May 22, 2023
Pull your toes in or put your steel toed boots on! We are
getting real in this episode and some topics may be
In this particular episode of the Instinctive Australian
Shepherd Podcast, the host, Jacque Tinker, engages in an insightful
conversation with Jodi Tietjen, a guest who has extensive
experience in working with dogs, particularly Australian Shepherds
and Border Collies. Jodi shares her knowledge and expertise on
training and breeding these dogs, highlighting the significance of
preserving good lines in the breed. She explains how breeding
practices can impact the health and temperament of the dogs, and
how responsible breeding can help maintain the breed's
Moreover, the discussion sheds light on the importance of
supporting and encouraging each other in the dog trialing and
training community. Jodi shares her experiences of being a part of
this community and how it has helped her grow as a handler and
breeder. She emphasizes the significance of having a positive
mindset and seeking out opportunities to learn and improve.
Overall, this episode offers valuable insights into the world of
working dogs and the responsible breeding practices that are
essential for maintaining the health and well-being of these
animals. It also highlights the importance of community support and
continuous learning in the pursuit of excellence in dog training
Jodi's first Australian Shepherd, Hangin' Tree Dude [00:02:29]
Jodi talks about her first Australian Shepherd, Hangin' Tree Dude,
and how he changed her life. She also discusses his strengths and
Breeding and preserving good lines in the Australian Shepherd breed
[00:06:15] Jodi and Jacque discuss the importance of breeding
and preserving good lines in the Australian Shepherd breed,
specifically mentioning the impact of Hangin' Tree Dude on the
Importance of Breeding Good Lines [00:07:38] Discussion on the
influence of a male dog named Hangin' Tree Dude in working
pedigrees and the importance of reproducing good dogs with good
Risk and Benefits of Line Breeding [00:09:21] The
benefits and risks of line breeding, specifically breeding
individuals that are tightly lined bred, and the importance of
well-thought-out line breeding to get consistent traits.
Challenges of Finding Good Dogs to Breed To
[00:12:01] The challenges of finding good dogs to breed
to in the past, before the internet, and the difficulty of finding
the exact cross that matches even with modern technology. The
importance of line breeding to achieve consistency in working
Breeding and preserving good lines [00:14:09] Jodi talks about
the importance of lime breeding in working dogs, specifically
Australian Shepherds and Border Collies.
Culling and rehoming dogs [00:15:08] The conversation
shifts to the topic of culling dogs that don't meet the necessary
traits for working dogs, and how the process has changed over time
to focus on rehoming instead.
Dude, the heroic Australian Shepherd [00:17:21] Jodi shares a
story about her first Australian Shepherd, Dude, who saved a pony
from a dangerous stud horse and showed incredible loyalty and
Training a Solid Minded Dog [00:20:20] Jodi talks about her
experience training her Australian Shepherd, Hangin' Tree Dude, and
how he was able to run a sheepdog course with her.
The Importance of Breeding and Preserving Good Lines
[00:23:16] Jodi discusses the importance of breeding and
preserving good lines in the Australian Shepherd breed and how she
left the breed due to the lack of growth and wanting to keep things
Pushing the Boundaries of Working Dogs [00:25:04] Jacque and
Jodi talk about the importance of pushing the boundaries of working
dogs and how some breeders and trainers are still playing small
with the breed. They also discuss the beauty of the things that
working dogs do when the camera is not there.
Encouragement and Joy [00:27:14] The speakers discuss the
importance of encouraging and supporting each other in the dog
training community, rather than tearing each other down.
Self-Examination and Growth [00:30:10] The speakers
reflect on the need for self-examination and growth in the dog
training community, and the irony of working with innocent animals
while acting unkindly towards each other.
Understanding Stock [00:31:53] The speakers emphasize the
importance of understanding stock and stockmanship in dog training,
and suggest ways to improve this understanding even without access
Importance of keeping stock that keeps dogs thinking
[00:33:13] Discussion on how stock that just follows the
person ruins dogs and the importance of keeping stock that keeps
Challenges of working outside of arena walls
[00:36:28] The importance of taking dogs and stock
outside of arena walls to see if they are really covering or just
Involvement in sheepdog competitions [00:37:36] Jodi
involvement in sheepdog competitions, including her experience with
training and selling border collies for trialing, and her current
focus on field work.
Transitioning to a New Type of Trial [00:45:07] The challenges
of transitioning to a new type of working dog trial and having to
go back to being a beginner.
Competing Against Yourself [00:49:15] The speakers talk
about the importance of focusing on your own game and mindset when
competing, rather than comparing yourself to others.
Dealing with Jealousy in Competition [00:50:32] The
speakers discuss the issue of jealousy in competition, particularly
when one person is winning too much and others start to resent
The importance of growth mindset [00:52:15] Jodi and
Jackie discuss the importance of having a growth mindset and being
open to constructive criticism in order to improve.
Private training sessions [00:55:21] Jodi talks about how
she prefers to invite people to her facility for private training
sessions rather than doing clinics.
Efficiency of private training [00:56:09] Jacque and Jodi
discuss the benefits of private training sessions over clinics,
including more one-on-one time and better results.
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