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…

Habit?

No not like the nuns wear — although those are black and white :@) Most of my students seem to understand the concept that every dog is different but most don’t seem to correlate (even after acknowledging the differences in their dogs) they need to learn to incorporate solutions that include the dog, the problem,…

It’s not how they start

BUT how they finish that counts. I’ve always worried about pups that start out doing every thing with “precision” – my concern “stems” from if they are “this good” at a year – will there be enough “engine” by the time they are 4? I’ve seen a lot of really good young ones that started with…

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…

Eye see

I was recently emailed and asked if I had written any articles on “eye”.  I said I had referred to it in a number of articles but never really written one exclusively about the difference in eye and how I work dogs to “fit” their eye. It got me thinking why I hadn’t done an article on…

The communication puzzle

WHY? I’ve been asked why do I emphasize communicating with a dog instead of just “making” the dog obey. Sure, you can train a dog to work livestock by controlling every move he makes but why would you want to? You end up with a mechanical dog that although he is able to do what he’s…

Communication blueprint

It takes a time, effort and a connection to develop a full communication system with your dog (notice I did not say “command” system). It doesn’t start out that way. When you first start training the dog’s vocabulary is limited thereby putting limits as to what you can expect out of him. The more training…

Tools in the shed

Have you ever wondered why some trainers can get everything out of a dog that he has to offer … while others can’t even get their dog to lie down? A top trainer has learned how to mold a calm, trusting, willing dog. One that is comfortable in knowing how to “handle” sheep and what is expected…

Sheep for all seasons

  I’m in the process of buying and selling sheep. I put a lot of effort keeping my flock fresh for “dog work”. I do have a herd of Dorpers that I breed and keep replacement lambs out of. I also have a few Cheviots (just because I like them :@) that I breed.  However, the majority…