End of Lambing, Now the Fun!

Well Lambing has come to an end for this season at Double V. Trudy has again done all the work now I get to have some of the fun. You got it; Lamb pictures. Here are a few to start you off. A little variety this year with colored and white Katahdin rams, Kerry Hill...

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...

Contemplating Retirement

We hope it happens to everyone and seems to happen to everything; age takes it’s toll. For all life gives us it takes a little. Each moment that passes we gain experience and wisdom. Each of those moments are paid for with a little more wear and tear on our...

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...

Get lucky… settle for only one.

I can’t believe how unbelievably luck I am. This was my thought after my little hissy fit today. I was helping Trudy set up a sorting chute in the barn. She was excited… I was… I was, angry. I would prefer to say grumpy but truth; I was angry. Not for any particular...
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 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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