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The Instinctive Australian Shepherd

Celebrating the working origins of the Australian Shepherd

Feb 1, 2022

In this episode, Jacque speaks with Randy Kidd, owner of Kidd’s Australian Shepherd, about the history of Australian Shepherd, and what defines a working dog. They also discuss Australian Shepherd genetics and how it is so important when choosing a dog. 

Randy Kidd grew up around working dogs. As he got older and...


Jan 20, 2022

This is a very interesting episode about training with chain behavior and how explosion detection dogs! Jacque speaks with Élise Saint-Pierre, the owner of Dig It Dogs Canine Services and an explosive detection canine handler. 

She started with training when she was in high school with her terrier mix. After she...


Dec 27, 2021

In this episode, Jacque speaks with Aaron Steele, founder of Goats On The Go and host of the Farm Dog podcast.  

This is a very interesting conversation about finding a working dog that works for you. When you are looking for a working cattle dog, it is very important to understand the dog’s genetics. Building a...


Dec 6, 2021

Title: Clinic Hopping with Kathi Schwengel

In this episode, I chat with Kathi Schwengel, an author and Australian Shepherd enthusiast. There are so many similarities between our lives, this conversation is like speaking with an old friend. 

We talk about how having Australian Shepherds is like having a Ferrari without...


Aug 20, 2021

This story is a nail biter. Trudy and her family escape the 2020 Wilhoit fire Oregon fire. She shares her story day by day and talks about how her Aussie, Jill rounded up the sheep and ducks. 

Trudy talks about how the fire brought out the best and worst in people. She shares lessons learned and how she now prepares...