Flashback

A friend and I traveled 12 + hours to a trial in Utah and had a blast. I told her on the way home it reminded me of the trials of 20 years ago. It wasn’t the course that reminded me of “days gone by”. It was a very challenging field with many pressure points. The…

Eye see

I was recently emailed and asked if I had written any articles on “eye”.  I said I had referred to it in a number of articles but never really written one exclusively about the difference in eye and how I work dogs to “fit” their eye. It got me thinking why I hadn’t done an article on…

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…

Wired

What causes tension in a dog? Tension can come from either the dog, the sheep, the handler or a combination of all the above. Some dogs just work with a lot of tension. In some cases … it’s “in the genes” and you can trace some lines to this trait. That’s not to say its…

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…