The Border Collie pictured above is Reanna, a great working ranch dog. She taught me to step back (instead of toward her) to widen her outrun. Her sire was Fleetwood, one of our working ranch dogs and her dam was McKinney’s Jill who was bred by Jack Knox and whelped on July 8, 1978. Jill was a daughter of Imported Nap-89151. As a point of interest, Nap was the “Nop” of Nop’s Trials, authored by Donald McCaig.
The origin of Nop’s unusual name was explained by Lewis Burkholder the owner of the dog in the story, “You know Jack Knox and that Scottish accent of his. He had a dog I liked and Jack would call to it, “Come by Nop. Get up, Nop.” Of course the dog wasn’t N-O-P at all. The dog was N-A-P, only it sounded like N-O-P on account of Jack’s accent. I had Nop half trained before I learned my mistake.” – Nop’s Trials
To learn more about Border Collies, their temperament, working style and how to train them please refer to the book, Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) 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
Foreword by Ernie Hartnagle
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
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