The dog that takes you to herding isn't always the one you will partner with. That is a very hard statement. Mercer found out she was really only a fair weather herder...she preferred frisbees. Duke loved working cattle but not sheep. So onward we progress looking to find a dog to partner with. Mom started Sassy, I started KJ, but after a year we realized we needed to switch dogs. KJ fit mom's style more than mine and Sassy was to fast for mom. It really didn't change much for us but with the realization that each dog, like each handler has a unique style, way of learning and interest in the task. Just because you have the desire to learn to herd, the dog may be content with a kong or a couch. This is the hardest part discovering how to work within the pet we have.
After all the whole reason we started our journey was to do something with our pets...yep dogs. We wanted them to move stock efficiently, in any situation, without stressing the stock. As stock owners first this was a priority. But we did understand that there would be challenges in training to that task. Sassy has taught me how to change my game, how to step up and out of my comfort zone. She lead me to my next dogs. The most important point is that we get into this to spend time with our dogs and to gain the pleasure of them working at a skill to improve to be the best dog they can be with you as their handler. This means they may only take you into little league but with the right partner...all the way to the world series. Enjoy each dog for the time they give you.