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…

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…

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…

It’s NOT what you say

It’s HOW you say it. I’ve always used my voice a lot when training. I  often joke about running “name dogs” … meaning I use their name a lot. I use their name to slow them down, have them walk up, or remind them I’m in the picture. Obviously, it’s the same word … but…

The Zamora Challenge

Zamora is one of those trials that makes even seasoned trialers take one look at the course and say “WOW”! The course — either one — as sometimes they have it across from their house and other times it’s held at “Henry’s field”. Both fields are rolling hills needing a dog with scope and listening skills…