A comment I get a lot from people when I tell them my puppy is a border collie is, "oh, has she started herding the cats/dogs/kids in your house yet?" And then what they go on to describe other dogs doing is just...rude dog behaviour. Pushing others around. Nipping. That's not herding, is it? I've even seen this printed in breed descriptions on the net. Doesn't that kind of suck?
I've seen a few things in her that I suppose would be useful in a herding context: the stare. The stalk. (We are actively discouraging this regarding the cats). And obviously, the energy. But just being pushy isn't something they're bred for, is it? It's just not being trained.
I mean, leave it to genius border collies to come up with this swell PR campaign whereby their rude behaviour is excused as "they can't help it." But...really?
In other news, I'm so glad it's the last puppy class. Carmen's come out of her shell, and now she is so athletic she literally can't play with other puppies which are mostly smaller "city" breeds (she's just too fast and too tall for them). It's so sad, because the little guys do want to play with her at off-leash "free" time, and she with them, and she's totally not aggressive, and she even gamely rolls over to show them she's not a threat sometimes...but then in her natural state, she's just this superdog romping monster compared to them. (Not complaining! I do love her so. Her abilities are just so cool.) One time, she did have a great class when an adorable Old English Sheepdog puppy was there, so really they just need to be appropriately sized for off-leash.
What else? She's mastered the "down" on walks when strangers want to come and pet. She may pee while she's down there out of excitement if the strangers are squealing girls, but she's down. So that's good.
And one form of "work" she's been able to do: we've had a problem with a little maple tree in our backyard. In the spring, the squirrels had been fond of eating the young leaves, and it damages the tree. This spring, however, the tree has been kept safe. It's lovelier than ever.