Life on the farm isn’t all fun and games, there’s wood to be fetched, and I miss having Hessian along when I’m on my tractor. Whenever a log or a tool fell out I could point at it and Hessian would bring it to my hand. Hunting is a many-splendored thing. So a big part of Bixie’s duties will be forestry management although I don’t see any big logs in her job description.
However, the tractor puts her into a frenzy and she starts doing zoomies and then racing off to the horizon looking for something to sink her teeth into. That’s why I keep the long lead on in case I have to break the spell. Overall she’s doing well in keeping track of me in the woods, but my vigilance is always required, what a difference living with a dog who wasn’t raised to just naturally attend as its normal function of simply being in sync. So before she dashes around the house I whistle to see if I can capture her energy. When she begins to respond, only then do I insert her name and even then not in a demand/command kind of way. And as she commits I begin to pour it on to entice her to come close enough on a snow bank so I can reach down and supple her neck, to ground out the frenzy she’s experiences when excited.