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....
Old or New

Old or New

Vaider is soon to be 10 years old. It seems he is beginning to slow down. The dog I knew as the energizer bunny is not as energized as he once was. Now don’t get me wrong. He is not done. Things just takes a little longer than they use too. He is a little slower...

These Three

A friend of mine took a photo a number of years back. It was my dogs lined up at the edge of my pick up against the tailgate. They were waiting to get out of the pick up. I have for years taught my dogs that if the tail gate is up they are to stay in. I would like to...

Not Worth Getting Up For

Went to a trial yesterday. Good fun. I was entered again with just Chuck.  I had planned on entering Vaider but a little mix up on my entry form had me only in with Chuck. I did not not explain to Trudy that I was going to enter Vaider this time. He has been out with...

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...

Are you ready for…THIS?

Saturday we went to a small trial up in Washington, called Shepherds retreat.  Vaider is about to be pulled off the recovery list but not for this one so I only ran Chuck. The photo is not this trial but it is Chuck! We are running Pro/ Nov with Chuck and I have been...

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...

That’s a little Personal isn’t it?

Yes, yes it is. It is personal, and it should be. I’ve been approached with a question a multiple times in the last couple days; is it worth it to train this dog? That is one of the hardest questions to answer. It is hard to answer because it is a personal...

Check Your Settings

Recently I had an update to my operating system on my computer.  After the update I processed a photo and posted it. I looked at the post from another computer; it looked terrible. I quickly deleted the post. I re-posted the photo and asked what people saw. The...

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