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....

Some Days!!??!!

Have you ever sat at the end of the day and wondered,  why do you do what you do? Are you good enough? Is it worth it? As I work with people and their stockdogs, this is a question that frequently crosses my mind. Some days everything just goes right and I’m...

3 Ways To Fail A Stockdog?

1)  Rigidity: While a rigid training program can be good, too much rigidity within the training is not. When we look at a stockdog we are looking at an individual; not a machine, not a program, not even a group, but an individual with a mind and purpose. Thinking a...

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