Do I build a round pen and turn my sheep into knee knockers so I can train Reese? I think I'm going to. I won't need the round pen long, and by the time I turn the sheep into knee-knockers, I'm going to hate them. But ... after taking Reese and her sister over to someone else's tonight, I've decided it's what I need to do. Reese's sister Majia, I've noticed, is more like Echo. Started a little rough, but widened up pretty quick. I got her going both directions and took her off. Not before one of the sheep decided that she'd rather run into the fence than contend with the dog. Ugh. I hate that. I think, though, that Majia's owners could start introducing her once or twice a month for short sessions and see how she does.
Put Reese on, and she's more goofy. Tail up, not all that serious, liked to split one off and chase it. I let her grab a bit of hair to see what she'd do, and she wasn't all that committed, although she came up with a bit of hair to floss with. She needs more time to mature. And I'm good with that. It will give me time to get the round pen built, and my sheep knee-knocker ready.
So where to put the round pen. I measured tonight, and I could do a 50' diameter round pen on the far NW corner of my property. It won't be perfectly round, but there will be no corners, and it will be out of the way. Best of all, the only thing I need for it is about 4 ranch panels. So, about $100 and I've got it made, literally. Maybe I'll grab a couple of bags of concrete and set wood posts for the entrance gate. That's something that's always bugged me about my old round pen. I had those big horse bow entry gates fibertaped to some T-posts (the fine workmanship of the drunken ex-husband), and it always wobbled (big shocker). So, hopefully, I can do this right this time.
Then I'll need more puppies to work. Anyone got any they want to send me?