ISSUE DATE: 07/30/2012
By Jennifer Carrico
Obedient, intelligent, mature, athletic and driven are all qualities needed to make a top-notch stockdog for veteran trainer and competitor Bob Johnson.
The southern Iowa man has been training stockdogs--mainly Border Collies--for nearly 13 years. In 2010, his dog Ruby was named National Champion at the United States Border Collie Handler's Association National Cattledog finals. She placed third in the same competition in 2011 when another of his dogs, Jazz, was the Reserve National Champion.
Johnson got started training stockdogs when he decided to quit rodeoing. "I've always been a competitor and want to do whatever I'm doing as good as I can, whether it was rodeoing, raising Angus cattle, or training stockdogs," he said. "I will go until I get it right. I might not always win, but I'm always near the top and I always learn something each time I compete."
While Johnson had a few mentors he learned to train dogs from, he mostly went to the school of hard knocks and learned what worked by trial and error.
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