Author sally.wyatt

Author sally.wyatt

The Border Collie

Why Border Collies for goose control? Many people ask us that question and of course think their beloved pet dog can do the job. While their dog may be very eager and have special talents, they do not possess the needed talents and temperament best suited to be a good goose dog. The Border Collie is the best suited breed of dog for this job for several reasons. First, they are herding dogs and their main job is to collect/gather groups of livestock and move them calmly to their handler or around a course. Secondly, they possess breed specific behaviors including the “eye”, an intense gaze at their stock or flock. With that “eye” and their lowered stance (head lowered, tail tucked) the Border Collie approaches the flock in a menacing and intimidating stalking manner. Since they are herders, their instinct is to gather the geese, not grab them.

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the English-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. In fact they are widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. Due to their working background, Border Collies can be very demanding, energetic and playful. They require a fair amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation. That is why they do not always make the best house pets if owners do not provide for these needs.

Border Collies can take direction by voice, hand signals and by whistle at long distances when herding/working. Their vast amount of energy and herding instinct are still used to herd all kinds of animals from sheep, cattle, poultry, pigs and even ostriches. And, of course they are also used to remove unwanted wild birds, such as geese, from corporate office sites, schools, golf courses, neighborhoods, apartment complexes, just to name a few. The use of dogs for herding sheep etc. also makes good economic sense as each trained dog can perform the work of three humans.

The natural life span of the Border Collie is between 10 and 17 years with the average falling around 12 years.

After having now owned 11 Border Collies, I can honestly say they astonish me every day with their personalities and intelligence. Best Dog ever!!!

Sally Wyatt
Geese Police

Fall Tips for Troublesome Fowl

featured image

Fall is in full swing and the geese have been on the move since the end of July. They are typically in large flocks this time of year. Winter is just around the corner and there are some things we highly recommend. If you have fountains or bubblers in your ponds and you want to keep the geese away, you should shut them down and allow your ponds to freeze over. As the smaller ponds start to freeze, the geese will look for open water. If you keep your bubblers and fountains on, that can attract the geese during the winter months.

The migratory geese will start to work their way through the area in late November. They will be in larger flocks and stay for a short period of time. However, during this time, they can certainly leave quite a mess as they deposit 1.5 to 2 pounds of droppings per goose per day.

If you are having a problem with large numbers of geese around your ponds in the winter, call us. It generally does not take longer than a couple of weeks or so to move them out. They look for open water for safety and preening.

Now is also the perfect time to start thinking about service for the spring nesting season. It is never too early to start planning for this. The geese start pairing up in February and will look for their nesting sites in March. We highly recommend that our customers be on service no later than March 1 before the geese become too entrenched on your property. If you need information and a quote please give us a call. We are more than happy to come out and meet with you.