Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:10:40
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Katrina please forgive Me for not replying to Your question on the Heelers. Believe Me I have tried but could never get the message to post. So, since replies to already posted works We'll just outsmart tha blasted machine......
I donot have any idea as to price of a trained Heeler. Don't recall of ever seeing one advertised for sale but a trained Border Collie will run from 2000 to 3500 depending on how good and how well trained. You can get Them cheaper but heres where You get what You pay for.
Heelers are not the easiest dog to train,hard headed and the Dingo can realy come out in Them meaning when They attack to make an animal move They can get carried away and go for blood. I recall once using a borrowed Heeler to get up some goats and one old Nanny was being a problem. I lost My temper and yelled at the dog to "kill" Her. BAD MOVE! We saved tha goat but barely.
Now as to training,I'd say best to find a new born litter,right after Their eyes are open check Them out.Make em move aroun,hopefuly romp,play. Look fro the most pugnacious one of the bunch and put Your name on it.Soon as It's weanable bring it home. Love the daylites out of It.Take it with You everywhere You go outside. That should include around the critters.
Make it mind as much as You can but realy keep up the lovin. When it gets a little age It will have only one desire in life and that will be to please You and protect You.
Only way I know to train is just by working the stock at least once a day with the dog. You can work in hand signals and voice as You go.
Caution, donot carry any lethel item while doing this. Strong,harsh,screaming curses are highly acceptable and will do little harm ,or help for that matter. Main thing is to get it to STOP an attack. And remember They are called HEELERS because They are a driving dog.
All this in a hurry,gotta go but any questions I can answer I'll sure try.