Category: Our Sheepdogs at Work

  • Ness shines on her sheep gathering debut

    Despite her inexperience, Ness proved her worth on today’s sheep gather For this morning’s sheep gather, I finally decided to take Ness. I’ve intended to take her on the last two gathers, but changed my mind at the last minute because she’s inexperienced. This mindset is responsible for a great number of excellent sheepdogs never […]

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  • The highs and lows of working sheepdogs

    Kay and Carew take me from despair to joy in 48 hours! What with Powick, Mathon, and Evesham sheepdog trials as well as gathering sheep in the early morning on Wednesdays, the dogs and I have been exceptionally busy recently, but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything and I’m sure they wouldn’t either. If […]

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  • Gathering sheep at dawn in August

    Today’s early morning gather went smoothly for dogs and sheep Last week, I noticed that it was barely light when my phone’s alarm woke me at 4.45 am, but at the same time this week, I would describe it as dark. It was time to get up and get ready for gathering sheep with John […]

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  • When sheep don’t see a dog as a predator

    How do you load sheep onto a trailer if they see the dog as a friend? Once again, I had no intention of writing a blog about today’s sheep gathering experience, but yet another extraordinary thing happened and I feel I should mention it. When I spoke to John yesterday about today’s gather, he mentioned […]

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  • Carew loads sheep into a cattle truck

    Carew showed great talent when it came to loading sheep onto a cattle truck This is yet another morning when I was not expecting to be writing a blog! We’re hoping to get our new sheepdog training tutorial online later today, but first thing this morning when I took Carew and Kay to help John […]

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  • Carew does the entire gather by herself!

    Working alone, Carew completes this morning’s gather in record time! This morning’s sheep gather and lamb drafting operation was completed in record time. Of course, the more the dogs and I do this work, the better we should get, but I really wasn’t expecting things to go as well as they did today. On Monday, […]

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  • You can’t beat flock work for developing a dog’s character

    Carew’s strength of character has improved drastically with flock work As the run of unusually hot weather continues in the UK, I’m grateful (and I’m sure the dogs are too) that we can do the bulk of our training and flock work in the early morning. This morning was no exception. At five-thirty Carew, Kay […]

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  • Working sheepdog Carew has hidden talents

    It was Carew’s turn to astonish me during this morning’s gather I didn’t intend to write a blog about this morning’s sheep gather, but such extraordinary things happened that I felt I must. If you’ve read some of the recent blogs about our dogs at work, you’ll know that I regularly help our landlord with […]

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