“THE book I’ve been needing for years… my BOOK OF BOOKS!”
“My very favourite herding how-to book”
“…the finest book written on the selection, breeding, training and handling of working dogs… a must read for every working dog breeder, trainer and farmer.”
“I wish it had been available years ago”
“A truly exceptional book on breeding…the painstaking obsession of brilliance.”
“…one of the best training books I have.”
“‘Working Sheep Dogs’ is a seminal book on the subject.”
“One of the best, most insightful books on working stock dogs”
“an outstanding piece of work…. destined to become a classic in its field.”
By Tully Williams
280 pages. 248 x 170 mm.
Publisher: Landlinks press (CSIRO Publishing) ISBN 978064309430
It is an undeniable fact that most modern working dogs are inferior to their illustrious ancestors. However, this unique handbook seems certain to help remedy this state of affairs. Written from the perspective of the professional Australian stockman, it examines and illuminates every aspect of the high-quality working dog.
Working Sheep Dogs provides the most detailed and unique discussion of the principles behind the training of working dogs ever published. It reveals little known methods and secrets for training and handling dogs in the most effortless manner.
Also, and perhaps most importantly, the author undertakes the ambitious task of providing the first and only comprehensive breakdown and analysis of the instincts of the working dog, and goes on to discuss various principles and methods of their breeding.
Also included are chapters on sheep dog trials and their judging methods and shortcomings, and why and how these need to be modified in order to encourage the breeding of better dogs.
In short, no working dog owner, breeder, or trainer can afford to be without it.
- A unique detailed breakdown and analysis of the instincts and traits of the working dog, border collie or kelpie
- The most in depth discussion of the theory and practice of breeding working dogs yet published
- A comprehensive analysis of the principles behind training dogs and handling stock
- Many new or little-known training tips that allow dogs to be trained in a much shorter time and more effectively
- The only current and detailed analysis of sheep dog trials and their judging methods, and how the trials’ shortcomings can be improved in order to assist in breeding better practical working dogs
The first and only comprehensive DVD analysis of the instincts of the working dog.
Unfortunately, the most successful trial dogs are RARELY THE BEST SHEEPDOGS. Usually, they simply have the best handlers. So many past and current NATIONAL, or even INTERNATIONAL, champions, simply lack much real natural ability. With so many of them, if their handlers stopped commanding them, things would look very different. In fact, with some of them there would be chaos.
And yet, so many people use these dogs as sires, or purchase pups bred from them. Why? Because they simply don’t know what they are looking at. They don’t understand the INSTINCTS of working dogs, and therefore they can’t tell the difference between TRAINING and BREEDING. So often sheepdog buyers and breeders are deceived by STYLE over SUBSTANCE, or by TRAINING rather than BREEDING.
And very often also, they simply don’t know what is possible in a dog with truly superior NATURAL ABILITY. A dog that does things instinctively, with no (or minimal) training, where most other dogs require lots of training to teach and to maintain the same things.
When you buy a pup (or use a dog as a sire) you don’t get the training, you only get the instinct. So whether you are a breeder or a buyer, understanding the instincts of sheepdogs and being able to differentiate between training and handing, is essential. Unless, of course, you want to waste years (and thousands of dollars) buying or breeding unsuitable or second-rate pups, that simply won’t be what you hoped for! In fact, I did just that. I wasted years and thousands (in fact tens of thousands) of dollars trying to buy good pups, and breeding to “successful” sires only to find their success was much more due to training than to NATURAL ABILITY. But what I did get was a very expensive (and time-consuming) education, in a huge variety of bloodlines and breeds, and of all the various instincts (and combinations of instincts) that are possible.
On top of that, I have also not only now bred over 100 litters of pups in the past 30 years, but also, unlike other breeders who sell their pups at 6 weeks, I have reared every single one of these pups to working age, where I can see and assess their INSTINCT.
This hard-earned experience and knowledge is distilled into this 4 ½ hour DVD, so YOU don’t end up wasting years (and tens of thousands of dollars) like I did, or simply not getting the enjoyment out of sheepdogs that could be yours.
Produced over 11 years ago, and still the only DVD of its type, this classic DVD has already helped hundreds of breeders and buyers. Don’t waste any more time and money on unsuitable pups or sires – understand your sheepdog’s instincts and become a knowledgeable buyer or breeder today.
4 1/2 hours (NOTE: This DVD is best watched in conjunction with the book below)
2 1/2 hours
Have you read the book?
Have you read about the amazing abilities of such dogs as Moorlands Georgie, Moorlands Tomie or Cummins Creek Chocker?
Now with this DVD, you can see them in real life action! Watch Georgie cast out in hilly country, or show her amazing cover and block and hold while working one sheep.
Or see Tomies’ amazing short cover and block and hold working three merinos, or casting out and bringing a mob in.
Or Campaspe Bounce casting when only 10 months old. And much more.
This DVD features over 2 ½ hours of footage of some of the best allround/casting/mustering dogs in action. It shows them casting out in the hills, casting at young ages, driving sheep away, working mobs, working cattle, and working small numbers. It highlights the extraordinary instincts and intelligence of the well-bred working dog.
Most people have never witnessed the extraordinary canine abilities displayed in this DVD – it will open the viewers eyes to things they never thought possible. Yet even this DVD doesn’t show the limits of the capabilities of the best dogs, as you rarely have a video camera with you when you need it.
It features high-quality dogs such as Moorlands Georgie, Moorlands Tomie, Cummins Creek Chocker, Campaspe Bounce, Cullens Kiara, Cullens Kirribilli and Campaspe Sue. It is a great companion to the above book.
2 1/2 hours