Remember this two years ago. So sweet and full of potential
When buying risk I was warned by his breeder that his cross was not for a novice handler. I am not a novice handler but boy did they say a mouth full. Risk's early training was a product of my making a lot of mistakes with my previous dog Kipp. Kipp like Risk was full of potential as a puppy and I could not wait to unleash that. I started Kipp at an early age and as a result he was a wash out by the end of his nursery year. So I had agreed with my self to not put Risk on sheep too young and to let him grow up first. In an attempt not to put to much pressure on him I inadvertently created a monster. Working risk on sheep usually leads to someone or something in tears be it me or the sheep. I have sent many a teary e-mail or phone call to my friends "I hate this dog". He can only be trusted about 50% of his time on sheep. Since losing his eye he has lost a lot of confidence in me and my abilities. As a result I spend most of my time encouraging him. Then he turns around and takes advantage of that by attacking and chasing. At this point I am not sure what the future holds for Risk. They say god only gives you what he thinks you can handle.