C. Hunter

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Marc = yeah, I'm pretty familiar with ATBA

Working BCs on out of site stuff means 'sending them over the next hill (or three hills) to lift the sheep. It's not really comparable to tending unsupervised- the jobs are really different. I've only worked a little with BCs, started out with one GSD (who we didn't take as far as we wanted for a variety of reasons, but did a LOT of studying and listening and learning from folks in the process), and most of my herding experience is with driving breeds who are mostly companion/show bred. They train REALLY DIFFRENTLY, especially on out of sight stuff.

I do think tending dogs are vastly underutelized, especially in large open range situations, but I think an awfully large amount of farmland is too close to roads/fields too small for tending dogs to be used to best advantage.
2 years ago
Most of the pyrs I've met here in Texas range from 'okay' to 'exceptional' with kids- I honestly don't think I've seen more than a handful who were BAD with kids.

I have, however, seen a lot of social butterfly temperaments who really wanted to be with people more than livestock, even when raised with them. So buy carefully and raise sensibly. Seriously, we don't have human predators of a number or risk that justifies NOT socializing your LGD. Get them comfortable on leash. Let them ride along to the feed store, especially as a young dog and meet weird people wearing hats.

Your vet will thank you down the road when it's time for rabies shots. (And your groomer, too, if you end up needing to have the dog clipped down!)
2 years ago
You know tha tending dogs generally worked in concert with a human shepherd, right? (Generally a kid.) THey're not a substiute for fencing.
2 years ago
How does having it's own personal source of disgusting rotting necklace make a dog reconsider it's relationship with humans? Most dogs would consider this a benefit, not a deterrent?
2 years ago
If you're going to use the 'follow around and correct every time the dog makes a bad move', an e-collar is a MUCH safer option. (And the method will work, it's just a matter of doing it long enough to make it stick, honestly.)
2 years ago
Short answer? Anything that fits in your grinder that isn't spine or skull. Weight-bearing bones are harder and may break your grinder.
2 years ago
I do when I can get it, but it's almost always freezerburned people-selections from last year (or a couple years ago's)'s deer rather than ground for dog consumption. I wouldn't grind unless you're feeding cats or quite small dogs. And I wouldn't feed spines or heads at all with either.
2 years ago
Hey, you've been doing it longer than me! I've only been doing this for 4!
2 years ago
Lovely!

Babywraps are basically just fabric The dimensions depend on what people like. 80cm/32" is a fairly standard width, and what people like in length depends largely on the size of the user and style of wrapping- 4-5m is typical. In theory you can use plainweave just fine, but it needs to be a very fine and firm sett; twills will hold up better under the intended use. Because they're typically cotton, the surface can't be felted or fulled for strength.

How are you finding the Ashford 5/2 to compare to UKI or Lunatic Fringe (if you've used those)?
2 years ago
Well, or you could just get a steer to raise for beef, so any humping that occurred would not result in a crossbred calf. (I think getting a bull is potentially dangerous, honestly.)
2 years ago