Photo credit, Amanda MillikenThis is the last of my Sonoma series, but in as much as I am still recovering from the trip, I did not get much dog training in this week. I have chosen instead to write about tips to maximize the dog trialing experience for you and everyone else.
Here's an excerpt:
There is a finite amount of daylight on any given day, and I prefer to be as efficient as I can with the amount I have to run my dogs. I am always ready when the sheep are, and no matter how near or far I am to the post before my run, I am sending my dog the instant the sheep are set and settled. I have practiced this timing over the years, but I am good at it, because I am aware of it. I desire not to waste another competitior's, or the trial host's time. At Sonoma, with more than 40 dogs to run on each field each day, in early Spring, and with a lunch break lasting a good hour, there's no time to waste fiddling around at the truck, comparing notes with other hands, setting up your photo-op, or glad-handing the judge on the way to the post. There are folks behind me who are just as excited to run as I am, and I owe it to them to use my time, and theirs, wisely.