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...
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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