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Double V Stock Dogs, Your Herding Dog Specialists

At Double V Stock Dogs, we work to help handlers understand livestock handling as well as herding dogs to bring out the best possible stock handling team. We work with an individual approach to bring out each handler and dogs strengths and to turn their weaknesses into strengths.

For more information contact Dave Viklund: by email  dave@topstockdog.com or by phone (cell) (360) 980-3156  (home) (503) 759-6975

You may contact Trudy Viklund by email at  trudy@doublevstockdogs.com

Should I…?

One of the common questions that comes up while working stockdogs is simply "Can I....". Everyone has an idea of what they have to do to be correct working their dog. Judges will tell you what you need to do. Trainers will tell you not to do this but do that. People...

To Train, or… To Train

Life is hard. Everyone has an opinion about what you should or should not do; how or how you should not act. Their opinions will vary based on; their experiences, education, where they were raised, where they live currently, who they associate with, and of...

The Small Things

It has been one of those days. One of the days that you wake up and you know that it might be a good day to find something to do that involves no one else.The second day of a functioning migraine but it is life so moving on... that is the plan anyway. Out in the...

Command with instinct, Don’t sacrifice.

I was a fly on the wall and I heard someone mention that people involved in herding do not have good obedience on their dogs. I can see why they might think that. We have all witnessed the person out working a herding dog with a “lie down, lie down, lie...

When things go wrong

I got to spend the other weekend with my brother; always a good time. He came down to spend some time with me, of course, and to get some shots of waves and lighthouses. The weather had ideas that did not fit ours. The first day we were supposed to go to...

Contemplating Retirement

We hope it happens to everyone and seems to happen to everything; age takes it's toll. For all life gives us it takes a little. Each moment that passes we gain experience and wisdom. Each of those moments are paid for with a little more wear and tear on...

When is nice not Kind?

In this politically correct world we get caught up in what is nice rather then what is honest; what is socially acceptable rather then what is truth. The focus on being non offensive rather then being fair. How can there be a difference? Wouldn’t nice be...

Learning Theory

An article written by Guest Blogger Cynthia Mills The question of this blog is: do animals learn concepts, and if they do, can we teach them? And by concepts, I mean a sort of short cut, where the learner can apply a principle and then use that principle...

Get lucky… settle for only one.

I can’t believe how unbelievably luck I am. This was my thought after my little hissy fit today. I was helping Trudy set up a sorting chute in the barn. She was excited… I was… I was, angry. I would prefer to say grumpy but truth; I was angry. Not for any...

Respect or Gesture?

There is always something interesting going on at trails. This last weekend I was at a trial up in Washington. Between running my dogs I was watching others run their dogs as well as visiting (one of those runs was my wife Trudy's winning pro/nov run with...

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