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  • Parting with a dog like Carew can be extremely difficult
    ll be looking after a large dairy flock and she ll absolutely love it More important still based on our experience with them we know her new owners will give her a wonderful home That fact alone has made an extremely hard decision far easier to make This blog is quite short and doesn t begin to describe Carew at her best because I m still feeling soppy about parting with her but some time in the near future I ll write a more descriptive page about this truly great dog 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 and Book Shop Top Contact Author Andy Posted on January 11 2016 January 19 2016 Categories General Interest News Pic of the Day Sheepdogs Puppies 2 thoughts on Farewell to Carew we wish her the best Tracey Phillips says January 15 2016 at 1 38 pm Ho I m choke up but what a very kind thing you have done for her she will no doubt love her new job and home You have done the very best anyone could do for their sheep dog and she has taught us all so much as well Good Luck Carew x Log in to Reply Ruth Harrison says January 15 2016 at 1 05 am Wow I wasn t expecting that Hope she gets on well in her new home and job 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 Our Stolen Kelpie Tucker Next Next post Pic of the day Talking sheepdogs 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

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  • Routine sheep maintenance keeps Carew busy
    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 with flock work penning pushing up and sorting ewes and lambs but probably most important she

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  • Sheepdogs At Work - Part 27
    that if I want to be certain the job gets done I take Mel That s still true today but I might also take Kay to do the running around and let Mel do the highly skilled part Mel works just as well for Gill as she does for me Yesterday after getting the sheep in with Mel she remarked that the only thing Mel needs her for is to shut the gate 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 June 14 2011 January 5 2014 Categories News Sheepdogs Puppies Sheepdogs at Work 1 Comment on Kay and Mel two great thinkers Mossie born to work sheep This is Mossie one of the two survivors of Jill and Eli s litter which met with tragedy in January 2010 One of the most naturally talented puppies we ve ever had is Mossie She was born on 29th January and can already get the sheep in by herself Mossie s parents are Jill and Eli We don t normally recommend allowing sheepdog puppies to work sheep because of the very high risk of them losing their confidence if the sheep challenge or frighten them in any way Our sheep are selected specially for sheepdog training and are extremely unlikely to seriously challenge any dog so when Mossie showed complete confidence around them we allowed matters to develop At just 17 weeks Mossie can get all of our 26 sheep into the yard OK it s not pretty but she ll keep them together and gets the job done Mossie learning to keep her sheep together One of the biggest problems with Mossie has been to stop her running off and fetching the sheep when she s supposed to be at play with the other dogs but she s improving every day now and seems to understand the difference between work and play Mossie is one of only two surviving pups from a disaster which happened to Jill s litter Find out more 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

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  • Sheep management - dagging and trimming
    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 so I m told If you re thinking of shearing the British Wool Marketing Board organises shearing courses or for an introduction First Steps in Shearing DVD is available from the online DVD shop And for a detailed look at the whys whens and hows of foot trimming plus some uncomfortable but fascinating photographs to warn you of exactly what you re looking out for NADIS has an excellent page Sheep foot trimming from the National Animal Disease Information Service Training Courses On the subject of sheep and training courses we ve added new dates for training days up to October but are still trying to decide whether we d be pushing our weather luck to fix November dates too Author Gill Posted on May 4 2015 January 31 2016 Categories General Interest News Sheep Training Course News Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk Post navigation Previous Previous post Now Available A Tale of Two Collies Next Next post New Tutorial Eliminate the Toilet Break 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

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  • Our Border Collie pack needs a new leader - but who?
    sheepdog training tutorials are taking up far more time than either of us ever anticipated when we started them The original plan was for videos of 10 minutes or so each and lots of them We re finding that the videos are getting longer several are 30 minutes each When we filmed the DVDs First Steps Off Duty and Still Off Duty we calculated on 1 hour s filming generally giving us 1 minute of usable footage after 1 day of editing so the maths is easy to work out Not only that but we find we don t always know how we do what we do until we try to explain it does that make sense And making a decision about what to leave out is almost the hardest part Introducing the new FLEXI DOG Andy s currently working on a tutorial about sending the dog the wrong way i e not the way the dog would naturally go under the circumstances It began life as the slingshot tutorial to widen and lengthen the outrun until we realised that you need to be able to stop the dog off balance and send it in either direction before you can start using the slingshot Now of course the wrong way tutorial is making us think about what else we should have covered first Typical But the tutorial s on its way I promise and will see the debut of Andy s new virtual animated dog It s been a long and trying puppyhood and adolescence but even the best dogs can go through that and they always come out good on the other side In Going the Wrong Way look out for a wagging tail and far more flexibility through the hips On the dog Training re starts in just a couple of weeks time Training Courses Our popular sheepdog training courses start again in a couple of weeks and the prospects are very good for staying on schedule Unless we have a sudden change in weather fortunes the first course on February 23rd will be going ahead If you re booked in it s worth watching the blog for breaking news but of course we ll be in touch with everyone if there s any change and give you all as much notice as we possibly can Red sky at night dog trainer s delight Let s hope so We know that it s not always easy for people to leave home for a whole day and it often entails juggling childcare animal care and work commitments We re just delighted that so many people make the effort to come and find the day helpful fun and supportive for their dog training Author Gill Posted on February 5 2015 January 23 2016 Categories General Interest News Sheepdogs Puppies Training Course News 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 young sheepdogs and

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  • Training Course News - Part 8
    that every dog will want to work sheep but we do guarantee that you ll learn a lot about sheepdog training You can find out the full details and book your place online here 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 September 7 2012 February 19 2014 Categories News Sheepdogs Puppies Training Course News Leave a comment on New Dates for Sheepdog Training Courses NEW Sheepdog Training Course Dates Kay keeps control of her sheep We ve announced new dates for sheepdog training courses over the coming months including three courses in September three in October and four courses in December 2010 Prices from 40 per dog Visit The Working Sheepdog Website for full details Sheepdog Training Videos Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials For a very small monthly or annual subscription watch many hours of expertly presented sheepdog training lessons Not just theory we show you what should happen and what to do when things go wrong You may cancel payments at any time and continue to watch for the period paid for More info Join NOW Back to top 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 Author Gill Posted on August 6 2010 November 22 2015 Categories News Training Course News Leave a comment on NEW Sheepdog Training Course Dates Posts navigation Previous page Page 1 Page 7 Page 8 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

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  • Crossing over on its outrun is a serious offence at a trial.
    clearly on the way to the post If she d stopped behind the mound on the left of the course we d have lost a point or two but that s insignificant compared to the disastrous loss of points or possible disqualification we d have suffered for the multiple crossing over episode I haven t mentioned the video have I Yes there s video evidence I placed a little camera near the windscreen of the car before Carew s run in the hope that I might be able to review it later Looking through the windscreen as it was it was only ever going to be of poor quality and conditions on the trials field were quite misty too but as long as I could make out the dog and the sheep I thought the footage might be of some use As I sat out in our field with the dogs and a glass of wine that evening I remembered the video but it wasn t until much later that I managed to motivate myself to watch it Everything looked fine as we walked out to the post except that Carew seemed very keen to go left I d noticed one or two sheep slowly moving to the left but despite this I set her up on my right While I was looking down at her the whole bunch of sheep began trotting smartly to the left I sent Carew off but she crossed over The evidence was incontrovertible Whatever the sheep were doing Carew should have obeyed me and gone Away Watch the short video of Carew s outrun This morning while I was out in the glorious sunshine with the dogs once more my mind went over the events yet again Surely this was covered in our Close Work sheepdog training tutorial Words to the effect that if you give a command the dog should obey it but if that command proves wrong a dog which has the sense to correct it should be commended I dismissed this because Carew had clearly gone the wrong way but within seconds I realised that she HAD obeyed me briefly She d clearly set off in the Away direction and then crossed over Of course none of this is conclusive but I feel I ve misjudged Carew and yesterday s abortive run at Penybont opens up the old controversy of whether a good trials dog can make a good farm dog and vice versa Gill reminded me that if Carew had been gathering a flock of sheep in a farm situation and I d erroneously sent her the wrong way I d have been delighted if she d shown enough initiative to cross over and correct the situation but crossing over at a sheepdog trial is seriously penalised Some judges even disqualify the dog for it Carew certainly has the finesse required of a trials dog and she doesn t lack power in a farm situation so she seems to have the best of both worlds but unless I can stop her crossing over on her outrun we might as well forget sheepdog trials A dog takes the sheep down the course towards the fetch gates Note the mound on the right where the dog loses sight of the sheep if it goes left on its outrun Click to enlarge Let s face it though if I d been concentrating once I d seen the sheep making their way from the peg I should have waited to see what happened If I had I like to think that I d have changed my mind and sent Carew left under the circumstances but arguably the letters out should have kept the sheep on the peg That s their job With the sheep trotting so far away if I hadn t sent Carew off it s likely the judge would have told me to wait until the sheep were back on the peg or even awarded a re run but instead I hastily committed to the run by sending Carew the way I d previously decided would be best completely ignoring the fresh evidence For the future my conclusions from this are 1 Don t make the final decision about the direction of the outrun until you reach the post and can see what the sheep are doing 2 In Carew s case unless there s a strong reason to send her one way or the other if she shows a clear preference for one side send her that way she probably knows best 3 Listen to John Thomas what he doesn t know about sheepdog trials isn t worth knowing Home page Sheepdog Training Videos Top Author Andy Posted on September 7 2014 January 28 2016 Categories News Sheepdogs at Work Training Tips Advice Trials Articles 3 thoughts on Farm Dog vs Trials Dog andrew smith says November 28 2014 at 8 37 am HI ANDY was nt the dogs fault you kept changing your mind before you got to the post may be have more confidence in the dog and let her go left would have been the best option lets face it we all make mistakes especially under pressure Log in to Reply David says September 8 2014 at 4 02 pm Would have to agree Away is away no matter where the sheep are positioned A dog who decides to do what it wants on the farm especially can turn a very simple job into chaos especially if your moving sheep along a road for example did Carew have a favoured side during her initial training Log in to Reply Andy says September 10 2014 at 11 12 am Hello David I agree with you to a point but I think you re referring to an inexperienced dog causing chaos if it makes it s own decisions A great example of this is when you move sheep from one field into another and the dog immediately tries to bring

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  • Motivating a sheepdog that's working a long way from you
    so now as she looked up the field the moment she appeared to spot the sheep I gave the Away command To my astonishment Carew shot to the left in front of me running at full speed up the field in the Come bye direction She d crossed the course a serious offence in sheepdog trials the instant she set off It was a few moments before I could believe my eyes but then I desperately tried to correct her with away whistles and voice commands For some reason she took this as an indication that I wanted her to run straight up the field so she did Straight as a die through the fetch gates before opening up just enough to go around the sheep I signalled to the judge that I was retiring and began to walk towards the exhaust pen so that Carew could take her sheep off the course but to my further acute embarrassment she began one of her all too familiar sticking routines once more taking what seemed an age to move the sheep at all At last they began to walk and I decided to try to salvage at least some of my shattered pride by trying to get her to bring the sheep down the field tidily Imagine my relief when Carew immediately rose to the occasion and brought the sheep quietly down through the fetch gates and then into the exhaust pen in an exemplary manner it was one of the best fetches I saw all day Despite this late consolation I was crestfallen I d rather not run in sheepdog trials at all if this was going to happen regularly A dog which fails so comprehensively is no fun As I drove home I confess the thought of giving up trialling altogether crossed my mind but then I remembered a story my father used to tell Coming from a wealthy family all my father wanted to do was farming and when he left school at a very early age he was apprenticed to a well know gentleman farmer near Kidderminster He recalled that on his first day at work a cold damp winter s morning he was allocated lime spreading as his first task Always one for a dare my father rode this horse into the house up the stairs down again and out through the front door Click any image to enlarge it Long before tractors were invented in those days lime came as a very heavy sticky clay like substance that was delivered to the farm and then distributed by horse and cart in regular piles across the whole field At some later stage men would come with forks and spades to dig the lime out of the heaps and spread it thinly on the ground It was a job to be avoided if you possibly could Poor Dad was sent out to a huge field by himself and spent the entire morning digging the hateful material out of the piles in which it had solidified He then had to expend even more energy shaking and scraping every spadeful to part it from the spade or fork Often it fell as a solid sticky lump and had to be chopped into smaller lumps sticking to the tools and his boots It was the very devil of a job for anyone unfortunate enough to experience it but for a young apprentice barely more than a child and working alone that way it was a truly miserable experience Dad did his very best though My father was a very strong man later playing rugby for Kidderminster for seventeen years He recalled that by lunchtime he was proud of both the quantity spread and the uniform quality of his spreading In those days it was customary for all the farm workers to sit down for lunch in the farmhouse During the meal Mr Williamson would ask each worker in turn how they were progressing with their tasks allocating new ones where appropriate When he asked young Harry Nickless for his report Dad enthusiastically said he d learned how to spread lime rather well and wondered whether this afternoon he might learn something new Oh yes of course replied the farmer Now that you ve learned to make a good job of lime spreading I d like you to go back to the field and learn to stick at it I m very much aware that I urge others to believe in their dog and never give up with it This story brought it home to me that just because I ve had some embarrassing times with Carew on the trials field it s no reason to give up on her trials career altogether Once she has the sheep moving as long as I can urge her to keep them going her control of them is the best of any dog I ve owned or worked After some consideration and possibly just a tiny sulk I decided that I must motivate Carew to keep her sheep moving when she s further away from me but how was I going to do it In my next blog I ll tell you how I went about it and whether the method worked Footnote I mentioned that my father came from a wealthy family Unfortunately most of his share of the estate disappeared down the gents lavatory at the Button Oak pub near Bewdley and on Cheltenham and other race courses Ho hum Author Andy Posted on July 26 2014 August 6 2014 Categories News Sheepdogs at Work Trials Articles Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk Post navigation Previous Previous post Now over 30 online sheepdog training tutorials Next Next post Long distance motivation give me ten points stead of three Sheepdog Training Tutorials Clearly Explained Improved Techniques More Fun Three hours long approx and with many improved techniques we ve learned

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