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Kelpie v Collie (13) Mossie Gets Better & Better!

Closeup of Mossie with her head through the sheep hurdles, obviously looking at sheep
Page 13 of 14 – go to page 1 A further update from Mossie’s new owner Jon, at Skilgate, Exmoor. Mossie was one of the easiest dog’s we’ve ever had the pleasure of training. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you’ll know that Mossie went to her new home at the end of October. We’re deeply grateful to Jon from Exmoor for yet another update on Mossie’s progress. Things have been a bit difficult down here with the … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (12) Red’s Gone Back to Wales!

Kelpie Red enjoying the heavy frost
Page 12 of 14 – go to page 1 Sorry – no more Kelpies for us! Through no fault of his own, we’ve returned Red to his breeder in Mid Wales. We love the dog and will miss him, but dogs are our living and training Red has proved time consuming and frustrating. Red’s breeder was very happy to have him back and we’re sure it’s the best option under the circumstances. There are an awful lot of Kelpie enthusiasts … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (11) Red’s Recent Sessions Disappointing

Red with some of the other dogs enjoying the hard frost
Page 11 of 14 – go to page 1 The normally temperate UK is currently locked in what for us is a serious freeze. Red and the other dogs are having a wonderful time though. For them, it seems to be all play and no work because we’ve suspended sheepdog training while the weather is so cold. This is not because we don’t like going out into the cold, in fact sheepdog training is a really good way to keep … Read more

Winter’s Arrived Early This Year

Border Collie sheepdog Fran covered in frost, in a misty, frosty field
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 arrive until two years later) will tell you it’s been relatively tropical here since then. Even when we have had the odd cold snap, they normally don’t arrive until after but this year, we have an exception. The normally temperate UK is currently locked in what for us is a serious freeze. Red and the … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (10) Update From Mossie’s New Owner

Kelpie v Collie (10) Update From Mossie's New Owner
Page 10 of 14 – go to page 1 Mossie Update (from her new owner). Mossie at work before she went to live on Exmoor. Mossie’s doing really well – very rarely nipping and with a nicely developing outrun. She’s still a bit sticky on ‘come-bye’ occasionally but she’ll walk up to the sheep and has got a great stop. At the end of a session she’ll walk away when I’ve convinced her it’s over. Last Thursday I wanted to … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (9) A Rest Brings Out a Good Change

Red enthusiastically gathering sheep
Page 9 of 14 – go to page 1 OK, ok . . . (maybe I was wrong)! There appears to have been a fairly serious development in Red’s training. Since the last blog, he escaped from the yard more than once, and proved to us that he’s quite capable of concentrating on his work when he wants to (notice the tail). What would you say to a border collie sheepdog trainer who: Regularly tells clients “never give up on … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (8) Lack of Dedication & Inconsistency

Page 8 of 14 – go to page 1 Red’s capable, but can’t really be bothered I’m sorry if this isn’t what you Kelpie fans want to hear, but I’m being absolutely honest here. Yep – he’s a great character.Yep – he’s a joy to have around.Yep – he’s (usually) very obedient.Yep – he can be incredibly funny.Yep – he (sometimes) shows great courage.And Yep – he sometimes (briefly) works well. But OH! Red’s SO FRUSTRATING! He’s perfectly capable of … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (7) Red’s Promising, Mossie’s Unbelievable!

Kelpie Red training to work sheep
Page 7 of 14 – go to page 1 An amazing little dog At just over five months of age, Red’s really taken us by surprise. This picture shows him circling his sheep a couple of days ago. (Click the image for a larger version). We’ve taken him to sheep a few times and to be honest, the last session was quite a disappointment because he barked a lot, was easily distracted and quickly became bored. Previously, he’s shown great … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (6) Red Shows Determination

Page 6 of 14 – go to page 1 Red’s five months old now. The changes in him are noticeable almost daily. Although he’s very active and would apparently play all day, he’s curiously obedient. Where collies may have to be told several times, it seems Red learns immediately. When corrected, he’ll sometimes look thoughtful for a few moments as though he’s storing the information away. From then on, the most he needs is a gentle reminder if youthful exuberance … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (5) Growing Up & Starting Work

Kelpie Red's growing up
Page 5 of 14 – go to page 1 Red’s film star look Red’s certainly not shy when it comes to posing for the camera. (Click the image for a larger version). What a well behaved little chap he is. Apart from a passion for being heard, Red’s no trouble at all. He’s eager to please and very quick to learn. We particularly like the way he greets us – excited and very happy, but not demanding our attention. He’s … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (4) Finding their Feet and Growing!

Kelpie Red's growing up
Page 4 of 14 – go to page 1 Red keeps improving Red’s finding his feet now. He’s mixing with all the dogs and is not afraid of any of them despite some quite rough playing. At last he’s trotting happily into his pen (rather than having to be carried in every time) and when he’s let out in the morning, he’ll wait until he’s told to come out, rather than barging out as he did previously. We’ve noticed that … Read more

Kelpie v Collie (3) Red & Mossie’s Progress

Border Collie and Kelpie puppies standing on their hind legs, play-fighting
Page 3 of 14 – go to page 1 Red’s progress This picture will tell you how Red’s settling in! He’s playing with Mossie who is ten weeks older, and much larger. Red was never going to be short of confidence but his first few days here were naturally cautious. Now, he’s quite full of himself and making his mark. Initially, his barking increased along with his confidence but he’s learned it brings him no result and he’s quieter now … Read more


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