I only share this because at the time you recommended Rapid Response to us and I just really wanted to thank you. I think it has really helped aid his healing process in a variety of ways, as well as our 13 year old border collie X and some of her old lady stiffness.
With my old dog completely out of commission and on 100% crate rest, Stirling has had to pick up more responsibility around here - and he certainly isn't letting me down! He's completely excelled at everything I've asked him to do to help us move our sheep and cattle around our property, which is amazing considering his age, and how little "formal" training I've put into him.
As goofy and joyful he is in the home, he's all business when we're out there with stock - so solid and responsive and level-headed. My old dog was a handful, so hard to control on stock at Stirling's age, and didn't really mature until well after 18 months old. But Stirling is just such a natural talent - runs so much on instinct, and most of the time he's right - bold when appropriate but most of the time, pretty quiet and steady.
He's just a joy to work with. He pretty much learns a new trick every week (he could probably learn one every night if I had the time.) He has appointed himself the gate supervisor at our horse shows, been out on several long distance endurance rides and hasn't missed a step or faltered. He has all but mastered almost every agility obstacle and is now working on chaining them all together, and has started to do some basic tracking training.
And even after a long day of all that, still brings us the stuffed squeaky chicken and drops it in our laps and looks like, "What, you don't want to play anymore?" We continue to be impressed and pleased with him in every way. Thanks again, Teri.