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Training your herding dog
Articles Archive - Herding

This Archive includes the best of the Herding articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
  • Ulf Kintzel's excellent article on breeding for the "Golden Middle" with Herding Dogs. Very informative with good explanations why particular traits are desired.
    Herding Dogs And The Golden Middle

  • Sheep herdsman Ulf Kintzel provides the results of the Third Annual HGH Competition held in October in New Jersey. Read about the accomplishments of America's top sheep herding dogs and enjoy the beautiful photo gallery that accompanies his report.

  • Former herding judge and active sheep herder Ann Garner translates an excerpt from Karl Hermann Finger's definitive book on the modern German Shepherd Dog, with detailed information about training and practices in Germany, from the novice dog to training for herding performance. Her translation is beautifully illustrated with pictures of GSDs herding sheep in the Central Valley of California.

  • German Shepherd herding enthusiast and sheep herder Ann Garner reviews the basics of the typical herding instinct test in What to Expect From the Herding Instinct Test. Garner compares the basic herding instinct test with the much more rigorous competency demanded by advanced HGH titles as envisioned by the founder of the breed, Max von Stephanitz, carried forward to today's HGH requirements under the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde.

  • German Shepherd Dog devotee and Schutzhund handler Christine Kemper headed north to New Jersey this fall to attend the first HGH trial (herding) held in the United States. Her report of the teams and the event shows a practiced eye for training and performance and a love of the wide range of work and sport at which this versatile breed excels.

  • Herding devotee Ann Garner takes us along with her baby German Shepherd puppy Kili on her first experiences tending sheep. Garner explains the progressive development of Kili's instinctual sheep tending skills in A Herding Pup Takes Its First Steps on the Herdingdogs web site.

  • Herding instructor Candy Kennedy shares an informative review of what the herding novice can expect from their first instructive sheep herding class experiences in her article on the American Border Collie Network, Class Action.

  • The 1997 HGH (German herding) trial is covered in depth by Ann Garner, with photos by Tom O'Dowd that capture the thrilling energy of herding dogs performing the work for which they are bred.

  • Sheepherder Ann Garner provides yet another of her enjoyably educational articles about sheep tending and the herding breeds in her discussion of the three different styles of herding: driving, mustering, and tending.

  • German shepherd herding dog owner and trainer Ann Garner writes that the instinct test can be informative if performed by a knowledgeable stockdog trainer who understands the dynamic relationship between the stock, the dog, and the handler. She defines the "herding instinct" and explains how to test for it on her German Shepherds in Herding web site.

  • O.G. North Texas Schutzhund Club is sponsoring its 11th Annual Herding Capability Test with instructional clinics on October 17-19, 1997.

  • The Germans say there are only two basic principles in conditioning a dog to do what they call die Arbeit (the work). Sheep herding expert Ann Garner explains these principles and how to apply them correctly when training the German Shepherd Dog to herd sheep.

  • Sheeptender Ann Garner reviews the classic history of the sheep tending dog. Time has not eradicated this resilient genetic foundation for the dogs that have retained and now daily utilize their remarkable herding instincts.

  • Sheeptender Ann Garner shares her fascinating narrative of a typical sheep-grazing session with her German Shepherd dogs in Northern California. Come share with Ann her deep love of the work and the breed as she reveals the magical beauty that is a herding dog at work.

  • The Germans say there are only two basic principles in conditioning a dog to do what they call die Arbeit (the work). Sheep herding expert Ann Garner explains these principles and how to apply them correctly when training the German Shepherd Dog to herd sheep.

  • The 1997 HGH (German herding) trial is covered in depth by Ann Garner, with photos by Tom O'Dowd that capture the thrilling energy of herding dogs performing the work for which they are bred.

  • Sheepherder Ann Garner provides yet another of her enjoyably educational articles about sheep tending and the herding breeds in her discussion of the three different styles of herding: driving, mustering, and tending.

  • German shepherd herding dog owner and trainer Ann Garner writes that the instinct test can be informative if performed by a knowledgeable stockdog trainer who understands the dynamic relationship between the stock, the dog, and the handler. She defines the "herding instinct" and explains how to test for it on her German Shepherds in Herding web site.

  • Sheeptender Ann Garner reviews the classic history of the sheep tending dog. Time has not eradicated this resilient genetic foundation for the dogs that have retained and now daily utilize their remarkable herding instincts.

  • Sheeptender Ann Garner shares her fascinating narrative of a typical sheep-grazing session with her German Shepherd dogs in Northern California. Come share with Ann her deep love of the work and the breed as she reveals the magical beauty that is a herding dog at work.

What is a Farm Dog? The Best Choices for Working Partners on the Farm or Ranch
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:19:00 GMT
Quick answer a dog that lives on a farm. A more complete answer would describe the breeds that traditionally worked on farms or ranches and were developed specifically for that work. Fast and clever herding dogs; noble and protective livestock guardian ...
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Snarling dogs fight in a Kabul marketplace: Dramatic images show the gruesome reality of a traditional Afghan 'sport' banned as 'un-Islamic' by the Taliban
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:43:00 GMT
A referee oversees the action while spectators gather around a makeshift ring and watch the two dog owners set their pets on each other. Extremely large breeds such as Mastiffs and Afghan herding dogs are most commonly used in the extremely competitive ...
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Westminster dog show 2017: N.J. winners and more from day 1
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:09:00 GMT
Though hundreds of years old, the Hungarian herding dog, recognized by the American Kennel Club just last summer, was added to the Westminster lineup this year alongside the sloughi (sloo-gee) and the American hairless terrier. Marika Foreman of Somerville ...
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Go West-minster, Young Mastiff
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:43:00 GMT
Bergamasco, herding group dog, originated in Italian Alps. www.akc.org Vee, Bouvier des Flandres - 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show New breeds: American hairless terrier; from Pumi (pronounced poomie), a Hungarian herding dog, to Sloughi (slooghee ...
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Sick puppy defies odds, becomes sheep-herding 'prodigy'
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:18:00 GMT
Aine has herding instincts in spades, Sheninger said. "It's extremely rare," he said. "I've never seen it in one of my dogs." It also means Aine could be on track to be a champion in the sheep herding competition circuit. "That's the plan," Rhodes ...
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