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  • Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Collies and Chihuahuas can be great friends

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll leave training until the puppy’s older – your sheepdog puppy will start learning from you the moment it meets you. But it needn’t feel like work for either of you. The early months with any puppy are invaluable for getting to know its personality, and for establishing a […]

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  • FAQ – Will my puppy work stock?

    Photo of a puppy gazing at sheep through a fence

    QUESTION: I have a young Border Collie puppy which I want to use for herding our sheep. How can I tell if he’s interested in working? ANSWER: If one or more of your pup’s parents works sheep or other livestock, there’s a very good chance your pup will too. Probably the first sign you’ll have […]

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  • Featured tutorials – the dog and the handler

    Silhouette image of a shepherd and dog moving a small bunch of sheep

    The Sheepdog Selection and Preparation and Sheepdog Handler tutorials provide lots of helpful tips and advice. Many handlers seem to find the early “puppy” months very stressful; they’re anxious to raise the dog in a way that will spark and preserve the all-important working instinct, but worry about balancing that with the entirely natural desire […]

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  • The essentials of sheepdog puppy training

    Spring time is puppy time! The promise of longer daylight hours and milder weather makes puppy ownership more appealing than during the cold of winter, and it’s a time of year when there are more puppies to choose between. We have our own puppies in the spring, and are eagerly awaiting our (Ezra and Meg) litter […]

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  • Is it wise to buy more than one puppy?

    Two rough coated border collie puppies in the foreground facing the camera with another one sniffing around in the background

    The short answer is “no – it’s a bad idea”. From time to time, people ask if they can buy more than one puppy from us. It’s very rare that we say yes. When you buy a puppy or even a trained sheepdog, it’s very important that the new dog ‘bonds’ with you as quickly […]

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