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Herding I, II & III Series on DVD
Herding dogs need jobs to do or they will become anxious and unhappy. When
acquired as companions, herding dogs require skilled owners who understand how
to draw out their best traits and satisfy their herding instincts. When acquired
as true stockdogs for the farm or ranch or as competitive trial dogs, they
require careful and consistent training. Herding I, II and III is a must-have
reference for anyone who owns or would like to acquire a herding dog.
A well-trained herding dog is among the most disciplined of all working dogs.
An Australian Cattle Dog driving steers across the wide-open plains, a Kelpie
jumping over the backs of tightly packed sheep in a chute to get them moving
again , or a Border Collie rounding up a flock of ducks at a show are impressive
sights - graceful, single-minded, and in complete control.
Put a working dog in charge of a flock of sheep set out to pasture, have him
drive a herd of cattle into pens, or let him wow the spectators at competitive
events. Herding I, II and III provides tips for finding and selecting a puppy,
and delves deeply into the training necessary to prepare a dog for trial
competitions or herding in the real world.
The series includes all 3 of the Herding DVD's:
(Overview) This video provides an overview of stockdog
(Young dog work)
Deals with introducing the young dogs to
the skills needed for working livestock.
(Advanced penning & shedding)
Start and train your dog using the easy-to-follow instructions on these DVD's
and you'll have a great companion and work-mate!
Here is what viewers are saying about the training DVDs:
Dog Sports Magazine,
The Canine Classroom
Herding I, II and III - This series stars herding expert Jeanne
Joy Hartnagle and shows her working various dogs on ducks, sheep
and cattle. The advertising for all her tapes says they are
broadcast quality. This one, Herding I certainly was. Picture
clarity and sound were very good indeed.
The tape was useful because Ms. Hartnagle showed how to teach
certain exercises, explained puppy selection, differentiated
between dogs that control stock by going to the head and those
that go to heel, discussed characteristics of some breeds, and
Fun to watch.
The scenes taped at the Denver Coliseum showing her work for
exhibition in controlling stock were just great. The ring
announcer's comments were muted except when he had something to
say which was of some significance, then his remarks were
amplified and came through clearly. Good color commentary there.
I loved the finely balanced and sheer perfection of her work
with her Border Collie, which just has to be the breed most
perfectly suited to shepherding. The portion where a stockdog
takes on several non-dog-broke cattle was exciting: just think
where your vet bills would be if your cattle dog couldn't duck a
hind-leg kick to the head in time.
Ms. Hartnagle's showmanship is something to see. And she makes
it all look so easy, which may sound trite, but it is true. And
she seems like such an agreeable person. A good teacher, I
Negatives: I happen to despise elevator music scoring, but while
listening to it grate on my nerves, I couldn't think of anything
better she might have scored it with, short of hiring John
Williams. Also, whoever is in charge of tossing up the quote
marks on-screen should take care to see that for each thing to
appear in quote marks, one set of both left and right marks are
used, not just two right-hand quote marks. Looks weird.
If the rest of her video offering is as good as this one, you
need not fear buying a pig in a poke (to get country on y'all).
- Mike McKown
Aussie Times, 1989:
Jeanne Joy Hartnagle,
author of the outstanding book, All About Aussies, has continued
to produce quality informative information for the herding
novice trainer or enthusiast with the three videos, The Canine
Classroom: Herding I, Herding II, and Herding III.
Herding I - This video is wonderful from beginning to end. It is
professional and precise. A natural progression of knowledge is
imparted starting with an introduction to the herding breeds,
their use, general temperament and herding style. The important
aspect of choosing a puppy is covered with the heartwarming aid
of fluffy Aussie puppies. This same group of capable
entertainers confidently performs with a flock of ducks,
demonstrating puppies’ first contact with livestock. Training
techniques for the young dog are introduced in a circle pen on
docile Dorset lambs. Fun and entertaining methods of teaching
herding commands away livestock are executed by Jeanne Joy and
her Aussie, Kyle.
The presentation of comprehensive basic herding information and
definitions are made with visual demonstrations, clear explicit
narration and emphasized with the written word. Herding I is a
video that will be a treasure and often used addition to any dog
fancier's library. The trial contestant or rancher will have
useful knowledge for choosing and starting his herding dog.
Breeders will find it a valuable tool to introduce prospective
buyers, with an interesting format, to the foundation of
herding. It will be an asset to the herding instructor to
clarify terminology and techniques. The general public will be
fascinated and educated, perhaps even hooked into further
exploration of the sport of herding.
If a picture is worth a million words, this video is a visual
herding dictionary, plus much more.
- Elsie Rhodes
November - December, 1989:
Training tapes are
unique from books in that tapes must project the topic in a
definite time frame (usually 30 to 60 minutes) while educating
and entertaining as well while maintaining a quality performance
from the announcer, star and technicians involved in producing
it. In the last five years, video training tapes have made
gigantic strides in production and professionalism. Herding I
(Herding Overview) definitely reflects this advancement.
At first, the tape may seem to be too short (approximately 35
minutes) and the buyer might hesitate, wondering if anything of
value can be contained in this relatively small amount of time.
After viewing, the tape does seem entirely too short--only
because the subject matter was so interesting and the production
done so well that it leaves you wanting more. (Hence the
additional tapes, Herding II (Young Dog Training) and Herding
III (Penning & Shedding, available from the same company).
Herding I is a good overall introduction to herding, working
stock dogs and livestock, with enough theatrics thrown in to
make the tape fast-paced and enjoyable. Certainly, playful
puppies and the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background to
not detract from the subject matter, but only enhance it. Jeanne
Joy Hartnagle, the successful breeder, trainer, judge and
author, who is featured, is not only knowledgeable and
experienced in the subject matter, she is photogenic as well!
All these aspects successfully portray the almost ethereal
feeling present when a dog and handler work together as a team
to accomplish a job, whether it be moving sheep to another
pasture or loading cattle on trucks. If you weren't hooked
before, you will be now. This "romantic" side of herding is
real. Whether it has to do with having successfully completed a
job or the realization that this type of activity has been done
by man and his dogs for thousands of years, is debatable. The
decision is up to the participant.
This tape portrays what herding is all about. It successfully
touches on the different breed of dogs used for herding,
selection of a puppy, basic commands, and reading not only your
dog but the livestock as well.
As an introductory tape, this is top of the line. I would like
to have it have gone 45 minutes or an hour, only because it was
successfully entertaining and educational, which made it end too
- Vicky Rand
Western Horseman, June
This tape, Herding I
produced by Canine Training Systems, is the first in a series of
three on teaching dogs to work livestock. The trainer featured
is Jeanne Joy Harnagle who is well known for her skills in
training, and also for the Australian Shepherd that she and her
family have raised for years. Jeanne is from Boulder, Colorado.
Herding I gives an overall look at what breeds are best as stock
dogs, certain characteristics of each breed, what to look for in
a puppy that indicates if he/she has potential for working
stock, and how to teach the basic commands. Several of the
latter include go by, which means to move clockwise, away to me
(counterclockwise), steady, walk on and skit a hold. The latter
means to be more aggressive when the occasion calls for it.
This tape runs about 30 minutes and is of excellent quality. Not
only is it informative, but also entertaining. For someone who
wants the basic information necessary in learning to train a
stock dog, it should be a must.
American Kennel Club
for the Novice - Herding I is part of a series of training
videos under the heading "The Canine Classroom." Other titles
include Herding II and III; Obedience I, II and III; Schutzhund--Overview
and Protection I, II and III.
Susan Barwig, trainer and the author of the book Schutzhund, is
the moving force behind the production company. Jeanne
Hartnagle, a breeder, trainer, judge and author of All About
Aussies is featured in the Herding I tape. She demonstrates
training techniques while the narrator explains what is
happening on the screen.
With the recent introduction of the AKC Herding Test program,
this videotape is both timely and useful, It gives an overview
of how dogs herd, how they are trained and what a well-trained
stock dog can do.
The tape explains the difference between the two most common
types of herding dogs, those that fetch or "head" and those that
drive or "heel" stock. (See :The Boundary Style of Herding,"
October 1989 GAZETTE, for discussion of a third type.)
According to the narrator, the herding ability of dogs was
developed from the hunting instinct. By selective breeding, this
instinct was refined while the killing instinct was minimized.
The result was a tractable, trainable animal.
There is no doubt that a well-trained stock dog is one of the
rancher's most valuable tools. A good stock dog controls the
herd without exciting the animals. He keeps them from getting
too far afield but. If they do, he is capable of bringing them
The tape also discusses puppy selection. The narration stresses
the importance of getting a puppy from a line of proven working
stock and not "pets" or show dogs."
The tape makes the point that different kinds of stock need
different types of dogs. An Australian Cattle Dog may not be
good for herding sheep because they are too rough. The Border
Collie is said to be the ideal dog for sheep.
Certain traits make a dog a good herder: Social attractiveness
to humans, a desire to retrieve and middle-of-the-road:
submissiveness. These characteristics can be tested for in
relatively young puppies.
Miss Hartnagle demonstrates how to train dogs when there is no
stock available. She uses an object on a pole. The commands are
taught through play. Later, they are applied to actual herding
situations. The tape emphasizes that training takes time and
should not be started at too young an age.
The closing segment shows a herding demonstration with an
Australian Shepherd working both sheep and cows. All in all,
this 30 minute tape is well done. The camera work and script are
professional. It really made me want to look at the other tapes
in the series.
- Ms. Vesley,
Director of the American Kennel Club Library.
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