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How to train a farm dog

Lucy, our chesapeake bay retreiverAfter television watching, our number one pet peeve with American society is probably dog care.  Most dogs we meet are neurotic and/or out of control.  We're not saying that Lucy is the best dog in the world (well, Mark might say that....), but she is a pleasure to be around and makes life on the farm easier.

Lucy keeps predators out of the yard, sits patiently as we eat outside, doesn't hurt our cats and chickens, and only gnaws on gloves now and then.  This week's lunchtime series is a brief look at quick and dirty techniques you can use to turn your pampered pet into a working member of the farm without any inhumane treatment or expensive dog obedience courses.  Chances are your dog will end up happier too.

This post is part of our Training a Farm Dog lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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