If You’re Not Growing, You’re Dying
My training career lacks the years of my colleagues but I've learned some things in that time. One of the things that I continue to learn is how little I know. That's true in life as well but it's doubly true with stock dogs. As such; my training styles and philosophies change constantly. every time I learn something new, my training adjusts. It's actually one of the gambles in making this blog. I know there will be a time when I put one out and someone will say "but you said the opposite before". Or at least I hope that day comes. Stock dog training often is a mirror to life. We learn and change as people. Just as our training evolves as we learn. You can never be done learning and you have to let your new found knowledge shape who you are; both as a person and as a trainer. It is uncomfortable but that's why they call it 'growing pains'. As I try to be better, I hope that my training improves along side my knowledge. If I at any point think 'ah yes, I now have mastered this' then I know that I will certainly get worse from there. Stagnation and arrogance are the two main enemies in this sport. At the end of the day, change is vital, and don't let people make you feel bad a out it. People like hard and fast rules with everything but I haven't found one concerning stock dogs. If someone claims to have all the answers then they claim to be all knowing. Which of course is impossible. Take advice from everyone and take the parts you like. Always have an open mind. Always be growing.