Decisons

Say what you mean AND mean what you say … or don’t say it. If you’re not going to back up a command then don’t bother to say it. If you make the decision to tell your dog to “get out” and he doesn’t obey and keeps on the same path … you might as well have saved…

Rigid training

  If you want to learn how to train a “variety” of dogs then you need to learn to be flexible. If you choose only one methodology of training … you will limit your training abilities. Training goals remains the same but the method used to communicate with each dog will be diverse. A soft dog will…

Listen to what you see

If you want to succeed working stockdogs then you need to learn how to read both dogs and stock (and sometimes all in the same moment :@) Try to observe the dog and read what he’s telling you … he may not be using words but he’s speaking to you “none the less”. The same…

“In’s and outs” of inside Flanks.

Inside flanks are “touchy” and hard to get correct for many beginners. You want them just wide enough they don’t push sheep forward but not so wide they are out of contact. This exercise is ALL about angles and it’s difficult to do (and almost impossible to put “on paper”). General “rule”: Think of a…

Soft dogs

Not all soft dogs are “created equal” :@). Some are soft with their stock … others with people. Then sometimes they come in a combination of both (and that’s a hard one). The dogs I’m writing about are “people soft” NOT “stock soft” (both have enough in that department :@) Soft dogs need to be…

A: “Confrontation” dog driving

Here are some issues that come up during class with our dog that loves to “contact” his sheep. He’s a good line driver and just takes them and goes … he will pace when reminded “firmly” :@) so those are two are things we won’t have to worry about as much. However, flanking the dog…

Novice dog/Novice student

I get a lot of Novice students in with young untrained dogs. The easiest way to handle that is for me to work the dogs for them … but some dogs spend more time worrying about where their owner is than actually working. So, then I attempt to have the owner follow me around while I…

Adrenaline high

I had a conversation with a couple of students about a dog that was keen as long as we were working on “action oriented” tasks (fast flanks, fast walk – ups, etc) but seem to lose focus and intensity if things became settled. This dog also did agility and I brought this up … wondering…

B: Tension outrun dog

The dog we are working that has tension on his outruns is handled differently than our “confrontation” dog (as would a dog with a lot of eye). This dog when relaxed has a good outrun but when tense can come in hard and flat at the top.  With this “type of dog” handling comes in…

A: Outrun work (confrontation dog)

OK, We have worked on our “confrontation dogs” flanks and will now incorporate them into his outrun. Remember he isn’t coming in because of eye but because of attitude … he doesn’t have the kind of eye that will make him eye up and creep so we don’t have to worry about that aspect. He…