Yup, with learning to herd sheep the hardest thing for the handler is learning to feel the sheep and the dogs' movements. It isn't about thinking, making decisions, etc. on a conscious level, but about learning to feel the pressure and "waves". Same is true for me with doing awase with my sensei (rokudan). We do it fairly often and he often uses me for the demonstrations of it. At full speed with full intent you really feel the ebb and flow of the pressure.