Leroy’s Ranch Hands &  Leroy’s 2nd Phase Working Dogs


Our business supports Agriculture by cooperating with the Ranch and Sheep Dog Trial DSCN0003communities to acquire working border collies no longer able to perform duties due to:

  • Injury
  • Temperament
  • Age

Dependent upon extensive evaluation, these dogs are retrained and certified as:

  • Leroy’s Ranch Hands (LRH)
    • Search and Rescue
    • Service/Mobility
  • Leroy’s 2nd Phase Working Dogs
    • Companion Dogs

Leroy’s Ranch Hands and Leroy’s 2nd Phase Working Dogs is a unique concept. We are a dscn1024Border Collie adoption service that builds the bridge between the dogs’ working background and their new urban lifestyles.  We are very selective and accept only dogs whose temperament, age, or medical condition prohibits them from meeting the standard required for ranch and sheep dog trial work.  Our business takes the greatest care in matching these dogs with people whose temperament and lifestyle match the dogs’ needs.  This unique enterprise sets all involved up for success.


All training is based on pressure/release body language and developing a positive relationship with the dog.  There are no clickers, treats, prong-collars, shock (remote/e-collars) involved.


In addition to the foundation, my program has a “No Ceiling” component for excelling dogs.  This component will challenge those dogs who meet the standards for Leroy’s Ranch Hands.


With a solid foundation and no ceiling, each level of dog will be professionally matched and set up for success.



Vivian Merkley

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