Different sides of a coin.

Repetition vs Concept Through research teachers discovered that students have different “learning styles” (visual, auditory or touch). I think one of the things that will make you a good trainer is understanding that dogs are not dissimilar. So, keep in mind it’s not only some learn quicker than others but also they need different methods in order to learn. Adjusting…

Why, why and why?

It’s “that” time of year where I spend more time mowing fields than actually working dogs. In some way it’s good as it gives the dogs a physical break and gives me some “mental time” working out issues I’m having with them. Although often I wonder if I “over think” things but to me figuring out the…

“Above and beyond the call of duty”

A few weeks ago I attended a trial that had everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it. I ended up leaving early but wanted to “tip my hat” to the people who stayed and endured to keep it going … no matter what mother nature had in store. Majority of trials are put on…

Communication blueprint

It takes a time, effort and a connection to develop a full communication system with your dog (notice I did not say “command” system). It doesn’t start out that way. When you first start training the dog’s vocabulary is limited thereby putting limits as to what you can expect out of him. The more training…

Two way street

We communicate to dogs by putting pressure on and taking it off at the correct moment and “guess what” – dogs do the same to sheep —  pressure on/ pressure off. For you to develop a good sense of timing, you first have to understand the exact sequence of events that constitutes good dog/sheep work….