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        10-26-2010, 12:44 AM
      #11
    Showing
    Wow, that sounds better LOL. The thing we usually have the most problem with is getting them to consistently call off, though it isn't normally in their breeding to be willing to bite, we breed for it since we handle cattle instead of sheep. Keeping the yearling cattle we do every summer would be so much harder if we didn't have our dogs. When they get some handle on them and consistently respond to calls, they are invaluable.

    And just because I love our dogs and get a kick out of watching them work....
         
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        10-26-2010, 12:49 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I'm going to be looking for another dog in the spring if I get another cowboy job. Are you going to have any ready and for sale by then? I don't want one that is much younger than a year as they can't keep up and it's too hard to keep them fresh.
         
        10-26-2010, 05:49 PM
      #13
    Showing
    We have several but I would have to ask my Dad if he would be ready to sell one and how much he would want. The only problem is that ours have all winter off so they are usually pretty green and fresh in the spring.
         
        10-26-2010, 07:44 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Hmmm... I don't have much advice on the dog as we have an Anatolian Shepherd and she is terrible for chasing cows, llamas, ect. Remind me never to get a herding dog again for our 3 acres!! We don't have livestock for her to actually herd (if she was trained) and she just loves to chase.

    However, if your horses like that type of thing, jump on them and round up the animals. My llama is such a snobby thing I can't catch him, so I have to leap on my horse and round him up. It quite funny when I'm loping around on Berdi bareback, swinging my lunge whip to herd the llama into the corral!! Lol!
         
        10-26-2010, 09:08 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks everyone for the advice. I think the smartest thing for me to do is wait. I do have one more question, though. If this dog was a family dog and in the house and apart of the rest of the crew would that make it better or would that take away from the dog working? (I hope that made sense).
    Thanks for the advice and the video. That was really neat to watch!
         
        10-26-2010, 09:15 PM
      #16
    Trained
    If you are willing to put the training into the dog, as well as make sure he/she has another normal everyday job, then sure, go for it...but Aussies are VERY smart dogs, very active, and NEED to have a job, or they will get bored and start finding things to keep their minds occupied on their own.
         
        10-26-2010, 09:27 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GuitarChump    
    Well I have a border collie from the pound. She was definitely abused because she HATES the car. When we first got her she would bite, nip at our heels, and was EXTREMELY territorial. With good training she turned into a great dog. She's spoiled from my mom and is very smart. If she wants a treat she'll take a pillow off the couch or a sock or something until my mom "switches" for a treat. She loves to chase mice but if we tell her leave it, she walks away and minds her own business. I think it depends on how loyal they are to you.

    I'm not saying that your dog wasnt abused, but just because your dog hates something doesnt mean they were abused.

    My dog hates baths and a leash so does that mean that I have beat him??? Nope he just doent like them.

    Ok sorry for the hijack that's just one of my pet peves.
         
        10-26-2010, 09:42 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
    I'm not saying that your dog wasnt abused, but just because your dog hates something doesnt mean they were abused.

    My dog hates baths and a leash so does that mean that I have beat him??? Nope he just doent like them.

    Ok sorry for the hijack that's just one of my pet peves.
    Agreed...I've had puppies from the time they were weaned (and knew the breeder), who grew up to "hate" certain things...they were never abused.

    Chances are the dog was just never really introduced to the car when he was young, and just grew to fear it...your own attitude "oh, fido, it's okaaaayyyy!!!" can greatly amplify a dog's suspicious attitude over something.
         
        10-26-2010, 09:46 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Semperfiwife    
    Thanks everyone for the advice. I think the smartest thing for me to do is wait. I do have one more question, though. If this dog was a family dog and in the house and apart of the rest of the crew would that make it better or would that take away from the dog working? (I hope that made sense).
    Thanks for the advice and the video. That was really neat to watch!
    I can't see why keeping the dog around the family would be a problem at all! If anything, I think it would build your relationship with the dog. If he's going to be working for/with you, it's always good to build off a positive relationship. Plus, any herding dog needs to be kept pretty busy. It would sure enjoy spending time with its pack, playing with the kids, and what-not, while its not out working. :) It would be a shame to lock a pack animal up except for working or training. Even highly trained police dogs go home to their police officer's family at the end of the day.
         
        10-26-2010, 11:35 PM
      #20
    Started
    Smrobs- loved the video! I love watching a good herding dog working cattle. Can I send our heeler out to ya'll for training? The DH and I have different "training" disciplines and needless to say, he's not the best on herding as he could be. Tried putting an ad for a trainer up this way, but couldn't find a single trainer. :(
         
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