Category: Our Sheepdogs at Work

  • When does a sheepdog become a cattle dog?

    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 for several years. They’re normally capable of keeping the sheep in, but sadly lacking when it comes to keeping cattle out. The hedge between our old orchard and the field […]

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

    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 […]

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  • Oh, me of little faith!

    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 much aware recently that our regular readers will be wondering why no new blogs have appeared. For this I apologise. I’ve been intending to write a blog for several weeks […]

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  • Gathering sheep for late shearing

    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 far fewer sheep, now that he’s winding down towards retirement, it seems John didn’t like to trouble me, but when I spoke to him recently I assured him that experience […]

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  • Limited success, but valuable lessons learned!

    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 an hour from home, and I remember really enjoying myself when I ran Glen, several years ago, on its unusually-shaped course. Sheepdog terminology – explanations of the terms and language […]

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

    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 Asterton on the 17th of May. I did indeed go to the trial, but only Carew came with me. Unfortunately, Kay’s hormones had got the better of her, and in […]

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  • More surprises at Felindre Sheepdog Trial

    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 at Felindre Sheepdog Trial ground before the first run, but somehow I couldn’t get myself organised and we didn’t arrive until nearly nine am – an hour and a half […]

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  • Carew’s full of surprises at Erwood Sheepdog Trials

    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 looking forward to running in last Saturday’s Erwood trial (nr Builth Wells). I find the Welsh trials very pleasant because everyone seems so friendly, and the mid-Wales countryside is exceptionally […]

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