Respect or Gesture?

Respect or Gesture?

There is always something interesting going on at trails. This last weekend I was at a trial up in Washington. Between running my dogs I was watching others run their dogs as well as visiting (one of those runs was my wife Trudy’s winning pro/nov run with her...

Time Spent

I see it all the time, people who spendĀ  months, and even years on a behavior. I have to give them credit. It takes a lot of dedication to put all that effort into a single behavior. One common example is people who have dogs that are nervous around people. I watch...
The No Win Situation.

The No Win Situation.

Anyone that knows me knows I am not comfortable in front of people. It is one of the reasons trialing is a chore for me. I know that I spend a lot of time in front of people. All I can say about that is, some days are easier then others. Awhile back I was asked to do...

When you know…you realize you don’t!

I don’t know what I don’t know till I realize I don’t know. I was told today that was a frustrating phrase…. but it is one of my favorites. One of the greatest things about working stock dogs is all the things there are to learn. We get to...

What is Positive

From time to time I get calls from people who what to work their dogs on livestock with “positive only” methods. I would like to say that is easy to do but…. it is not that easy! The thing we have to remember; training a dog to work livestock is a...

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