Self control is a two way street

All the while I’m training I’m trying to incorporate the dog’s ability to control himself instead of leaning on me as the only controlling force. To me this is starting point for “teamwork”. These dogs have exceptional abilities so I always try to “harvest” each and every aspect of it. Of course, some have more…

Looking under the hood

I have a few young dogs that are just starting and thought I would comment on what I’m looking at/for when I work them at this young stage. All I’m looking for is a glimmering of “things to come”. I’m not expecting a pup to work like trained dog … but I am looking for the…

Don’t outdrive your headlights!

OH NO … downs again. When novices first start out they tend to use the down just because they don’t know what else to do. So, I tell them don’t use down as a crutch … have a specific reason before you lie your dog down. So, as they advance they do start trying to…

Work with what you have

  Not everyone has 100 acres and 1,000 sheep to train on. So what to do? Come up with ideas that will allow you to train “as naturally” as possible with what you have.  For example the way my pasture is set up … I have a fence that allows me to give a redirect…

Reactionary

I have a really nice dog I’m working that has an issue of reacting without thinking … which can get him (and me :@) in a lot of trouble. He’s not a hard dog nor one that has no desire to please – His “problem” is he just wants to “go” so the second he…