The Blue Heeler

Jessie, a young Blue Heeler female.

Blue Heeler

Also known as: Queensland Blue Heeler, Australian Cattle Dog, Dingo, Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, McNiven Heeler, Blue Heeler

Origin: Australia / USA

Height at shoulder: 17–20 inches (44–30 cm)

Weight: 21–55 pounds (9.5–25 kg)

Coat: Short, smooth, tight fitting, hard

Color: Blue and red ticked or speckled (not merle), with or without black or tan markings

Ears: Upright, pointed tips

Tail: Long, thick, straight, natural bob or docked

Jessie, a Blue Heeler pup with flop ears

     See also Cowdogs from Down Under:

    http://stockdogsavvy.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/cowdogs-from-down-under/  

            To learn more about training the Blue Heeler please refer to the book, Stockdog Savvy by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor. Stockdog Savvy  is a practical and useful handbook for ranchers as well as the hobbyist. If you want to learn to train stockdogs for farm and ranch work in the real world or for competition, this is the book for you. Almost 300 pages illustrated with diagrams and how-to photographs galore!

            Stockdog Savvy  also gives trainers, clinicians and judges an overview of many different herding dogs and types of livestock. It is the quintessential guide to owning, training, trialing, working or caring for your stockdog.

            Additionally, people who don’t have access to livestock can teach all the basic herding commands through play training. Herding skills taught in a game format are fun activities to keep dogs in the city mentally and physically fit.

The Table of Contents:

Frontispiece: Just a Stockdog Story
Preface
Foreword by Ernie Hartnagle
Introduction
1 – HERDING DOGS
2 – WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HERDING DOG
3 – PREPARING YOUR PUPPY
4 – LAYING THE FOUNDATION
5 – GETTING STARTED
6 – INTRODUCING A DOG TO STOCK
7 – MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DOG’S TALENT
8 – DEVELOPING A USEFUL DOG
9 – THE OUTRUN
10 – DRIVING SKILLS
11 – BALANCE AND PENNING
12 – FOCUS ON SORTING
13 – BOUNDARY TRAINING FOR TENDING DOGS
14 – BASIC STOCKMANSHIP
15 – WORKING LARGE FLOCKS AND HERDS
16 – THE RANCH DOG
17– TRAINING ANIMALS
18 – POULTRY
19 – SHEEP
20 – GOATS
21 – CATTLE
22 – KEEPING LIVESTOCK
23 – THE TRIAL DOG
24 – TRIAL PROGRAMS
25 – WHAT JUDGES LOOK FOR
26 – OTHER ELEMENTS OF WORKING STOCKDOGS
Appendix -– BREED PROFILES

For more information please visit:

http://www.lasrocosa.com/education.html

Copyright © 2009 – 2010 by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor.

All Rights Reserved.

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