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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Flanks & Driving

I have promised my web genius, Tim, that I would produce a new blog each Friday. He is also making it possible for me to add video links so readers can SEE what I am describing. This should make this blog a GREAT teaching tool for all of you! Keep your eyes pealed on Fridays! […]

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THE “WALK UP” COMMAND

I have addressed how to train the flanks & stops. Now we turn to the other important command: “Walk up”. Think of this command as the Power Button. Remember, the flanks do NOT move sheep, just reposition the dog. When he is in the correct position, he should move into the flight zone (contact point) […]

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Stopping the Dog

I have been driveling on about the importance of a “flank” to move sheep appropriately. However, the other element necessary, just as important, is the “stop”. It’s not for the reason one would surmise. Stopping the dog does NOT stop sheep, especially if they have a draw to go to. The stop serves TWO purposes: […]

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