It's ten years since we made our first sheepdog video
Many years ago, Gill and I realised that our love of border collie sheepdogs had given us something very special. We'd accumulated quite a number of dogs by this time, and because we made a point of taking them all out for a good run at least twice a day (whether they're being trained on that day or not) we saw them doing all sorts of things that a pet owner with just one or two dogs doesn't see.
The sight of thirty or more highly motivated dogs running freely along the bridleways and surrounding woodland was wonderful enough, but we also spent a great deal of time out in our orchard with the dogs. These opportunities were too good to miss and eventually provided us with wonderful action on video which we are still very proud of.
It's just over ten years since we brought out our first DVD Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty and we're delighted that the sales are still ticking over nicely.
Recently I came across the original cover picture for Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty and it was only then that I realised I took it in May 2005 - just over ten years ago!
We still have dear old Mel (the one at the very top of the main picture) and just a few months ago, we heard that Pearl (front) was still going strong, but sadly Glen (left) died in 2011. The other dog in the picture is Nobby who went to work on a farm in the Brecon Beacons.
The success of "Off Duty" and my success with training herding dogs inspired us to make a video about sheepdog training and so, First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training was created. We followed this up with a "sequel" to "Off Duty" and called it Border Collie Sheepdogs and Friends - Still Off Duty!
These two titles sold well, but it became clear that the future of video is not in DVDs. These days, more and more people are watching video online, so rather than bring out a sequel to "First Steps" on disk, we started making short videos about training a dog for herding sheep. These are available for watching at a very small monthly or annual subscription rate and we're pleased to say we have nearly fifty Sheepdog Training Tutorials available to our members.
For those who cannot watch the tutorials online, we have released DVDs containing the Sheepdog Training Tutorials.