Welcome to Hangin Arch Border Collies located in the beautiful prairies of Southern Alberta. We are proud producers of Alberta beef & lamb, and also develop ranch horses and working stock dogs.
ll of our dogs have full time jobs on the ranch. They each have areas where they excel and we tend to pick and choose who is ‘on call’ for the day depending on the tasks at hand. We have dogs that prefer working sheep over cattle (and vise versa), but generally the decision is based entirely on the weather! If we are feeding cows in a -30 degree blizzard; we typically take the seasoned dogs that day!
We use our dogs for everything from holding gates, moving stock to new pasture, bringing our sheep in nightly to predator safe pens, loading chutes and stock trailers, pairing out, and of course for lambing and calving.
In addition to the stock work, our dogs join us for our daily chores around the yard. Usually about an hour in the morning and once again in the late afternoon. It gives our dogs some time for free play and a chance to have a good romp in the yard.
To keep our dogs in excellent health and fitness, we also take them on runs daily. It has really helped in maintaining soundness and stamina as well as allowing them to ‘just be dogs’. Our runs are typically about 6km’s a day depending on weather conditions and the amount of stock work we have that day. We are very careful about avoiding weather that is too cold, but just as importantly, too hot. Of course, all of the dogs run free and our expecting mothers and pups have the option to come along or stay home as we leave right from the yard. We absolutely never let our dogs on the road unless they are moving stock.
When our dogs aren’t busy working, they are housed in their private dog runs, complete with rubber mats and a bedded crate for additional privacy. In the winter months, they are kept indoors in our 40’ x 60’ building dedicated entirely to our critters on the ranch. In the summer, they move to our outdoor building to take advantage of the fresh air and warm weather. Our runs are cleaned twice a day and pressure washed as needed. In the winter, our kennels are maintained at a balmy 12 degrees and in the summer, our outdoor building offers a cool breeze, free from pesky bugs.
For the most part, our dogs are fed strictly a diet of raw dog food. We have tried many other dog foods, but find that the raw diet gives gives our dogs tremendous energy, perfect body condition and healthy, shiny coats. In addition to Alberta beef, our raw food is combined with carrots, sweet potatoes, oats, potatoes, lentils, peas, eggs, alfalfa, kelp, flax meal, sea salt and garlic. Our young pups are fed Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy kibble from about 3 weeks of age in addition to raw milk straight from our jersey cow which really helps our working mothers out as well.