8 April, 2023
Educating your dog: key to better work
Every farmer’s best friend can’t always understand what you want from them, but teaching working dogs the basics first, is often the best solution.
Experienced working dog trainer,
Gary White, believes that the biggest
problem most owners have with their
best farm-mates, is the lack of proper
While working instincts in a dog can
often make the job a bit easier, not teaching
loyal canines the basic commands,
often leaves more room for mistakes.
“We educate children, horses, even
sheep, but we don’t tend to educate our
dogs,” Mr White said.
“Most of us don’t educate our dogs
enough, and just that little bit of time
spent with them, pays us back ten-fold
when they’re on the job,” he added.
Mr White is running a working dog
training series over this week, with
Tooraweenah, the first port-of-call.
Lessons will lead owners through various
demonstrations and basic commands,
“left”, “right”, and “stop”. Participants will then bring their dog in
to give them a go, with Mr White offering
valuable tips along the way.
spots are currently filled up for the local
course, he is encouraging “fence-sitters”
to come along and have “a look”.
“Every station has dogs that work
sheep, cows, and sometimes feral goats,
so the day is just available to help people
out with training their best friends,” he
So, people can make the most of the
days they’re out working and enjoy the
work they do, and see less mistakes.”
He said the benefits are not only for
the dogs, but for the stock, and the landowner.
“It just makes work so much more enjoyable and less stressful, when our dogs understand,” he concluded.