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Working dogs series-the drive and the gather

I always set it up to where I pen horses in the day and put them out at night and bring them to the corral or pens in the morning. It’s a very traditional and practical way to manage horses.

With some of the grazing management I do at times horses are in the same pasture with cattle.  It is double enjoyable to jingle horses and use dogs to gather cattle and follow.

For me I get to put a great ride on a horse I’m working on, check my horse and cow herd out,  work my dogs, and manage my grass, all before breakfast!

I share some thoughts on dogs learning to think and create the pressure needed.  I see two kinds of dog handling.  One the dog works on the handlers command and every move is controlled, the other the dog does the job that the handler presents with a lot of decisions on its own and the handler helps and supports the dog to do the job.  

I really admire how much handle some folks have on their dogs, they are almost remote control and it takes real discipline to do that.

I also really admire folks that create both a handling and a thinking dog.  That takes both discipline and feel.

Working dogs is something that can really add a lot of pleasure to life.  Your working with man’s best friend. 

Whatever style works for you go to it.   Hopefully my thoughts and videos will give you another point of view to consider. 

Working dogs series-into

I’ve gone from nothing to to much here on the scoop loop posts.  I’m here in Ryegate all alone as everyone else is Arizona getting ready for the Art of the Cowgirl that happens next week, so I have decided to use the time to get some videos up, before I Leave next week and will be gone for three weeks.

I somehow figured out how to get my stuff of GoPro on my iPad and then on YouTube, then here.  I’ve been working my dogs a lot lately and they are doing good.  

Hopefully this content will get you to thinking or just seeing how dogs can be very effective and have a real positive effect on livestock if appropriate pressure is used.

I’ll put some different things up as they come up. I don’t care what kind of dogs I have, I like them all.  I have been using hanging trees because of my friendship with Charlie Trayer, and I really like them. Mesa has Border Collies and I really like them too.

As you will see, I am not prejudiced to the kind of dog I use, I like ‘em all!