Three Basic Commands
There are three basic commands you’ll need to communicate with your dog. The first and most important command that needs to be taught is the “Come here.” Training can start as early as six weeks of age. This is an ideal time to start teaching a pup because a pup’s mind is open and ready to learn. It is amazing what you can teach a young dog in a few minutes with praise and a tidbit of food. Each time you feed the pup is the easiest and most natural way to train the pup to come when called. Every time he/she comes to you, label the behavior with the command “Come here.” The pup learns to associate “Come here” with something pleasant. Eventually, you replace the food reward with praise (except of course at dinner time).
Next, your dog needs to learn to stop on command – either a “Lie down” (an absolute stop) or a “Stand” – to bring your dog to a standstill (like the whoa on your horse). Once your dog has learned to stop when asked, it’s helpful to be able to instruct him to remain at a standstill with “Stay there.” For more on training please refer to the book, Stockdog Savvy.
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 bookfor 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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