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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Any good herding and/or sheep behavior books?

Ollie and I will be going to a herding seminar on the 18th and hope to start training soon after. I know the instructor will go over sheep behavior but just wondered if anyone recommended any good books I could study on my own? I've seen a few herding books and video on Leerburg, anyone use them or anything else? I know nothing and am all about absorbing as much knowledge as I can right now.

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I think it would be okay to read the books you have seen and watch videos, but since your pup is new to this, it might be good for you guys to learn together. I'm sure there is a very general kinda training involved, but there will also be stuff that you guys can do that will be just what you guys do..does that make sense? He doesn't have to be perfect in the door...both of you should have fun doing this!! Update us on how it goes.

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I would recommend bowwowflix for that.

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Thanks, I completely forgot about bowwowflix!

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I think it would be okay to read the books you have seen and watch videos, but since your pup is new to this, it might be good for you guys to learn together. I'm sure there is a very general kinda training involved, but there will also be stuff that you guys can do that will be just what you guys do..does that make sense? He doesn't have to be perfect in the door...both of you should have fun doing this!! Update us on how it goes.
I get it. I know the instructors at this place are top notch and that's part of the reason I'm so intimidated! They seem like legit cowboys and here I am miss suburbia with my loose eyed dog. I wanted to try and learn some basic stuff on my own but as usual I'm probably over thinking the situation.

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Tony McCallum an aussie has an intense cult following around the world, he is an excellent breeder and trainer of working stock dogs rooted in the real world of work, if he says it, then it is prolly right and the oppositte of what the "experts" say.

he also is no stranger to bite work, anyone who knows and done as much with dogs as him is worth listening to regardless of breed or purpose, you should check him out if you like herding.

i plan on meeting him one day.

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@x11.....do you know the different types of herding and the different breeds associated with them?
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 10:34 AM
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I know nothing and am all about absorbing as much knowledge as I can right now.
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There is a ton of information in old threads in this forum. I know some people tend to use forums like chat rooms and only stick to active threads. However, that does not utilize the value of this forum as a knowledge base, in which most of the value is in old threads. I suggest using the search engine or taking the time to go back and research old threads. The same questions tend to get asked ad infinitum.
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I get it. I know the instructors at this place are top notch and that's part of the reason I'm so intimidated! They seem like legit cowboys and here I am miss suburbia with my loose eyed dog. I wanted to try and learn some basic stuff on my own but as usual I'm probably over thinking the situation.
You will be fine. Everyone is super nice - and so many non-border collies there. You will not feel out of place with a GSD. When I started out - I knew NOTHING. I think you will also be fine just learning. It will take awhile and I am sure you will feel like you have no clue what you are doing, but it will come together at some point. It will just take some time.

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You will be fine. Everyone is super nice - and so many non-border collies there. You will not feel out of place with a GSD. When I started out - I knew NOTHING. I think you will also be fine just learning. It will take awhile and I am sure you will feel like you have no clue what you are doing, but it will come together at some point. It will just take some time.

Tell Terry Melissa with Leyna and Levi says hi! (and she does know that Levi recently passed away).
Thanks When I was working at the other facility Ollie was the only GSD and its hard not to feel inadequate when you're watching Border Collies work... Similar to how I feel not having a full WL GSD at times, at least how people on the forum make me feel as if my dog isn't good enough. All the more reason to prove them wrong! Can't wait for the herding seminar on Saturday, should be loads of fun.

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