To Smokin J Border Collies

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
I've trained working border collies for over 14 years and trialed in USBCHA, WCDA and AHBA events. My partner, Mike Franklin and I work dogs in Calico Basin, Nevada. This blog is solely for the purpose of sharing my love of working border collies. I do not have stud service or puppies available. Please contact me at smokinjbc@msn.com and I will be happy to share my recommended working breeders. If you are interested in teaching your dog to be a sheepdog in the Southern Nevada area, please feel free to contact me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Morning

Well, I'm a failed blogger. I have discovered that they are just not that easy to keep up with. Plus, looking for a job, while having ups and downs, does not exactly make for exciting posting.

So, I thought I'd at least put up a Jet-date so I can talk about the little beast.

We had a nice Sunday morning, out in beautiful weather with fat sheep and two very happy dogs. Jet did some good outruns, runs a little tight on her comeby side but I was happy overall with how she did. We haven't made it out to the open to work, I've been working her in a 2 acre lot for the last month or so, really concentrating on her learning her whistles and doing correct flanks. Not having a chance to work on a nice controlled lift from a distance, so this is what we still get:

I'm still happy with that lift though, because it was a bit of a struggle at first to keep her lined out BEHIND her sheep and not constantly over flanking on top. So despite it being at a high rate of speed, she did go deep enough on her outrun and turned in for a straight approach. YEAH!

Now, this is my favorite thing about Jet. It's not her quick reflexes, her go-to attitude, or her intelligence. It's her tail. Get a load of that huge white tip. The tip on her tail is as big as her head. I'm not exaggerating....check it out:

Pretty cool! It's thick too, like God forgot that she's a wee bitch and stuck the wrong tail on her.
So back to our training session. My sheep were a little dodgy after being brought down the hill at such a brisk pace so they started to pick separate paths.

Notice the departing sheep in the above picture is a blonde....need I say more?

I don't know, boss, I think that black ewe is thinking about going to the right, I better lean over there.

She's just doing so well with keeping her sheep on line, and she's a big fan of driving, so long as she's not asked to do anything inconvenient like stop or slow down. What's that? Could it be....

PACE!!! I think!! I hope that it's true. Good dog, Jet!