|This pup is pretty sure this is not good|
Built a grooming bench to make it easier to care for the farm dogs. Brush them down and remove burrs and matted hair, inspect for ticks and fleas, check them for various wounds, cuts, bruises or any other injuries.
I own 9 airedales at this point; they spend most of their time investigating things; the injuries come when they dive into blackberry bushes when chasing a rat; which may be a real rat or an imaginary one. Either way they think it should be chased.
If the dogs are particularly dirty I'll bring a hose over and soap them up and get the worst of the dirt off. I use a systemic flea medicine, which is probably why I haven't seen any ticks on them this year. I do see some fleas from time to time -- figure they get transferred to the dogs from rats that they kill and eat.
I was paying for individual licenses for each dog, but finally figured out that the county I live in provides you a bulk-dog discount in the form of a commercial kennel license. for $250 you can own up to 20 dogs; the zoning that I'm in (Agriculture-10) allows commercial kennels, and it also prevents complaints about barking dogs if any were to come up.
I do my own vaccinations for the dogs; it's a lot cheaper to buy the shot at the feed store and administer it, but I cannot legally buy the rabies shot; so once a year I pack them all into the truck and off to the vet we go. The rabies shots are important for farm dogs because they have nearly-constant contact with wildlife, mostly rats.