Should I…?

One of the common questions that comes up while working stockdogs is simply “Can I….”. Everyone has an idea of what they have to do to be correct working their dog. Judges will tell you what you need to do. Trainers will tell you not to do this but...

The Small Things

It has been one of those days. One of the days that you wake up and you know that it might be a good day to find something to do that involves no one else.The second day of a functioning migraine but it is life so moving on… that is the plan anyway. Out in the...
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 Age Old Question

The Age Old Question

I was talking to someone the other day. They were telling me about a pup they had placed. They were pleased with the placement. As we talked about what made them happy the subject of work vs training vs trialing came up. Uh Oh. The dreaded conversation. This is one of...

Don”t Say the Words!

There are two words that stifle success. The first is “I”. The second is “Can’t”. Put them together and you enhance your limitations even more. I remember working with a person. I asked them to ask their dog to yield. Everything stopped....

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