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...

To Train, or… To Train

Life is hard. Everyone has an opinion about what you should or should not do; how or how you should not act. Their opinions will vary based on; their experiences, education, where they were raised, where they live currently, who they associate with, and of course,...

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...

Command with instinct, Don’t sacrifice.

I was a fly on the wall and I heard someone mention that people involved in herding do not have good obedience on their dogs. I can see why they might think that. We have all witnessed the person out working a herding dog with a “lie down, lie down, lie down… lie...

When things go wrong

I got to spend the other weekend with my brother; always a good time. He came down to spend some time with me, of course, and to get some shots of waves and lighthouses. The weather had ideas that did not fit ours. The first day we were supposed to go to the coast we...

When is nice not Kind?

In this politically correct world we get caught up in what is nice rather then what is honest; what is socially acceptable rather then what is truth. The focus on being non offensive rather then being fair. How can there be a difference? Wouldn’t nice be right? How...

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