Tag Archive: stockdog handbook

Cowology – An Excerpt

“Working cattle effectively requires an understanding of bovine behavior*1.  Fifty years ago, the men and women who worked with stock still lived on the land. They were for the most part themselves a… Continue reading

International Sheep Dog News, March/April 2011

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Borderlines, February/March 2011

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A Natural Training System

Whether working with horses or stockdogs, pressure-and-release (also known as a conditioned response) is a training system – a natural method of teaching where the animal is taught to yield or move away from… Continue reading

Stockdog Training

A well-trained stockdog is among the most disciplined of all working dogs. An Australian Cattle Dog driving steers acrossthe wide-open plains, a Kelpie jumping over the backs of tightly packed sheep in a… Continue reading

A Fine Day – Herding in the City

by Marsha Dusek, Recommended Reading Editor for The Australian Shepherd Journal, September/October 2010: A Fine Day It was a cloudy cool day with temps near 42 degrees. As a light rain fell the sheep huddled… Continue reading

Western Horseman Magazine Book Review – October 2010

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

Turkey Herding

To learn how to train stockdogs to work turkeys please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor: http://www.lasrocosa.com/education.html Copyright © 2009 – 2010 by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor… Continue reading

Get Your Ducks In A Row

Trivia: Ducks are natural foragers. They eat insects, slugs and snails as well as fruits and tender grass, but they are not grazers like geese are. The light weight breeds are active birds. Medium… Continue reading

Cane da Pastore di Oropa

            Cane da Pastore d’Oropa Also known as: Cane da Pastore d’Oropa, Shepherd Dog of Oropa, Cane Pastore Biellese,  Biella Shepherd Origin: Northern Italy / Italian Alps Height at shoulder: 23.5 inches (60 cm) Weight:… Continue reading

Sheep

As of January 1, 2010 there were 5.63 million head of sheep in the United States. That’s down from a peak of 56 million in the 1940s. Yet, sheep herding is growing in popularity as… Continue reading

Stockdog Terminology – An Observation

The use of the word, “draw” to describe flocking instinct or herd behavior – the naturally occurring behavior of livestock (when a single animal or small group is separated from a herd or… 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