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 large country house. Sometimes the children of the house would come out to watch my efforts, and shout their approval from the sidelines. They also frequently dismantled my hurdle ring,… Continue reading Too much eye? There’s a tutorial for that!
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 five months and the honeymoon’s over, so far as playing in the field is concerned. When the dogs move out into the field the sheep (generally) retreat to a far… Continue reading The Girls are growing fast
CLOVIS – bred for work, but bored by sheep!Clovis is SOLD Clovis was born here on April 3rd 2016. His parents are both working dogs with excellent trialling pedigrees but, despite some early promise, Clovis has decided against working sheep for a living. He will, however, make a lovely pet for an active home. Clovis… Continue reading Border collie for an active pet home
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. We’d buy the dog/dogs/puppy/puppies, get them home, put them in the yard and then build a pen around them. Sometimes it was just substantial enough to contain them overnight, and… Continue reading Two in a dog house
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, and is starting to find his place within the pack. I’d assumed that Eric’s “pack” would be the existing small dogs, Alfie and Chester, but Eric’s clearly aiming higher than… Continue reading Pic of the Day – Eric’s finding his place
“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; we’ve had dogs attending our courses who were needed to work with cattle, alpacas, goats and turkeys. Although we don’t keep cattle ourselves, it was often useful to have Carew… Continue reading Training your dog with cattle or ducks
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, that they’ll be fabulous, but with Isla for a mother, and a father like Ezra, what else could they possibly be? The puppies, four girls and three boys, were born… Continue reading Pic of the day – Puppies! Hurrah!
Smooth coated, but no smooth operator, Max will be the focus of our next tutorial. In 2011 we bought a dog who’s since become famous (or infamous) in our household. We expected Max to be a problem, that was why we chose him, but he tested our resolve on more than one occasion! We know,… Continue reading Happy sheepdog, happy shepherd & vice versa