Tag Archive: sheepdog


Geese spend the greater part of the day foraging for food, which is primarily obtained by grazing.  They are effective weeders because they like grasses better than most broadleaf plants. Geese are environmentally friendly and eat slugs,… Continue reading

Dangerous Ground

The handler’s role in sheepdog training is as the pack leader directing the hunt. Placing pressure on or around the sheep is really only a matter of the dominant ram establishing his territory… Continue reading

Lewis Ellsworth Pence

While growing up – it was not unusual to see someone send an Australian Shepherd ½ mile away or more to gather a group of animals from a pasture and bring them into the… Continue reading

Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd Origin: United States Height at shoulder: 26–30 inches (66–72 cm) Weight: 80–160 pounds (36–73 kg) Coat: Short and smooth, or plush and long Color: Shades of sable, black or white Ears:… Continue reading

Just a Stockdog Story

Stockdog Savvy  by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor 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… Continue reading

Last Year’s Pups

Last Year’s Pups By Ernie Hartnagle – 1974 Last year’s pups are working now Getting static from mother cow. And some others earn their keep Movin’ baby lambs and sheep. Copyright © 2010… Continue reading


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… Continue reading

Bird Songs for Whistle Commands

Bird calls for whistle commands with single, double and triple or more notes. Just whistle the words: Bob-white! Bob-white! (Common BobWhite) What-chew, what-chew, birdy-birdy-birdy? (Northern Cardinal) Phew! (Veery) Car! Car! Car! (Fish Crow,… Continue reading

Viv Billingham Parks—A Lifelong Passion

Sometimes the best man for the job may be a woman. From the age of four, Viv Billingham Parks couldn’t wait to grow up and become a shepherdess. When she was a small… Continue reading

Water Dogs in Herding

Trivia: During the 17th and 18th Centuries, curly coated dogs (water dogs and herding dogs) were commonly referred to as poodles. The exceptionally intelligent Poodle with ancestral ties to the Barbet and to corded herding dogs… Continue reading

Chien de Crau

Chien de Crau Also known as: Berger de Crau, Le Chien Berger de Crau, Barbet de la Crau, Berger de Camargue on de Crau Origin: Southern France Height at shoulder: 20.5–25.5 inches (52–65cm) Weight: 35–60… Continue reading

Hairy Mouth Heeler

Hairy Mouth Heeler Known also as: Wire Mouth Heeler, Wire Haired Heeler, Wirey Haired Heeler, Hairy Mouthed Heeler Origin: Midwestern United States Height at shoulder: 20–23 inches (44–58 cm) Weight: 55–70 pounds (25–32 kg) Coat:… Continue reading

Welsh Sheepdog

Welsh Sheepdog Origin: Wales Also known as: Cwn Defaid Cymreig Height at shoulder: 16–23 inches (41–58 cm) Weight: 21–70 pounds (9.5–32 kg) Coat: Short and smooth to medium length Color: Black, black and… Continue reading

Droving in the British Isles

Scotland and England were once the center of a great cattle industry. When traveling from the Highlands and islands, drovers often swam their herds across rivers and over sea lochs (lakes) or moved… Continue reading