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The normally temperate UK is currently locked in what for us is a serious freeze.
Red and the other dogs are having a wonderful time though. For them, it seems to be all play and no work because we’ve suspended sheepdog training while the weather is so cold.
This is not because we don’t like going out into the cold, in fact sheepdog training is a really good way to keep warm. The problem is we have very little grass.
The prolonged dry weather in the summer meant the grass never really grew well and now that it’s frozen solid, what little grass we have gets badly damaged really easily. We need to keep a reasonable covering of grass over most of our ground, otherwise it can quickly become slippery and unsuitable for sheepdog training.
Red’s progress report
Red hasn’t had any training for several days now, but I feel I should point out that the signs of his increased concentration during training were premature. His recent sessions have been disappointing because progress is virtually non-existent.