I think my favorite part of training a new pup is watching their wheel turn in their brains as they are trying something new. It seems to me that the pups that are all "instinct" will only follow that instinct...whether it's chase, run around to gather, or simply follow along with the other dogs. The pup I prefer is the one who has the instinct but is not so overcome by it that they don't engage their brain. I think Charity has taught us that. She is always thinking.
We've been wanting to add back in the independence and initiative of some of our former dogs. Our last chicken catching day (roasters going to the butcher) Charity gave us a glimpse that she would be just the dog we wanted--and of course I didn't get a picture. At three months, she employed her own chicken catching style. First a little chase, which we corrected with the aaankkkk buzzer sound, then she started grabbing their tail and holding them dog with her paw until we came to get them. It was a lot of trial and error but she got the knack.