Teach Your Herding Breed To Be A Great Companion Dog - From Obsessive To Outstanding

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Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
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Winner of the DWAA 2015 Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Book

Help! He's herding the neighborhood kids!!
Herding breed dogs such as Border Collies, Corgis, and Australian Shepherds have incredibly strong instinctive behaviors to do the work they were bred for controlling various kinds of livestock. These behaviors manifest themselves in modern herding breed dogs kept as companions or family pets in a number of ways. These include chasing cars and bicyclists, herding kids, nipping at vulnerable heels, barking incessantly, and acting as the fun police in dog parks. All behaviors that are entirely appropriate and necessary when dealing with sheep or cattle, not so great in a suburban neighborhood. Fortunately, these instincts can be redirected in a number of ways that keep these energetic dogs busy and happy as well as out of trouble. That is why so many of these dogs can be taught to excel in agility and obedience trials, love to retrieve, and make great running companions. In her latest book, author Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell offers solutions to solving and preventing problem behaviors associated with herding breeds living in the modern world. And no, even though your Border Collie or Corgi might love it, you don't need to buy a farm!

As the owner of two obsessive but outstanding herding dogs, I found myself nodding along in agreement with this book from start to finish. Dawn offers tips to allow a handler to work with, rather than against a dog's herding instincts and her easy-to-read writing style and the depth of information she shares makes this book a must read for anyone who works or lives with herding dogs.
Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA and member of the Board of Directors, CCPDT

A super resource that explains how instinctive behaviors impact dogs in their every day activities. I especially like the training tips very clear and helpful explanations to manage problems often brought out by a variety of herding instincts.
Lynn Leach, owner of Downriver Stock Dog Training and creator of the popular All Breed Herding DVD series

A wonderful mix of training information, management suggestions, psychology, and commonsense advice for herding dog owners. Easy to read and filled with gems of information for all dog owners like eliminating annoying barking! I highly recommend this book for trainers and owners of any breed of dog.
Gail Tamases Fisher, CDBC and author of The Thinking Dog

If you have chosen to bring a herding breed in to your life and home this is the book for you! Dawn takes the reader through the history of herding breeds in order to help you understand the why behind some of the obsessive-compulsive behaviors your herding breed may be exhibiting. Better yet, Dawn then offers up specific exercises and training techniques to help herding breed owners become as valuable as livestock in the eyes of their herding dog. You owe it to your herding breed to read this book!
Gerianne Darnell, author of Canine Crosstraining: Achieving Excellence in Multiple Dog Sports

Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell is the author of Terrier-Centric Training, and From Birdbrained to Brilliant. She is the owner of BonaFide Dog Academy in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • 5
    Great Book for Herding Dog Owners!

    Posted by Deb Walker on 25th Aug 2020

    I found this book to be extremely practical covering the how, what & why of the various herding behaviors that can be problematic for owners of herding dogs that do not have a full-time herding job. Often our herding dogs are expected to be great companion dogs – even if they don’t have a 16-hour-a-day job that uses all of their genetic energy!!! I’m sure you know what I mean!!! This book is useful for both experienced dog trainers and novice owners/trainers. There are some nice tips & tricks if you already know basic (or advanced) learning theory and great, easy-to-understand detail, if you don’t! The presentation of specific exercises is very detailed so that you can go step by step teaching your dog the skills to be a well-rounded dog – even if your dog does not have a herding job. I emailed this recommendations to all my clients with herding dogs!

  • 5
    MmYour Herding Dog

    Posted by Maureen on 9th Feb 2018