TROY, NY – Audubon International is proud to partner with EYE DOG from Fredericksburg, VA as a newest corporate sponsor.  EYE DOG uses highly-trained border collies to provide superior, humane, sustainable Canada geese management for golf courses in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  

“We are proud to work with EYE DOG because their program for controlling geese on golf courses aligns with our recommendations for dealing with nuisance species,” said Doug Bechtel, executive Director for Audubon International. “We encourage methods that are humane, non-lethal, and sustainable.” 

EYE DOG’s border collies are from exceptional North American and imported European working sheepdog lines. They are trained professionally on sheep and geese and are under voice and whistle command. Both the USDA Wildlife Service and US Fish and Wildlife approve this hazing method.

Jeremy Austin, owner of EYE DOG has privately trained with top border collie handlers including Tom Wilson, renowned Scottish handler, who has won multiple prestigious US trials including the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials and the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial.

“I am thrilled to support Audubon International due to their commitment to educate property owners about responsible practices to protect all species.” said Mr. Austin.  “Geese,” he added, “are savvy and highly adaptive. It takes a real or perceived dire threat, like the border collies, to convince the birds to relocate. Employing trained, working border collies and a skilled handler is the most humane and effective way to deal with this all to common and growing problem.”

About EYE DOG

EYE DOG provides superior, humane, sustainable Canada geese management to Fredericksburg, VA and the surrounding areas, including Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, DC. Their border collies are from exceptional North American and imported European working sheepdog lines. They are trained to the highest professional level on sheep and geese and are under voice and whistle command. EYE DOG uses hazing strategies based on various wild pack hunting canids such as those of coyotes and gray wolves, the most common predators of adult geese, to simulate the most realistic predation threat possible. Mr. Austin’s comprehensive hazing practices have a considerable advantage in that he works multiple dogs (up to three) simultaneously on land and water to more decisively apply predatory pressure and condition a relocation response in the geese. A Wildlife Ecologist and Senior Environmental Analyst provides technical consulting services for animal damage management and environmental stewardship strategies. For more information on EYE DOG, contact Jeremy Austin at 540.220.5722. For media inquiries, contact Rob Solka at rsolka@gmail.com or visit EYE DOG’S website at http://www.workingcollie.com 

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