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...

This time of Giving…

It is that time of year again. It is my favorite time of year. It is my hardest time of year. It makes me want to be a better person. It makes me see just how far I have to go to be that person. I see good from so many people. Good that does not only come out at...
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...

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