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Sunday, February 14, 2010


More Dog Work...

This was a good day. Melinda Brenimer and Larry Adams came to work with Joni. Larry had two young dogs from his Raid and Melinda has a young dog that came from Joni. It is always fun to see the method the dogs use and to see how you can influence them. Melinda's little bitch is very fast and brave. She is taking her corrections well and really happy to work. One thing about Joni's training is that the "give" in the dog has to be right. If the dog feels the pressure correctly it will seek the release and you won't start leaning on each other. It makes the dogs really fast and flexible. I am really starting to recognize it when the dog has figured out that you will hold them up. They start to slow down and then get tight and not flexible. If they are at a good distance they are much more willing to listen. Mick(white headed dog)is showing a nice feel for his sheep here. Tessa(Melinda's bitch)is really responding with a nice give in her change of direction on the fly.


Winter Dog Work

It has been a good winter, not too much snow,cold temperatures but nice enough to ride and to work the dogs. Joni Swanke came here from North Dakota to works dogs a couple of times and it has been so much fun. I sure do need coaching and she is really helping me. This last week I got to just follow her around while she got her dogs ready for the spring trials so I am starting to see the picture. Sometimes it is just a good thing to just watch really good dogs being trained and see what the corrections have to be in order to get the dogs just right. I have spent a great deal of time watching clinics with novice handlers and I feel like I get stuck there so this was just so much fun to try and take this in. She has some really great dogs and she sure does get them sharp. I have been up to her place a few times this winter but to get to work here really did help me. She trained my Will dog last summer but when he got home he sort of reverted to his bad habits from being around me. So it was a good thing to have her here to help me with my corrections. I also bought a young bitch that is her breeding and we had to revamp her already! Her name is Possum and she is by Joni's Lew and out of Michelle Howard's Nan. She is very forgiving but I have let her start to get not so correct.


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