This was a busy week here at BorderSmith Stockdogs, but not much went on in the way of dog training. I am writing, instead, about one of my favorite aspects of trialing; camaraderie. Enjoy, and thank you for checking in on us.
Here is an excerpt:
Some of the smallest suggestions have resonated the most within me. At Meeker one year, I asked a hand why the dog on course had gripped off after the drive-away panel where things were relatively easy compared to what they had been on the way there. "Because he was too busy before," came the insightful reply. "I want to be able to drive a straight line," I lamented to a brilliant handler. I was told to simply shorten my "there" whistle. That's all there was to it, and my handling was transformed. While watching others struggle in the shed ring, an uncontested master of our sport commented to me; "nobody just goes in and takes the shed out here, do they?" To this day I never fail to hear those words while shedding and singling. The subtleties have had the greatest influence.