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…

Shoulder out

FLANKING AGAIN Part of refining flanks is to teach a dog to flank and then stop with his shoulder pointed away from the sheep. This will allow the sheep to feel less pressure than if a dog flanks and then turns in towards them. I won’t do this with all dogs (especially dogs that tend…

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…

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,…

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…

“In’s and outs” of inside Flanks.

Inside flanks are “touchy” and hard to get correct for many beginners. You want them just wide enough they don’t push sheep forward but not so wide they are out of contact. This exercise is ALL about angles and it’s difficult to do (and almost impossible to put “on paper”). General “rule”: Think of a…