CecilliaB, sounds like you have the makings of a good trail dog. He doesn't see nipping and chasing horses as a sport. Also, listening to your verbal commands is so very key, especially when you are way up top on a horse.
Only nine months old. So lucky to have many years of riding together in your future. Miss having a good trail dog. No time in my life for one now, but hopefully in the future that will change.
I've heard of some people putting a bell on the dogs collar so they can hear where he is at all times. Have any tried this? I know when I ride alone I have one on my horse for different reasons of course.
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".