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  • Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

    Photo of a collie sheepdog working sheep in long yellow grass

    Our “Sending the dog the wrong way” tutorial introduces a great exercise for widening the dog’s flanks and outrun. Just as when we start to teach shedding we ask the dog to ignore one of its basic lessons (NOT to run through the sheep) this time we want the dog to work off balance. We’re […]

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  • NEW tutorial – Flock Work

    Photo of a flock of sheep crowded into a farm gateway

    Is your dog ready to handle a flock of sheep? Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it’s natural to start thinking about working a flock of sheep. After all, that’s what the dog’s for, isn’t it! To us humans, flock work seems like a natural […]

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  • FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

    A trainee sheepdog bringing a small group of sheep

    QUESTION: How do you go from training a dog to collect six dogged sheep, to collecting a hundred or more flighty sheep, scattered around in a field? ANSWER: In a word, gradually!Good training should progress at a rate the student can cope with. If the student’s finding the work too difficult, the trainer’s pushing too […]

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  • Watch Dulcie Working at Dean Farm Early Today

    Herding sheepdog Dulcie controlling a yard crowded with sheep

    Follow Dulcie as she gathers a flock of sheep in the open field, and then takes them to the farm, where she guides them through the ‘sorting race’ so that the lambs which are ready for market can be ‘drafted out’. Dulcie works quickly and calmly as she brings the flock from the field into […]

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  • Dulcie’s First Gather in Over Three Months

    Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been confined to working the dogs at Kings Green, so today’s outing to Dean Farm was very welcome – and Dulcie didn’t disappoint us! On a glorious June morning, Dulcie gathered the sheep effortlessly. Her outrun has improved considerably since we last visited Dean Farm. Here, she’s moving the flock […]

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  • Cammen Kay – our unsung hero?

    Lovely portrait photo of Kay in the snow

    Quietly in the background, with no fuss or bluster, we didn’t always give Kay her due! When we bought Kay, at about one year old, our intention was to train her but not, necessarily, to keep her forever. Yet I think Kay is probably the only dog we haven’t ever suggested we could sell. When […]

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  • Jet Joins the Dean Farm Set!

    Trainee sheep and cattle herding dog Jet, calmly holding a dozen sheep in the corner of a yard

    Jet’s right on the ball with her first gather at Dean Farm With her mother Kay being out of action because she’s “in season” at the moment (Kay’s one of those females who’s work is sometimes affected by her seasons) it seemed like a good time to let young Jet try her paw at some […]

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  • Farewell to Bronwen (her talent was wasted here)!

    Extreme close up photo of a cheerful looking Bronwen

    Bronwen’s gone to a new home in Gloucestershire where she’ll have a much larger flock of sheep to look after Training and selling sheepdogs is all very well, but, when it comes to selling a dog that you’re very fond of, it can be an extremely difficult decision. For a long time we felt that […]

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