Find your PACE
Each time I trial, observe others trialing or practicing for that matter I have been struck lately about how many times we are out of sink, out of step, or just plan not on the same page with our dogs during a search. Under trial pressure we are excited and moving quickly, pushed by the time of the search clock only in our own minds anyway. I’m not immune I routinely find myself moving to quickly or I feel like my dog is pulling me more often than not during in a particular search. Many questions come to mind; do you run with your dog?, are you pulling or trying to moving them along?, did you call it to quickly?, could you have called it sooner?. These are all “PACE” issues to me and they are big; Patience, Attitude, Communication and Experience.