Welcome to the Stockdog Ranch. My name is Anna
Guthrie and I have been raising and training working border collies for
the past 15+ years. My training facility is located in southern
California. I work with students and their
border collies, helping those students train their dogs for a variety of
goals: some people need their dog to assist them in their livestock
operations, some people plan to compete, or
TRIAL with their dog, and
others just simply like to learn a new skill with their dog.
I am located in northern San Diego county, on a 500+ acre
ranch. I keep a flock of Dorper and Dorper cross sheep, as well as a handful of
calves for training the dogs. I have a round pen for starting dogs and 100 acres
pastures of various sizes, plus 120 acres of rangeland, which allows me to
create a variety of working situations for dogs and handlers of all levels.
My emphasis is on training the working-bred dog to do practical,
everyday jobs with livestock. I will occasionally take in an outside dog
for training for 30 or 60 days, and sometimes I have what I refer to as
a a "project dog" - a pup that I am starting and training up to sell as a
working dog to a ranch.
While I start all dogs on sheep, my own preference is for cattle. I
competed with my dogs at USBCHA cattle trials, and have been a
regular competitor at the National Cattle Finals for a number of years. My dogs
are all bred to work cattle; however, they work sheep and goats readily,
Often, people will want to bring out a dog that is one of the other
"herding breeds," or is a mix of those breeds. At one time, I did work
with the other "herding breeds," but at this time I am only working with
||Working With A Stockdog...Principals and Practice
By Anna M. Guthrie
Outrun Press specializes in working
border collie publications, and I am very proud to have my
first book published by them!
They describe my book as "An invaluable
guide to understanding the relationship between working dogs
and livestock. Whether you are a rancher who has purchased a
working dog, someone with a border collie interested in
learning how to work livestock, or someone who wants to
understand the "big picture" of how dogs and stock interact,
this book will help you achieve your goals."
Please go to
Outrun Press to order a copy!