Tag Archive: stockdog savvy

No Foot, No Dog

The old adage, “No foot, no horse” still holds true today. Foot pads on the bottom of the paw is where the “rubber meets the road.” The pads are important for traction, shock absorption… Continue reading

Hot Weather Tips for the Working Ranch Dogs

When dogs get hot and tired they are at greater risk for injury. Water can boost a dog’s endurance by 75 percent, so plan ahead. Set up water stations when you are going to… Continue reading

Turn of the 20th Century

L. H. Durant, a large rancher from Los Angeles, California used four different breeds on his ranch and considered each one essential for its particular work including Airedales for tending sheep. He said, “I… Continue reading

Importance of the Merino

After Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808*1, the entire course of the American sheep industry changed with the arrival of the superfine-wooled Merino. The merino wool was considered the most desirable of all… Continue reading

Peace in the Valley

Copyright © 2011 by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor. All Rights Reserved. http://www.lasrocosa.com/education.html  

Cane Toccatore

Cane Toccatore Also known as: Cane Paratore, Italian Wolfdog Origin: Italy Height at shoulder: 19–21.5 inches (50–55 cm) Weight: 33–55 pounds (15–25 kg) Coat: Medium length, varied textures Color: Gray, brown, black or… Continue reading

Collies, McNabs and Old Shep

After the Civil War, sheep raising continued to expand west. The type of sheep raised in the United States underwent development through importations of European breeds. Prosperous Americans imported British livestock and Collies.… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Herding Dogs and the Westward Sheep Movement

During the California Gold Rush Spanish sheep were trailed out of the New Mexico territories by the thousands to meet the huge demand for meat in the mining camps. Others were imported on… Continue reading

A Way of Life

Stockdogs have been a way of life since childhood. Most of my memories involve dogs, one way or another. Dogs are how I met my husband. He came to buy an Australian Shepherd and… Continue reading

Sheepdogs in the Ohio Valley During the 1800s

After 1840, the center of the sheep industry moved westward from the Eastern seaboard. By 1850 the nucleus was in the Ohio Valley. Besides the British dogs, there was a noticeable number from… Continue reading

Last Year’s Pups by Ernie Hartnagle

  Last year’s pups are working now Getting static from mother cow. And some others earn their keep Movin baby lambs and sheep. Copyright © 2011 by Ernie Hartnagle. All Rights Reserved. http://www.lasrocosa.com/education.html

The Australian Shepherd is from: A) Australia, B) England, C) Spain, D) None of the Above

How one of the smartest, most versatile dogs in the world came to be in Colorado: To find out why the Australian Shepherd should be Colorado’s State Dog please visit: http://lasrocosa.com/5280joshdean.html

Herding Dogs in Colonial America

As elsewhere in the world, the introduction of herding dogs in America is closely connected to the growth of the sheep industry. The first sheep (Churras, a meat- and milk-producing breed) came to the… Continue reading