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. The sheep are good, the field’s reasonably straightforward, and once the sheep are in the exhaust pen, they’re well out of sight for other competing dogs. A slight complication is… Continue reading Farm Dog vs Trials Dog?

Training Really Works!

Carew with her first sheepdog trials trophy! (Click to enlarge).

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 Evesham was the first sheepdog trial I ever attended (albeit as a spectator). It has a long history, is always efficiently run and has a friendly atmosphere. Some of the… Continue reading Training Really Works!

Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

Carew seems fully fit again for Evesham sheepdog trials this weekend. (Click to enlarge).

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 that she might not be fit to run in the Evesham sheepdog trials this weekend. Several careful examinations failed to reveal any sign of injury, foreign body or obvious inflammation… Continue reading Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

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 evening that she was limping on her left front foot. With all the fencing we’d been doing that day we assumed she’d picked up a thorn, but when we examined… Continue reading Carew injury worry for Evesham Sheepdog Trials

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 do with a dog that sticks on its outrun. “Sell it,” came the blunt reply. I was shocked at the time. I hadn’t realised how difficult it is to train… Continue reading Long distance motivation – give me ten points ‘stead of three!

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, and was (cautiously) looking forward to it as I drove to Shropshire on Sunday morning. At Ivy House, the letting out pen is two fields away from the post. If… Continue reading A sweet and sour performance from Carew at Ivy House SDT