Category: Training Advice

  • Broadening the sheepdog’s horizons!

    One of the important points I like to make when teaching people to train their dogs, is the value of taking your dog to work somewhere completely new. New sheep and a different training ground, offer excellent fresh challenges for the dog and broaden its experience dramatically. On Wednesday, we seized the opportunity when a […]

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  • From Pet to Sheepdog – in One Session!

    On our training courses, we see all kinds of dogs. There are the hardened sheepdogs whos attention locks onto the sheep from the first moment, and at the other extreme, we see the occasional dog which doesn’t show a scrap of interest in sheep all day. Of course, we do everything we possibly can to […]

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  • Finding a Sheepdog Trainer

    As far as we know, there’s not really a nationally recognised route to becoming a qualified pet dog trainer (though there are NVQs and the APDT) so it’s theoretically possible for a well-meaning dog enthusiast to book themselves a community hall for the evening, and charge an entrance fee. At least, that’s our interpretation of […]

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  • SKIPTON SHEEPDOG SALE – To buy . . . or not to buy . . .

    SKIPTON SHEEPDOG SALE – To buy . . . or not to buy . . .

    We very rarely go to auctions – when it comes to sheepdogs we both suffer from ‘twitching arm’ syndrome, so it’s the only way we can restrict ourselves – but I’m always interested to read the reports afterwards. It seems that every Skipton sale sets a new record that can’t be entirely explained by inflation. […]

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  • Variety was the spice of this weekend!

    by Gill For anyone who works with livestock, one day is pretty much the same as another – you don’t get days off – so I suppose it’s just a habit that every Monday morning I reflect on the weekend that’s gone. This weekend was fascinating; over the two days we saw four dogs who […]

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  • This Kelpie’s pretty COOL !

    Having had a rather disappointing experience with training our Kelpie, Red, Andy had mixed feelings when Paul Marsh brought his young Kelpie bitch Molly, for training today. He needn’t have worried. Molly was a credit to her breed. She showed none of the lack of concentration that beset Red’s training sessions, and with a little […]

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  • With Border Collie Sheepdogs, Things Can Change Quickly

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when a puppy first takes an interest in sheep. On the 31st July last year, one of our best female sheepdogs produced a litter of pups. Kay’s litter was sired by Eli, a young dog who’s producing some exceptionally good puppies for us. We kept two of […]

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  • Our First Working Kelpie – RED!

    For some months now, we’ve wanted to train a Kelpie. They’re very popular in Australia of course, but you don’t see them winning sheepdog trials here in the UK – at least, not to my knowledge. We’re fascinated to find out more about training a working Kelpie sheepdog, so we looked around for some good […]

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