Dogs and Livestock

  • Do you want to ensure your dog is well behaved and relaxed around livestock?
  • Has your dog chased other animals?
  • Are you concerned about your dog being overly interested in birds/animals?
  • Is your dog scared of other animals, making walks in the countryside stressful?
  • Has your dog got a ‘high prey drive’?

These sessions are for you and your dog!

Photo taken by Rebecca Reed Photography. This photo was taken in a carefully controlled setting with animals used to each other

As a farmer and owner of sighthounds and working collies Emma is perfectly positioned to understand this problem from both sides.

These 121 classes work through a unique dogs and livestock program. Where you not only learn how to redirect and refocus your dog’s problem behaviour but also how to understand why it is happening. This is not a quick fix, but a way to help manage and work though issues.

They are also suitable for puppies/new dogs that you want to introduce to livestock in a safe, positive way to help prevent future issues. These 121 sessions are available as individual sessions where we work on socialization – one of the most important things your young dog needs to do. Book here.

This is suitable for dogs that are struggling to remain calm around distractions such as other animals, that show fear/reactivity to livestock or that just need help making the correct choices. However, we reserve the right to suggest seeing a behaviorist if we feel it is appropriate.

If you want to find out more please contact me or book a session today.

A bit more about me

I have experience of dogs with a high prey drive and understand the consequences of this. This has given me practical experience of management and a passion to learn everything I can about the subject. Like all things I am learning new bits every day. I want to help people and dogs so they don’t make the same mistakes. This is more than just training, its learning how to work with YOUR dog to promote the right choices. Being safe around livestock/cats/birds may mean never letting that dog off lead unless it is a secure field, it may mean wearing a muzzle, it may mean being able to calmly walk through a field of sheep on a footpath. No matter what the safe outcome is I want you to feel calm and confident in the knowledge that your dog is safe and listening to you. I have walked a similar path so will not judge or make assumptions.

Please be aware this is a highly managed course that will progress at a speed suitable for your dog. It may be several sessions before it is safe to introduce them to animals in a safe and controlled way. At no point will we put any livestock or other animals in any situation that will make them feel stressed. Do not try anything like this at home – the dogs and animals in the photographs below are used to each other and trained for these encounters.

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