This is an 8 week program, at my facility. So, it is "board and train".
My Stock dog, herding program consists of teaching your dogs the commands you will need to do basic ranch and farm chores. After the 8 week stock dog/ herding dog training program your dog will be able to "comebye" and "away to me" around the stock, do a short correct outrun, drive at your side, lie down, stay, clean out a trailer or pen, and call off the stock.
I can teach your herding dog commands specific to the needs of your farm or ranch operation, if time allows...such as watching a gate or bunk, longer outrun, or driving at a larger distance, work off a horse, etc.
During the first 4 weeks of the 8 week Stock Dog, Herding Dog Training Program training is focused on advanced obedience; absolute response to commands needed by a herding dog, which involves very unusual situations; namely, faultless obedience while in the presence of livestock, machinery, and other common ranch/farm distractions. Therefore, your dog will be herding throughout the first four weeks.
The second 4 weeks of the 8 week of the Herding Dog, Stock Dog Training Program is focused on advanced herding skills -- beyond the basics, to "finish" your dog as a competent and capable stockdog and herding dog: a dog comfortable in complex herding situations.
After the 8 week Herding Dog and Stock Dog Training Program, you will receive a one on one lesson to get a feel for your dog's commands.
Your dog will be you best educator...in other words, you just need to go out and do some chores. As an outcome of the 8 week stock dog training and herding training program you will have the control you need to handle any situation. Just go do it and feel the thrill when your stock does what you want! And yes, when you make a mistake your dog will let you know...after all he knows what to do, he's been trained.
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