Sheepdog Training Videos Articles DVDs & Herding Advice

This is the full list of our blogs going back to January 2010. The most recent items appear first. Scroll down to browse earlier posts or go to the Compact Blog List.

Young sheepdog working off balance

Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye

It's time to get moving if your dog has "too much" eye. To a greater or lesser degree, border collies use "eye" (a particularly intense ... Read more
Border collie working sheep in a field

Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)

Lift your dog's skill from average to excellent! Once your dog's driving competently, teaching inside flanks (circling on command) is the next step. Make no ... Read more
Sheepdog moving sheep

Featured tutorials – Introducing Sheepdog Trials

Have you ever felt tempted to try sheepdog trialling? The more prepared you are for your first competition, the less nerve-wracking it will be; it's ... Read more
picture of a car driving down a country lane, being chased by a sheepdog

How to Stop Your Dog Chasing Cars

How to stop your dog chasing cars or anything you don't want it to chase! Chasing cars and other vehicles is a big problem for ... Read more
Close up photo of Bronwen in a grassy field

Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

A tutorial series that demonstrates the differences in young dogs. We took two puppies, Bronwen and Scylla, from a litter and thought we knew what ... Read more
A February offer for new subscribers

A February offer for new subscribers

Have you been waiting to take the leap? If your new year resolutions included improving your sheepdog's work - or your handling - or perhaps ... Read more
Smooth coated border collie puppy Boz

Featured tutorials – My Dog’s No Good, and No Excuses Please!

Sheepdog training - with a little help from Johnny Mercer? Take a look at two complementary short tutorials, My Dog's No Good and No Excuses ... Read more
Featured tutorial - Stopping the Dog Part 2 - Revised!

Featured tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part 2 – Revised!

We've uploaded the latest tutorial to benefit from a lot of new footage and much more information. Now that part two of our "Stopping the ... Read more
Lovely image of man and sheepdog. Border collie yawning.

Slow broadband, or poor mobile reception?

Now our tutorials easier to watch. If you live or work in a rural area you'll know that rural broadband and mobile coverage can be ... Read more
Featured tutorial - Tess in the Open Field

Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

Watching a real training session will show you the theory put into practice. An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. In Tess ... Read more
Special offer for one-year subscriptions

Special offer for one-year subscriptions

New subscriptions will be valid for up to 14 months. A one-off 12 month subscription to our online training tutorials will make a super gift ... Read more
How old is your dog?

How old is your dog?

There's a new way to calculate your dog's age! We were brought up to believe that a year of a dog's life was the equivalent ... Read more
Kelpie Will and Border Collie pup Jago standing side by side

Featured tutorials – basic training

There's more to training a sheepdog than just sheep work. We know that sheepdogs love to work, so we can take advantage of that to ... Read more
Featured tutorial - the Point of Balance

Featured tutorial – the Point of Balance

Everyone's heard that the dog must balance the sheep, but what does it mean? You'll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o'clock ... Read more
Silhouette image of a shepherd and dog moving a small bunch of sheep

Featured tutorials – the dog and the handler

The Sheepdog Selection and Preparation and Sheepdog Handler tutorials provide lots of helpful tips and advice. Many handlers seem to find the early "puppy" months ... Read more
Young sheepdog working off balance

Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the Wrong Way

Our Sending the Dog the Wrong Way tutorial demonstrates a great exercise to encourage the dog to widen out on its flanks and outrun, and ... Read more
Dog bringing sheep into a pen

Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

Many of the online tutorials include actual training sessions with a trainee dog. No training happens in isolation so, as well as the main topic ... Read more
Title page of training tutorial stopping the dog

Revised tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part One

We're continuing to revisit and revise the tutorials, adding information and improved footage as we go. Our latest revision is Stopping the Dog - Part ... Read more
Featured tutorials - How to use a sheepdog whistle

Featured tutorials – How to use a sheepdog whistle

If you'd like to use a sheepdog whistle, but don't know where to start, there are two tutorials in the Online Training Tutorials library that ... Read more
Featured tutorials - Considering sheep

Featured tutorials – Considering sheep

Don't ever be tempted to think that sheep are stupid! They might not be deep thinkers, but they're experts at protecting themselves from a dog ... Read more
Trainee sheep and cattle herding dog Jet, calmly holding a dozen sheep in the corner of a yard

Our suggested training programme

Tutorials that guide you through the maze of sheepdog training - what to do, and when to do it. The early stages of sheepdog training, ... Read more
Registered dog puppy available

Registered dog puppy available

SORRY, Aanick has been sold Small but perfectly formed, Aanick's big personality makes up for his lack of stature. When Aanick was born, on March ... Read more
Ricky keeps control of his sheep during training

Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

The training ring is ideal for keeping the action in easy reach of the handler, but some young dogs are unhappy when working in a ... Read more
Close up photo of Kelpie Will looking at the camera

Watch with subtitles

We've already made our tutorials easier to watch when your internet connection is slow, and now there are improvements to the tutorials themselves. Existing subscribers ... Read more
Picture showing the five DVDs on special offer

A NEW Training DVD and a GREAT OFFER for BUYERS!

We're proudly announcing our FOURTH Sheepdog Training Tutorials DVD and a great offer to help you buy more than one copy! If you're eagerly awaiting ... Read more
Young collie puppies playing together

Does your internet connection hold you back?

Try our new video player We've made a few changes to make our tutorials easier to watch when your internet connection is slow. Some subscribers ... Read more
Featured tutorial - Get Off The Fence!

Featured tutorial – Get Off The Fence!

It's hard to make progress if your sheep just "stay put" Sheep have a real talent for assessing a trainee dog, and for making life ... Read more
A sheepdog handler sending his dog off on its outrun to gather sheep

Featured tutorial – The Outrun

The outrun - the only training session you'll hope will go "pear-shaped"! If there's one aspect of sheep work that demonstrates the joy and convenience ... Read more
Sheepdog Bronwen lies down defiantly in front of some threatening sheep

Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

It takes huge self-confidence for a dog to lie down in this situation, but even a cautious dog can learn to assert itself. Sheep are ... Read more
Cammen Kay - our unsung hero?

Cammen Kay – our unsung hero?

Quietly in the background, with no fuss or bluster, we didn't always give Kay her due! When we bought Kay, at about a year old, ... Read more
Title image for our sheepdog training tutorial - What Shall I do Next?

Featured Tutorial – What Shall I Do Next?

Our recommended order for training sheep or cattle dogs When you first start training a dog to work livestock, it can seem daunting to say ... Read more
Poster image for our sheepdog training tutorial The Training Ring (part 2)

New Tutorial: No 70 – The Training Ring (Part 2)

The training ring can be used for much more than just starting a dog off We saw in part one of "The Training Ring" tutorials ... Read more
Sheepdog in training, Dulcie looking very businesslike

A Fine Sheep and Cattle Dog in the Making

Introducing Dulcie - daughter of Bronwen - granddaughter of Mel The latest addition to our team of working dogs is Dulcie. She's the daughter of ... Read more
New dogs - new opportunities

New dogs – new opportunities

It feels like a new term at Kings Green. This year’s puppies are ready to start training, and they’re giving us lots of filming and ... Read more
Improve the stop of your herding cattle or sheepdog without damaging the dog's confidence

Featured Tutorial – The Perfect Stop!

Improve your dog's stop without damaging its confidence A dog which will stop instantly on command is a great asset on any livestock farm. The ... Read more
Photo of sheepdog trainer Andy standing inside a training ring made from sheep hurdles

New Tutorial: The Training Ring

Correct size and shape of your training ring can make starting your dog far easier Not only is the training ring one the most useful ... Read more
Photo of a trainee Kelpie sheepdog splitting up a bunch of sheep

New Tutorial: How Can I Slow the Dog Down?

Many people ask us how they can slow their dog down when it's working It's essential that the dog learns to work stock steadily. During ... Read more
The essentials of sheepdog puppy training

The essentials of sheepdog puppy training

Spring time is puppy time! The promise of longer daylight hours and milder weather makes puppy ownership more appealing than during the cold of winter, ... Read more
Training a dog to herd sheep - giving the sheep plenty of space

How to train a sheepdog to slow down

A dog working too fast and close, disrupts and stresses sheep and shepherd alike For maximum working efficiency and minimum stress to the sheep, the ... Read more
Photo of a sheepdog trainer fastening the field gate, watched by Kay the trainee sheepdog. This is the title image of the training area tutorial

New tutorial: The training area

For beginners and beyond The wide open spaces have their place, but NOT in the early stages of sheepdog training. For the best chance of success, ... Read more
The title image for our sheepdog training tutorial. Showing seven sheep in a line near a hedge.

New Tutorial: Sheep – Essential Facts for Beginners

Understanding sheep and their behaviour makes training your dog far easier As we approach the tenth anniversary of the release of our double DVD set ... Read more
Smooth coated border collie Pippin's doing really well in her new home.

Pippin – Super Little Sheepdog and Super Mum!

Great things come in small packages! "Hi Andy. Just to let you know the dogs have settled in lovely. Pippin is already working groups of ... Read more
How to teach your herding dog to work on whistle commands

The Sheepdog Whistle. Tune-in With Our Training Tutorials!

Watch the "Sheepdog Whistle" tutorials to get your dog moving There are some common misconceptions about whistles and sheepdogs. The first, and very common, is ... Read more
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More Choice at the Checkout!

We're making it easier, and safer, to pay by card We're delighted to see we have subscribers to our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials in all ... Read more
Close-up photo of two very smiley sheepdogs Glen and Dot, in the back seat of a car.

Fifteen years ago these two changed our lives

Little did we know what was around the corner! This photo of Dot and Glen in the boot of Gill's car, after a January training ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew standing on a tree stump - looking wonderful!

Sometimes I Really Miss Carew!

Since Carew left here, Kay's hearing has deteriorated badly, and occasionally we're stuck for a skilled dog It's hard to believe that it's nearly two ... Read more
Photo of ten or more puppies crowded into a bed. Nearly all of the pups are looking towards the camera and looking bright and cheerful!

Too Many Puppies in One Bed!

Lots of memories, but was it really six years ago today? We couldn't resist showing you this photo of a whole bunch of puppies crowded ... Read more
Photo of a border collie clambering through a fence to get away from the sheep in the background

New Tutorial: Starting a Non-Starter!

A TWO-PART tutorial on how you can tempt your dog to start working sheep or cattle when it really doesn't want to! Can anything be ... Read more
Closeup photo of a black and white rough coated sheepdog staring intensely at something. This can be a sign that the dog has what's known as too much eye

Too much eye? There’s a tutorial for that!

Watch the "Sticky Dogs" tutorial to get your dog moving Some years ago I kept my first training sheep in a small paddock behind a ... Read more
Herding Sheepdog Kay shows her great courage as she calmly and confidently removes some sheep from a very dark confined space

Scary Place 2 (The Sequel)

Kay shows her daughter Jet how to get sheep out of a Spooky Black Hole!Watch the VIDEO below! There was quite a stong response on ... Read more
Two rough coated border collie puppies in the foreground facing the camera with another one sniffing around in the background

Is it wise to buy more than one puppy?

The short answer is "no - it's a bad idea". From time to time, people ask if they can buy more than one puppy from ... Read more
Cover image for online sheepdog training tutorial: Back to Forwards

New Tutorial: Back to Forwards!

Once you can go backwards, turn around and go “Back to Forwards”! Don't be confused by the title of our latest sheepdog training tutorial, “Back ... Read more
Trainee sheep and cattle herding dog Jet, calmly holding a dozen sheep in the corner of a yard

Jet Joins the Dean Farm Set!

Jet's right on the ball with her first gather at Dean Farm With her mother Kay being out of action because she's “in season” at ... Read more
Kelpie Molly earns her wings!

Kelpie Molly earns her wings!

Despite having little training to date, Molly's reached basic Sheepdog Status! Sheepdog training sessions have been somewhat few and far between here recently, because we've ... Read more
Lovely close up photo of the big sheepdog, Ezra looking to his right as he shelters from the rain under a tree

Big Fella in the Rain!

Ezra looking the part as he shelters from the rain Out with the dogs a few days ago, Gill and I took shelter under our ... Read more
Close up photo of Maisie, the dog used in this herding sheepdog training tutorial

New Tutorial: Train a Sensitive, Reluctant Dog

The first training session for reluctant Maisie Our online tutorials include Starting a Young Puppy, and Starting a Strong Dog. Now it's time to look ... Read more
Extreme close up photo of a cheerful looking Bronwen

Farewell to Bronwen (her talent was wasted here)!

Bronwen's gone to a new home in Gloucestershire where she'll have a much larger flock of sheep to look after Training and selling sheepdogs is ... Read more
Close up photo of Molly lying on the grass

Wow! Kelpie Molly gets our ‘Man of the Match’ Award!

It's taken a while, but Molly's showing real commitment and keeping her sheep together very well If you've read our Kelpie vs Collie blog, you'll ... Read more
Photo of Kay (lying down on the left) and Carew (standing) keeping an eye on the sheep they have just put into some buildings

All Safely Gathered in

Memories of Kay and Carew at Dean Farm on this day four years ago! Regular readers will know that we often gather sheep for our ... Read more
Photo of three herding sheepdogs walking up on a group of sheep

A Surprise Turnout to Move a Few Sheep!

Scylla and Ezra join Kay's fun! We only have five acres of land here (about two hectares) and at the moment there are just twelve ... Read more
Close up photo of a very pretty black, white, tan and merle border collie with pricked ears (and her tongue out).

Border Collie Sheepdogs Come in Assorted Colours!

We love coloured dogs and we've had a few over the years! Yesterday's post about so-called mis-marked puppies sparked a lot of response, mostly on ... Read more
Close up photo of two border collie puppies lying together. One has a white face and one of its eyes is blue

How do you feel about mis-marked puppies?

We love coloured dogs and we've had a few over the years! Yesterday's post about so-called mis-marked puppies sparked a lot of response, mostly on ... Read more
Photo of herding sheepdog Mo looking towards the camera. Behind her are two lambs.

“They’re Behind You”!

Little Mo doesn't realise the lambs are behind her! Two years ago today we were helping Ian and Ruth Morris to gather sheep at Middle ... Read more
Screen shot showing the new categories and tutorial thumbnails in the tutorials library

Our Relentless Pursuit of Excellence!

With 60 tutorials in the library it's time we made it easier to find what you want. In our relentless pursuit of the "Perfect User ... Read more
Closup of Kay looking quizzical

Kay – always there, giving her best

If we've had any success in the sheepdog training sphere, we owe much of it to Kay. Kay's taught us such a lot over the ... Read more
A close up picture of our cattle and sheep herding dog Dot lying on a steep bank, looking into the distance

Andy’s First Dog, Dot

Fifteen years ago today. This is little Dot, the herding dog that changed my life! She features in our Sheepdog Training Article (written in 2003) ... Read more
Cover picture of sheep and cattle dog training tutorial showing why your dog should circle the sheep both ways

New Tutorial: Why Your Dog Should Work BOTH WAYS

A good dog must circle fluently both ways Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one ... Read more
A large group of sheepdogs lying on the grass. One of them has possession of a ball

Meet the Sheepdogs (from Five Years Ago)

Some of our working sheepdogs at rest We thought you'd like to see this picture of some of the dogs taking a break from playing ... Read more
Close up of Bronwen concentrating very hard on some sheep

Bronwen – arguably our best sheepdog ever!

At Dean Farm today, Bronwen worked supremely well Knowing she can be somewhat "trigger happy" when it comes disciplining an errant sheep, I really didn't ... Read more
Teach your dog to work on whistle commands

New Tutorial: Teach Your Dog Whistle Commands

It's not as difficult as you may think! Many sheepdog handlers think it's very difficult to teach a dog to work on whistle commands but ... Read more
Photo of a sheep lying on its side and unable to right itself

How you can save a sheep’s life's important to raise the BAA! Sheep don't sleep or even lie comfortably on their backs, so if you happen to see one in this ... Read more
Smooth coated black and white collie puppy enjoying the spring sunshine

The Girls are growing fast

They have different personalities, but Maddie and Mew are in full agreement when it comes to sheep The Girls have attained the great age of ... Read more
Side on photo of Mew, facing the camera

Puppy Mew at sixteen weeks

Four months old and full of life, Mew's a real character Some very welcome sunshine this morning prompted me to take the camera out with ... Read more
Five of our herding sheepdogs jumping off a straw bale in a field

Did someone say GO?

A pic from this day in 2013 to brighten up a dull Wednesday morning Whatever the weather, the dogs always seem to make the most ... Read more
A good sheepdog at work demonstrating how to get sheep into a pen

Carew Shows How to Pen Sheep!

Carew shows how to pen some reluctant sheep We came across this short clip from a couple of years ago, and thought we'd share it ... Read more
Close up of a very wet and muddy sheepdog, Bronwen

Bronwen excels under pressure at Dean Farm

Working with sheep today was wet and extremely muddy, but Kay and Bronwen got the work done in style We had a very busy day ... Read more
A rough coated black and white sheepdog watching sheep in the corner of a field

Young Victor on a frosty morning

Even though it's cold, the weather's glorious! There's nothing quite like a bit of sunlight to brighten up a frosty morning and Victor's morning was ... Read more
A close-up photo of Mew - a very fluffy tri-colour border collie sheepdog puppy, with frost on her face.

Mew’s update!

The weather's turned chilly, but Mew's not bothered! One of the less well known but nonetheless amusing sides of puppy rearing, is the way the ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog puppy Mew bounding towards the camera

Hello! My Name’s Mew

Meg and Ezra puppy Mew enjoying herself in the garden this morning This is Mew - one of Meg and Ezra's latest litter and of ... Read more
A good looking border collie sheepdog, walking up toward some sheep

Started young sheepdogs and cattle dogs for sale

In recent years we're training fewer dogs than we used to. This often results in dogs being sold before we get around to listing them ... Read more
Preparing a working sheep and cattle dog for an outrun

Does your dog cast out too wide around stock?

A dog which works too far off the sheep or cattle will lose control of them Although officially Part 7 of our Bronwen and Scylla ... Read more
Victor and Scylla love to share the same bedroom

Two in a dog house

Victor and Scylla are happy to share the vantage point of an upstairs bedroom When we first started our collie collection, we had a routine ... Read more
Jet's a smooth coated prick-eared border collie sheepdog

Our Cat Dog, Jet

Jet's one of our favourite young sheepdogs but she might even be part-cat! Tall, slim, mostly black, and very fast. That's how we think of ... Read more
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A sad end for one of ‘our’ Buzzards

Our suspicions proved right when we found the buzzard the next morning Last Tuesday, I wrote a short blog about a buzzard which the dogs ... Read more
Close-up of a buzzard perched on a branch on the ground.

It’s not often you get this close to a Buzzard

The dogs found this buzzard in our orchard this morning - we hope it's OK Buzzards are a very common sight near our house. I ... Read more
Herding Sheep and Cattle dog Odo was afraid of cars until he was trained with a reward

Use a Reward to Get Training on Board

Our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorial's about much more than how to get a dog into the car! Luckily for us, herding dogs have a huge ... Read more
Kelpie Will and Border Collie pup Jago standing side by side

Two of our Favourite Boys!

Young Kelpie Will, and his Border Collie friend Jago Kelpie Will and Jago (above) are two of our favourite trainee herding dogs. Will's training is ... Read more
This sheep has got herself trapped. It looks as though the bars of the fence go through the sheep, but they're only squeezing the wool

Between a Flock and a Barred-Place!

"LOOK BACK" at our favourite posts! (No 1 - 23 Feb 2014) They say sheep spend their entire lives thinking of ways to die - ... Read more
Three five month old puppies leaping as they play very hard in the field

Border Collie Puppies Like to Play Hard!

They're the best of friends really! Despite appearances, Hattie (with her back to the camera) Jago and Hector (right) are great friends really. It's just ... Read more
Dramatic photo of a Kelpie Sheep and Cattle dog running towards the camera

Remember our “Stolen” Kelpie Puppy?

After a dramatic start to his early life, Kelpie Tucker's doing really well Our regular readers will remember the high drama back in January of ... Read more
Border Collie Scylla jumps to catch a falling Kong

Sheepdog Recreation Time

Our dogs love to play just as hard as they work Every day of the year, our dogs go out morning and evening for at ... Read more
Top tips for easier sheep and cattle dog training

Top tips for easier cattle and sheep dog training

How to make it much easier to train your dog to work cattle or sheep Our latest training video for cattle and sheep dog trainers ... Read more
Herding Sheepdogs Bronwen and Kay behind the sheep in the handling yard

Bronwen Rises to Kay’s Challenge

Not to be outdone by Kay's improved performance yesterday, Bronwen took charge of today's gather and was outstanding Until now I've left the bulk of ... Read more
Sheepdogs herding a flock of reluctant ewes and lambs

A Vast Improvement in Kay’s Confidence

The picture speaks volumes! With new-found confidence, Kay's standing up to stubborn sheep We had another early start this morning as there were two lots ... Read more
Herding sheepdog Bronwen looks over the side of the pen at the sheep

Bronwen Excels in the Sorting Pen

"All my own work" - Bronwen proved exceptionally efficient when we were sorting lambs for market at Dean Farm this morning We arrived at the ... Read more
Herding sheepdog training video assessments title image

Free Sheepdog Training Assessments!

Send us a clear video of your sheepdog, cattle dog or stock dog training session for FREE advice! We're looking at ways of improving our ... Read more
Mel and Andy at Powick sheepdog trials

Fond Memories of Mel Five Years Ago

Mel at her last sheepdog trial in July 2011 Many of you will remember Mel as one of the great sheepdogs we've had the pleasure ... Read more
A trainee dog attacking a sheep

Gain Control of an Aggressive Sheepdog

How can you train a dog who's a danger to sheep? Our latest three-part video series covers the basic training of Max, a dog who ... Read more
When challenged, Bronwen reacted quickly and decisively. Here she bites the nose of a challenging ewe

Bronwen’s baptism of fire

As we announce our latest sheepdog training tutorial, Bronwen faces a stiff challenge in the shearing pens Yesterday, we released our latest sheepdog training tutorial, ... Read more
Bronwen demonstrates self control as she watches the sheep coming out of a tight spot

Kay and Bronwen gather sheep at Dean Farm

Kay and Bronwen both look after their own interests at Dean Farm, in totally different ways Whenever I take dogs to Dean Farm to gather ... Read more
Molly is a red and tan Kelpie puppy aged eight weeks

Molly Completes Our Kelpie Trio

Molly joins us as Kelpie number three! We're very pleased to welcome our latest Kelpie puppy Molly to join our other Kelpies Will and Tucker, ... Read more
Pic of the Day - Eric's finding his place

Pic of the Day – Eric’s finding his place

AND his name! It turns out that the Chihuahua, formerly known as Emrys, is actually called Eric. Eric's been with us for a week now, ... Read more
Border collie working with cattle

Training your dog with cattle or ducks

"Starting your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks" A new DVD for the Working Sheepdog Not all border collies are needed to work sheep; ... Read more
Herding sheepdog Carew holding sheep in the yard

Tutorials 3 DVD – Coming Very Soon!

Volume THREE - available in a few days time! 2xDVD set containing another sixteen of our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorials Our new cattle and sheep ... Read more
Lovely black and white border collie with litter of day old puppies

Pic of the day – Puppies! Hurrah!

We're delighted that one of our favourite collies, Isla, has produced a litter of seven fabulous puppies. Of course we're just assuming, at the moment, ... Read more
Max the sheepdog gripping (attacking) a sheep

New Tutorial: Training Max – the Gripper

Here's a technique to save your sheep, your nerves, and possibly even your dog! MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdogs squabbling with snow flying around!

Three Years Ago Today!

As we await the coming storms, remember March 2013 As we bask in glorious sunshine today it's hard to imagine there are some unpleasant storms ... Read more
Closeup of a group of speckle-faced sheep

Dogs aren’t the only ones who can learn

Our sheep have become experts at avoiding pressure Our sheepdog training course yesterday was a great demonstration of just how clever sheep can be. Many ... Read more
Tucker appearing from behind a tree stump

Tucker and Pip

Two very bright lights to keep us cheerful Of course, we're still very sad since losing old Mel on Wednesday, but having the other dogs ... Read more
Mel lying on the grass looking happy

The End of an Era

So sad to report that Mel died yesterday One day I'll write a page in memory of Mel. She's clearly the greatest sheepdog we've ever ... Read more
Red and tan Australian Kelpie sheepdog

Pic of the day – Catching up

Life's slowly returning to normal after a trying month There's been a distinct lack of news here in recent weeks, due to our domestic 'flu ... Read more
Training a herding dog inside a training ring

New Tutorial: Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

Part 5 of a Training Comparison Between Litter Sisters MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials ... Read more
Blue merle border collie sheep dog puppy

Pics of the day: The morning run

A random selection of sheepdogs, out and about If a fox were to carry a Frisbee, then it would look like this. I say "if", ... Read more
Australian Kelpie sheepdog puppy, looking stylish

Pic of the day: Post “Storm Imogen”

After five days in Storm Imogen's clutches... ...the dogs are enjoying some watery sunshine, and Tucker's looking stylish. We’ve had a wet and windy few ... Read more
Sheepdog puppies, two border collies and a kelpie

Pic of the day: Tucker gets promoted

Tucker's in charge when we collect new puppies And seems to change from bouncy puppy to calm, sophisticated young "dog of the world" in an ... Read more
Pic of the Day: One last Kelpie fix

Pic of the Day: One last Kelpie fix

Perhaps the Kelpies have been getting more than their fair share of "Pic of the Day" attention recently. Trouble is, they're so darned cute... Will ... Read more
Border collie and Kelpie in the frost

Pic of the day: Frosty dogs

Whatever the weather, the dogs are always ready for the morning run and don't seem to notice the temperature. Can't say the same for Andy ... Read more
Pic of the day: Take a look at Lottie!

Pic of the day: Take a look at Lottie!

Another new dog dialect in the pack But unlike the Kelpies, Lottie's fitted in immediately. Despite some very traditional Border collie markings, Lottie is a ... Read more
Ezra did really well on his debut at working in a pen of sheep

Did I say I might miss Carew?

A Huge Test for Ezra and Bronwen at Dean Farm Regular readers of our blog will know that we parted with Carew earlier this month ... Read more
Muddy Kelpie puppy

Pic of the day – Talking sheepdogs

Does dog language have accents and dialects? It's a while since we introduced a new dog that wasn't a Border collie. Now we've added the ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew standing on a tree stump - looking wonderful!

Farewell to Carew, we wish her the best

Would you part with the best sheepdog you ever had? The last few days at Kings Green Farm have been something of a roller coaster ... Read more
Tucker is one of the litter of kelpie puppies stolen from a Shropshire farm

Our ‘Stolen’ Kelpie – Tucker!

Tucker's safe in his new home after his ordeal Tucker's a puppy that we had reserved from a litter of Kelpie pups before they were ... Read more
Close up photo of Kelpie Will looking at the camera

Meet Our New Kelpie – Will

Llwyfen (UK) William - Red & Tan Male Kelpie Will's the first of our new Kelpies. We collected him today from his home in Brecon, ... Read more
The puppies stolen yesterday from Shropshire are on their way home

Kelpie puppies found SAFE and well!

The Kelpie Puppies stolen yesterday are on their way home! Seven Australian Kelpie puppies were STOLEN yesterday from Clunton, Shropshire UK The wonderful news is ... Read more
Picture of the puppies which were stolen from Clunton in Shropshire (January 2016)

Kelpie puppies stolen – Shropshire

An entire litter of Kelpie Puppies stolen yesterday Seven Australian Kelpie puppies were STOLEN yesterday from Clunton, Shropshire UK There are 6 males and 1 ... Read more
border collie sheepdog soaking wet and covered in mud

Eli in the Mud – 2013

It was muddy in 2013 too! The persistent wet weather we've seen in the UK recently can be quite depressing, but it prompted us to ... Read more
Oliver is Gill's favourite of all our collies

My boy Olliepop

You CAN have brains and beauty! Oliver is our "other" stud dog. Ezra considers himself to be the Main Man, generally swaggering around the place ... Read more
Sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless introduces Kelpie training

NewTutorial: Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

The Sheepdog - Selection and Preparation We start 2016 with a tutorial dedicated to two topics about which we receive the most emails - choosing ... Read more
Pic of the day - somebody to lean on

Pic of the day – somebody to lean on

Jet usually picks Isla. One of the joys of keeping a group of dogs is to watch the interplay between the various personalities. Who plays ... Read more
Two border collie sheepdogs. One is carrying a very large stick

Stick of the day!

They say you should never throw sticks for your dog! Whenever we publish a picture of one of our dogs with a piece of wood ... Read more
Pic of the day - beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Pic of the day – beginning to look a lot like Christmas

In January 2013 It's not that I'm obsessed with the idea of a white Christmas, but a little snow round about now, just enough to ... Read more
A group of sheepdogs with a frisbee

Pic of the (shortest) day – Hurrah!

I don't think we've ever had so much grazing in December. We reduced the sheep numbers, assuming there wouldn't be enough keep for the 30 ... Read more
Carew at work with sheep

Pic of the day – sheep by numbers

An unseasonably sunny (is it really December?) morning was the opportunity for some sheep maintenance Primarily we were checking the ear tag numbers on our ... Read more
Pic of the day - Tesla's first morning

Pic of the day – Tesla’s first morning

Introducing Ezra's daughter, Tesla. She arrived here on Thursday afternoon, and this photo was taken on Friday morning. She's quite happy to mix, and to ... Read more
Scylla, Merlin (the merle puppy) and Jet

Pic of the day – New, borrowed and blue

"It smells like a collie, and tastes like a collie, so I guess it must be!" It's a novelty for us to have a blue ... Read more
Border collie puppy learning to herd with ducks

Pic of the day – How Isla got her spots

Proof that "naughty spots" are earned - not just inherited For a while we considered using ducks for training, so a friend brought his own ... Read more
When the dogs are not working sheep, they love nothing more than a bit of play-fighting

Pic of the Day – Best of Friends Really!

A bit of "rough and tumble" in the sunshine When it comes to being friends, Bronwen, Isla, Scylla and Jet are very close, but they ... Read more
border collie sheepdog, Bronwen

Pic of the day – Bronwen

Bronwen - what's in a name? I'd be the first to admit that, when it comes to naming dogs, I try to avoid the traditional ... Read more
Most border collies are predominantly black with white blaze, collar, and tail tip but Isla is mostly white.

Pic of the Day – Isla

Before and After - Isla's unusual markings When it comes to border collies, Isla really stands out from the rest. She's a black and white ... Read more
Our video tutorial about the all important point of balance when training a sheepdog

New Tutorial: Balance – What’s the Point?

What is the point of balance and where can I find it? Don't underestimate the importance of understanding the point of balance when you are ... Read more
The dogs give Andy their full attention

Pic of the Day – Gather Round!

From April 2004 this is Andy with the dogs One of my favourite pictures, this is me with the dogs in April 2004. On the ... Read more
Bronwen keeping the sheep under control during her training

Slow down you’re cornering too fast!

Bronwen's lesson in tackling sheep in tight corners I tore myself away from editing sheepdog training videos this morning, to take Bronwen to the sheep ... Read more
Border collie sheepdogs Bronwen and Odo

Bronwen – play nicely with your brother!

Bronwen with her “little" brother Odo. Bronwen (looking predatory, on the right) would really like to take possession of the dog disc, but she knows ... Read more
Two Border Collie Sheepdogs dispute ownership of a squeaky toy.

Pic of the Day – Scylla and Oliver

Pic of the day turns vid of the day – Scylla and Oliver in hot property dispute! [jwplayer player="0" mediaid="13266"] The dogs have had some ... Read more
No one plays quite like a litter mate, but even a litter mate can surprise you!

Pic of the day – Dulcie & Gloria

Dulcie and Gloria - such devoted sisters! Just before Christmas, 2011, we bought a litter of well bred Border collies in readiness for training during ... Read more
Ezra with a ball. Some sheepdog trainers would condemn this but playing in moderation is fine

Pic of the Day – Should a sheepdog play?

Purists say sheepdogs should never play - we disagree! This is Ezra - one of the toughest sheepdogs we've known. He'll work cattle as well ... Read more
trainee border collie sheepdog Isla

Pic of the Day – this is Isla

Isla's a complete "nutcase" but all the same, we're very fond of her. When she came to us in the spring of 2014 she was ... Read more
We want to find a working Kelpie

We’re Looking for a Working Kelpie Pup

Can you help us find a Kelpie from good working parents? Regular visitors to The Working Sheepdog Website may remember that five years ago, we ... Read more
Scylla waiting for instructions

Pic of the day – Here’s Scylla!

Pic of the day - here's Scylla Scylla is a sister to Odo (see yesterday's post) and has the makings of a really good sheepdog ... Read more
A sheepdog grips (bites) a sheep at a sheepdog trial

Get to grips with gripping

Many novice handlers are horrified if their dog grips. It has to be stopped, of course, but help is on hand! “Gripping” is the euphemistic ... Read more
A puppy gets squished as the dogs leap through the fork in an oak tree

Creating Sheepdog Videos For 10 Years!

It's ten years since we made our first sheepdog video Many years ago, Gill and I realised that our love of border collie sheepdogs had ... Read more
widen your dog's outrun and flanks using our revolutionary slingshot technique

Widen Outrun and Flanks with the Slingshot

Our technique for SERIOUSLY widening your dog out from sheep or cattle Knowing where to stand and what to do, as you send your dog ... Read more
Dagging or trimming dirty wool from a sheep using Jakoti shears

Training a strong dog and struggling?

Does your sheepdog training sometimes feel like a fight to protect the sheep? We welcome questions from subscribers to the online tutorials, and a common ... Read more
Sheepdog puppy Jet with her large ears upright

When it comes to ears…

Jet has the most superb ears! This is Jet, one of Kay and Oliver's pups. Jet has the most wonderful ears we've seen on a ... Read more
In true stock dog fashion, Carew launches herself at one of the troublesome cattle

Herding Sheep and Cattle at Dean Farm

Carew at work with sheep and cattle Yesterday's routine trip to Dean Farm turned out to be more challenging than I expected when first Carew ... Read more
Sheep challenging a herding dog

Herding Dog vs Sheep

Carew demonstrates patience and determination when challenged by a stubborn sheep Just under a week ago, we exchanged our well-chased sheep for some fresh ones ... Read more
Sheepdog Mo being watched very closely by two lambs

Carew and Kay meet their match!

Our Featured image (above) shows Mo - seemingly unaware of two lambs behind her (bless)! The sheep in Shropshire don't give up too easily Herding ... Read more
Cover image for sheepdog training tutorial - What Shall I Do Next?

Sheepdog training programme

Wondering what to teach your sheepdog, and when? The "What Shall I Do Next?" tutorial gives a logical order of training to build on your ... Read more
Archie during a recent herding lesson

New Tutorial: Eliminate the Toilet Break!

It's not difficult to train your dog to toilet on command A dog which stops to relieve itself while it's supposed to be working, is ... Read more
Sheep being brought into the pen for foot trimming and dagging

A clip in time

"A little off the back and a pedicure, please." I wish I thought that The Girls enjoy dagging and trimming. It would be lovely to ... Read more
Trainee sheepdogs Bronwen and Scylla

Now Available – A Tale of Two Collies!

Our new Sheepdog Training Tutorials project compares the training of litter-sisters Bronwen and Scylla NOW AVAILABLE for members in the Tutorials Library! They may be ... Read more
FREE herding dog training video

FREE Herding Sheepdog Training Video

Signup for FREE Membership then simply LOGIN to watch this training tutorial! Tess in the Open Field is an entire eighteen minute training session with ... Read more
Sheepdog Kay watches while Audrey and Eli wrestle for the frisbee

Shuffling the pack

We’ve been lucky (so far) this winter; the snow and ice in the weather forecast has missed us! We still have a covering of grass, ... Read more
Promotional pic of our Sheepdog Training Tutorials 2xDVD set

Sheepdog Training Tutorials – Volume 2 now in stock

A great gift! - Save 10% - Buy both volumes! We're pleased to announce to all those who've been waiting patiently for Volume Two of ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdog Carew looking under a gate at the sheep she's just herded into a yard

A cold wet gather but our spirits were high

In less than a month, the days will begin to lengthen! This morning I had a surprise call from our landlord John who wanted me ... Read more
Fatherhood, second time around, for Ezra

Fatherhood, second time around, for Ezra

Ezra confounds us - yet again! October’s a busy month for us; DVD sales start to pick up for Christmas, there’s a clutch of family ... Read more
A small flock of sheep turns to face the sheepdogs

Gathering sheep in glorious October sun!

Kay and Carew both put in a good performance at Dean Farm After the sheep gather was delayed by two days of really wet weather, ... Read more
Herding sheep into and out of a pen is not easy for a young sheepdog

Eve at the Pen – Sheepdog Training Video

Paid membership required to watch tutorials - find out more Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and ... Read more
sheepdog Carew guides her sheep over the railway bridge during today's gather

Carew’s Impressive Outruns at Dean Farm!

"Rudi" (as I often call her) did the entire gather by herself today! As I drove to Dean Farm at dawn this morning, I decided ... Read more
Whose "des res" is this?

Whose “des res” is this?

We'd love to identify the creature that did this! Can you help us to discover what creature is responsible for snipping fresh ivy leaves and ... Read more
A sheepdog takes the sheep down towards the fetch gates at a sheepdog trial in Wales on a glorious day

Farm Dog vs Trials Dog?

Was Carew right to disobey me? I've looked forward to Penybont Sheepdog Trial for some months now. It's a delightful setting with a friendly atmosphere ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew working hard to separate sheep from cattle

A New Challenge for Carew!

Sheep hiding amongst cattle can be difficult to separate! There was a new challenge in store for the dogs yesterday, when we gathered sheep at ... Read more
Cover image for our Educating Gloria sheepdog training tutorial

Educating Gloria! Sheepdog Training

MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED Signup now! PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials MEMBERS: To watch tutorials, login, then use ... Read more
Close-up shot of Remus - a very handsome young sheepdog

Welcome to our Trials Team, Remus!

Remus has earned his place in our trials team at last! For some time now I've been looking for a good dog to replace Kay ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew poses with the silver trophy she won for best outrun, lift and fetch at Evesham Sheepdog Trials

Training Really Works!

Carew's performance is vastly improved at The Vale of Evesham Sheepdog Trials I've got quite a soft spot for Evesham Sheepdog Trials. The "Open" at ... Read more
Close-up of sheepdog Carew looking at the camera.

Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

She seems sound again now, so we'll give it a go! After her cattle herding escapade last Sunday, Carew went lame, and we were worried ... Read more
Sheepdog Kay gathering a small flock of ewes and lambs on a sunny day.

Dave stands in for Carew gathering sheep

Dave learns more than how to gather a flock Late yesterday afternoon I had a call from our landlord, John, asking me to gather the ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew with her friends Meg and Jan behind her

Carew injury worry for Evesham Sheepdog Trials

We're worried that Carew may not be fit for Evesham SDT. On the downside of Carew's heroic cattle herding on Sunday, we noticed in the ... Read more
Cattle jumping a fence as sheepdog Carew herds them back into their own field

When does a sheepdog become a cattle dog?

Carew excels at a new form of herding Some of the fences around our rented patch of land have been in a state of disrepair ... Read more
In pouring rain and with thunder crashing, Carew keeps perfect control of her sheep.

Long distance motivation – give me ten points ‘stead of three!

With apologies to Chuck Berry Many years ago, I asked a regular prominent member of the Welsh sheepdog trials team for advice on what to ... Read more
A sheepdog showing confidence while working sheep

Oh, me of little faith!

Or, if you're a sheepdog trainer, practice what you preach! They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and we've been very ... Read more
Working Kelpie sheepdog during training to work sheep

Now over 30 online sheepdog training tutorials!

FANTASTIC VALUE!Just £4.50 (GBP) per month or £45.00 (GBP) for annual membership! English SUBTITLES are available on ALL tutorials! Click any link to watch a ... Read more
Sheepdogs Carew and Kay keep the pressure on the sheep to move them over the bridge

Gathering sheep for late shearing

Kay and Carew work hard, gathering sheep at Dean Farm In recent months I've missed our trips to Dean Farm to gather the sheep. With ... Read more
A sheepdog watches one of the runs at a sheepdog trial

A sweet and sour performance from Carew at Ivy House SDT

And it wasn't just the Red Arrows that were jet propelled - WAS IT, KAY? I’d heard about the challenges of Ivy House Sheepdog Trial, ... Read more
Three mainly white border collie puppies

Holding the fort

Behind every aspiring trials dog, there's a woman who knows where the kibble's kept. It's all very well, but when someone spends an entire day ... Read more
Kevin Evans and Caleb successfully pen the difficult sheep at Kingsland Sheepdog Trial

Limited success, but valuable lessons learned!

Kingsland Trial's a reminder of an important point I've been looking forward to Kingsland Sheepdog Trial for some time. The trials field is less than ... Read more
A wonderful view of the Shopshire Long Mynd hills from the South Shropshire Sheepdog Trial ground.

Trials go South in Shropshire – and Carew’s wobbly at Obley

Carew has mixed fortunes while Kay's consistently impatient. I mentioned in my last blog that I was running in the South Shropshire Sheepdog Trial at ... Read more
Even Aled Owen's Roy struggled with the sheep, but completed the course in the end

More surprises at Felindre Sheepdog Trial

Carew recovered from a very bad start - Kay was just Kay! I had intended to get up really early on Saturday morning and be ... Read more
Mervyn Lewis with Don at the pen

Carew’s full of surprises at Erwood Sheepdog Trials

Carew was good, then bad, then wonderful at Erwood SDT. Since making the decision to run in more sheepdog trials this year, I have been ... Read more
Ricky keeps control of his sheep during training

Do Things Go Wrong When You Train Your Dog to Herd Sheep?

If you hear of a way to train a herding dog where nothing goes wrong, please let us know straight away! In the real world ... Read more
Collie with issues becomes collie with issue

Collie with issues becomes collie with issue

The reason behind Nell’s recent rise in status within the pack, in her own eyes at least, became clear. Four weeks ago Nell gave birth ... Read more
Image depicting sheepdog trial competitor with dog

An Introduction to Sheepdog Trials (Part 1)

A training tutorial for budding sheepdog triallists The latest addition to our sheepdog training video tutorials is part one of a great new introduction to ... Read more
Border collie puppy Gretchen showing typical sheepdog style

Gretchen’s talents come to light all at once

Hayley's sister Gretchen develops new skills. For several weeks now, young Haley has been confidently working sheep (confidently for a puppy, that is) but her ... Read more
Working Kelpie sheepdog during training to work sheep

A Kelpie and a Beardie brighten up our training course

A working Kelpie and Bearded Collie joined us on our sheepdog training class yesterday Monday's group sheepdog training class provided plenty of variety as well ... Read more
Jim Cropper pens the sheep with Rock.

Kay shows her true potential at Slindon Sheepdog Trial

Kay's excellent performance at Slindon SDT is in stark contrast to that of her handler I cannot recall when I last competed in an Open ... Read more
Sheepdogs and storm-damaged apple trees in a Worcestershire orchard

Drier weather means sheepdog training courses go ahead

At last! Sheepdog training is underway again There's been a definite feeling of Spring in the air for the last few days, so we've resumed ... Read more
A sheepdog being trained to work sheep in a small enclosure

Learn your sheepdog training commands the easy way!

Learn your commands thoroughly before training your dog We find that newcomers to sheepdog training regularly get their commands mixed up. Of course, this is ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdog running away from sheep

A dog that doesn’t want to work sheep

How to get a dog to take an interest in sheep A very common problem is getting a dog to take an interest in sheep ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdog puppy Jack perched high in a hedge, watching the sheep below him

Watching the sheep go by

Jack's not ready to take an interest in sheep Being a high drive yet biddable (obedient) border collie puppy, from excellent working parents, means that, ... Read more
Young sheepdog puppy confronting a group of sheep

Taking a sheepdog puppy to sheep

Training a sheepdog can be much easier if you introduce the dog to sheep at an early age. But only attempt it if you know ... Read more
Collie puppy resting on a log

To the woods!

Puppies learn that the world's bigger than they thought It's been a wet and windy winter, as I think we may have mentioned before, so ... Read more
Border collie puppy

Jack’s growing – and going – up

Jack becomes a little more adventurous every day, and keen to take his place among the big dogs Despite a considerable increase in his weight ... Read more
Collies can make their own games

Collies can make their own games

This girl just wants to have fun - and will organise anyone willing to join in! It started so well, with the sight of our ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog

Spot the training differences – competition result

At last we can announce the winner of our "Spot the differences" training competition To keep our sanity we had to make ourselves judge what's ... Read more
Close-up of a young border collie sheepdog looking between the rails of a wooden fence

Sheepdog Training Courses Cancelled

The continuous heavy rain has finally beaten us! Regrettably, we've had to succumb to the inevitable and cancel both of February's scheduled training days. The ... Read more
A small pack of female border collie sheepdogs

Nell’s finding her place

Nell's decided it's time she had some status in the pack When Nell arrived, last July, she was pretty mixed up, and very nervous of ... Read more
Close up portrait of a tricolour border collie sheepdog - Pru

Dogs being dogs – do not disturb

How keeping quiet can make every command count When I first started to keep Border collies (entirely by accident) I did what everyone does - ... Read more
Beautiful white faced Border collie cross

What a difference some rays make!

Puppies meet sheep on a sunny Sunday After what feels like weeks of doing the dogs' morning routine in the rain, yesterday morning was bright, ... Read more
Most dogs enjoy eating fruit, vegetables and wild herbs and plants

Scavenging collies cleave to Cleavers

Collies find there's something to be said for mild weather I know, we really don't have much to complain about; our roads aren't flooded, we ... Read more
Sheepdog Kay feeding two of her own puppies, as well as five from another litter.

Puppy training continues despite the weather

Kay takes the training of her pups very seriously We only have two puppies (Gretchen and Hayley) left from Eli and Kay's recent litter so ... Read more
Sheepdog Jan on a misty frosty morning

It’s Official – Sheepdog Training’s Suspended

Constant rain (with even more predicted) has forced us to stop sheepdog training for a while We managed to run both sheepdog training courses in ... Read more
Sheepdog puppy Jack can climb fences with ease

A sheepdog puppy with altitude!

Confining Jack to our yard becomes increasingly difficult From the day he arrived here, we've been impressed with Jack's determination. In our blog of the ... Read more
Muddy sheepdogs Jan and puppy Dash

Sheepdogs don’t seem to mind wet weather

With training on hold, our dogs just play more seriously Predictably the continuing rain fails to dampen the dogs' spirits, and every play and exercise ... Read more
Sheepdog Meg leaps into the water

Rain almost stops work, but never play!

Training on hold due to wet weather? We've cracked it! Training our own dogs is pretty much at a standstill at the moment, in an ... Read more
Dash is a predominantly white tricolour border collie sheepdog puppy

Despite appearances, Jack and Dash are good pals!

You may not think it, but Jack and Dash are pretty good friends really! Meg and Eli's little girl Dash is a very good looking ... Read more
Agility Border Collie Izzy meets her half-sisters

All clear for Sheepdog Training on Monday!

It's OK for Monday's training course - and we get a visit from Carew's sister Occasionally we have to cancel a sheepdog course, and at ... Read more
Picture of a big splash as Jan rushes through the water (away from the camera).

Monday’s sheepdog training class is looking doubtful

Unless the rain eases, we fear that next Monday's sheepdog training course will have to be cancelled Despite having a decent covering of grass this ... Read more
Three border collie sheepdogs stalking towards the camera

A glorious start to the new year

Despite all the rain, the weather's been mild and surprisingly sunny for the time of year! New sheepdog Jan is really photogenic You may have ... Read more
Sheepdog Jan leaps out of a puddle, leaving a shower of muddy water behind her

Today’s the shortest day

Daylight hours are in short supply at this time of year, but the weather's been great for dogs! Jan has settled in really quickly. She's ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdog Puppy - Jack (looking very cute)

Our NEW LOOK Website and Lots of News

We hope you like the new layout for the website Kay's allowing the pups a quick snack before joining the other dogs on their morning ... Read more
Border collie puppy with wellington boots and a ball

In sheepdogs, a family likeness doesn’t make a clone

It's important to train the dog you're with! Pomme isn't quite ready to join in the rough and tumble of pack playtime. Her half-sister Pru, ... Read more
Successful young dog and handler

Sheepdog News Round Up

We love to hear about dogs that we've bred or trained, and it's been a busy news week Particularly as some news came with photos, ... Read more
Puppy Pomme with cream all around her face

Pouding aux pommes avec crème

Pomme's been in the cream pot! "What's everyone looking at?" Having a dog, or a puppy or two, living in the porch by the kitchen ... Read more
Young black and white border collie

After so many, we still get excited about a lovely new dog

Perhaps the novelty doesn't ever wear off! Kim's such a lively, happy little dog; a joy to have around Last Saturday we welcomed Kim to ... Read more
Group of assorted Border collies

Handling a nervous sheepdog – Nell

Nell has good days and bad days, but on the whole she seems a happier dog Either Nell's enjoying being part of the pack, or ... Read more
Smooth coated collie dog for active non-working home

Registered dog – suitable for an active pet home

Preston certainly has the pose of a proper working sheepdog! Taken when Preston was a little younger, but he still has those wayward ears! Preston ... Read more
Agility handler, Denise Wilkinson with Tinker Tia and Chai

Meg’s puppies are growing fast

...and now one of them's left home! Denise and Tia with new recruit, Chai - still gazing This morning the first of Meg's puppies to ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdog Zak's a handsome dog

Started sheepdog for sale – Zak

Zak's a handsome young sheepdog whose work's improving daily Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee and ... Read more
sheep in a yard outside farm buildings

Carew’s Big Outrun – The Movie

You've read the blog, now see the film! We’re pleased to see a lot of interest in our blog, particularly on the days when we ... Read more
Carew calmly controlling her sheep

Our team of working sheepdogs – Carew

Carew is a highly skilled worker on a sheep farm Carew looks as well as she works Carew is a tricolour (black/white/tan) rough coated border ... Read more
Started sheepdog for sale - Smudge

Started sheepdog for sale – Smudge

Unregistered started dog for sheep, cattle or poultry. Requires further training ... Read more
Kay waits patiently as the sheep move into the farm buildings

Sheepdogs must flank both ways

Kay's control, versatility and manoeuvrability prove their worth in a tight situation Kay, patiently pushing the sheep into the buildings Saturday isn't our regular day ... Read more

International Supreme Championship Trials

The JCB 2013 International Supreme Championship Sheepdog Trials The International Supreme Championship Sheepdog Trials are run by the International Sheep Dog Society and this year, ... Read more
Sheepdog Kay gathering sheep in the mist

Gimmers in the mist – if you can find them

Gathering sheep in the mist is atmospheric - if only you can find them! A beautiful sight - sheep in the early morning mist I'm ... Read more
Potential sheepdog or pet - Sue

Started sheepdog for sale – Sue

Sue's a sweet natured dog, who could become a lovely sheepdog Sue is now sold Sue just started training, and has good potential Recently, our ... Read more
Working sheepdog Ness

Trained sheepdog for sale – Rosewood Ness

Registered skilled sheepdog - flock work, outrun, lift, fetch, driving, shed and pen. Ness is a lovely dog, although she can be a little nervous ... Read more
Glen looking stylish as he walks up on some sheep

Relevant sheepdog skills and their prices – UK

The various levels of a sheepdog's skills and their prices can be confusing In recent years UK sheepdog and cattle dog prices have increased dramatically, ... Read more
Sheepdog Kay awaits her next command in the sheep sorting pens

Carew really doesn’t want to be left out

Carew makes it clear she wants to be involved when there's work to be done. Kay has the sheep under control in the sorting pens ... Read more
A good sized flock awaits gathering early in the morning

Ness shines on her sheep gathering debut

Despite her inexperience, Ness proved her worth on today's sheep gather ... Read more
Sheepdog Dot lying on a steep bank in North Wales

Little Dot – Andy’s first sheepdog

They say you ruin your first sheepdog . . . This is Dot. A daughter of Derek Scrimgeour's Ben, Dot was my first sheepdog back ... Read more
Sheepdogs Kay and Carew holding stubborn sheep at bay

The highs and lows of working sheepdogs

Kay and Carew take me from despair to joy in 48 hours What with Powick, Mathon, and Evesham sheepdog trials as well as gathering sheep ... Read more
Mixed fortune at Evesham Sheepdog Trial 2013

Mixed fortune at Evesham Sheepdog Trial 2013

Kay and Carew's exploits at Evesham Sheepdog Trials Saturday 10th August was the date of the Local Novice section of the Vale of Evesham's annual ... Read more
Sheepdog gathering a large flock of sheep

Sheepdogs for sale – but which to choose?

“I think we've decided we need a dog...” often the opening to an email enquiry, or a telephone conversation with a farmer, smallholder or ... Read more
Black and white Jack Russell terrier cross puppies

The Benefits of a Sound Puppy Policy

You should only buy a puppy if you're sure you have enough time, space and energy Yesterday's To Do List consisted of Andy staying at ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew facing down a stubborn ewe

Gathering sheep at dawn in August

Today's early morning gather went smoothly for dogs and sheep Carew seems to rise to the challenge if a stubborn ewe turns to face her ... Read more
Rough coated tricolour female sheepdog, Nell

A sheepdog can have psychological issues too

Training a sheepdog isn't always as straightforward as you'd think Nell's a good looking dog and she's very keen to work sheep, but she has ... Read more
Sheepdog working a small flock of sheep

We have too many sheep. Sadly, some must go

Our field's overstocked, so we have to reduce the number of sheep. Carew loves to work the full flock but some must go We don't ... Read more
Sheep standing watching a dog

When sheep don’t see a dog as a predator

How do you load sheep onto a trailer if they see the dog as a friend? The sheep weren't afraid of Carew - they ran ... Read more
sheepdog loading sheep onto a cattle truck

Carew loads sheep into a cattle truck

Carew showed great talent when it came to loading sheep onto a cattle truck Carew had the last batch of sheep up the ramp and ... Read more
Carew drives a large bunch of sheep towards the gate

Carew does the entire gather by herself!

Working alone, Carew completes this morning's gather in record time! This morning's sheep gather and lamb drafting operation was completed in record time. Of course, ... Read more
Chihuahua x Papillon, Chester is one of the nicest dogs you could wish to meet

Little Big Dog – This is Chester

Chester's one of the nicest little dogs you could wish to meet Chester's a black white and tan Papillon x Chihuahua and so small that ... Read more
A common toad swimming in a stainless steel dog bowl

Toad in the Bowl

A common toad cools off in Carew's water bowl With the heatwave we're experiencing in the UK at the moment, it came as quite a ... Read more
Trainee sheepdog Matt's work has improved dramatically

Training a sheepdog when the light comes on!

Matt reaches a major milestone in his training One of the best things about training sheepdogs is witnessing that magic moment when the dog realises ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew holding a stick as she faces sheep in a pen

You can’t beat flock work for developing a dog’s character

Carew's strength of character has improved drastically with flock work As the run of unusually hot weather continues in the UK, I'm grateful (and I'm ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew in action

Carew & Kay compete at Mathon, Carew’s first sheepdog trial

Carew's first sheepdog trial went much better than expected In Worcestershire there are very few sheepdog trials venues, so we normally have to travel a ... Read more
Kay gathering sheep in one of the fields

Working sheepdog Carew has hidden talents

It was Carew's turn to astonish me during this morning's gather I didn't intend to write a blog about this morning's sheep gather, but such ... Read more
Herding dog Kay driving sheep into a field

Kay helps Carew with her sheepdog trials training

Carew's in training for a sheepdog trial this weekend We have another local sheepdog trial this weekend (Mathon, near Malvern) and I'm hoping to run ... Read more
The dogs are shaded by the tarpaulin over their runs

Giving the dogs temporary shelter from the hot sun

Today we rigged up a tarpaulin to give our dogs some shade For some time now I've been intending to cover the dog kennels with ... Read more
Little Kay is an excellent sheepdog

Oops there goes my excuse for not sheepdog trialling

Kay was a little star at Powick Sheepdog Trials today It's one of my regrets that in recent years I have not taken part in ... Read more
Front cover of Establishing Your Flock - a DVD for sheep keepers

How to keep sheep

Do you have Sheep on Your Smallholding? (SORRY - we no longer stock these DVDs) Until I tried sheep work with my Border collie collection ... Read more
Sheepdog gathering a small flock of sheep

Gathering sheep doesn’t always go to plan

5:45am is a great time to start a day's work on a July morning! Using our dogs to gather sheep for our landlord has become ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew standing in front of a shed full of sheep

Proper flock work with Carew and Kay

Farm work broadens the dog's experience and tests the handler's skill Whenever possible, we like to take our dogs out to other farms to work ... Read more
Three border collie sheepdogs jumping off a big straw bale together

Working website update

Our new and improved website After a minor website hosting-hiccup (as we now term BT) Andy was distracted away from the next tutorial to make ... Read more
A sheep looking very relaxed while it awaits a pedicure

We have a result – and it’s printable

My older sisters used to tell me, "To the pure, all is pure" and our latest competition really proved it. Where some people see a ... Read more
A sheep looking very relaxed while it awaits a pedicure

TOO LATE – for the free caption competition!

Win a great DVD prize in our FREECAPTION COMPETITION All you need to do is think of a great caption for this picture of a ... Read more
This is Carew, walking up on the sheep

The wettest winter I can remember

After the worst winter I can recall, spring finally seems to be here. The sun's shining, and it feels warm outside. Now we just need ... Read more
A trainee sheepdog chasing sheep

Why some sheep run away from dogs and others don’t

Have you ever wondered why some sheep run away as the dog approaches, while others stand their ground? There are many reasons for sheep to ... Read more
Sheepdog training course in progress

Sheepdog training course goes ahead despite the weather

The weather forecast is not good but we have some ground which should be dry enough to train a group of sheepdogs tomorrow. Despite the ... Read more
Working sheepdog lying in the grass, close to the sheep

Training the dog to lie or stand, on the stop command

Should the dog lie down, or remain standing, when you stop it? We're often asked whether a working sheepdog should lie on the ground, or ... Read more
Cover image of our sheepdog whistle tutorial, showing a typical whistle, and the title

Sheepdog Training Tutorial – The Sheepdog Whistle (01)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED Monthly Subscription £4.50 (easy monthly payments) Join Now Annual Membership £45.00 (save £4.00) Join Now We've just added our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorial ... Read more
A training group of handlers and their dogs at a Kings Green Farm training day

Sheepdog training as usual on Saturday and Wednesday

The weather forecast isn't great, but the training field has dried out a little since Andy's panic last week We're confident the group sheepdog training ... Read more
Wet sheep, standing in a muddy field

Sheepdog training courses – possibility of postponement

We're issuing our own "YELLOW warning" to anyone booked onto our sheepdog training courses this month(Saturday the 16th, and Wednesday the 20th March) The heavy ... Read more
Teaching a dog to go out wider when it's flanking

Teaching a dog to flank wider when driving sheep

Several subscribers to our online sheepdog training videos have recently asked us how to get a dog to flank wider when it's driving. In the ... Read more
Cover pic of The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training

Online sheepdog training videos – now with subtitles

One of the positive sides of many weeks of persistent rain is that when it's far too wet to train sheepdogs, you can spend more ... Read more
Little tricolour collie puppy Reggie is out enjoying the sunshine

Maggot’s morning

What a glorious morning! After the snow and greyness of yesterday this morning was mild and sunny, with endless blue skies and an optimistic feeling ... Read more
Two black and white smooth coated border collie puppies, taking a well-earned break.

Sheepdog comings and goings

I love this photo. It's two of my favourite puppies, Maggot and Cotton, sisters from Kay's litter with the lovely Max Cotton's on her 30-day ... Read more
Sheepdogs playing cause a spray of white snow

It’s clear, border collie sheepdogs love snow!

We 'enjoyed' about 4 cm of snow overnight Last night we were woken by the sound of our dogs barking so I got out of ... Read more
Muddy sheepdogs Carew and Kay sit on a fallen tree and are being watched from below by Meg

Rain stopped sheepdog training – but not play!

This seemingly unending spell of extreme wet weather has brought all sheepdog training to a standstill here for the time being. Our poor training field ... Read more
Three border collie sheepdogs jumping off a big straw bale together

Sheepdogs love to play as well as work

The dog's don't really care how wet and muddy it gets - they'll always find ways to make the most of it. They're not bothered ... Read more
Border collies playing with a ball

The versatile Border collie – and its owner

We know from the many conversations we have, and emails we receive, that Border collie owners are a versatile lot, and many of them thoroughly ... Read more
border collie sheepdog soaking wet and covered in mud

And the winner is…or rather, the winners are…

If we've learned anything from our caption competition, it's that we should never try to caption our own photos; other people's ideas are far better ... Read more
border collie sheepdog soaking wet and covered in mud

Wet border collie sheepdog picture CAPTION COMPETITION

Win a great DVD prize in our FREE CAPTION COMPETITION All you need to do is think of a great caption for this picture of ... Read more
Rain soaked sheep in a wet field

100 Percent Wool – Dry-flat!

Sometimes, we feel really sorry for our sheep, and today is one of those days. The poor creatures have withstood an enormous amount of rain ... Read more
Sheepdog Carew gathering sheep in the winter mist

Working sheepdogs in winter has its compensations

After the continuous soaking rain of the past few days, it was a great relief to gather the sheep in sunshine this morning. Carew was ... Read more
Training a young tri-colour border collie in a training ring with three sheep

Revised schedule of sheepdog training courses

Sheepdog training courses - January to June 2013 We regret that due to the saturated state of our ground, we have no alternative but to ... Read more
Black and white border collie sheepdog puppy - rough coated, mostly black with white chest, nose and feet.

Not just a lovely sheepdog puppy

Starting puppies and young dogs on sheep cattle and other livestock This is one of the (as yet unnamed) border collie pups from Audrey's litter ... Read more
Rough coated, red and white Border Collie Sheepdog Audrey inspecting the flood water

Today, a fissure in the clouds let loose a shaft of sunshine

Whenever we have unusual weather conditions (flooding, deep snow, thunderstorms for example) we like to get all the dogs and puppies outside to experience it ... Read more

Training course abandoned!

Yes - abandoned before it began! There's been an awful lot of rain over the past few days, but I wasn't too worried about today's ... Read more
Tri-colour Border collie sheepdog with blue eyes

Sheepdog celebrities, and a ewe with a view

A sheep dog in Dire Straits? I was watching the younger dogs playing and suddenly realised who Lucas reminds me of: Mark Knopfler. Now just ... Read more
Border collie puppy watches while a young collie is trained with sheep

Pru goes sheepdog training

Pru decides to take at look at our sheepdog training class ... Read more
16 Border collies relaxing in the orchard

Life with the pack and the puppies

[Some months ago I made a solemn pact with myself that I'd update the blog at least once a week. Since then, it seems I've ... Read more
Sheepdog Pip at work yesterday

Sheepdog Pip at work yesterday

Pip's so stylish when she works sheep or cattle. She has a great "stop" most of the time, and when she stops, she presses herself ... Read more
A lovely group of young Border collies; red and white, black and white, and tricolour.

The Wichenford week

After my frenzy of dog acquisition last week, this week seems quite dull in comparison That said, even a dull week here is pretty good ... Read more
Scylla and some of the other dogs at play

Another arduous sheepdog training session

You don't get this good without lots of practise Sometimes we even train our dogs on sheep. Honest. But I couldn't resist this photo, partly ... Read more
Collie puppy at 10 days old, with photo inlay showing how much she's grown since birth

Ten days old, and counting

Since Mel's puppy made her astonishing appearance we've been asked many times how she's doing. Sometimes we reply "Growing like Topsy" without actually knowing who ... Read more
Rough coated red and white border collie sheepdog, Roy

Never say never

One of Andy's Rules for Life is that we never sell dogs at auctions (for reasons that I'm sure we've enumerated many times on the ... Read more
Mel is a tricolour border collie, and an excellent sheepdog

Be careful what you wish for

It doesn't matter how many dogs we own, or for how long, they just never cease to surprise us. The weather's been really warm this ... Read more
Smooth coated collie, Dulcie, playing at high speed with her rough coated sister, Gloria

What a difference some sunshine makes!

A very wet April has made way for some lovely warm (today, even hot) weather, giving the dogs the opportunity to spend the afternoons in ... Read more
A group of our sheepdogs play in the puddles on the bridleway

Rain Rain Stay For Days – we need it so desperately

I know I've been banging on about the drought for months now, but the water table where we are is desperately low. We've had the driest ... Read more
Tricolour Border collie puppy with pale blue eyes

The eyes have it

Kay, Mel, Eli, Carew and Ezra, to name just a few, are excellent sheepdogs; strong, enthusiastic and tenacious when necessary, but I don't think any ... Read more
Beautiful tricolour collie bitch puppy, relaxing in the woods

Scylla sits still, and Dora steps out

I wrote about Scylla's arrival in my last blog, but at that time she refused to pose for her photograph. She appeared on lots of ... Read more
Teaching the dogs to 'stay close' while walking in the woods

Out walking with twenty or more sheepdogs

Spring really does seem to be with us now. There are lambs in the fields. young leaves on the trees, flowers in the hedgerows, and ... Read more
Chester is a small dog who likes to climb

Life – with collies underfoot

It's been a few weeks since I sat down to write the blog, though I know Andy's been keeping it supplied with photographs. Apart from ... Read more
Rosewood Eli looking very regal on top of a tree stump with a glorious blue sky behind him.

Working hard on the new sheepdog training DVD

Forgive us if our blog entries are a little irregular at the moment, we're hard at work on the monumental task of filming our new ... Read more
Group of approximately thirteen Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies all facing the camera

A picture to gladden the heart

I just had to share this lovely picture. When I took the sheepdogs and pups out for their evening walk (well, more of a dash, ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdog puppy Audrey asserts her authority over younger pup, Dennis

Somebody has to keep the puppies in order

Young Audrey, the red and white bitch pup is beginning to assert her authority over the younger puppies lately. This morning, she showed Dennis that ... Read more
Puppies play-fighting in the early March sunlight

The puppy games get rougher as they grow up

Puppies love to play, and this morning was no exception. The sun was shining gloriously when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, ... Read more
Find out about the puppies we have for sale

Another glorious morning for walking the sheepdogs and pups!

One of our favourite pictures - EVER! ... Read more
Rita, the tri-colour collie puppy, loves to get out and about

Accidents and emergencies

Back in January I mentioned Bella, an ex-rescue collie living in Florida, and her heroic effort to alert neighbours to her owner, Adam's horrible accident ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog watching her sheep

A good looking sheepdog and a great worker too

Carew continues to shine above the other dogs when it comes to working sheep. She's desperate to please, a very keen worker, and shows signs ... Read more
Sheepdog puppy Lupin with her leg in plaster, eyeing the sheep through a fence

Just you wait till I get this plaster off!

Poor Lupin can't wait to get the plaster cast off her leg This is Lupin with her leg in plaster, the day before she went ... Read more
Two dogs on the bonnet of a car in frosty weather

Security alert at Kings Green Farm

With things the way they are these days, you can't be too security conscious Security is the buzz-word in these modern times, so if you ... Read more
Eli in the foreground with his daughter Midge looking on

Only a short spell of snow thank goodness

I must admit, I like to see snow - but it causes us all kinds of inconvenience We took the dogs out for their morning ... Read more
Some of the collie sheepdogs running along the bridleway in the morning sunlight

It may be bitterly cold, but the dogs love it

The dog's don't seem to mind how cold the weather is, as long as they can enjoy a good run morning and evening I took ... Read more
Lots of Border Collie dogs and pups out walking in the woods

Border Collie Sheepdog Traffic Jam in the Woods

What a great morning for walking the dogs! Sometimes, I think I have the best job in the world (but the pay's nothing to shout ... Read more
Border Collie puppy with it's leg in a purple plaster cast

Accidents will happen

Every litter of puppies seems to have its own way of playing and, even as adolescents and young adults, litter mates continue to enjoy each ... Read more
Bella is a smooth coated border collie

News from the DVD shop

New DVDs and other news from The Working Sheepdog Website Last October I added "Rocky Mountain Cowboys" to the online shop and it proved to ... Read more
Sheepdogs in the early morning frost

A welcome touch of frost but we urgently need rain (in England)

It's great to see the landscape covered with frost again, but what we really need is a good steady downpour of rain lasting for several ... Read more
Our sheepdogs and puppies enjoy playing with a buoy

Oh BUOY this is fun! – dogs enjoying the mild winter weather

Last winter, we were lucky to get some wonderful snow and freezing frost scenes while we were filming our latest Border Collie DVD (Border Collie ... Read more
Five and a half month old bitch pup which shows no interest in working sheep

Me? Train to be a sheepdog? . . I don’t think so.

It's my belief that most young border collies have the instinct to herd sheep somewhere deep in their mind Most young border collies (and some ... Read more
Border collie sheepdogs, Mel, Mick, Kay, Midge and Eli.

Caption Competition – What are the dogs saying?

I took this picture this morning when I was out with the dogs. Gill and I just love the expression on Eli's face. Just for ... Read more
Carew calmly controlling her sheep

A young sheepdog with all the qualities I like

Among the many important attributes that I look for in a trainee sheepdog are confidence, the power to move stubborn sheep, and 'sheep sense'. By ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdog Puppy, Dennis

Dennis – Our chunky new border collie sheepdog puppy

This is Dennis - not to be confused with our original Dennis featured on the 'Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty!' DVD Dennis has only ... Read more
Walking our sheepdogs in the January sunshine

A great morning for a walk with the dogs

Yesterday was a lovely day to be out with the dogs - at least, the morning was! Later on, the weather deteriorated until the afternoon ... Read more
Alfie the Chihuahua chooses to catch up with his beauty sleep - not that he needs it, of course

“All equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak”

Sitting here in the office, looking out at blue sky and bright sunshine, it's hard to imagine the weather conditions of this morning In common ... Read more
Dulcie has a slighly guilty look - and it's no wonder.

The CULPRIT – Dulcie the ‘Sheep Worrying’ Puppy

Don't be fooled by the looks . . . If you think Dulcie is a picture of innocence, think again. She's the one who's leading ... Read more
Sheep grazing.

Some things are easier said than done

On our Sheepdog Training DVD I explain that you must keep young puppies away from sheep. There's a very good reason for this - if ... Read more
Jill the sheepdog retires at last

Even Sheepdogs Must Retire Sometime

Today's a sad day for us in one way, but a happy one in another. One of our favourite dogs, was collected by her new ... Read more


Our modern forms of communication are wonderful things; just consider, for example, the mobile 'phone. In my previous life (pre-children and pre-sheepdogs, that is) I ... Read more
Chester the Papillon doesn't enjoy having his photograph taken

More puppies, and more progress

A few dark, damp days have given us the opportunity/excuse to catch up on some indoor chores. Andy's been digging out old photographic equipment to ... Read more
Border collie puppies at 4 weeks of age

Puppies’ progress

Almost the end of the first week since putting the clocks back (here in the UK anyway). I always find it disorientating, and the dogs ... Read more
Tan longhaired Chihuahua Alfie gazes wisely into the distance

Welcome return to form for Alfie

Regular readers of this column (as they say in The Guardian) will recall that a convincing sign of Alfie's chest infection - read the full ... Read more
Cover picture of Rocky Mountain Cowboys DVD

Finally – a new DVD in the shop

We've added a new Cattle Ranching DVD to our store PLEASE NOTE - We no longer stock the "Rocky Mountain Cowboys" DVD in the DVD ... Read more
Cute collie puppy, asleep with his tongue stuck out. Wonder what he's dreaming about

10 days old already!

The new puppies are ten days old now I wonder what this little chap's dreaming about? And just look at those perfect little paws! This ... Read more
Black and white border collie puppies, less than a day old

New puppies are always worth the wait

By the time we went to bed on Monday night there were seven new puppies lined up at the milk bar - warm, dry and ... Read more
An assorted group of smooth and rough coated Border collies

Puppies keep us waiting…and awake

It's been a week of new additions, though not the new additions we were expecting. The litter of puppies that was due last Friday has ... Read more
Red, long coated Chihuahua dog wearing stylish diamong studded collar

Finding grass in unexpected places…

I promise never to mention the weather again (probably) but we've had some damp cloudy days, and a few good heavy showers, this week and ... Read more
The proposed cover of our latest Border collie fun DVD includes a Chihuahua, a Papillon, a Great Dane and a lurcher

Still Off Duty! – our new sheepdog DVD is taking shape

Today we've been working on the artwork for the new DVD, and it's really starting to feel as though we're making progress! I'm impatient to ... Read more
Tri-colour collie bitch puppy, Carew

Introducing the Class of 2011 – this year’s additions to our sheepdog team

We're absolutely delighted with the puppies we've kept back for training this year - seven puppies, from three different bitches and three different dogs We ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdogs in the snow

Remember December

We've had a nostalgic few days, watching clips that Andy's turned up while he trawls the hard drives for footage for the new DVD He's ... Read more
Field showing the effect of drought on a normally lush, green pasture in the UK

It’s Raining! well, it was…

Kings Green finally managed to have a rain shower early this morning - what luxury! Luxury. I know it won't be long before we're complaining ... Read more
Fleck is a lovely example of a smooth coated border collie sheepdog puppy

DROUGHT in Worcestershire?

I wish we could have some rain. Although our ground is heavy clay, the grass is brown and burned off. The sheep are eating what ... Read more
The sheepdogs of Kings Green Farm shelter from the rain under an oak tree

Little Mo – Sheepdog Training Course Assistant

It's so easy to keep using the dog which proves best for any one task, and overlook the less experienced dogs Kay has certainly proved ... Read more

Grass seed in eye – Puppy much improved today

Just a note to mention that the sheepdog puppy which had the grass seed in its eye is improving rapidly. She's so active that we ... Read more
Puppy with a green eye. The dye shows up damaged areas.

Ghastly Grass Seed in a Puppy’s Eye

A couple of days ago, we noticed that one of our eight week old pups had a sore-looking eye. Normally, we can cope with minor ... Read more
A working sheepdog flanking round a group of herdwick sheep.

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 ... Read more
Two border collies apparently about to fight - but are they?

Dogs fighting . . . friend or show?

The longer we keep dogs, the more we realise how little we know about them. Especially their behaviour. If you keep a number of dogs ... Read more
Four puppies playing tug with a fabric toy monkey.

Sometimes you notice something special!

When it comes to toys for dogs and sheepdog puppies, we're convinced that soft plastic flower pots are the best (certainly for value) but a ... Read more
A tall spindly damson tree which we suspect cannot stand for much longer

My favourite tree – for how much longer?

This damson tree is very special to us. The field we train the dogs in is an ancient orchard, with many different varieties of apple ... Read more
Sheepdogs Kay and Mel relaxing on a bench

Kay and Mel – two great thinkers

Having great sheepdogs is an honour that I appreciate more and more. Of course, how you train a dog is very important but there are ... Read more
Border Collie puppies Lady and Ezra (right) with a pup from a later litter from Gwen.

The Sheepdog Blog has landed!

AT LAST! - We've finally managed to get a self-hosted interactive blog on the Working Sheepdog Website Please accept our apologies if you've been trying ... Read more
Young border collie sheepdog - Brad

One of our ‘New Boys’ – Brad

Apologies for being away from the blog for a while. We've been hard at work shooting our new Sheepdog Training DVD which we are hoping ... Read more
Border collie puppies asleep in a concrete pipe

News Roundup – Puppies, DVDs and Training Courses

Playing in a concrete pipe is great fun for a while but we all need a break sometime. Puppies everywhere! Mel's pups are having a ... Read more
Working Border Collie Puppy playing with a plastic flower pot

Puppies Playtime

Making good use of the plastic plant pots - "Apparently never sleeps" is in the foreground, with a Demon Twin in the background. Mel's puppies ... Read more
Alfie the chihuahua watches the sheepdog training

At last – the Spring weather tempts us to linger outside!

The last couple of weeks of dry weather have been a welcome relief after an unremittingly wet February. Of course, after spending the early part ... Read more
Bob Lever and "Max the Welsh" watch a sheepdog training session

Finding a Sheepdog 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 ... Read more
Young border collie sheepdog Reiver

The 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 ... Read more
Fran became a really good sheepdog

SKIPTON SHEEPDOG SALE – To buy . . . or not to buy . . .

We very rarely go to auctions - when it comes to sheepdogs we both suffer from 'twitching arm' syndrome, so it's the only way we ... Read more
Gorgeous young sheepdog, Midge lying on the ground looking over her shoulder

Variety was the spice of this weekend!

by Gill For anyone who works with livestock, one day is pretty much the same as another - you don't get days off - so ... Read more
Working Bearded Collie Sheepdog at work

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 ... Read more
Bearded Collie at work

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 ... Read more
Very low angle shot of sheepdog Kay lying in the grass

Training Update

Portrait of Mel - a truly great sheepdog

News Roundup – and the Best Sheepdog in the World

Years ago, I said that if I thought it was possible, I'd say Mel (left) can read my mind. Time and again since then, Mel ... Read more
Good looking boy! Border Collie puppy, Kevin

New Young Talent at Kings Green Farm

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 ... Read more
Non working great dane - Lily

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 ... Read more
Working Kelpie Sheepdog - Molly

This Kelpie’s pretty COOL !

Having had a rather disappointing experience with training our Kelpie, Red, Andy had mixed feelings when Paul Marsh brought his young Kelpie bitch Molly, for ... Read more
Puppies at play in the snow

With Border Collie Sheepdogs, Things Can Change Quickly

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 ... Read more
Andy sitting at a picnic bench, looking quizzically at Kay who's face is extremely close to his!

ME? . . . a BLOGGER?

I wonder how many of our readers shared the same new year experience as me years ago? Each year one member of the family or ... Read more
Border Collie sheepdog Fran covered in frost, in a misty, frosty field

Winter’s Arrived Early This Year

In recent years, the UK has enjoyed relatively mild winters. Anyone who was around in 1947 (and I'm not one of them - I didn't ... Read more
Working Kelpie Sheepdog, Red at twelve weeks of age.

Our First Working Kelpie – RED!

For some months now, we've wanted to train a Kelpie. They're very popular in Australia of course, but you don't see them winning sheepdog trials ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdog Kay

Wonder Dog Kay!

Kay was just amazing during our sheepdog training course yesterday I've trained quite a number of sheepdogs over the years, and sometimes, I think I've ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdog Mo jumping the sheep hurdles.

On Top of the World!

Mo's fast becoming one of our best working sheepdogs. The only problem is she's too fast! When Mo slows down a little, she'll be as ... Read more
This is a newly born Border Collie puppy

We’re expecting puppies!

We're expecting puppies at the end of July. They should be ready to leave by the end of September. Visit the website ... Read more
Border Collies Mog (on the floor) and Mossie relaxing in the May sunshine.

It’s not all work!

Sometimes you just need to take a break from work and get down to some real fun! Young sheepdogs Mog and Mossie spend a lot ... Read more
Mossie - Born to work sheep.

Mossie – born to work sheep!

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 ... Read more

A glimmer of interest!

Today we sheared a few sheep and we let Doris wander around while we were shearing. Once or twice she went up to the sheep ... Read more
Border Collie Doris gives the impression she's already a great sheepdog but she's not.

Don’t be fooled by appearances

Doris is a beautiful young border collie with a fantastic sheepdog trials ancestry. She was born in September 2009 and to look at her, you'd ... Read more
jackdaws drinking at a water tank

Phew! It’s So Hot!

Was May supposed to be this hot? We just 'enjoyed' a few days of exceptionally hot weather for the time of year. May is normally ... Read more
Recently sheared sheep with unsheared sheep in the background

Sheep Shearing By Numbers.

Last week I had my first attempt at shearing sheep. I've watched sheep being sheared many times before but never actually had a go. I ... Read more
Sheep at water trough

It just gets busier and busier!

Well, after a couple of false starts, it seems spring is really here at last! The fields are greener, the hedges and trees are coming ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog standing on its hind legs with sheep close in the background

Working sheepdog wins Crufts Canine Freestyle championship

Who said you'll ruin a sheepdog if you allow it to do tricks? 2010 and 2011 Crufts Canine Freestyle Champions Richard Curtis and Pogo. Pogo ... Read more

Uggh! . . . More snow,

Just when we thought the ground was drying up nicely and there were even small signs that the grass was beginning to grow, down comes ... Read more
Three mainly white border collie puppies

Barking mad – a lesson in dog training

I was thinking about dog training - on Saturday night, actually. Gill has long believed that the best thing to do about bad behaviour is ... Read more

Training sheepdogs . . .

I may have suggested before that I don’t always agree with Gill and Andy’s training methods. Well, to be fair it’s the whole idea of ... Read more

Those puppies!

Gill took me to see Jill’s puppies last night. They were 16 days old, and to celebrate they had their third consecutive day of worming ... Read more

A dog friendly pub in Caunsall?

A couple of weeks ago I was taken out for lunch by Gill and my doting aunties. They live in Stourbridge, and as we drove ... Read more

Puppy progress.

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us about the puppy disaster. You'll be pleased to know that Jill and the pups are ... Read more
Closeup of a border collie puppy in the sunshine

Do I detect a hint of spring?

Yesterday was such a lovely day! There are snowdrops in the garden and some of the buds on the shrubs are just beginning to grow ... Read more

The injustice of it all . . .

You know I'm not a great fan of border collies, and even less, of sheepdogs, but the puppy disaster that happened to Jill and Eli's ... Read more
Jill's games led to her accidentally killing most of her puppies

Very bad news . . .

Apologies for the delay but it's very difficult to bring yourself to announce really bad news and we've certainly had a big shock with Jill's ... Read more
A tiny border collie puppy with tricolour markings, just one day after being born

Oh – NO ! (Puppies again)!

When border collie puppies are first born, they're just like little grubs. This picture is of a one day old sheepdog puppy Harmless, aren't they? ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog Jill produced a litter of puppies last night

We have PUPPIES !!

Proud mother Jill produced a lovely litter of pups last night. They're all doing well despite the bitter cold wind we have today. We'll post ... Read more
Alfie the chihuahua sharing his bed with border collie sheepdog Glen

Alfie’s Blog

Did you know our little chihuahua Alfie has his own blog? Just recently, Alfie's lost his tiny little chihuahua bed because the great big border ... Read more
Alfie the chihuahua sharing his bed with border collie sheepdog Glen

A dog in need . . .

Never let it be said that I’d overlook a fellow dog in need (to be honest, at my height it’s not easy to overlook anything) ... Read more
Chihuahua Alfie with a border collie puppy

I’m in trouble again . . .

No I don't mean the picture - that was taken in April 2007 when I first arrived here. When you're so much smaller than the ... Read more
Chihuahua x Papillon and Chihuahua dogs in the snow

Who said Chihuahuas aren’t tough?

I thought you'd like to see this picture of Chester and me in the snow today - and not a dog coat in sight! We ... Read more

Elitist? . . Me?

I can’t believe it, but I’m getting complaints. I’m accused of elitism. It’s not elitism, it’s called noblesse oblige - we Chihuahuas have responsibilities. Chihuahuas ... Read more
Border collie sheepdog Jill produced a litter of puppies last night

Sheepdog in the making.

Mog may only be very young, compared to some of the sheepdogs, but she’s already started work (well, nursery) and Andy’s extremely proud of her ... Read more

It’s not that I mind puppies . . .

While I write this, Chester is sitting on the window ledge, watching the dogs in the yard and shouting out encouragement or disapproval as the ... Read more
Great Dane Lily

And as though border collies weren’t enough . . .

There are two other dogs here that aren’t sheepdogs. Lily is a Great Dope (I mean, Great Dane) and Eris is a half-Deerhound lurcher. Eris ... Read more
Rough coated black and white border collie bitch Connie, looking at the camera with her tongue out!

As if we don’t have enough collies around the place already!

A nice man, who trains dogs for sheepdog trials, drove all the way from Powys a few days ago with some dogs for Andy to ... Read more

Female border collies causing chaos as usual!

The yard has been in chaos all weekend. Some of the girls have come into season (apparently that’s what happens when females live together in ... Read more
Alfie the chihuahua sitting upright, regally looking into the distance

I’m a chihuahua, get me out of here!

I think it’s time to put the record straight. The Border collies around here are getting the impression that they’re somehow important. Just to explain ... Read more
Sheepdogs drinking icy water in the snow

Training area? What training area?

Another picture showing the state of our sheepdog training area! It will be some weeks before we can start training again, so those of you ... Read more
Border Collie Sheepdogs playing on a frosty field

Dogs just wanna have fun!

The sheep may not be enjoying the winter weather but the dogs certainly are. Eli and Connie (above) have been having a great time playing ... Read more
Sheep in the snow


Sadly, we must suspend all sheepdog training for the near future. We have been snow-bound for a week now and more snow is forecast. Unfortunately, ... Read more
Sheep in the field with frost on the trees

Welcome to the Sheepdog Blog!

With all the bad weather we've had recently in the UK, we thought it would be good to have a blog so that we can ... Read more