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  • Evesham Sheepdog Trials - Carew's great day!
    time Carew s seventy two points still amounted to a competitive score for a local novice trial though and I look forward to finding out how close she came to being amongst the leaders Kay s run was quite typical of her She has such a great talent but I really think she s finding sheepdog trials a little too much for her now that she s getting older It seems the more tired she gets the more her enthusiasm gets the better of her She proved difficult to stop for much of her run and wasn t flanking as wide as I wanted either Her points lost for each section don t read too well Outrun 2 Lift 3 Fetch 5 Drive 14 Shed 6 and Pen 10 timed out Kay was left with a total of sixty points a whole twelve behind Carew Evesham Sheepdog Trial has an enviable array of trophies on offer to the winners Click to enlarge Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the field on Sunday to find that Carew s Saturday run had earned her the Christian Salvesen Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Outrun Lift and Fetch What better confirmation that she s responding well to her special training Sunday was a completely different day to Saturday though The weather forecasters told us that the remnants of hurricane Bertha would bring heavy rain and high winds and they weren t wrong During the morning torrential showers drenched everyone and if the afternoon the wind coming straight down the field caused handlers to struggle at times to remain at the post I spent much of Carew s run holding my peaked hat on with one hand and holding the sheepdog whistle with the other Note the poplar tree With wind like this it s not surprising some handlers had difficulty standing still at the post Click to enlarge Carew had a wonderful run though I thought her outrun lift and fetch were as good as the day before and the drive was the best I think I ve ever achieved with any dog since I ve been competing in sheepdog trials Carew took the sheep straight to the first drive gate turned them quite tightly and kept them on a good line right through the second gates and bringing them nicely up to the shedding ring Evesham SDT Sunday 10th Aug 2014 Judge Bob Powell Open National with Single Thomas Longton Maya 95 OLF Adrian Hall Gwen 95 Richard Smith Glen 93 OLF Jenny Atwell Alice 93 Val Powell Cully 92 OLF Eamon Lawless Niamh 92 Novice National Class Jenny Atwell Alice 93 Angie Blackmore Charlie 91 OLF means that in the event of a tied score the place was decided by the number of points scored for the Outrun Lift and Fetch sections of each run Thanks to South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association for the results A total of seven points were lost on the drive which might seem a lot but on the day it compared very well with some of the very best runs The sheep were hungry and kept getting their heads down and eating causing most dogs to lose a point every time this happened On the shed we lost just one point so I was very optimistic as I ran to open the pen gate but here once more we failed I can t blame Carew she did everything I asked just the way I wanted it I don t even blame myself on this occasion For some reason most handlers struggled to pen these excellent sheep and although I m determined to get lots more penning practice in at home I think Carew and I worked well together Unfortunately not only did we lose the ten points for the pen but for this open trial there was a single where just one sheep must be parted and held away from the others too By running out of time poor Carew lost a whopping twenty points from her total There was no chance of picking up a place after that loss except possibly in the novice class but we must wait for the full results to appear before we know that The best place to watch the runs from during the torrential rain was your car Click to enlarge Was I disappointed Not at all I was overjoyed Carew had once more done a good outrun lift and fetch It seems she s got out of the habit of stopping on her outrun something I was once told you couldn t train a dog out of and she s now working the sheep more fluidly at a distance marking a vast improvement on the very faults she s shown in the recent past Added to that I was more than happy with her drive her control of the line was nothing short of remarkable Even though the sheep did stop and start a little she was able to get them moving again without them going off line The shed was near faultless just one point dropped is highly competitive Carew has demonstrated superb sheep control skills in all sections of an open sheepdog trial Now all we have to do is string all those sections together regularly Kay cools off in the water tub after her run Click to enlarge We re not there yet but I m convinced Carew has what it takes to become an excellent trials dog Kay on the other hand was putting it politely less than helpful It seems she just doesn t have the stamina to run in sheepdog trials on consecutive days After a good outrun losing just two points she rushed at the sheep and lost three more on the lift Then she didn t want to stop or respond to flanking commands so all the sheep missed the fetch gates It was obvious she was tired and impatient so I retired and she then drove the sheep to the

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  • How to keep a sheepdog working smoothly a long way off
    a couple of times too It was an improvement over her recent trial performances though and looked promising Sheep grazing the course before the Local Novice trial begins on a very warm July evening Click image to enlarge Two days later I ran Kay and Carew in the very hot and humid Mathon Local Novice Trial near Malvern I was worried about Carew s outrun here because if you send the dog left the sheep have a tendency to run back to the letting out pen If you send it to the right the dog has to go up under some dark overhanging trees Dogs seem more likely to stop in dark places like this but in fact Carew went well I whistled her on twice losing a point for each occasion and the second whistle cost us dear because Carew flanked a little too far and the sheep began to run to the right of the ground just as they do if the dog approaches from the left instead of straight down the fetch She lost three of her points for the outrun and two for the lift not great but another improvement because in the event the extra whistles had been unnecessary Unfortunately one of the sheep in Carew s bunch was somewhat wayward Try as Carew might one sheep kept going off line and the run was spoiled I m not one to complain about the sheep at a sheepdog trial because I feel that tricky sheep make it more interesting Sheep that trot round like little robots are boring whereas within reason the more trying can be a great test of the dog s resolve as long as the sheep are the same for everyone In the past Mathon has had a reputation for difficult sheep probably because they re brought in from a farm several miles away just for the occasion Sheep like to be settled The sheep at Mathon SDT were fine if the dog kept well back Here the sheep are leaving the shedding ring because the dog s putting too much pressure on them Click image to enlarge it At this year s Mathon event though the sheep were generally excellent If the dog was calm well disciplined but firm the sheep behaved well but if the dog was too pushy or erratic they d be very difficult This is how sheepdog trials should be but there appeared to be just one sheep in the bunch that came out of the holding pen prancing and bucking like a mule and poor old Carew got that one We saw the same sheep in someone else s run the following day and they struggled with it too It s just the luck of the draw Carew dealt very well with it and managed to catch all the gates but we ran out of time at the pen and the best we could manage was fifth place nothing to shout about as there were only ten runners but the most important thing for me was that once again Carew seemed to be more responsive Kay on the other hand managed second place with a super run but just as with Carew s run we were timed out at the pen Ironically immediately after the judge called Time the sheep trotted into the pen but of course it didn t count The judge remarked to me that if we d penned the sheep we would have won easily Never mind To me the performance of the dogs is most important but of course a prize is always very welcome too It s such a pity that I didn t start running Kay in sheepdog trials until she was getting older The following day was the Open Trial at Mathon where some of the top handlers in the country compete As I ve mentioned in previous blogs there s normally a substantial gathering of spectators on the day because there s a local dog show on the ground too but this year the judge was not available so the dog show wasn t there The weather was completely different too heavy rain with thunder and lightning at times My best shed ever with the best dog I ve ever had but on other parts of the sheepdog trials course Carew needs to keep better contact with her sheep Click any image to enlarge it As usual I ran Carew before Kay For some reason prima donna Carew takes offence if I run Kay first and her performance suffers in the trial I m working on this because it s not a good situation but compared to Carew s other problems it s hardly significant The run before Carew s didn t start when it should because the handler was worried about his dog s reaction to the thunder so the judge asked me whether I wanted to run Carew a little early I was confident she wouldn t mind the crashing and banging so off we went I m very proud of the way Carew worked in the heavy rain She completely ignored the thunder and lightning remaining totally focussed on her sheep and obeying every command Of course it wasn t perfect but I was happy with everything she did on the run Nearly all points lost were my fault not hers We lost two points for the outrun she may have been a tad tight at the top of the field as she approached the sheep four for the lift because I was a little too eager to keep her moving and she approached them too quickly and just one point off the fetch With the thunder lightning and heavy rain it was a joy to see the sheep come straight down through the centre of the gates without wavering So near yet so far The sheep were calm and settled All looked set for a good pen but we ran out of time Click

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  • Carew may not be fit to run at Evesham Sheepdog Trials
    become a cattle dog Next Next post Dave stands in for Carew gathering sheep Sheepdog Training Tutorials Clearly Explained Improved Techniques More Fun Three hours long approx and with many improved techniques we ve learned since releasing our great First Steps DVD Sheepdog Training Tutorials is available now The Sheepdog Training Tutorials 2xDVD set is a collection of seventeen wonderful sheepdog training video tutorials which are normally only available to our paid members English subtitles available on request More info Contact us Puppies for Sale to Suitable Homes It s difficult to maintain a steady supply of puppies for training as sheepdogs so we sometimes have surplus puppies available Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 For the benefit of the dogs and owners alike we re careful about the homes our dogs go to Read our Puppy FAQ Contact us First Steps in Sheepdog Training From Chaos to Control Sheepdog training as it really is warts and all using the dog s natural instinct rather than imaginative ideas Learn how both dog and sheep are going to behave and how to get the best out of them and your training ground with special attention paid to correcting faults More info Preview Buy now Sheepdogs for Sale We usually have started part trained and trained dogs for sale suitable for working sheep cattle and other livestock We re training dogs all the time so it s worth enquiring even if no dogs happen to be listed here just at the moment Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 For the benefit of the dogs and owners alike we re careful about the homes our dogs go to More details Contact us Sheepdog Training Classes and Courses Ideal Gift We run regular sheepdog training classes for complete beginners and intermediate handlers on Saturdays and Mondays throughout the year weather permitting for dogs and puppies over six months of age No previous experience necessary but dogs which are interested in sheep are at an advantage Vouchers available if bought as a gift Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 More details Contact us Our Fabulous Online DVD Store Ideal Gifts There are now forty two fabulous titles in our Online DVD Store for dog and country lovers Ranging in subjects from sheepdog training obedience agility frisbee heelwork to music and flyball right along to nature programmes such as the wonderful Elan Valley disc by Iolo Williams Visit the DVD Shop How to Train a Sheepdog Article Struggling on our hands and knees in the base of a hedge one day it occurred to Gill and me that there ought to be more information for beginners to sheepdog training and handling We were vainly attempting to extract some Texel cross ewes Read the article One of our skilled working sheepdogs Carew Carew is the kind of sheepdog you dream about highly trained wonderful outrun excellent stop perfect flanks calm but powerful around sheep experienced

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  • How to use a sheepdog whistle - sheepdog training tutorial
    by CleanTalk Post navigation Previous Previous post Sheepdog training as usual on Saturday and Wednesday Next Next post Training the dog to lie or stand on the stop command Sheepdog Training Tutorials Clearly Explained Improved Techniques More Fun Three hours long approx and with many improved techniques we ve learned since releasing our great First Steps DVD Sheepdog Training Tutorials is available now The Sheepdog Training Tutorials 2xDVD set is a collection of seventeen wonderful sheepdog training video tutorials which are normally only available to our paid members English subtitles available on request More info Contact us Puppies for Sale to Suitable Homes It s difficult to maintain a steady supply of puppies for training as sheepdogs so we sometimes have surplus puppies available Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 For the benefit of the dogs and owners alike we re careful about the homes our dogs go to Read our Puppy FAQ Contact us First Steps in Sheepdog Training From Chaos to Control Sheepdog training as it really is warts and all using the dog s natural instinct rather than imaginative ideas Learn how both dog and sheep are going to behave and how to get the best out of them and your training ground with special attention paid to correcting faults More info Preview Buy now Sheepdogs for Sale We usually have started part trained and trained dogs for sale suitable for working sheep cattle and other livestock We re training dogs all the time so it s worth enquiring even if no dogs happen to be listed here just at the moment Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 For the benefit of the dogs and owners alike we re careful about the homes our dogs go to More details Contact us Sheepdog Training Classes and Courses Ideal Gift We run regular sheepdog training classes for complete beginners and intermediate handlers on Saturdays and Mondays throughout the year weather permitting for dogs and puppies over six months of age No previous experience necessary but dogs which are interested in sheep are at an advantage Vouchers available if bought as a gift Location Nr Worcester 15 20 min from M5 J5 6 More details Contact us Our Fabulous Online DVD Store Ideal Gifts There are now forty two fabulous titles in our Online DVD Store for dog and country lovers Ranging in subjects from sheepdog training obedience agility frisbee heelwork to music and flyball right along to nature programmes such as the wonderful Elan Valley disc by Iolo Williams Visit the DVD Shop How to Train a Sheepdog Article Struggling on our hands and knees in the base of a hedge one day it occurred to Gill and me that there ought to be more information for beginners to sheepdog training and handling We were vainly attempting to extract some Texel cross ewes Read the article One of our skilled working sheepdogs Carew Carew is the kind of sheepdog you dream

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  • Trials Articles - Part 9
    LLoyd Gill 62 Online Sheepdog Training Tutorial Videos Why not have a look at our online sheepdog training tutorials For a very modest monthly or annual fee you can watch our very latest training sessions in your own time and if you have a mobile device you could even watch them out in the field where you train your dog You can watch as many times as you like and we re adding more videos regularly but if you choose to unsubscribe you can continue to watch until the end of the period you ve paid for More info Tutorials preview Signup Tutorials library Top Author Andy Posted on July 6 2013 November 19 2015 Categories News Trials Articles 2 Comments on Oops there goes my excuse for not sheepdog trialling Broadening the sheepdog s horizons One of the important points I like to make when teaching people to train their dogs is the value of taking your dog to work somewhere completely new One of the important points I like to make when teaching people to train their dogs is the value of taking your dog to work somewhere completely new Kay showed good control of her Herdwick sheep most of the time Click to enlarge New sheep and a different training ground offer excellent fresh challenges for the dog and broaden its experience dramatically On Wednesday we seized the opportunity when a friend kindly offered to let us run Kay Mo and Mel on their full sized hillside trials course in Gloucestershire I have not competed seriously in sheepdog trials for some years now and I must admit at first sight the course was daunting The picture doesn t show the steep banks but it gives a fair idea of the scale of the trials course The right hand drive gates are just out of the picture Click to enlarge The pictures don t show it well but looking from the post there s a fairly steep slope down to the fetch gates and then a sharp climb up the bank to the peg where the sheep would normally await collection during a trial If you click the picture to enlarge it you may not be able to see it but the letting out pen is by the tiny tin shed on the horizon As Gill was fully occupied shooting the event on video there was nobody to actually let the sheep out and keep them near the peg so we had to make the best of the situation we had The sheep were Herdwicks which are currently favoured by many sheepdog trainers as they are free moving and easy on the dog Unfortunately they were not sympathetic to our cause The eight herdwicks had placed themselves out of sight at the far right of the field nowhere near the peg Gill took Mo to bring them back to a more manageable position but by the time the pair arrived back at the post area the sheep had found refuge in the shade of the tree in the far left corner of the field Worse still their dark brown wool proved to be perfect camouflage They were invisible from the post Mo sets off on her outrun with great enthusiasm but the sheep are hidden under the shady tree at the top left of the picture Click to enlarge Not being used to a long outrun let alone one where there are apparently no sheep Mo set off fast and wide as usual but her lack of experience quickly became apparent as she started to look around obviously wondering what she was supposed to be gathering I redirected her and even called her back and re sent her but to no avail so I took her up closer to the shady tree sent her off to collect them and we positioned them somewhere nearer the center of the course Fortunately the herdwicks stayed in place long enough for me to return to the post with Mo but with our backs to them we didn t notice another nine sheep run across from wherever they d been hiding and join the eight we d put in place I sent Mo off again and this time she had much more success but I don t know which of us was the more surprised to see that the bunch had doubled in size Despite Mo s very wide outrun as soon as they saw her the sheep began to run towards the far right of the course She s not the easiest dog to stop but she flanked really wide and gave them plenty of room to steady down and I was able to hold her back enough to allow the sheep to slip through the fetch gates all seventeen of them Little Mo keeps the herdwick sheep on line as they set off towards the first drive gate Click to enlarge I was really impressed with little Mo as she brought her sheep neatly around the post and set of towards the first drive gate at a brisk but controlled pace As they climbed up the bank towards the gate the sheep kept their line and Mo s drive was still on maximum points when all seventeen herdwicks went through cleanly I flanked Mo to the left and she turned them neatly towards the second drive gate The crossdrive was a struggle as the sheep were trying hard to get up the hill and back to their original refuge Mo responded very well but I had to keep her almost on the opposite side of the sheep to me such was the sheep s determination to escape uphill Judging the second drive gates is never one of my strong points but this time Mo and I got it just right and the seventeen sheep went through cleanly The lines may not have been perfect but we d got all the sheep through all the gates It was at about this

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  • Sheepdogs & Puppies - Part 84
    important Just to explain things I m a Chihuahua called Alfie and with my friend Chester a Papillon Chihuahua cross I prefer to think of him as a mongrel it s ME who keeps things together here at Kings Green Farm the home of the Working Sheepdog Website I really can t see what all the fuss is about Anyone who s watched Andy s training DVD First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training will know that Chester and I can move sheep perfectly well and even bark at the same time Collies are so terribly earnest don t you think All that rushing about and panting If they re not herding something then they re looking for things to retrieve or jump over or into It s so exhausting Gill read me a description of the Chihuahua temperament it included words like self important and opinionated Now I don t want you to get the wrong idea I d be the first to admit that we also have our faults but if you re looking for a dog with brains who ll chase sheep through mud and then climb into your handbag to dry off and who isn t a Chihuahua has to be the dog of choice At least a Chihuahua knows when to stop Author Gill Posted on January 11 2010 January 5 2014 Categories Alfie s Blog News Sheepdogs Puppies Leave a comment on I m a chihuahua get me out of here Posts navigation Previous page Page 1 Page 83 Page 84 MEMBERS AREA LOGIN Sign up WATCH SHEEPDOG TRAINING VIDEOS NOT JUST HOW TO DO IT See what to do when things go wrong Now approaching FIFTY instructional and entertaining sheepdog training videos Info Watch Preview Subscribe Subtitles Search SHEEPDOG TRAINING TUTORIALS Two volumes each on 2xDVD set Six hours of herding dog training instruction More info Tweets by SheepdogTeacher Categories Alfie s Blog General Interest News Pic of the Day SALES Puppies SALES Sheepdogs Sheep Sheepdogs Puppies Sheepdogs at Work Training Course News Training Tips Advice Trials Articles Recent Posts Pic of the day Tucker gets promoted Pic of the Day One last Kelpie fix Pic of the day Frosty dogs Pic of the day Take a look at Lottie Did I say I might miss Carew Recent Comments Krista Harding on Sheepdog Selection and Preparation Subtitles Andy on Sticky Dogs Andy on Sheepdogs Time Out Andy on Bronwen and Scylla Part 2 Subtitles Andy on Tess in the Open Field Andy on Outrun 02 Andy on Sticky Dogs ST Melinda Stevenson on Sticky Dogs Andy on Educating Gloria Hiroyuki on Educating Gloria From our DVD Store Sheepdog Training DVDs First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training Sheepdog Training Tutorials Vol 1 Sheepdog Training Tutorials Vol 2 Laying the Foundation Come Bye Away That ll Do Take Time The Natural Way Sheepdogs at Work Play 30 Years of One Man and His Dog The Year of the Working Sheepdog Border Collie Sheepdogs Off

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