Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:10 AM
Although not 100% blind, there is no way for her to see the dog. She did it with the help of a spotter. And of course a very good old dog.
I am talking sheepdog trials.
Blimpie, Belle and Thor! Nothing but trouble!
Good thing that I thrive on trouble!
Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:11 AM
Poetry in motion with Sophie, Taz, Meg, Ike, and puppy Gus!
And Craig waiting at the bridge.
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:13 PM
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:53 PM
Posted 02 December 2010 - 01:43 AM
I know there is one guy who runs in arena trials. He is pretty amazing and more adept than many sighted handlers at knowing where the dog (using a bell on the dog) and the sheep are! He uses his ears to listen for the movement of the sheep. I was doing set out once and this guy was there. I had a second dog tied near him and asked the blind guy to 'keep an eye' on the dog. When I had a break I asked him how my dog behaved. He described a fairly accurate description of how the dog would behave. When the sheep ran by the dog got up went to the end of his chain then went back to ie under the truck. This is what the dog would have done as I had observed it on prior occassions.
This guy can put beepers on obstacles in some arena trials so he can guide his dog towards them. So far he has only run at the lower levels but has been successful (not that arena trials equate with field trials). Last time I saw him he was working on driving with Gordon Watt at a clinic.
Along the way it seems I have become a shepherd rather than a sheepdogger
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