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  • Border Collie Sheepdog Pearl - 258969 - sheepdog and mum
    you and Dino Best wishes to Charlie too Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk Post navigation Previous Previous post Started sheepdog for sale Zak Next Next post Keen Sheepdog Puppy for Sale 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

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  • Sheep
    that we do our bit to keep them healthy Sheep don t demand much management other than annual shearing they need regular worming foot trimming and dagging Away from sheep and sheep dogs Andy and I have a sedate hobby that s better suited to people of A Certain Age we collect postcards and photographs all indoor work with no heavy lifting That s how I spotted this card which I love partly as an image of unity and teamwork This photo asks more questions that it answers but you have to admire the finish This industrious Breton couple appear to be using nail scissors and may be a trifle over dressed but they re making a very neat job of that sheep Before Andy s daughter Ruth and her partner volunteered to do our shearing this could have been Andy and me on a summer afternoon but I don t think our sheep were so relaxed Although it seems that running the sheep regularly helps to prevent fly strike and maggots ugh the sheep still need dagging from time to time and dagging doesn t come into Ruth s remit For the blissfully uninitiated dagging involves removing soiled usually green fleece from the back legs and tail where it provides just the sort of warm damp and protected environment that flies and maggots love It s usually necessary when the sheep take advantage of the spring grass and the spring grass takes effect It s not a particularly pleasant task but Andy and I are a partnership so we divide the effort I buy the shears and Andy does the dagging It s an arrangement that works especially for me With the interests of our discerning clientele in mind and after a recommendation I bought a pair of Jakoti shears to see if they d make the job any easier What a great investment Designed more like a pair of scissors than the traditional dagging shears they made the procedure much quicker more precise and much tidier Apparently the only downside is that they re a bit small for Andy s hands and they pinch him They d be ideally suited to my smaller hands but never mind I m sure Andy will get used to it No foot no sheep and no training either of course Incidentally we re NOT sponsored by Jakoti but if there s anyone out there reading this If sheep can t get maggots then their next line of attack will be lameness which means we can t use them for dog training This is usually easily remedied or better still avoided entirely by foot trimming Sheep s feet are very interesting the horn grows down and turns under the foot so that soil and grit can get trapped against the sole It s very satisfying to take a lame sheep trim away the overgrown horn despite her protestations and then see her trot away afterwards knowing how much better she must feel Or

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  • The Working Sheepdog Website Blog Archive
    depart for home having shown not a glimmer of interest in sheep So when Mike arrived from Sheffield for a One to One training session with his two and a half year old collie Jack I was slightly apprehensive Jack had barely set eyes on a sheep before let alone been allowed to take any interest in them Jack s control of the sheep was exceptionally good for a beginner Having read the blurb on our training web page Mike was fully aware that we couldn t guarantee a result but of course when people are paying good money I like to deliver if we possibly can The first few minutes with Jack in the training area were not great At first Jack took no notice of the sheep at all but quite soon he had a little bark at them followed up with some exploratory dive bombing Mike found out just how much energy is required when your dog must be kept off the sheep and encouraged to go around them too so when I suggested we give Jack a few minutes break Mike was more enthusiastic than I d anticipated We rested dog and man for a while and on the second attempt Jack was much more workmanlike His enthusiasm had increased dramatically and he was circling the sheep enthusiastically but only anti clockwise Jack was pretty determined that Away was definitely the way to go but between us Mike and I were able to convince him there was another practical route After a few more minutes break I opened up the hurdles and Jack was keeping his sheep together in the open field He got better and better bringing the sheep up behind Mike very nicely and even dashing out to collect any errant sheep that thought it would go its own way So in the course of a morning this pet dog which had barely glimpsed sheep let alone worked them was keeping sheep together stopping walking up and flanking both ways Once or twice we noticed Jack go clockwise around the sheep on his own initiative What a lucky boy I am Not only do I get to train sheepdogs I teach people to train their dogs to work sheep When it s a pet dog that makes this much progress the job satisfaction is immense Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 3rd March 2011 by Gill Finding a Trainer As far as we know there s not really a nationally recognised route to becoming a qualified pet dog trainer though there are NVQs and the APDT so it s theoretically possible for a well meaning dog enthusiast to book themselves a community hall for the evening and charge an entrance fee Bob Lever and Max the Welsh watch a sheepdog training session in progress At least that s our interpretation of various emails that arrive here from people with pet collies with supposed behavioural problems More alarmingly it seems that if a dog s problem is too complex time consuming or challenging for that trainer to cope with or understand the eventual response is to Leave and never again darken my doorstep It s not exactly helpful is it Though I can imagine that sometimes trainers might feel it s easy enough to train the dog but teaching the handler is quite a different matter The same applies to sheepdog trainers of course We ve recently been very surprised to be asked if we could recommend a named sheepdog trainer who apparently was trained by us It s not that we d ever try to deprive anyone of making a living and it s not even that we re worried about competition Quite the contrary in fact We re keen to see sheep herding become as popular for collies as Agility and Flyball are so the more who are involved the merrier in our opinion Our concern is for those people who may attend classes with this trainer and be put off the whole activity by a bad experience The individual in question has certainly attended a handful of training sessions with us but with just one dog Admittedly the dog became fairly competent but in a very limited way The dog showed a natural aptitude with sheep and was virtually a model student We encourage our dogs to play as well as work Eli has the ball Anyone who knows dogs is aware that every single one is an individual and nowhere is this more critical than in sheepdog training Moderate success with just one easy going naturally talented dog surely cannot qualify the trainer to teach others Anyone who s attended a group training session with us or anywhere I m sure will be aware that there are as many different problems as there are dogs and that dogs vary widely in their response to sheep from the indifferent to the indefencible To handle an unfamiliar dog and guide its handler to making progress with it while protecting the sheep from unnecessary stress and injury is skilled work and demands a background of considerable experience All we re suggesting is that if you find a trainer near to you who offers sheepdog training you check out first what sort of experience they ve had and roughly how many dogs they ve trained I wouldn t insist they re successful sheepdog triallers but they must be able to work with a range of dogs A personal recommendation is always best of course but not always possible The risk of training with someone of limited experience is that in the event of your dog not working well right from the start you may be told that he she will never be any good This isn t fair on either of you but it seems to be common practice amongst pet obedience instructors and we d hate to see it spread A good sheepdog trainer should be able to explain clearly what methods they use and then prove the methods work by demonstration Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 28th February 2011 by Gill Family Reunion Reiver looks very much like her litter mates Kevin and Midge but she s much cleaner It s been a quiet week at Kings Green quiet and very wet but Midge and Kevin had a good afternoon with their long lost sister Reiver Not that she was actually long lost we knew she d gone to live with Jazz a daughter of Glen in Buckinghamshire and will in time be competing in agility Every litter of puppies has its own group personality We once had an entire litter that was obsessed with destroying the rhubarb patch It took several years to fully recover but no puppy before or since has given it so much as a second glance Now where did we leave that mole Midge is a pup by Kay and Eli Kay s litter was a climbing litter and we ve never known puppies scale the heights that Midge Kevin and their siblings have been tackling since just a few weeks old Their sister Bo won her place in her new owner s heart by climbing a five bar gate and then continuing up the front of his jacket Apparently Reiver keeps the family tradition alive so I hope that bodes well for her agility career Reiver has grown into an elegant young lady and she has her father Eli s coat long flat and shiny black She seems sleek and sophisticated compared to the incorrigible tomboy Midge Reiver has long legs while Midge has inherited her mum s rather stubby ones and Reiver s action is smoother I m looking forward to seeing her around sheep she ll be coming back for that when the weather improves I was hoping for a glimmer of recognition between the puppies but I m not sure there was I didn t have the impression there was a long time no see greeting or any excited comparing of careers and lifestyle I did however feel that Reiver was being led astray by her brother and sister or was at least giving the impression of the innocent victim They showed her where to find the muddiest bits of field what to do with sheep poo and then joy of joys several ways of dealing with a dead mole There s a definite family resemblance that I don t remember being so marked in other litters I wish I d taken a photo but the light was awful is my excuse so I m grateful to Deb for this one of Reiver I have to admit that when I first saw it I wondered why she d sent me a photo of Kevin Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 21st February 2011 by Gill SKIPTON SALE To buy or not to buy We very rarely go to auctions when it comes to sheepdogs Andy suffers from twitching arm syndrome so it s the only way I can restrict him but I m always interested to read the reports afterwards It seems that every Skipton sale sets a new record that can t be entirely explained by inflation Rabbit in the headlights Fran is surprised by the camera flash February s record dog the tri coloured bitch Dewi Fan from John Bell of Selby was sold for 6 000 guineas 6 300 to an overseas buyer I d like to think it s a result of UK breeding being recognised as well as an appreciation of the value of a good working dog Probably worth its weight in gold a good dog saves the shepherd s time and temper and avoids sheep stress Watch the YouTube video of Dewi Fan s run as she was being auctioned at Skipton Though if I could afford to spend 6000 on a dog I wouldn t because it would be completely wasted on me but for an experienced or naturally talented handler with some money to spend it must be so exciting to pick through and mark the catalogue before the day Last year a local farmer came to us with a dog he d just bought at auction He was so pleased with her that he wanted to be sure he was working her correctly and not confusing or abusing her with his inexperience She was a lovely smooth coated prick eared bitch just the sort of dog I like I d have tried to buy her too Needless to say because he was so concerned to get it right he and his new dog got off to a flying start and because he was prepared to be patient and not to blame the dog if things went wrong the dog s confidence in her new handler was growing daily If I d sold this particular bitch I d want to know who she was going to and then how they were getting on together And that s why we don t sell dogs at auction either Young sheepdog Kevin bringing a loose sheep under control I wonder what happens to those dogs who aren t so lucky The stage is set by the terms and conditions of sale in Skipton s case the wording is no warranty is given that any dog will give equal performance for its new owner with regard to work You d think that was just common sense but if a buyer is disappointed and takes the view that it s the dog s fault what sort of life will that dog have until the next auction And how will its life chances be affected if it fails to perform well on the day Auctioneers and sellers at auction are not unique in stipulating that dogs are sold on a non returnable basis but the dog is the innocent victim when it goes wrong simply through a lack of experience on the buyer s part The few dogs we sell can be sure that if the new handler doesn t suit them or vice versa they re sure of a home with us and if they re brought back within 30 days the full purchase price is refunded too The only condition applied to this is that they keep the dog for at least 14 days and preferably 21 days before making the decision to return it Dogs don t start to work straight out of the box and if they did they wouldn t be nearly so fascinating to work with Maybe it s just sentimentality but I hate losing touch with a dog Andy and I are always delighted to hear about dogs we ve trained or sold I hope John Bell can enjoy the occasional email from a delighted new owner Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 14th February 2011 by Gill Variety was the spice of this weekend For anyone who works with livestock one day is pretty much the same as another you don t get days off so I suppose it s just a habit that every Monday morning I reflect on the weekend that s gone This weekend was fascinating over the two days we saw four dogs who couldn t have been more different from each other As well as being a great looking dog Midge is a great sheepdog too On Saturday morning beautifully sunny and unseasonably mild we were introduced to Milo At the age of three Milo s career to date has been as a pet but a change in his family s circumstances has given him the opportunity to work sheep if he wants to We didn t get a photo of Milo so just imagine a classic fluffy black and white calendar collie and you won t need one Milo s Kennel Club registered and certainly bred for his looks so we were worried that perhaps the work instinct had been lost along the way Handlers bring their dogs to our sheepdog training courses to see them work so naturally we like them to go away with a feeling of achievement and we re disappointed if a dog won t work despite our best efforts We needn t have worried After a puppy like bouncy start and some excited but harmless dive bombing of the sheep Milo settled to his task and we were soon able to get him out into the open field to work the sheep This was made all the easier by Milo s handler quickly picking up what he needed to do and where he needed to be to clearly show Milo what he wanted Dog and handler went away justifiably pleased with themselves We suggested Milo s owner should get in touch with the breeder and let her know how well Milo is doing Breeders of show bred Kennel Club registered collies come in for criticism for breeding dogs that can t fulfill their original herding task and it s great to see that supposition proved wrong So much for unseasonably warm Sunday was back to business as usual pouring with rain proper sheepdog weather Lass and Kayla travelled up from somewhere unpronouncable near Builth Wells in mid Wales and the irrepressible Shep joined us again from Ditton Priors in Shropshire Kayla is a collie x Beardie and she s lovely with a face rather like a wire haired terrier Kayla s a real charmer and a delight to train with a lovely steady pace but her shepherd owner wanted help with widening Kayla out from the sheep both close at hand and on her outrun We worked on these points and Kayla responded beautifully All she needs now is lots of work to perfect her technique until it becomes second nature Kayla s kennel mate Lass is a smooth coated black and white bitch with superb control over her sheep Her outrun is beautiful she stops well flanks calmly and wide and she s an asset to her handler so why you may ask did she come here for training Well Lass would get behind her sheep and start to bring them but if the flock stopped Lass stopped too She refused to apply any pressure to bring the sheep on Kay s a truly great sheepdog powerful versatile and enthusiastic Before Andy can tell what s causing a problem he normally needs to see it happen but our training sheep are so dogged that they move away from the dog very easily all Lass had to do was walk behind them to keep them moving He needed something to stop the sheep and who better than Kay Andy asked Kay to walk forward to meet the sheep that Lass was bringing up and Kay applied just the right pressure to stop them without scattering them Lass immediately lay down watching her stationary sheep and refusing to bring them on even when Kay was no longer holding them From her body language Andy suspected that Lass s problem was purely a lack of confidence so Andy and Lass s owner clapped their hands made excited shushing sounds and shouted lots of encouragement and praise Lass s ears immediately pricked up she got to her feet and with further encouragement began flanking back and forth to shift the sheep It worked With her success Lass s body language became far more positive and she went about her work with much more enthusiasm With further encouragement Lass will gain confidence and be an even better sheepdog than she was already Confidence really is everything to a sheepdog A lack of confidence doesn t appear to be Shep s problem Rough coated Shep has been here a few times before so we knew what to expect Shep s huge and powerful and he gave his owner a really hard time pulling frantically hard on the lead even when he was a good distance from the sheep As the pair got closer Shep was leaping up and down quite uncontrollably Once he was released Shep rushed into the sheep scattering them like snooker balls but then Andy was surprised and pleased to see his owner get him under control After a while Shep began to work quite well To an onlooker always a priviledged position it was clear that his frantic approach to the sheep was winding up Shep By the time he was released he was so desperately excited that things were bound to go wrong Andy stopped the session to discuss the problem and how it could be avoided In the meantime held securely on his lead Shep soon accepted that he couldn t get to the sheep he sat down and began to relax For Shep s next outrun Andy positioned himself between dog and sheep and asked for Shep to be released By just dropping the lead the release was so smooth that Shep didn t even notice it Andy gave Shep a command to send him off and he went around the sheep calmly Andy was then able to control Shep by using the quietest almost whispered commands Most of the time Shep responded instantly and the whole session was much more calm Shep s owner s homework is to maintain this calm approach and to refuse to be led into the cycle of pull or be pulled that has become a routine for the two of them Shep s respect for and confidence in his handler will increase as a result It s so important to try your utmost to stay calm even when everything around you seems to be out of control A calm dog will keep the sheep calm and a calm handler has the best chance of maintaining a calm dog it s better for your blood pressure too It s no coincidence that sheepdog trials aren t won by excited dogs Our next course Our next sheepdog training group course will take place on Wednesday February 23rd There are still places on this course if you d like to bring your dog no previous experience required More info Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 9th February 2011 Another Beardie on our Group Training Course Thanks to Hugh Emerson for this picture of Bess working and thanks too to fellow course member Liz Harper for the camerawork We were delighted to see another Beardie on our sheepdog training course today Hugh Emerson brought Bess from their home in Cheshire to see whether she was interested in sheep Bess certainly didn t disappoint him Bess got off to a fairly bouncy puppy like start but soon settled down and was holding the sheep together very well Before the end of the day Bess could control her sheep in the open field and walked up on them very nicely considering she s only 10 months old and it was her first sheepdog training day The other dog on the course was 12 month old Floss with her owner Liz from Warwickshire I have to say Floss was excellent apart from a slight attention span problem Floss was superb She gave the sheep room stopped easily and showed power when required Both these dogs could make wonderful sheepdogs The Whites of their Eyes Kevin and his sister Midge look quite fierce but they re just relaxing together by the pond Demo Dog Kevin Because we only had a total of two dogs on the course we needed to give the trainee dogs a rest from time to time so I used Kevin to demonstrate how to control the dog s direction using the positioning of your body and hand signals Kevin s quite steady on his sheep so he s ideal for showing beginners what to do Since his first introduction to sheep Kevin has been a pleasure to train He s one of those dogs with natural ability to control sheep in a relaxed way Time to let off steam After a day confined to barracks while other dogs were training Kevin and his sister Midge let off steam in their favourite way chasing each other around the pond and play fighting We love to see the dogs of all ages relax like this and try to encourage it All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is true for dogs as well as people and it s good for their fitness and physical development of course as well as their character Despite being litter mates Midge and Kevin are very obedient both around and away from sheep but we make a point of training and spending time with each of them individually If you can t give puppies individual attention then litter mates or even unrelated puppies kept together can be a nightmare Our next course Our next sheepdog training group course will take place on Wednesday February 23rd There are still places on this course if you d like to bring your dog no previous experience required More info Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 5th February 2011 A great little Beardie Bearded collie Izzy working sheep We don t see many working bearded collies but today we had a super beardie on the group training course Izzy is from a Shropshire farm and was a delight to train Working Bearded Collie Izzy was a credit to her breed on today s sheepdog training course She was fully focussed on her sheep showed plenty of courage and easily gathered sheep from a fence We were very impressed with her Flanking well stopping well and walking up nicely on her sheep Izzy is now ready to learn to do outruns and gather sheep from a distance Norman Dolphin s Bearded collie carefully keeping her sheep together With some owners coming from as far afield as Essex and the south of Hampshire the course went very well Six dogs took part and with Kay in close attendance we managed to get all of them working sheep although one was a rather late starter and showed no interest until after lunch The weather was windy but dry and very mild for the time of year Everyone seemed to have a very enjoyable time but sadly one owner left at lunchtime even though their dog was making excellent progress Midge s guest appearance After the course one of Kay s six month old pups Midge decided to come and demonstrate her skills with the sheep She suddenly appeared in the field after escaping from the yard and I was delighted when she put in her best performance to date right in front of the course members Like her brother Kevin Midge is a natural and with next to no training can already handle the sheep with confidence Our next course Our next sheepdog training group course will take place on Wednesday February 9th There are still places on this course if you d like to bring your dog no previous experience required More info Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 4th February 2011 Training update Tomorrow s group sheepdog course will go ahead as planned The forecast is for grey cloud but doesn t mention rain so lets hope we get a dry day It will be quite windy so the dogs are going to have fun Kay will be on hand to keep the errant sheep in order during the day She s an invaluable assistant during sheepdog training lessons The privately booked group course on Sunday will also go ahead as planned We recommend warm waterproof clothing and good boots the ground will be slippery Our next course Our next sheepdog training group course will take place on Wednesday February 9th There are still places on this course if you d like to bring your dog no previous experience required More info New Kennels The new kennels are built and the dogs seem to like them We need some bolt on water bowls and then once we ve made a few minor adjustments all will be complete in the dog housing department It s certainly much easier for us Access is a dream compared to struggling with the tumbledown mesh gates we had on the old acommodation Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 31st January 2011 The best sheepdog in the world Years ago I said that if I thought it was possible I d say Mel below can read my mind Since then Mel s convinced me she really can I owe so much to this wonderful dog Click the image for a larger version She s getting old now but time and again Mel has astonished me by correctly predicting what I want her to do even in situations she d never experienced before Training update We have a regular group course on Saturday 5th Feb and a privately booked group course on Sunday Weather permitting both courses will go ahead as planned Check the current 3 day forecast for our area We recommend warm waterproof clothing and good boots Repairs and renewals Our poor dogs have been putting up with really dilapidated accommodation for the past few years Of course as long as they are dry and draught proof the dog s don t really care where they live but some of the pens are in urgent need of repairs We decided to do the job properly and buy brand new kennels but even on the internet I couldn t find any that were even close to our own preferred type One of our first kennels was a wendy house which I converted to provide four sleeping areas for the dogs two at ground level and two more above This system has worked so well for us that we had the new sleeping areas made to our own design So far we have four dogs in the new quarters and no complaints Having two bedrooms which are isolated from each other means the dogs have companionship but are able to get away from each other if they prefer We find it works very well as long as one of the dogs is prepared to jump up into the top compartment Both boxes are large enough for two dogs to sleep together in if they prefer they often do Puppy news Kevin and the other pups are doing really well Kevin seems to be visibly larger every morning and is turning into a really handsome boy When we get the new kennels finished Kevin will have his own sleeping quarters Another sign that spring s coming In the last blog entry I mentioned that I heard birds singing and wondered whether the birds think spring is coming today Gill noticed a sparrow with a bundle of sheep wool in it s beak The sunshine is glorious at the moment but I didn t realise the sparrows were so optimistic Scroll down Scroll up Latest blog First blog Back to top 25th January 2011 Best of pals Pearl left and Maeve Training update Tomorrow s Group Training Course will go ahead as normal At the time of writing the weather forecast is good with white cloud and 6 celcius expected Check the current 3 day forecast for our area Unless we get more rain the ground will be reasonably dry but bring warm clothing and good boots Pearl s retirement home It s wonderful to hear from Pearl s new owner that she s settled in really well After years of very loyal service we decided it was time for Pearl to take things easier and with perfect timing along came a request from a very suitable couple in the home counties who had seen her on the Border Collie Sheepdogs Off Duty DVD Pearl see picture right is reported to be very happy She has lots of attention which Pearl has always craved and at eight years of age she made the change from living permanently outdoors to being a house dog seamlessly Puppy for sale click image for a larger version Pups for sale We have just one of SpotTum s litter sisters still for sale 2 5 months old She s showing well on sheep and must go to a very active home or farm where her talent will be appreciated Use the contact details below if you d like more details about the puppy Was that a hint of spring The household rubbish collection in this area is often quite early so we like to get ours out by around 7 am When I was taking the bags out this morning it felt very mild and the birds were singing It made me think spring must be coming but of course the British climate is very unpredictable After the snow and heavy frost it would be wonderful to have an early spring but perhaps not this early Scroll down Scroll up First blog Latest blog Back to top 16th January 2011 New Young Talent With his dad s looks and his mum s markings Kevin s a very handsome chap Kevin and SpotTum are two very promising puppies Despite the wet miserable weather we re experiencing in the UK at the moment things are looking pretty bright for us as far as future sheepdogs are concerned Kay and Eli s pup Kevin continues to impress us with his natural ability around sheep He has only seen them four times and already he flanks calmly around them and will stop on command Let s hope he continues to make such good progress We d really like to find Kevin a permanent place in our team At five and a half months of age Kevin s one of those lovely pups with big feet silky coat and skin that s much too large for his body at the moment He s very obedient for his age and loves people SpotTum got her name from the black spot on her white stomach SpotTum OK we were short of a name for her and noticed she has a pronounced black spot on her white tummy was keen to chase sheep right from the time she was eight weeks old She s not as refined as Kevin but shows remarkable staying power despite being unable to effectively keep up with the sheep She impressed us yesterday when she slipped through the rails to get amongst the sheep in the pen Far from being frightened SpotTum circled the crowded pen confidently and whenever a sheep dared to look at her she immediately nipped its nose As soon as I can I ll put a command on that so that I can control SpotTum s nip It s very useful for a dog to bite when it s confronted with difficult sheep but of course we must keep it under careful control at other times Pups for sale We have two of SpotTum s litter sisters for sale 2 5 months old Both are showing well on sheep and must go to working homes or farms not suitable for pets Training Update Just as the ground was beginning to dry out a little it s now raining heavily again Hopefully it won t amount to much and the ground will continue to dry We re training as normal at the moment Scroll down Scroll up First blog Latest blog Back to top 14th January 2011 Everything s SO WET OK Just for Greg see Facebook comments this is a pic of our lovely great dane Lily She doesn t work sheep but we love her just the same We re hoping to keep the sheepdog training courses going Just at the moment especially after last night s heavy rain training our own dogs is on hold The ground is so sodden it s hard to walk around on it let alone train a sheepdog We re keeping the sheep off the training areas in the hope that we can keep our sheepdog training courses running but it s a good idea to come back to this page and check from time to time The sheep are having a pretty miserable time of it too We re running out of fresh grass and even though the sheep are not expecting lambs we re feeding concentrates to ensure they re in top condition Scroll down Scroll up First blog Latest blog Back to top 11th January 2011 This Kelpie s pretty COOL Working Kelpie Sheepdog Molly was totally focussed on her sheep during her sheepdog training course Having had a rather disappointing experience with our Kelpie Red I had mixed feelings when Paul Marsh brought his young Kelpie bitch Molly for training today I needn t have worried Molly was a credit to her breed She showed none of the lack of concentration that beset Red s training sessions and with a little guidance Paul was able to get her under control and working sheep nicely Molly worked all morning and never lost concentration on her sheep She has certainly restored my faith in Kelpies as reliable working sheepdogs Paul is moving to a new job at the end of January where he and Molly will be caring for eight hundred ewes in Gloucestershire Read the full story Scroll down Scroll up First blog Latest blog Back to top 5th January 2011 Things can change quickly Kevin keeps watch while his sisters Bo and Midge investigate something disgusting in the grass There s nothing quite like the feeling you get when a puppy first takes an interest in sheep On the 31st July last year one of our bitches produced a litter of pups Kay s litter was sired by Eli a young dog who s producing some exceptionally good

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  • Chester and Alfie - small dogs, big characters
    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 with flock work penning pushing up and sorting ewes and lambs but probably most important she can think for herself and work on her own initiative More details 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

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  • Sheep and Cattle Dog Training lesson videos for herding dogs
    Find out how to teach your dog to circle on command Subtitles Duration 10 7 5 mins approx Sheepdog Trials Introduction 1 2 Competing in your first sheepdog trial can be daunting This tutorial passes on many tips for getting the best performance from your dog what to expect how to behave and how to prepare Subtitles Two Chapters 24 28 mins approx Whistle 1 Many enquiries about sheepdog whistles and how to blow them prompted us to re edit the whistles chapter of our First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD See also Whistle Commands Subtitles Duration 6 8 mins approx Watch now Teaching Whistle Commands It s easy to teach a dog to work to whistle commands Subtitles Duration 2 25 mins approx Sometimes nice is not enough If sheep or cattle refuse to move when you need them to the dog will have to be more assertive In this tutorial you ll see how Carew learned to get tough when she s told to Subtitles Duration 16 0 mins approx An Insight into Pack Behaviour Looking at dog behaviour rather than training An Insight into Pack Behaviour was originally a chapter on our Still Off Duty DVD and reflects our thoughts about what we see when we re out with our dogs Subtitles Duration 33 0 mins approx Sheepdogs Time Out Following on from the very popular An Insight Into Pack Behaviour video we thought we d give you no less than four great chapters from our DVD Border Collie Sheepdogs Friends Still Off Duty Subtitles Duration 17 0 mins approx As a subscriber to the Our Blog you ll be the first to know when we upload the next tutorial If you have any requests for tutorials please use the Leave a comment link at the bottom of this page Paid full membership entitles you to watch our videos as many times as you like and there are plenty more to follow We ll be adding more videos very soon so come back and watch as often as you like We d love to read your comments and we welcome questions about training sheepdogs in fact if we can we ll post a new video to explain how to solve your training problem Annual Membership now available great gift for a friend Pictures and text on this page are protected by copyright laws and must not be reproduced without written permission from the copyright holder Home Blog DVD Store Book Store Top Contact 161 thoughts on Video Tutorials Library Comments navigation Older Comments Melinda Stevenson says December 14 2015 at 3 53 pm Subject circling and rate behind the stock Message Would love a video on how to get a dog that is persistant in circling to finally stop and get behind the stock THANK YOU I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS Mindy Log in to Reply Andy says December 14 2015 at 6 17 pm Thank you for your email and your question about a dog circling Melinda I recommend you watch the tutorials listed below These links only work if you re logged in Backwards is the way forward The Training Stick Walking backwards is quite tedious but it s one of the best ways to put some polish on your dog s work it shows the dog where you want it to be and teaches it self discipline Keep the dog back as you walk backwards and the dog will learn to flank wider too Good luck with the training Log in to Reply J Fenwick says December 10 2015 at 4 07 pm Hi Andy and Gill I have not long discovered your website but already I have learnt so much about how my 8 month bitch Bess needs to be trained She is just about to start the very early stages of training but she has been around the sheep for a couple of months already she is very strong willed both on sheep and at home but she has a 90 recall response and knows come bye away stop lie down and wait amongst the standard commands and I m confident she will be a great asset to me She has always looked back for me notices when a sheep breaks free and will go after it to get it back she also uses her voice when she comes across a sheep who wont move High spirits comes with erratic chasing selective hearing and the occasional gripping but although I correct her I am still aware she is a pup still and these moments will occur frequently whilst she is young I am very pleased to have found your site as I was reluctant to let her run with other collies as I don t want her to pick up any bad habits they may have Plus the collies round here are not trained to the standard I wish for Bess to be I was told I would have my work cut out to train her myself without a dog for her to follow and this concerned me that I would waste a good dog but your videos have filled me with confidence and I cannot wait to make a proper start with her Thank you again Jodi Log in to Reply Andy says December 10 2015 at 6 02 pm Thank you for your kind words Jodi I m glad you find the website useful for training Bess It s not a good idea to train a dog by letting it run with others because the trainee dog will learn the bad habits of the older dogs as well as the good points Believe in your dog be firm but patient and I m sure you ll succeed Please let us know how you get on Log in to Reply Daniele Lancini says November 1 2015 at 4 27 pm Hi andy After practicing for weeks on flanking and droving me and my young bitch are approaching driving She starts

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  • How to train a sheepdog - Online Training Tutorials Preview
    scale in New Zealand plus loads of other fascinating DVDs including our own titles First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training Border Collie Sheepdogs Off Duty and Border Collie Sheepdogs and Friends Still Off Duty You can choose to pay for your DVD in one of six currencies You ll find sheepdogs and occasionally pups for sale on the website but only to approved owners who must collect the dog from here in person We also keep a great blog regularly updated and containing hundreds of wonderful photos You can also keep in touch on Facebook and of course Twitter You ll find all this and much more on The Working Sheepdog Website Please leave any relevant comments or questions below Pictures and text on this page are protected by copyright laws and must not be reproduced without written permission from the copyright holder Home Blog DVD Shop Top Contact Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk 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

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  • Signup for our online sheepdog training tutorial videos
    no longer have access to the videos but you ll be kept informed of developments both on the SheepDogBlog and The Working Sheepdog Website We reserve the right to refuse or cancel subscriptions and or membership for any reason If we do this the unused portion of the subscription payment used depending on the time remaining in the monthly or annual period will be refunded to the original purchaser We also reserve the right to change our prices and terms at any time but changes will only affect full members when they renew their subscription To unsubscribe from any of our emails please reply to the email with Unsubscribe in the subject line We will then delete that email address from our mailing list Prefer to watch video on DVD If you prefer not to subscribe or would rather watch video on a larger TV screen the first thirty three chapters of SHEEPDOG TRAINING TUTORIALS are now available as two volumes on DVD More details Show currencies in Please enable JavaScript to change the currency used on this page Powered by LocalCurrency Rates from Yahoo Finance 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

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  • Sheepdog training courses, classes, clinics and lessons
    training I hope to be able to come on the February course but would like a bit of one 2 one with my very strong willed over confident nut job 8 month old Kelpie x Welsh collie He s with cattle every day and has been let loose on sheep a few times Log in to Reply Andy says January 22 2015 at 10 27 am Currently we do not offer one to one training for beginners This is because handler and dog learn so much more from group courses Trainee dogs tire very quickly so we restrict the sessions to just a few minutes at a time then while the dog gets a rest between sessions the handler can watch and learn from other handlers often making exactly the same mistakes that they made Log in to Reply Carolyn Shackles says October 10 2014 at 6 37 pm I have an 18 month collie dog I would like to train can I book in for 17 11 Tel 07775926176 Log in to Reply Andy says October 11 2014 at 7 16 pm Hello Carolyn Thanks for your query If the dog will be working as a sheepdog you can of course book it onto one of our courses If the date is showing in the booking area on the website it means there are places available on that day Please note that we no longer accept pet dogs Log in to Reply Francois and Yvonne De Brucker Hollyoak says January 31 2014 at 8 56 pm Hello again I hope to join you one day for a sheepdog training course Keeping my fingers crossed Yvonne Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk 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

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