Herding/Working Dogs

Stock Dog Training Secrets

Part 1 in a series of 3

By Margie Scott

The biggest problem most of us have when we begin thinking about training our stockdogs is that we are looking for a simple step-by-step agenda for training. We'd like to pick up a book or view a videotape that tells us when the pup is a certain age, do this. Weeks later, do that. After step three do step four. We'd like to see a gradual upward progression from untrained pup to a dog that can handle one hundred cow/calf pairs or one that at eighteen months of age wins the National Trials! Not only that, but we also want the agenda to successfully apply to every dog we work with. It sounds great, but it just doesn't work that way.

No matter what level of training you are working at or wish to attain, whether you only want a "get back" and "come" or want to teach the full range of commands, enabling you to fully utilize the dog's capabilities, a certain number of basic principles still apply. In articles over the next few months I'll be sharing these principles - Stockdog Training Secrets - with you. There are four basic principles that apply to stock dog training. They are Discipline, Understanding Canine Behavior, Understanding Livestock Behavior, and the most important, Common Sense. Thoroughly understanding and mastering these principles is the key to successful stock dog training. Let's focus on the Common Sense principle first.

Common Sense

This principle should be easy for all of us but too often it's totally overlooked. A few common sense training rules to remember are:

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