Conversations

        After reading some *dog forums* I often wonder if some people know the difference between conversations and lectures? It’s funny how some people you enjoy getting together with to share ideas and others you find yourself tuning out. Good conversations get your creative juices flowing. To me, “to converse” implies a two way street – lectures tend…

Pupdate

  I’ve invariably think when I first start pups “wow” is it always this much work? Then one day things begin to click and the fun begins. The second stage seems to be what I remember about starting them – always forgetting the original parts that aren’t as enjoyable. This time around I have a friend that has pups the same age and…

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Rumors of my demise are incorrect — just a “tad” busy :@) I don’t raise a lot of puppies but for some reason (“Perhaps” looking at all the well-bred pups this year) I decided I was in the mood for one … or 2 … OK … 5 but who is counting. I usually raise…

Shaping up

I’ve been working a dog that needs help staying correct on his flanks. Trainers often talk about “shaping” a dog (usually in reference to flanks and outruns). I enjoy spending time trying to figure out how to get into a dogs mind (almost as much as actual training) to help him work better – so…

“Can you hear me now?”

Students are always asking why doesn’t my dog listen to me? It all starts “up close and personal”. In order for a dog to work with you … you have to be in his mind. He can’t hear what you are saying if he’s not listening. So, how do we go about teaching a dog…

Changing of the guard

It’s a decision that eventually has to made by all of us if we run dogs long enough. Not something to look forward to but something to accept  – no matter how much we try not to think about it or put it off. It’s part of the responsibility of working dogs. Moss is 10…

For the love of the dogs

I can’t think of a greater compliment that can be said about someone in our “world” than “For the love of the dogs” This is going to be a hard one for me to write. I seriously thought about not writing anything  … partly because it’s so personal but more because it makes it real…

“It was the best of times –

It was the worse of times”. I would give “odds” anyone that has ever trialed has connected with that famous quote from “Tale of two cities”. Zamora was like “Tale of two cities” :@) The first trial had a totally different winner than the second – moral of the trial (or life) – never give up…

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…

2+2=5

This is why I don’t judge trials … math and I are mortal enemies. OK, I can add but I sure wouldn’t be considered a linear or left brain person. However, one of the advantages of being mostly right-brained is you tend to be creative. I’ve found this comes in extremely handy for training dogs because…