Whether you’re new to livestock, or just new to working livestock with dogs – there is a lot to learn! While the working Australian Shepherd is instinctive, a handler with a good eye is key. We’ve put together a few of our favorite articles to get started!
So You Think You Want A Stockdog – Sounds great so far? Buyer be aware.
Cowology – If you don’t understand the basics of how livestock move, then you cannot effectively use a dog. JeanneJoy Hartnagle breaks down basic cattle basics, but the concepts of group and flight zone carry over.
Reading Livestock – A short by Orin Harnes with a great image on flight zone and catching the eye.
Glossary – Part of understanding, is knowing the terms.Next Steps
Starting A Dog – insight and concepts from premier handler/trainer/breeder/rancher Sherry Baker.
Take a Walk – Young dogs need to go outside and get their feet wet.
Getting A Stop – Probably the most important tool. Don’t skip it.
Common Mistakes with Loose Eye’d Dogs – Dana Mackenzie has seen it all with loose eye’d dog. Soak up some of the knowledge.
Don’t Loose Sight of the Goal
When To Start Trialing – If this is your goal, then a reality check is important.
Jack, The Handiest Dog – Four Commands to get it all done on the Ranch.
Lending A Paw in Indiana – Michelle Durkin and Dusty to the Rescue.
Cover image: Sara Martin and Billie on GS Ranch in Canada. Read more about Sara here