|Learning to listen|
I was out front finishing dog proofing the front fence and opened the side gate to go feed chickens. I forgot about Mouse and when I came out of the coop the only critter around was Zeke. I hollered for Mouse, no response. I hollered a second time, no response. Then it dawned on me that the sheep were out on the hillside. I walked up to the top of the hill and saw Mouse at the far end chasing the sheep. I started running toward him and hollering. I should have concentrated on just running. But no, I ran all out and screamed at the dog continuously. He had singled out a ewe by now and was chasing her across the bottom of the field. The closer I got to him, the closer he got to the ewe. By the time I got his attention he was about a foot behind the ewe. She was starting to get tired. I hollered some more and Mouse came to me. I was not happy, but as Annmarie has taught me, I praised Mouse when he came to me. Reward for a positive behavior.
This is unacceptable, but I remember we had this same problem with Zeke when he was a puppy. When I went to town I bought a 30 foot long line for Mouse so I can help train him around the animals. He needs to learn some control and not forget who is the boss.
I had a friend come out to mow my lawn and the mower died ten minutes into the process. Come to find out it might not be dead. I talked to the repair shop. Did you know that when you turn the mower on its side you always turn it air filter on the upside? I did not know this. It has something to do with how the oil gets in the wrong part of the mower. They told me to drain out the oil, change the filter, clean off the spark plug and then start it with only a little oil. So hopefully it will work when I try it.