Tessa helped put back The Loose Bull this afternoon. I'd give our score a B+. She circled out wide with her outrun but slicked in a bit too close before she came to balance.
[Balance is when the livestock are directly between the dog and handler. For little Tessa and cattle it is usually the point where I can't see her any more. :-) ]
Besides the minor slice at the end of her outrun things were perfect. I stood by the gate and Tessa brought the bull toward me. He was stubborn at first and started with his head down towards Tessa. But our Pressure Lesson came through and with a "push, push" she boosted up and quickly turned him.
That was our second minor miss-step. She boosted up a little too much, but did settle back down pretty fast and moved the bull right back into his pen.
All-in-all, another impressive outing for Tessa. She continues to amaze at such a young age and is now officially a helpful farmhand putting back her second batch of escapees.
My wife and I are happy to be a part of the family farm. I've always enjoyed the loyalty and companionship from good dogs and have taken up the training of herding dogs the past few years. I learn so much from the Australian Shepherds I've been with, and hope they enjoy their time with us as much as we love them.