Perfect pressure.

“PRESSURE ON – PRESSURE OFF” Talking about pressure …. again. This seems to be an issue that comes up regularly during lessons. Novices trying to figure out when and where corrections should be given. Since it’s not easy for a lot of students I thought I would approach the subject again. The simplest *visualization* I…

Psych 101

Most people understand the concept of physical pressure more than psychological pressure. It seems to be easier for students to see someone “correct” a dog physically (because they can actually see it happen) than psychologically (which has to be interpreted ). But, I think the best corrections are psychological not physical. If you don’t learn how to…

Biddable?

I’ve heard the word and used it for years and thought I had it “figured out” in my mind as to what it meant. UNTIL, An incident gave me a totally different perspective on the concept. I’ve sold a lot of dogs and they are always happy to see me again (even after years). Even the…

Trial/ranch difference

Lately I seem to be reading more comments from people who think a “ranch dog” is better than a “trial dog”. Or a trial dog can’t do the job a ranch dog can. When asked … I always answer with yes, no or maybe. I’ve heard and seen people brag how good their ranch dog…

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…

Looking under the hood

I have a few young dogs that are just starting and thought I would comment on what I’m looking at/for when I work them at this young stage. All I’m looking for is a glimmering of “things to come”. I’m not expecting a pup to work like trained dog … but I am looking for the…

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…

“Way wide”

I’m working a dog that flanks too wide on one side. It’s not his outruns only his flank and only on one side. So, I’m trying to teach him the difference between a wide flank and a tighter one. Until he understands there is more than one way to flank … I won’t be able…

Bond’s back

He’s progressing well in most areas. He needs work on his hill outwork (hard for this flatlander to find :@) This time of year is the worse time to “trailer out” because of the foxtails … so not sure he’s going to get that until fall. His biggest “flaw” right now is pace. He has a hard time understanding…