All of Charlies' Cowdogs are registered with the
Hangin Tree Cowdog Association Inc.
If you buy a dog from Charlie you will receive a registration certificate.

Cowdog Clinics & Demonstrations

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Charlie and His Dogs
At a Demo
Cowdog Demonstration

Charlie gives cowdog clinics and working cowdog demonstrations both regionally and nationally. Charlie has demonstrated the versatility of using dogs for working cattle at such respected venues as

  • the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) World Championship Ranch Rodeo at Amarillo,TX:
  • the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual convention at both Denver,CO and Nashville,TN:
  • the American Royal in Kansas City, MO;
  • the EquiFest of Kansas at Wichita, KS;
  • the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, CA;
  • the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association annual convention at Fort Worth, TX;
to name only a few, many other events from California to Florida and Wyoming to South Texas.

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Charlie has placed working cowdogs on ranches all over the United States plus Canada. He has seen a need to educate cowboys and ranchers on how to use and handle their dogs to get the most benefit from them.

Charlie Trayer has been raising and training Hangin' Tree Cowdogs for many years and has trained hundreds of cowdogs. He has experienced most every problem a dog or the handler can have, also he has experienced handling every type of cattle with dogs.

To this end Charlie offers clinics with his methods geared specifically for working cattle with dogs.

Clinics are one & two day.

Clinic participants bring their own dogs to the clinic location to receive hands on training advice and direction from Charlie. Spectators can attend the clinic without dogs for a nominal fee.

During the clinics, Charlie demonstrates proper training techniques. Topics covered are;

  • Starting pups
  • Basic commands
  • Advanced work
  • Problems
  • Using the remote training collar
  • Handling cattle in a low stress manner
  • Charlie also addresses the fact that some ranchers and cowboys only want a good solid ranch dog while others prefer a trial type dog, and the fact that you can have both in one dog.

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Charlie and His Dogs
At a Demo
Cowdog Demonstration

Charlie gives cowdog demonstrations during equine educational events, rodeos, cattle seminars, and other ranch, cattle, and working dog related gatherings.

Charlie Trayer's working cowdog demonstrations not only educate and inform cattle ranchers and cowboys but also entertain spectators of all ages, careers, and backgrounds.

There is something special about watching a working ranch cowboy demonstrate the techniques he uses in the day-to-day operation of a ranch.

During a typical demonstration Charlie works on horseback, using a set of Hangin' Tree Cowdogs. Fresh cattle are used and are previously unworked with by dogs. Charlie dispels the common myth that working cattle with dogs makes the cattle wild and uncontrollable. Closing the demonstration Charlie and the dogs load the cattle in a stock trailer in the arena. At the end Charlie answers questions from the audience.

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