Stop Stock Chasing and Stock Socialisation Workshops
We run stop chasing and stock socialisation workshops that are ideal for dog training instructors and experienced dog handlers who want to learn more about it but do not have any livestock. On the workshop you will learn how to train a dog to stop chasing and behave properly around other animals and not chase them using positive reinforcement not punative or aversion techniques. We will be working with dogs around horses, sheep and chickens. The cost is £60.
We can also taylor the workshops for working dogs that have to work through and around livestock for example gundogs and search and rescue dogs that have to pass the livestock assessment.
The principles used to stop dogs chasing stock can be used where the dogs has chase targets other than livestock.
We specialise in stopping dogs chasing stock and teaching them to have a brilliant recall. We have been very successful helping people with dogs that have chased stock. Including teaching dogs to behave properly around chickens, sheep and horses when the owner's had been told by "behaviourist's" that the dogs had to be put to sleep.
For dogs that might chase chase or for people who want to sure they can control their dog around livestock we can arrange group workshops for 4-6 dogs. Cost £40 per dog.
For dogs that have caught or injured another animal we will only work on a one to one basis and the sessions usually takes around one and half to two hours.
Fee: £60 for the first 1-2-1 session which usually lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours follow up sessions are £30 for 1 hour.
"Mike thank you and Claire so so much, we were desparate when we were told by an expensive behaviourist Barney and Rex should never be let off the lead and muzzled or they would have to be put to sleep, we were so relieved that you were able to help us so quickly"
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you very much for Sunday. It's good to have something positive to work on with Betty rather than just telling her to "LEAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!" every time she looks at a sheep! We've practised the chase/recall a couple of times since Sunday and I'm really pleased with how she's doing.
Rachel and Betty
If your dog chases stock it is extremely serious. In the UK farmers are permitted to shoot dogs if they believe the dog is threatening their stock, and the dogs owners are liable to pay compensation. It is extremely distressing for everyone involved.
It is also very stressful and often fatal for the stock.
It is very dangerous for dogs to chase horses, each year there are many cases of horse and riders getting seriously and fatally injured in dog attacks, and the horses can lash out with their hooves causing serious injuries to the dog.
We can assess how serious the problem is and help you with techniques using our own specially trained sheep and horses to reduce the risk.
Aversion techniques and devices such as electric shock collars, spray collars, rattle bottles etc give the impression of providing a quick solution but they cause more problems than they solve. Their use can cause significant side effects. It can make strong dogs even more aggressive and sensitive dogs may run off. They will not solve the the root cause of the problem the dog will still have an innate desire to chase, and no understanding of what it is acceptable to chase and what must not be chased.