Tools in the shed

Have you ever wondered why some trainers can get everything out of a dog that he has to offer … while others can’t even get their dog to lie down? A top trainer has learned how to mold a calm, trusting, willing dog. One that is comfortable in knowing how to “handle” sheep and what is expected…

Don’t outdrive your headlights!

OH NO … downs again. When novices first start out they tend to use the down just because they don’t know what else to do. So, I tell them don’t use down as a crutch … have a specific reason before you lie your dog down. So, as they advance they do start trying to…

Outruns

  I’ve had a few students that are having outrun issues so thought I would “touch” on that. When you are working on an outrun be prepared to do a lot of walking (or running if you are of that “age group” :@). The minute a dog LOOKS in on an outrun – prepare yourself…

“Speaking in foreign tongues”

As one of my students often states “never in my life have I’ve ever worked so hard to be so mediocre” :@). Training working dogs is difficult … no doubt about it. Especially for novices trying to understand dogs, sheep and how they interact. So, what is IT that makes training Border Collies so complex?…

No downs allowed

One of the most common questions asked by novices is … HOW do you slow a dog down???? There are a number of ways to slow a dog down and each has its place in  training – after all the more techniques you have to communicate what you want to your dog – the easier training…

“Mind Meld”

For those of you that aren’t Star Trek fans – it refers to Mr. Spock’s ability to access the mind of someone else that allows him to know what they are thinking. The perfect example of a handler and dog having a great run is embodied in Mr. Spock’s ritual “my mind to your mind”…

Flanking again

What is the difference between a natural flank and a mechanical flank. Do you really need a mechanical flank. What happens if you only have natural flanks? A lot of students seem to get stumped with flanks and then get frustrated – thinking if they can’t even “grasp” something as basic as flanks how will…