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About the Author
Tully Williams has an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Farm Management) and has worked as a farm manager and professional stockman for the past ten years. He has an in-depth knowledge of genetics and breeding, and animal psychology, developed over many years. Tully has also served as a counselor and Sheepdog trial judge for the Victorian Working Sheepdog Association (VWSDA), the body that manages sheepdog trials in Victoria.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART 1NATURAL ABILITY AND SELECTION: 1) Natural Ability; 2) Temperament, Intelligence, Steadiness, Minimal Activity, and Force; 3) The Holding Traits; 4) The Driving Traits; 5) Cast and Muster; 6) The High-Calibre Working Dog in Summary; 7) The Case for the ‘All-Rounder’; 8) When Things Are Not What They Seem; 9) A Few Good Dogs; PART 2BREEDING SHEEP DOGS: 10) Dogs Past and Present; 11) Breeding Methods; PART 3PRINCIPLES OF TRAINING AND CONTROL: 12) How Dogs Learn; 13) Training Tips; 14) Principles of Control; 15) The Long Rope; 16) Commanding Systems and Their Role in Achieving Control and Initiative; 17) Overview of Commands; PART 4TRAINING: 18) Rearing; 19) Early Sheep Work; Color PhotographsMustering, Working a Mob; 20) The Directional and Positional Commands; 21) Cast, Lift and Draw; 22) Heel; 23) Inhibiting and Wide-Working Commands; 24) Driving; 25) Recasting and Mustering; 26) Force; 270 Yard Work; 28) Splitting and Working One; 29) Working More Than One Dog; 30) Overview of Training; PART 5AT WORK: 31) Handling Stock; 32) The Dog in Hard Work; PART 6DOG TRIALS: 33) Sheep Dog Trials; 34) Various TrialsTheir Limitations and Their Benefits; 35) Judging Trials; 36) A True Test; Afterword; References; Index.