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    Training stockdogs (duh), particularly for everyday, practical work. I trial my dogs on cattle when time and money permit. I published Working With a Stockdog in 2009 (Outrun Press), and am working on ideas for a second book...

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  1. Hi. Your best best would be to look at the USBCHA website (www.usbcha.com) and look at "sheep" then "upcoming trials." Find one in your area (that is a relative term--can be a couple hour drive), and go check it out. There you can talk to people who are generally very friendly and helpful and can give you lots of info! Hope this helps, A ET: Oh--and it can be a weekend activity, but first you will need to find a mentor and take lessons....that is often a slippery slope :-)
  2. I don't get it, Ironhorse. You asked about this breeder, and were given numerous reasons why they are NOT a good choice, with thoughtful, lengthy explanations as to why. You were also referred to two excellent breeders in your state, and you seem to choose to ignore all of that information, as it sounds like you are still planning on getting a pup from this breeder. What am I missing here? A
  3. Ironhorse, if you are in Mo, I would talk to Lyle East of Serendipity Stockdogs. Great guy--good, solid working dogs. A
  4. Hi. Never heard of them (not that I know *all* working bc folks). But in looking at their website briefly, they advertise a LOT of colors and talk about people looking for agility and flyball prospects. Not a breeder I would consider. Period, A
  5. Heartful, it is up to the breeder to register the entire litter with the ABCA. A
  6. Burger balls. Raw hamburger with the pills wrapped in the middle. One pill per burger ball. Make them small enough so they just cover the pill. You can give him one or two first with nothing in them so he doesn't get suspicious. Alternate between a loaded one and an empty one. He will soon look forward to his burger balls. A
  7. Those will be great dogs, T--both Janet and Mary have outstanding reputations for their guard dogs. A
  8. Yes, what Denice said. I believe their dogs are related, A
  9. Not super close to you, but a VERY responsible breeder of EXCELLENT LGDs is Mary Falk of LoveTree Farm in Wisconsin. A google search will pull it up. Well worth the money to ship to get the right dog. She gives a health and working guarantee. A
  10. Sorry about everything that went on. I had one with an illio injury once, and I just kept her in a x pen for a good 6 weeks. Healed just fine. The ortho vet showed me some stretches to do with her prior to working thereafter. Mostly it was having her on her hind legs and "dancing" with her, A
  11. I agree with what Julie said. I generally also use the "older" lams for being worked by dogs (these are Dorpers, BTW) . By the time they are big enough to be worked (maybe 4-ish months or so), they have been moved enough with the whole group to be aware of how to respond to the dog. They are fun to work. I used to have a situation where I would turn the whole group out to pasture from the night pen each morning. The mothers would be in such a hurry to go eat that they would race ahead, and often a gang of lambs would be left behind, clueless. (The mothers with brand new lambs would always lag at the rear of the group, and wait on their babies, but once the lambs were a few days old, food took over for the moms.) Some of these lambs would be as young as maybe 3 days or so, some up to a week or more. I would often have a gang of maybe 12-15 of these squirrely little goobers. I have found that many dogs will chose to ignore lambs this young--they simply don't want to mess with them. I guess maybe their energy is weird. But if you have a dog that chooses to see them, and move them, it is a blast. I've got one dog who is now 5 who has handled young lambs like this really well since she was less than a year old. She will drive them to where their mothers are. But the lambs are really squirty, so the dog has to really be on top of things, doing a lot of flanking to keep them moving in the right direction. This particular dog will give the lambs the softest little heel nudges if necessary to keep them moving, and even little gentle nose nips when they try to double back (which they will do again and again and again). This is really a fun project, just frustrating when you need to get in the vehicle to get to work. This is not a project that goes quickly or even smoothly, but if you have a dog that can do this, it's way cool, A
  12. Haha! Always the funny guy. Hi,Charlie! Miss you! A
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