Stock Dog Training

Susane will gladly evaluate your dog to see if it has any interest in herding and if s/he has any potential. Please understand, though, that for some dogs it can take several exposures to livestock before the instinct kicks in. This is especially true if the dog has had a lot of formal obedience training before being introduced to livestock.

So, you want to teach your dog to herd livestock? Then, let me start with a disclaimer: herding is a VERY ADDICTIVE sport!!!
You’re still convinced that you want to give it a shot?

OK, here are a few things you will need to get started:

  • A herding dog, which doesn’t only mean a breed listed in the AKC herding group. There are several breeds that can be taught some basic livestock handling skills. However, if you’re starting with a dog that was actually BRED to work stock, it’ll make your quest a bit easier.
  • A place to train and a good instructor
  • Some basic obedience: Down, sit, stay, COME WHEN CALLED
  • A working relationship with your dog: YOU are the team leader, no questions asked
  • A dog that’s old enough to take the physical and mental demands of training
  • A dog that is physically fit, or at least able to get that way, and you should be physically fit too. Or at least able to get that way.
  • Time! (So you can train on a regular basis).

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What To Expect