Category: Our Sheepdogs at Work

  • Gathering sheep doesn’t always go to plan

    5:45am is a great time to start a day’s work on a July morning! Using our dogs to gather sheep for our landlord has become a regular activity recently. We jump at the chance of improving their sheepdog training by giving them new experiences, particularly with different sheep in new locations, so I was happy […]

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  • Proper flock work with Carew and Kay

    Farm work broadens the dog’s experience and tests the handler’s skill Whenever possible, we like to take our dogs out to other farms to work on different sheep, in unfamiliar fields. It’s excellent for broadening a sheepdog’s mind, so when our landlord asked for help with his sizeable flock recently, I jumped at the chance. […]

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  • Maggot’s morning

    What a glorious morning! After the snow and greyness of yesterday this morning was mild and sunny, with endless blue skies and an optimistic feeling of spring in the air. The sort of morning that can make me forget I don’t have a proper job or a stable income. Almost. Instead of getting the yard […]

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  • Sheepdog comings and goings

    I love this photo. It’s two of my favourite puppies, Maggot and Cotton, sisters from Kay’s litter with the lovely Max Cotton’s on her 30-day trial with a farmer in Oxfordshire, and it was with mixed feelings that we saw her go. She’s a pretty little dog, with a big personality and very obliging; she […]

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  • A good looking sheepdog and a great worker too

    Carew continues to shine above the other dogs when it comes to working sheep. She’s desperate to please, a very keen worker, and shows signs of having power too. If anything, she’s a little too sensitive – not with the sheep, but with her handler. When she’s working, if Carew feels she’s done something wrong, […]

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  • A young sheepdog with all the qualities I like

    A young sheepdog with all the qualities I like

    Among the many important attributes that I look for in a trainee sheepdog are confidence, the power to move stubborn sheep, and ‘sheep sense’. By ‘sheep sense’, I mean a dog that can ‘read’ what the sheep are about to do and act accordingly. You wouldn’t expect a ten month old dog with little training […]

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  • The CULPRIT – Dulcie the ‘Sheep Worrying’ Puppy

    Don’t be fooled by the looks . . . If you think Dulcie is a picture of innocence, think again. She’s the one who’s leading the other puppies into bad ways – running off to have a go at the sheep when the rest of us are on our way back to the yard after […]

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  • Networking…

    Our modern forms of communication are wonderful things; just consider, for example, the mobile ‘phone. In my previous life (pre-children and pre-sheepdogs, that is) I was allowed out onto the open road in a company car, armed only with a mobile freezer full of shellfish and – wonder of wonders – a mobile ‘phone. The […]

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