Stock Dog Resources

Sometimes it feels like your stock dog knows more than you when it comes to working livestock. Due to their high intelligence, sometimes it can be a struggle to outsmart them. It's as if they have already read the books and listened to the podcasts.

Below is a variety of podcasts, videos, and books to help train you so you can train your Border Collies. Books can be found on Ebay, Amazon, and AbeBooks.

Cute Dog

by Alison Erskine

The working dog podcast covers everything about dogs with jobs.

The working Dog Podcast interviews the men and women who use their dogs daily and the ones who strictly trial.

The podcast focuses on international sheep and cow dog handlers and pick their brains about working dog tips and tricks.

Understanding Border Collies
by Barbara Sykes

The Border Collie is an extremely versatile breed, faithful enough to be a loyal friend, honest enough to be a hard worker and intelligent enough to be an asset in rescue and other services.

 

This comprehensive, illustrated book gives essential advice on how to become the pack leader by understanding and interpreting the body language of man's best friend. Topics include: choosing your Border Collie; taking your puppy home; commonsense dog training; nutrition; creating a partnership; training, adolescent and older dogs.

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Training Border Collies
by Barbara Sykes

Drawing upon her popular 'Thinking Like Canines' (TLC) training method and other established approaches, Barbara Sykes' Training Border Collies is an essential resource for understanding and training this versatile and loyal breed.

With step-by-step photography and training case studies throughout, the book covers: breed variants and temperaments; diet, puppy training and bringing new dogs home; simple commands, boundaries and socialization; the 'Chill Mat' - a safe territory to keep your collie calm; lead and recall training; rescue and problem dogs and, finally, common myths, facts and tips about the breed. 

 

Herding Dogs: Progressive Training
by Vergil Holland

This comprehensive, illustrated book gives essential advice on how to become the pack leader by understanding and interpreting the body language of man's best friend.

Topics include: choosing your Border Collie; taking your puppy home; commonsense dog training; nutrition; creating a partnership; training, adolescent and older dogs.

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A Way of Life
by H. Glynn Jones & Barbara C. Collins

This book is a complete guide to sheepdog work on training, handling, trialing and breeding. A third-generation sheepdog handler, Glyn Jones demonstrates his knowledge of the delicate balance between handler, dogs and sheep. His collaborator on the book, Barbara Collins was formerly editor of Working Sheepdog News

The Farmer's Dog
by John Holmes

This book should be on the shelf of every farmer and shepherd who owns a dog or who is contemplating the purchase of one. The author goes into the psychology of your stockdog and helps you understand where they are coming from.

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Top Trainers Talk about Starting a Sheepdog
 

This book brings together together interviews with many of the best working border collie trainers in North America and the United Kingdom, who share their methods of introducing young border collies to livestock. Whether you are training a stockdog for trialing or for work on the farm or ranch, this collection of expert advice, presented for the first time ever in a single volume, is a treasury of experience and wisdom that is sure to prove invaluable.

Stockdog Savvy
By Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Tayler & Ty Taylor

 

Whether you are interested in working dogs for a hobby, on the ranch, or for serious trial competition, Stockdog Savvy will be an invaluable aid. Beginning with chapters on herding dog characteristics, instinct, and choosing a herding dog, the Taylors explain how to prepare your puppy and do basic foundation training. The book progresses to starting the dog on stock and developing a useful working dog and ends with advanced lessons and preparing for the various types of competition

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The Natural Way
By Julie Simpson

 

Julie has developed her pressure/release techniques over years of working with her own dogs. In this lavishly illustrated and attractively presented book, Julie explains the intricacies of communication between handler, dog and sheep, and how to use the knowledge to improve your training and handling.

A second edition of this book is available