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...

Learning Theory

An article written by Guest Blogger Cynthia Mills The question of this blog is: do animals learn concepts, and if they do, can we teach them? And by concepts, I mean a sort of short cut, where the learner can apply a principle and then use that principle in many (or...

Time Spent

I see it all the time, people who spend  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...

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