Quandary = Practical dilemma
This is what I wondered about when I was watching the open dogs run at Lacamas.....ranch work is different than trial work. If there is an obstinate sheep or rogue, my dogs will notice almost immediately working on the ranch and nip it once to put it back into place. They want it to know they mean business. It makes the rest of their work easier. Why have a stand-off or non flocking sheep/goat when it might just take a bit of a nip to gain it's full respect?
So now you're on the trial field, how do these trial dogs know NOT to bite? One nip and they will get DQ'ed, unless they are attacked. Then most judges will see just cause for a bite. But, if you are moving sheep on a hot day and they are moving like molasses, stopping to graze, is your dog supposed to use all it's energy wearing back and forth or wouldn't one quick nip get things moving along with less energy used? I wake up thinking about these things.
This might be a good topic as I hear about so many dogs GRIPPING out at the Nationals. How do you teach them it is okay to grip at home, but not on the trial field?
What do you think?