Traveling and trialing

The NoCal trial circuit was a great success. Suzy and John Applegate put on their first trial (Plymouth, CA) and it went very well. The trial field was challenging as were the sheep … but that’s the way it should be. What a great area to have a trial … beautiful rolling hills, green grass,…

What shape are you in?

Shaping the flanks … Just what do trainers mean when they say that. It will be hard for a novice to recognize an incorrect flank if they can’t visualize what a correct flank looks like. The first thing to remember is shape means more than just distance from the sheep.  Why … because different sheep will need…

Listen to what you see

If you want to succeed working stockdogs then you need to learn how to read both dogs and stock (and sometimes all in the same moment :@) Try to observe the dog and read what he’s telling you … he may not be using words but he’s speaking to you “none the less”. The same…

Bond update

Bond has everything on him he will need to be an open dog but it’s all in a VERY rough form. He’s outrunning, driving, shedding, and doing a lot of  just plain everyday work. Although “it’s” there – it’s with very little finesse – but then, that’s how it should be at his age (around 1 1/2…

B: Tension outrun dog

The dog we are working that has tension on his outruns is handled differently than our “confrontation” dog (as would a dog with a lot of eye). This dog when relaxed has a good outrun but when tense can come in hard and flat at the top.  With this “type of dog” handling comes in…