One Good Farmdog

…That's what owners of our old fashioned farm collie puppies say. We love the way our farm dogs think, work and nurture!

10 ?’s We’ll ask- Our Application

  1. Have you been a dog owner before? A working dog breed? How was that?
  2. What do you envision the purpose of this puppy to be, in your family? Where will it live? Who will it bond to/be trained by?
  3. Do you currently have other dogs? cats? animals? How do they interact?
  4. You really want to have another family member, like a permanent teenager?
  5. Do you have children? what do they know about raising dogs?
  6. Is your property fenced?Will you do “My side!” training, regularly?
  7. Is someone going to be at home most of the time, or how do you plan to care for this dog when in town, etc. (Our dogs know their farm and don’t ‘roam’. But it takes lots of active and interesting work and love to have made them WANT to be here, more than anywhere else, even though our gate is open and they could go. They know it is their spot to patrol and guard, and they do. But some puppies will do this almost automatically, and some will need a few minutes of training often over time. When well trained, these type of dogs should never need to be chained as adults.
  8. Do you know about the American Working Farm Collie Association?  farmcollie.com
  9. Have you or will you read their materials on training/raising English Shepherds?
  10. When you do so, will you please join their yahoo email list, and just lurk, reading member messages? It’s  about training and neat things the dogs do, and questions and solutions that come up. It was the best resource for us as new working dog owners, when we had a lot more livestock than we do now. Or even if you don’t. It’s the best place to meet or read  people who know the minds of these dogs. It’s what our breeder told us to do, and she was so right!
  11. And an extra question: Are you willing to leave us your name and address, and give us feedback on how your dog is doing from time to time, successes and struggles? And can we post a little summary of that- how the dog does, what happens to it, on the puppy’s personal page? Thanks! Brina and Tali.

 

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3 comments on “10 ?’s We’ll ask- Our Application

  1. Leslie
    04/08/2012

    I would like to get on your waiting list for a male puppy. I have a young female farm collie (OTSC) in training for herding. We are very happy with her and want to help restore the breed. Please also let me know if you would offer stud service.

  2. Candace Shade
    12/02/2013

    I enjoyed tremendously, watching the puppies from last year’s litter as you described them growing through their puppy stages . You are doing a great job and I am impressed by the ethics and dedication from such young teenagers.
    i wondered if you were going to have any litters this year? I lost my farm dog a few weeks ago and am looking for a nice working dog like the dogs you raise.
    Kind regards, Candy

  3. brina
    12/07/2013

    hello, I’m making a post on the puppies, you can look at my blog to see the latest pictures of the puppies. here is my blog brinaslifeonthefarm.blogspot.com

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