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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

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...

Time Spent

I see it all the time, people who spend  months, and even years on a behavior. I have to give them credit. It takes a lot of dedication to put all that effort into a single behavior. One common example is people who have dogs that are nervous around...

The No Win Situation.

Anyone that knows me knows I am not comfortable in front of people. It is one of the reasons trialing is a chore for me. I know that I spend a lot of time in front of people. All I can say about that is, some days are easier then others. Awhile back I was...

When you know…you realize you don’t!

I don't know what I don't know till I realize I don't know. I was told today that was a frustrating phrase.... but it is one of my favorites. One of the greatest things about working stock dogs is all the things there are to learn. We get to learn about...

What is Positive

From time to time I get calls from people who what to work their dogs on livestock with "positive only" methods. I would like to say that is easy to do but.... it is not that easy! The thing we have to remember; training a dog to work livestock is a little different...

This time of Giving…

It is that time of year again. It is my favorite time of year. It is my hardest time of year. It makes me want to be a better person. It makes me see just how far I have to go to be that person. I see good from so many people. Good that does not only come out at...

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