FROM PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO SHEEPDOG TRAINER!
At The Working Sheepdog Website, Andy and Gill spend a great deal of time with their Border Collie Sheepdogs (varying in numbers between 15 and 30 on occasions).
Before committing himself fully to the sheepdogs Andy was a professional photographer specialising in products and architecture for internationally renowned companies such as construction giant Sir Robert McAlpine, BT, McLaren F1, Oppenheim Property Fund Management and George Wimpey (now Taylor Wimpey).
Once he met Gill, Andy very soon began to share her interest in border collies and sheepdog trials, and it wasn't long before he realised he had a flair for training sheepdogs. As his success with sheepdog training flourished, Andy's professional photography began to take a back seat and eventually, he took the plunge and became a full time sheepdog trainer.
Andy's professional photographic skills were tested to the full in 2009 when he and Gill produced an excellent 2xDVD set especially intended for beginners to sheepdog training.
The DVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training is crammed with information about sheepdogs, sheep and how to prepare a training ground but perhaps most importantly, it shows typical things going wrong during training and how to put them right. You can watch the preview of our Sheepdog Training DVD below.
GILL COMES TO THE RESCUE!
In October 2010, Gill gave up her job as editor of an industrial magazine and joined Andy full-time at Kings Green Farm, where she took over responsibility for the Sheepdog DVD Shop, and general upkeep of the Working Sheepdog Website which is packed with sheepdog training information, pictures of border collie sheepdogs and puppies, as well as articles about some great sheepdogs.
Please feel free to enjoy the whole website, and if you'd like to leave comments, we'd love to hear from you. Most of the blog pages and articles have comment sections - look for the icon at the bottom right of the page.
In November 2012, following on from the worldwide success of the First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, Andy and Gill created a new library specialising in Online Video Tutorials for Sheepdog Trainers.
The completely new tutorials are well worth the small monthly (or annual) membership fee involved, and there are many more videos to come soon.