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…

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…

Different sides of a coin.

Repetition vs Concept Through research teachers discovered that students have different “learning styles” (visual, auditory or touch). I think one of the things that will make you a good trainer is understanding that dogs are not dissimilar. So, keep in mind it’s not only some learn quicker than others but also they need different methods in order to learn. Adjusting…

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…

Pupdates

  I was going to update the pups with a video instead of writing about them.  A number of people emailed and asked if they could visually see the difference between them … and I have trying for the last 2 weeks. It’s difficult enough to video the trained ones while trying to work them…

The “peas” are growing.

I’ve been asked to update on “the kids” every so often … and since they are in the “fun stage” that they learn something new everyday I thought I would give a quick update. TECH: is working on learning what “out” means. When I flank him and he looks in I give him an “out”…

The only thing that’s “black and white” in training – is the dog.

There are a numerous issues that come up regularly through out the years of giving lessons – I will focus on a couple I’ve been running into lately. The first is trying to make Novices understand training occurs even if they aren’t working sheep. For some reason they think that *training* only applies when they are *on* stock…

Why, why and why?

It’s “that” time of year where I spend more time mowing fields than actually working dogs. In some way it’s good as it gives the dogs a physical break and gives me some “mental time” working out issues I’m having with them. Although often I wonder if I “over think” things but to me figuring out the…