Working Dogs: We use both livestock guard dogs and stock (or herding) dogs

What is a Livestock Guard Dog?

Our guard dogs are a cross of Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Sheppard. They are known for being very protective of their goats and for keeping stray dogs and predators away from the goats.When we originally started this business, we didn’t have any guard dogs. We thought that between our neighbors and all the activities going on, predators wouldn’t be a problem.But then we lost a goat to a coyote in our back pasture–not a hundred yards from the house. So we started getting guard dogs. We haven’t lost a single goat to predators since our first guard dog, Addy, came along. As our herd has grown, we’ve added a few more guard dogs to back her up.

Atty Atty is a Great Pyrenees cross female and the mother of three of our other guard dogs. Atty is convinced that she’s a goat. When you go into the pasture, Atty comes up to you and says “Hi.” But then it’s back to the herd and back to business.

Moose Moose is all the name implies. He’s the biggest dog we have, and the biggest sweetheart—unless you’re messing with his goats. Moose loves to get attention, but is very dominating when it comes to the rest of the dogs. He makes sure the goats are in the right place, doing the right thing, and safe from predators before he does anything else.
Fro Baby Fro baby is from the same Moose and Atty litter as Quattro. It’s pretty obvious where “Fro,” as we call him, got his name. He has more hair on him than any dog we’ve ever seen.

What is a Stock Dog?

Stock dogs are a huge part of our business. Without them, we would be in serious trouble. They herd up the goats when we need them to, and help us to move them everywhere–over to the next pasture or down the road to another job. And if a goat gets out, we depend on our stock dogs to help us to get the stray back on the job.Australian Kelpies are our breed of choice. Kelpies know when to bite a misbehaving goat or nose a baby kid to help it keep up with the rest of the herd.But the biggest reason we chose Kelpies is because of their loyalty and work ethic. They don’t quit until we make them. They’d work from dawn to dusk every day of the week if they had a choice.
Lincoln Lincoln is a Registered Kelpie from Circle Lazy K Kelpies in New Plymouth, Idaho. He does his job very well, and never bites the goats—unless he thinks they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Lincoln is a hard worker and our go-to dog.
Lauri is a very athletic red Kelpie female who’s coming into her own as a livestock herding dog. Lauri likes nothiing better than to drive the goats and has a very nice outrun on her
Rowdy is a male black and tan Australian Kelpie. Rowdy does an excellent job, especially when we need to load the goats onto the stock trailer. He understands when to use pressure to get the herd moving, and when to ease up so the goats aren’t rushing each other up the shoot. Rowdy has a lot of natural instinct and is a great new addition to our team. Rowdy and Jo-Jo are so close we say that they’re brothers and sisters from different litters. Rowdy is our up-and-coming star.
Jo-Jo is a black and tan Australian Kelpie who, while still young, already shows great instincts. Her California parents are livestock dogs who work goats and cattle. We look forward to watching her mature into a great hand.
Brock is another red and tan Kelpie from Circle Lazy K Kelpies. We got Brock for Lynda to work with so she has a good go-to dog. He is a good all around dog and loves to work goats.
Jake is also known as “Happy Jake,” because about all that he needs to be happy is to be alive. Jake is an Australian Sheppard with no instincts about what to do or where to be. If Jake in the field, you can be sure that he’s in the way. But Jake is a great buddy and Lynda totally loves him.
In Memory: Sidney Sid passed away from cancer in fall 2010. But she’ll never be forgotten. Even in her last week, Sid was out working goats even though she wasn’t moving very well. We miss her and will never forget her. She’s buried next to our corral so her spirit will always be with us.

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FAQ


Do you rent goats out for anything other than weed control or fire prevention?
Yes. If you’re having a petting zoo or event, we’d be glad to bring goats to you… if we can fit it into our schedule. Give us a call well ahead of the event. We can also help you set up goat parties, where the goats mingle with guests, wine and beer. The goats are great conversation starters, and help people learn about sustainable weed control and fire protection.