WOOL FESTIVAL

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WOOL FESTIVAL

At class this week, someone asked if this was a "working" sheep ranch… Our annual Wool Festival best illustrates the answer to that.   The day starts before daylight as chores need to finish before shearing starts.  We built all the loading chutes the week before but sheep must be gathered and sorted by wool […]

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A Day at the Office

    When people ask what I do for work, they all think it is GREAT to be working with animals, train dogs and have a Ranch.  While I DO agree my vocation is novel and full of challenge, it is NOT all bliss.  It is NOT boring…   For example, here is MY day […]

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The Art of Communication

Teaching a person to train a dog to herd sheep is a challenge.  After all, most of the  people we deal with have NEVER trained a dog nor have they worked with livestock.  How to break all the minutae into something resembling the BIG picture is a monumental task Much like teaching colors to blind […]

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Training and Trialing with Pups

Training and Trialing with Pups One of the best, and most important, elements of having successful competition dogs is TEACHING them HOW to trial.  We’ve all seen “trial-wise” dogs: go to a new place, blow off commands and generally have a rompin’ good time.  Not so the Handler. Taking pups to new places and keeping […]

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Episode Four

Travails of Traveling Trialers  Episode Four  We arrive in Fred’burg, Monday mid a.m.  Chris and I go through our housekeeping; she  is getting really good at dumping the tanks!!   However, we are both so tired, we feel ill.  Took me a few days to realize that the weather in Gouldbusk took it’s toll on […]

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Episode Three of trip to Texas

Travails of Traveling Trialers, Episode Three: Gouldbusk or Bust I left off with our safely exiting Pottsville and on to next trial site. The same could not be said for Larry & Marla. I watched his truck when he was trying to hook up and had the same sinking feeling as his truck tires. We […]

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Episode Two of our trip to Texas

Travails of the Traveling Trialers; Episode Two “Fucking Dog Trialing! Why are we here?” Spoken by Five Star Resort Afficionado, Christy. Our Gortex was saturated; my rainboots wet INSIDE and we had to put these back on to walk the dogs. My boots were the victim of the rushing, deep water in the trial field […]

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Second Annual Wool Festival was a Success!

Our Second Annual Wool Festival was a huge success! We had a huge turn-out, great weather, and amazing food! Check us out on SignOnSanDiego here! There’s more excitement and media coverage on the way with Animal Planet this week, so stay tuned!

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PROPER MENTAL TRAINING

I have spent several columns on the techniques for training your dogs. However, I neglected the most important aspect of this exercise HANDLER’S MENTAL ATTITUDE. This training stuff is not easy. It takes concentration, perception and consistency. The more mistakes you allow the dog to make, the less reliable he will be. You are creating […]

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Sportsmanship

I am going to digress from the usual column about training and handling to discuss a VERY IMPORTANT subject: SPORTSMANSHIP…..GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP In a world where everyone wants everything equitable, I have some unwelcome news for you. SHEEP DON’T PLAY FAIR. They play to win, or in their minds, to survive. EVERYTHING eats lambs so from […]

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