Blame game

First off I want to state I am a steadfast believer in good breeding. But, that said it takes “two to tango” and a trainer has a LOT to do with how a dog develops. All those “good genes” will be wasted if not trained properly. Also, the owner plays a big part before the…

Hey Days.

  Although It’s really to hot to work dogs this time of year – when you have a *bunch* of puppies – you just have to “take them out for a spin”.  They are way to young to *train on* but it’s fun to put them on sheep and get a peek as “what might be under the…

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Rumors of my demise are incorrect — just a “tad” busy :@) I don’t raise a lot of puppies but for some reason (“Perhaps” looking at all the well-bred pups this year) I decided I was in the mood for one … or 2 … OK … 5 but who is counting. I usually raise…

Shaping up

I’ve been working a dog that needs help staying correct on his flanks. Trainers often talk about “shaping” a dog (usually in reference to flanks and outruns). I enjoy spending time trying to figure out how to get into a dogs mind (almost as much as actual training) to help him work better – so…

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…

“Can you hear me now?”

Students are always asking why doesn’t my dog listen to me? It all starts “up close and personal”. In order for a dog to work with you … you have to be in his mind. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not listening. So, how do we go about teaching a dog…

New beginnings – again.

Is that a bit like Deja vu all over again :@) A couple of years ago I started 2 pups that were as different as can be. They both had talent and proved that the training time spent … was well worth the effort. Since I seem to be “at it” again … I’ve been…

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…

Power, push, presence, courage

Let’s “throw in” heart also. The never-ending discussion. What is power … is it different from courage? Push? What is presence? Does it take courage to have presence. I wrote an article 20 some years ago about power but I still can’t answer the question. I do know – I’ve had one dog (out of…

Tail of two trials (“tail = tale” :@)

A friend and I decided we would try and “beat” the summer heat – headed north for a few trials. I’ve been to so few this year with Moss being “off/on sound” that I thought I would give him a go to see if he was ready to “rock and roll” again. We were gone…