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NEW Tutorial – Flock Work

Is your dog ready to handle a flock of sheep? Go straight to the Flock Work Tutorial, or to the Tutorials Library page. Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it's ... Read more

FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

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 ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

Many of our online tutorials include actual training sessions with a trainee dog. No training happens in isolation so, as well as the main topic of the tutorial, any training session can highlight other aspects of the dog's work - ... Read more

Special membership offer for November and December 2021

A one-off 12 month subscription to our online training tutorials would be an ideal gift for anyone who's training, or thinking of training, a sheepdog. New one-year subscriptions, paid for between 7th November and 31st December 2021, will be valid ... Read more

Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

Wondering whether to work on flanks, stop, or working distance? Work on them all at once with this deceptively simple but effective exercise. As soon as your dog's working around the sheep, and under some sort of control, this simple ... Read more

Free Sheepdog Training Assessments!

Send us a clear video of your sheepdog, cattle dog or stock dog training session for FREE advice! Our advice is based on our interpretation of the information you provide, and intended to help you improve your dog's work. We ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

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 ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

The training ring is ideal for keeping the action in easy reach of the handler, but some young dogs are unhappy when working in a restricted space. Confined with the sheep, and feeling under pressure, a dog can be uncharacteristically ... Read more

FAQ – Stop at the top of the outrun without command?

QUESTION: Should my trainee sheepdog stop at the top of its outrun without a command from me? ANSWER: It's nice to think the young dog will stop at the top of its outrun without a command, and indeed, it sometimes ... Read more

FAQ – Sticky dog biting sheep’s faces

QUESTION: My dog has become very 'sticky' and recently started biting the faces of the sheep, instead of responding to my commands what should I do? ANSWER: Being sticky (staring at the sheep and not responding to commands) and biting ... Read more

FAQ – Outruns (send the dog from your side)

QUESTION: My dog's doing lovely long outruns when I stand between her and the sheep, but how do I get her to do them from by my side? ANSWER: The reason for standing between the dog and the sheep when ... Read more

FAQ – Why’s the dog’s tail position so important?

QUESTION: I keep hearing people talk about the position of the dog's tail when it's working sheep. What do they mean? ANSWER: When dogs are relaxed, they hold their tails in a normal downward position but when they are nervous ... Read more

FAQ – How to stop your dog barking

QUESTION: How can I stop my dog barking when I take him somewhere new, where there are sheep? ANSWER: Basically, there are two reasons why dogs bark: 1. ALARM - if they suspect an intruder or danger of some sort ... Read more

FAQ – Circle sheep both ways (outside flanks)

QUESTION: "How can I make my dog go both ways around the sheep? She stops reasonably well, but insists on going anticlockwise all the time". WHY THIS HAPPENS: In a similar way to humans, a great many dogs are left ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

It's important that your dog will flank both ways around the stock Young Mossie's learning to go round the sheep in both directions For day-to-day farming tasks you might be able to work around your dog's shortcomings, but when the ... Read more

NEW Tutorial! – Getting the sheep into the ring!

How to get your sheep to go where they'd rather not be! New sheepdog handlers who've built themselves a training ring, are often faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem: "How can I put my sheep into the training ring if ... Read more

Featured Tutorial: Starting a Non-Starter!

Can anything be done if your collie doesn't want to work? The short answer is "Yes!" and understanding the possible reasons why the dog won't work is a huge help to finding the cure. It's very disappointing to find that ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Get off the Fence!

When confronted with a dog, one of the few ways sheep have to defend themselves is to crowd together onto a fence, or in a corner. From this position they can turn to face the dog, and even just a ... Read more

FAQ – Dog attacking cattle

QUESTION: My dog works cattle quite well, but dives in and grips their legs for no apparent reason. How can I calm him down and stop him gripping cattle when they're moving OK? ANSWER: The first thing is to try ... Read more

FAQ – Walking the dog around sheep

QUESTION: Is it OK to walk my dog around the sheep every day? He's not ready to work them yet but I want him to get used to being near them. ANSWER: Familiarising the dog with sheep or cattle would ... Read more

Featured tutorial – The Outrun

Sheepdog training tutorials focusing on the dog's outrun ... Read more

FAQ – Dog goes out too wide

QUESTION: My dog is generally working well but when I send her on an outrun to gather the sheep, she goes out too far. How can I stop my dog going too wide? ANSWER: Going too wide is certainly one ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

(Or, "Give your dog a bit more Grrr!" Building your dog's self confidence.) Self confidence is essential in a working dog. Sheep are natural runners when they're being hunted, but some situations, such as when held in a pen, or ... Read more

FAQ – Will my puppy work stock?

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, ... Read more

FAQ – Calling the dog away from stock

QUESTION: How can I call my dog away when he's working in the ring or in a yard? ANSWER: It’s natural for the trainee dog to want to keep working. Being confined in a training ring or yard creates a ... Read more

FAQ – My dog killed a sheep

QUESTION: My dogs killed a sheep today. I don't want to have the dogs destroyed, they are working Kelpie X Collie dogs which we want to train on sheep and cattle. What can I do? ANSWER: I’m sorry to hear ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Educating Gloria

Educating Gloria - encouraging the good, and making the best of the rest! Handlers who are new to sheepdog training can find it difficult to recognise what their dog's doing, and take the appropriate action at the right time - ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye

It's time to get moving if your dog has "too much" eye. To a greater or lesser degree, border collies use "eye" (a particularly intense and assertive stare) to move stock. In some dogs the look is very exaggerated (often ... Read more

FAQ – My dog stops sheep going in the pen!

QUESTION: I'm trying to put the sheep into a yard but my dog stops them from going in. How can I get my dog to put the sheep right in? ANSWER: This problem is more common than you would think ... Read more

FAQ – Training Huntaway Blue Heeler ‘driving’ dogs

QUESTION: I’m getting a Huntaway to work my sheep and cattle but I can't find any Huntaway or Blue Heeler specific training on the internet. Are they the same as Border Collies? ANSWER: The basics such as general dog behaviour ... Read more

FAQ – Stop the dog splitting the sheep!

QUESTION: My dog likes to split the sheep up and bite them. I am having trouble getting her to go round them. Can you help? ANSWER: It’s perfectly normal for your dog to split the sheep up in the very ... Read more

FAQ – Can a sheepdog live in the house?

QUESTION: My dog is very enthusiastic and eager to work but she's a bit timid and runs away from aggressive sheep. Are we spoiling her by keeping her in the house? ANSWER: Living in the house shouldn’t affect the dog's ... Read more

FAQ – Help for an inexperienced handler

QUESTION: I purchased a fully trained sheepdog but I have never worked a dog on livestock before. Do your videos cover how to start off with a trained dog? ANSWER: Sometimes people buy a trained dog in the hope that ... Read more

FAQ – Training an older dog

QUESTION: We have an eight year old border collie and now live on a smallholding where we will soon get our first flock of sheep. Will it be possible to train the dog to work sheep? ANSWER: In theory, you ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)

Teaching inside flanks (circling on command) Once your dog's driving competently, teaching inside flanks (circling on command) is the next step. Make no mistake, good inside flanks can be the difference between having an average dog, and a great dog! ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Introducing Sheepdog Trials

What to expect at a sheepdog trial The more prepared you are for your first sheepdog trial, the less nerve-wracking it will be; it's reassuring to know what to expect, and what will be expected of you. It seems unbelievable ... Read more

Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress

There are plenty of ups and downs when you're training a sheepdog, so take the time to assess your dog's progress realistically. If you feel progress has slowed (or stopped) then you probably just need to take a step back ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it

Stopping the Dog - Parts One, Two & Three take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or wait, or lie down, or whatever command you choose). They explain why your dog doesn't want to stop, and what ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

Maintaining control in the open field An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. By the time we filmed "Tess in the Open Field" she'd made great progress, and proved she was quite capable ... Read more

Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

You've probably heard of the "point of balance", but what exactly does it mean? You'll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o'clock. The theory is that if you imagine the handler is standing at 6 o'clock on ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

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 to ... Read more

Featured tutorials – gripping the sheep

Training a dog that grips can feel like a thankless task; it might seem that you take three steps forward in your training session only to start the next session two steps further back! It's important to have faith in ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Looking at Sheep

A short introduction to sheep behaviour can be very useful to a beginner in sheepdog training ... Read more

Featured tutorial – whistles and whistle commands

If you'd like to use a sheepdog whistle, but don't know where to start, there are two tutorials in the Online Training Tutorials library that can help. Part 1: How to blow a sheepdog whistle In The Sheepdog Whistle Andy ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Working in a yard or pen

As the photo shows, being close to the sheep in a confined space can be intimidating for any dog and, as usual, confidence is key. For help with this type of work, watch our Eve at the Pen tutorial. Watch ... Read more

Featured tutorial – the Training Ring

In Part One of our Training Ring tutorial we demonstrate how the ring can be invaluable when starting a young dog or puppy, especially when there's no experienced dog to lend a hand; the ring keeps the action within easy ... Read more

Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

(Not to be confused with "The Training Ring") IS YOUR TRAINING GROUND A HELP, OR A HINDERANCE? Your training area can make or break the early training sessions. It might seem like hard work, but taking the time to round ... Read more

Featured tutorial – The Stop (Part 3)

Stopping the dog is a great help, but don't rush it! A huge thank you to the subscriber who let us know they were having problems running Part Three of our Stopping the Dog tutorial. The entire tutorial has been ... Read more

Watch Dulcie Working at Dean Farm Early Today

Dulcie excels at yard work. 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 ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Driving

The Driving tutorials are among our most popular videos, tackling a subject that many handlers – and dogs – find challenging. In Driving Part 1 you’ll discover how to ease the dog into driving and reduce the stress involved when ... Read more

What’s Wrong With White Sheepdogs?

Answer - NOTHING! (Well, almost nothing). A recent question from one of our members reminded us that white border collie sheepdog pups are not as popular as black and white, tricolour, red or other colours. That's a pity - and ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Kings Green Coronavirus update

It's reassuring to know that the current coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can't be contracted by dogs, or passed on by them, so we're all able to spend as much time with our dogs as we like. They're the perfect excuse to get ... Read more

Featured tutorials – The Outrun

If there's one aspect of sheep work that demonstrates the joy and convenience of a working dog, it's a good outrun. When you no longer need to walk the length of the field (or up the hill) to drive your ... Read more

FAQ – Chasing cars and anything that moves!

QUESTION: How can I stop my dog chasing cars tractors, motorcycles, cyclists, lawnmowers and anything that moves? ANSWER: Chasing cars and other vehicles is a big problem for some dog owners. It can be extremely dangerous, both for the dog, ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

A tutorial series that demonstrates the differences in young dogs. We took two puppies, Bronwen and Scylla, from a litter and thought we knew what to expect: we assumed their work would be similar to their parents' and that Bronwen ... Read more

A February offer for new subscribers

Have you been waiting to take the leap? If your new year resolutions included improving your sheepdog's work - or your handling - or perhaps training your first sheepdog, make February 2020 the month when you take the leap! All ... Read more

Featured tutorials – My Dog’s No Good, and No Excuses Please!

Sheepdog training - with a little help from Johnny Mercer? Take a look at two complementary short tutorials, My Dog's No Good and No Excuses Please! My Dog's No Good warns against falling into the trap of believing your dog ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part 2 – Revised!

We've uploaded the latest tutorial to benefit from a lot of new footage and much more information. Now that part two of our "Stopping the Dog" series is available to members, these completely revised tutorials Stopping the Dog - Parts ... Read more

Slow broadband, or poor mobile reception?

Now our tutorials easier to watch. If you live or work in a rural area you'll know that rural broadband and mobile coverage can be especially poor, so we've added a "lower quality" option. Our latest player gives you three ... Read more

Special offer for one-year subscriptions

New subscriptions will be valid for up to 14 months. A one-off 12 month subscription to our online training tutorials will make a super gift for anyone who's training, or is thinking of training, a sheepdog. New one-year subscriptions, paid ... Read more

How old is your dog?

There's a new way to calculate your dog's age! We were brought up to believe that a year of a dog's life was the equivalent to seven human years, but it didn't always ring true when we watched the development ... Read more

Featured tutorials – basic training

There's more to training a sheepdog than just sheep work. We know that sheepdogs love to work, so we can take advantage of that to teach our dogs other things that will make life easier for us - and them ... Read more

Featured tutorial – the Point of Balance

Everyone's heard that the dog must balance the sheep, but what does it mean? You'll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o'clock. To understand where this is, you need to imagine that the handler is standing at ... Read more

Featured tutorials – the dog and the handler

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 ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘Wrong Way’

Our Sending the Dog the Wrong Way tutorial demonstrates a great exercise to encourage the dog to widen out on its flanks and outrun, and to give the sheep more space. But, just as when we start to teach shedding ... Read more

Revised tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part One

We're continuing to revisit and revise the tutorials, adding information and improved footage as we go. Our latest revision is Stopping the Dog - Part One. Unsurprisingly it's a popular tutorial, as problems with the stop are very common - ... Read more

Featured tutorials – How to use a sheepdog whistle

Learn how to blow a sheepdog whistle. If you'd like to use a sheepdog whistle, but don't know where to start, there are two tutorials in the Online Training Tutorials library that will help. In The Sheepdog Whistle Andy demonstrates ... Read more

Featured tutorials – Considering sheep

Don’t ever be tempted to think that sheep are stupid! They might not be deep thinkers, but they're experts at protecting themselves from a dog - either by running away, or by standing and facing - and their size (and ... Read more

Our suggested training programme

Tutorials that guide you through the maze of sheepdog training - what to do, and when to do it. The early stages of sheepdog training, especially for a beginner, can seem daunting. There's so much for the dog to learn, ... Read more

Registered dog puppy available

SORRY, Aanick has been sold Small but perfectly formed, Aanick's big personality makes up for his lack of stature. When Aanick was born, on March 17th, he was the smallest (tiniest!) pup in a litter of 11. We feared the ... Read more

Watch with subtitles

We've already made our tutorials easier to watch when your internet connection is slow, and now there are improvements to the tutorials themselves. Existing subscribers will notice a slightly different format. There's not only the choice between Standard (SD) and ... Read more

A NEW Training DVD and a GREAT OFFER for BUYERS!

We're proudly announcing our FOURTH Sheepdog Training Tutorials DVD and a great offer to help you buy more than one copy! If you're eagerly awaiting the next volume of our collected tutorials... HERE IT IS! How to choose your currency ... Read more

Does your internet connection hold you back?

Try our new video player We've made a few changes to make our tutorials easier to watch when your internet connection is slow. Some subscribers have to live with this all the time, and others only have an issue when ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Get Off The Fence!

It's hard to make progress if your sheep just "stay put" Sheep have a real talent for assessing a trainee dog, and for making life as difficult for it as possible. As a result, a very common problem for young ... Read more

Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

It takes huge self-confidence for a dog to lie down in this situation, but even a cautious dog can learn to assert itself. Sheep are natural "runners" when they're being hunted, but certain situations, such as when held in a ... Read more

Cammen Kay – our unsung hero?

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 ... Read more

Featured Tutorial – What Shall I Do Next?

Our recommended order for training sheep or cattle dogs When you first start training a dog to work livestock, it can seem daunting to say the least! With the dog whirling around and refusing to stop while sheep or cattle ... Read more

New Tutorial: No 70 – The Training Ring (Part 2)

The training ring can be used for much more than just starting a dog off Optional English subtitles are available on all of our sheepdog training videos We saw in part one of "The Training Ring" tutorials that getting your ... Read more

A Fine Sheep and Cattle Dog in the Making

Introducing Dulcie - daughter of Bronwen - granddaughter of Mel Dulcie's sheep control is excellent The latest addition to our team of working dogs is Dulcie. She's the daughter of Bronwen and Oliver. Bronwen was one of our best ever ... Read more

New dogs – new opportunities

It feels like a new term at Kings Green. Boz, born 18th November 2017 from Pippin and Oliver. This year’s puppies are ready to start training, and they’re giving us lots of filming and photo opportunities Without actually planning it ... Read more

Featured Tutorial – The Perfect Stop!

Improve your dog's stop without damaging its confidence A dog which will stop instantly on command is a great asset on any livestock farm. The most common fault among working sheepdogs is that they're too eager, and their handler cannot ... Read more

New Tutorial: The Training Ring

Correct size and shape of your training ring can make starting your dog far easier Not only is the training ring one the most useful assets you can have when you start to train a sheepdog, it can also be ... Read more

New Tutorial: How Can I Slow the Dog Down?

Many people ask us how they can slow their dog down when it's working It's essential that the dog learns to work stock steadily. During training, a dog which is calm is likely to learn much quicker than a dog ... Read more

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 ... Read more

How to train a sheepdog to slow down

A dog working too fast and close, disrupts and stresses sheep and shepherd alike For maximum working efficiency and minimum stress to the sheep, the herding dog should work with a calm authority, keeping a good distance between itself and ... Read more

New tutorial: The training area

For beginners and beyond The wide open spaces have their place, but NOT in the early stages of sheepdog training. For the best chance of success, and to save your legs and temper, keep the dog and sheep contained. We ... Read more

New Tutorial: Sheep – Essential Facts for Beginners

Understanding sheep and their behaviour makes training your dog far easier As we approach the tenth anniversary of the release of our double DVD set "First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training", we're busy updating it in anticipation of releasing ... Read more

Pippin – Super Little Sheepdog and Super Mum!

Great things come in small packages! "Hi Andy. Just to let you know the dogs have settled in lovely. Pippin is already working groups of 300 ewes like she has been doing it for years. Thanks again. Brilliant dogs." This ... Read more

The Sheepdog Whistle. Tune-in With Our Training Tutorials!

Watch the "Sheepdog Whistle" tutorials to get your dog moving There are some common misconceptions about whistles and sheepdogs. The first, and very common, is that you must have a shepherd's whistle to train and work a sheepdog - you ... Read more

More Choice at the Checkout!

We're making it easier, and safer, to pay by card Pay for your membership with automatic monthly or annual payments, or with a one-off payment for a year's membership We're delighted to see we have subscribers to our Online Sheepdog ... Read more

Fifteen years ago these two changed our lives

Little did we know what was around the corner! This photo of Dot and Glen in the boot of Gill's car, after a January training session, brought memories flooding back to us. Once Dot (left) and later Glen came along, ... Read more

Sometimes I Really Miss Carew!

Since Carew left here, Kay's hearing has deteriorated badly, and occasionally we're stuck for a skilled dog It's hard to believe that it's nearly two years since Carew left here and to be honest, there have been a few occasions ... Read more

Too Many Puppies in One Bed!

Lots of memories, but was it really six years ago today? We couldn't resist showing you this photo of a whole bunch of puppies crowded into one bed! There are lots of fond memories here for us - and it's ... Read more

Too much eye? There’s a tutorial for that!

Watch the "Sticky Dogs" tutorial to get your dog moving Some years ago I kept my first training sheep in a small paddock behind a large country house. Sometimes the children of the house would come out to watch my ... Read more

Scary Place 2 (The Sequel)

Kay shows her daughter Jet how to get sheep out of a Spooky Black Hole!Watch the VIDEO below! There was quite a strong response on social media when we posted a picture of a rather nervous looking Jet outside a ... Read more

Is it wise to buy more than one puppy?

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 ... Read more

New Tutorial: Back to Forwards!

Once you can go backwards, turn around and go “Back to Forwards”! Don't be confused by the title of our latest sheepdog training tutorial, “Back to Forwards” is the follow up to “ Backwards is the Way Forwards” which really ... Read more

Jet Joins the Dean Farm Set!

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) ... Read more

Kelpie Molly earns her wings!

Despite having little training to date, Molly's reached basic Sheepdog Status! Sheepdog training sessions have been somewhat few and far between here recently, because we've been busy updating the sheepdog training tutorials as well as working on the website. So ... Read more

Big Fella in the Rain!

Ezra looking the part as he shelters from the rain Out with the dogs a few days ago, Gill and I took shelter under our big oak tree as the light rain became heavy. The dogs joined us under there, ... Read more

New Tutorial: Train a Sensitive, Reluctant Dog

The first training session for reluctant Maisie Our online tutorials include Starting a Young Puppy, and Starting a Strong Dog. Now it's time to look at another common type of young dog - A Reluctant Dog - sensitive and apparently ... Read more

Farewell to Bronwen (her talent was wasted here)!

Bronwen's gone to a new home in Gloucestershire where she'll have a much larger flock of sheep to look after It's difficult to take a bad picture of Bronwen Training and selling sheepdogs is all very well, but, when it ... Read more

Wow! Kelpie Molly gets our ‘Man of the Match’ Award!

It's taken a while, but Molly's showing real commitment and keeping her sheep together very well If you've read our Kelpie vs Collie blog, you'll know that we've had our ups and downs with Kelpies over the years, and I've ... Read more

All Safely Gathered in

Memories of Kay and Carew at Dean Farm on this day four years ago! Regular readers will know that we often gather sheep for our landlord John, at Dean Farm. This is a typical picture of Kay (left) and Carew ... Read more

A Surprise Turnout to Move a Few Sheep!

Scylla and Ezra join Kay's fun! We only have five acres of land here (about two hectares) and at the moment there are just twelve sheep on it. (More sheep coming soon). Because the land is where we exercise the ... Read more

Border Collie Sheepdogs Come in Assorted Colours!

We love coloured dogs and we've had a few over the years! Yesterday's post about so-called mis-marked puppies sparked a lot of response, mostly on Facebook and Twitter. One of the questions we were asked was whether we train Merle ... Read more

How do you feel about mis-marked puppies?

We love coloured dogs and we've had a few over the years! Yesterday's post about so-called mis-marked puppies sparked a lot of response, mostly on Facebook and Twitter. Guess which pup is Stan! He'll be going to his new home ... Read more

“They’re Behind You”!

Little Mo doesn't realise the lambs are behind her! Two years ago today we were helping Ian and Ruth Morris to gather sheep at Middle Hill Farm in Shropshire when I saw Mo looking very pleased with herself and not ... Read more

Our Relentless Pursuit of Excellence!

With 60 tutorials in the library it's time we made it easier to find what you want. In our relentless pursuit of the "Perfect User Experience" (is there such a thing as the "perfect user") we've made it much easier ... Read more

Kay – always there, giving her best

If we've had any success in the sheepdog training sphere, we owe much of it to Kay. Kay's taught us such a lot over the years. She's one of those dog that somehow just knows what needs to be done, ... Read more

Andy’s First Dog, Dot

Fifteen years ago today. This is little Dot, the herding dog that changed my life! She features in our Sheepdog Training Article (written in 2003). We had a lot of fun with Dot. In the early stages of her training ... Read more

Cooling off in the pond on a hot day!

Puppy Faye and the dogs don't like it too hot Three years ago today, the weather was unexpectedly hot - just as it is in the UK today. Unlike today though, we'd just had a spell of really heavy rain, ... Read more

New Tutorial: Why Your Dog Should Work BOTH WAYS

A good dog must circle fluently both ways Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. Often, sheep and cattle dog handlers are not bothered if their dog ... Read more

It’s our bed so we’ll sleep in it!

Dog beds are for sleeping in - whichever way up they happen to be! This time last year, these pups weren't put off by their bed being propped against the wall to dry. They just climbed in and went to ... Read more

Meet the Sheepdogs (from Five Years Ago)

Some of our working sheepdogs at rest We thought you'd like to see this picture of some of the dogs taking a break from playing. The picture was taken on this day five years ago (20th May 2012) ... Read more

Bronwen – arguably our best sheepdog ever!

At Dean Farm today, Bronwen worked supremely well Knowing she can be somewhat "trigger happy" when it comes disciplining an errant sheep, I really didn't expect Bronwen to be a serious contender for being our best herding sheepdog ever, but ... Read more

New Tutorial: Teach Your Dog Whistle Commands

It's not as difficult as you may think! Many sheepdog handlers think it's very difficult to teach a dog to work on whistle commands but in fact the tricky part is learning to blow the whistle in the first place! ... Read more

How you can save a sheep’s life's important to raise the BAA! Sheep don't sleep or even lie comfortably on their backs, so if you happen to see one in this position you can be sure it's close to death. If you know what to do, ... Read more

The Girls are growing fast

They have different personalities, but Maddie and Mew are in full agreement when it comes to sheep I know I look cute, but I'm actually in mid-bark The Girls have attained the great age of five months and the honeymoon's ... Read more

Puppy Mew at sixteen weeks

Four months old and full of life, Mew's a real character Young Kelpie Molly's another of our favourites. Here she has a very serious-looking young Maddie, and her friend Mew in close attendance, with Isla in the background. Some very ... Read more

Did someone say GO?

A picture from this day in 2013, to brighten up a dull Wednesday morning Whatever the weather, the dogs always seem to make the most of things. A great lesson for us all. The picture above shows (L-R) Carew, Ezra, ... Read more

Carew Shows How to Pen Sheep!

Carew shows how to pen some reluctant sheep We came across this short clip from a couple of years ago, and thought we'd share it with you. Notice that the task is much more difficult because Carew's pushing the sheep ... Read more

Bronwen excels under pressure at Dean Farm

Working with sheep today was wet and extremely muddy, but Kay and Bronwen got the work done in style We had a very busy day gathering sheep today. First, we moved a bunch of ewes along the lane to a ... Read more

Young Victor on a frosty morning

Even though it's cold, the weather's glorious! A favourite with visitors to this website, Mew must be one of the fluffiest dogs we've owned There's nothing quite like a bit of sunlight to brighten up a frosty morning and Victor's ... Read more

Mew’s update!

The weather's turned chilly, but Mew's not bothered! One of the less well known but nonetheless amusing sides of puppy rearing, is the way the youngsters seem to grow in stages. Hector's ears went awry for a few weeks when ... Read more

Hello! My Name’s Mew

Meg and Ezra puppy Mew enjoying herself in the garden this morning This is Mew - one of Meg and Ezra's latest litter and of course, granddaughter of dear old Mel. Mew's not for sale, she's staying here with us! ... Read more

Started young sheepdogs and cattle dogs for sale

In recent years we're training fewer dogs than we used to. This often results in dogs being sold before we get around to listing them here... The dogs shown below should give you an idea of prices and working skills ... Read more

Border collie for an active pet home

CLOVIS - bred for work, but bored by sheep!Clovis is SOLD Clovis has a calm temperament, but loves to be in on the action Clovis was born here on April 3rd 2016. His parents are both working dogs with excellent ... Read more

Does your dog cast out too wide around stock?

A dog which works too far off the sheep or cattle will lose control of them Although officially Part 7 of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, this tutorial concentrates on a problem that's Bronwen's very own. While Scylla has been ... Read more

Two in a dog house

Victor and Scylla are happy to share the vantage point of an upstairs bedroom When we first started our collie collection, we had a routine. We'd buy the dog/dogs/puppy/puppies, get them home, put them in the yard and then build ... Read more

Our Cat Dog, Jet

Jet's one of our favourite young sheepdogs but she might even be part-cat! Tall, slim, mostly black, and very fast. That's how we think of Jet. She gets her tall and slim stature from her father, Oliver and her pricked ... Read more

A sad end for one of ‘our’ Buzzards

Our suspicions proved right when we found the buzzard the next morning Last Tuesday, I wrote a short blog about a buzzard which the dogs found in our orchard. I was very pleased to be able to get close enough ... Read more

It’s not often you get this close to a Buzzard

The dogs found this buzzard in our orchard this morning - we hope it's OK Buzzards are a very common sight near our house. I think the most I have ever counted was thirteen, but that was just one occasion ... Read more

Use a Reward to Get Training on Board

Our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorial's about much more than how to get a dog into the car! Luckily for us, herding dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to teach our dogs the things that we want ... Read more

Two of our Favourite Boys!

Young Kelpie Will, and his Border Collie friend Jago Kelpie Will and Jago (above) are two of our favourite trainee herding dogs. Will's training is progressing a little slowly, but he's definitely getting there, while Jago (a Kay and Oliver ... Read more

Between a Flock and a Barred-Place!

"LOOK BACK" at our favourite posts! (No 1 - 23 Feb 2014) They say sheep spend their entire lives thinking of ways to die - this one gets full marks for ingenuity! When Gill and I were putting the dogs ... Read more

Border Collie Puppies Like to Play Hard!

They're the best of friends really! Despite appearances, Hattie (with her back to the camera) Jago and Hector (right) are great friends really. It's just that they like to play really hard. This picture was taken on this morning's run ... Read more

Remember our “Stolen” Kelpie Puppy?

After a dramatic start to his early life, Kelpie Tucker's doing really well Five of the seven stolen kelpies. Can you tell which one's Tucker? Our regular readers will remember the high drama back in January of this year, when ... Read more

Sheepdog Recreation Time

Our dogs love to play just as hard as they work Every day of the year, our dogs go out morning and evening for at least an hour of hard play. Whatever the weather, they love nothing more than to ... Read more

Top tips for easier cattle and sheep dog training

How to make it much easier to train your dog to work cattle or sheep Our latest training video for cattle and sheep dog trainers is available for our members to watch - SIGNUP NOW Go to the tutorials library ... Read more

Bronwen Rises to Kay’s Challenge

Not to be outdone by Kay's improved performance yesterday, Bronwen took charge of today's gather and was outstanding Until now I've left the bulk of sheep gathering to Kay because Bronwen had a habit of cutting in and bringing only ... Read more

A Vast Improvement in Kay’s Confidence

The picture speaks volumes! With new-found confidence, Kay's standing up to stubborn sheep We had another early start this morning as there were two lots of sheep to gather at Dean Farm. We're "enjoying" a heatwave in the UK at ... Read more

Bronwen Excels in the Sorting Pen

"All my own work" - Bronwen proved exceptionally efficient when we were sorting lambs for market at Dean Farm this morning We arrived at the farm at 6.30am, where Bronwen and Kay set to work gathering the ewes and lambs ... Read more

Fond Memories of Mel Five Years Ago

Mel at her last sheepdog trial in July 2011 Many of you will remember Mel as one of the great sheepdogs we've had the pleasure of living and working with. Sadly, Mel passed away in March of this year, but ... Read more

Gain Control of an Aggressive Sheepdog

How can you train a dog who's a danger to sheep? Our latest three-part video series covers the basic training of Max, a dog who was determined to attack sheep at every opportunity. Part One shows our first encounter with ... Read more

Bronwen’s baptism of fire

As we announce our latest sheepdog training tutorial, Bronwen faces a stiff challenge in the shearing pens Yesterday, we released our latest sheepdog training tutorial, Bronwen and Scylla, Part 6. As the title suggests, this is the sixth instalment in ... Read more

Kay and Bronwen gather sheep at Dean Farm

Kay and Bronwen both look after their own interests at Dean Farm, in totally different ways Whenever I take dogs to Dean Farm to gather sheep for John, the one thing I can count on is that things rarely go ... Read more

You can find shelter in all sorts of places

These are a few of the border collie puppies we sometimes have for sale to suitable working or very active homes Spot the odd one out! Kelpie Molly is swamped by a mass of very wet border collie puppies The ... Read more

Molly Completes Our Kelpie Trio

Molly joins us as Kelpie number three! We're very pleased to welcome our latest Kelpie puppy Molly to join our other Kelpies Will and Tucker, as trainee sheep and cattle herding dogs. Mollie is super-obedient at the moment, a real ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Eric’s finding his place

AND his name! It turns out that the Chihuahua, formerly known as Emrys, is actually called Eric. "Anything they can do!" - Eric's pretty sure he's in with a chance to catch that Frisbee Eric's been with us for a ... Read more

Training your dog with cattle or ducks

"Starting your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks" A new DVD for the Working Sheepdog Website Shop Not all border collies are needed to work sheep; we've had dogs attending our courses who were needed to work with cattle, ... Read more

Tutorials 3 DVD – Coming Very Soon!

Volume THREE - available in a few days time! 2xDVD set containing another sixteen of our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorials Our new cattle and sheep herding dog training DVD will be on sale in a very few days time. It ... Read more

Pic of the day – Puppies! Hurrah!

We're delighted that one of our favourite collies, Isla, has produced a litter of seven fabulous puppies. Isla's puppies will soon get used to wet legs - family commitments won't keep Isla out of the ditches Of course we're just ... Read more

New Tutorial: Training Max – the Gripper

Here's a way to save your sheep, your nerves, and possibly even your dog! Our Latest Tutorial - Training Max - the GRIPPER A dog with a persistent grip is no fun to train and, more importantly, can be a ... Read more

Happy sheepdog, happy shepherd & vice versa

Smooth coated, but no smooth operator, Max is the focus of our next tutorial. What a sweetie! But when Max first joined us, this was his natural expression In 2011 we bought a dog who's since become famous (or infamous) ... Read more

Three Years Ago Today!

As we await the coming storms, remember March 2013 As we bask in glorious sunshine today it's hard to imagine there are some unpleasant storms approaching the UK. I was looking through some old photos recently and came across some ... Read more

Dogs aren’t the only ones who can learn

Our sheep have become experts at avoiding pressure Our sheepdog training course yesterday was a great demonstration of just how clever sheep can be. Many people think sheep are very stupid, because to us, they seem to do some really ... Read more

Tucker and Pip

Two very bright lights to keep us cheerful Of course, we're still very sad since losing old Mel on Wednesday, but having the other dogs around, especially puppies Tucker and Pip, is a great tonic. Despite Pip being several weeks ... Read more

The End of an Era

So sad to report that Mel died yesterday One day I'll write a page in memory of Mel. She's clearly the greatest sheepdog we've ever had the privilege to know. Mel's "yampy" (quirky, carefree) look, that we loved so much ... Read more

Pic of the day – Catching up

Life's slowly returning to normal after a trying month Tucker, with his hero Bronwen, and Odo's hairy self in evidence at the back There's been a distinct lack of news here in recent weeks, due to our domestic 'flu epidemic ... Read more

New Tutorial: Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

Part 5 of a Training Comparison Between Litter SistersMONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED OUR LATEST TUTORIAL - Bronwen & Scylla, Part 5 In part five of our series comparing the training of litter sisters Bronwen and Scylla, we see the ... Read more

Sheepdog puppies for sale

26th March 2016: Tesla has been sold - (subject to her 30 day trial period) We're expecting two litters in early April. A few of these will be available to sheep or agility homes, so please get in touch. Tesla ... Read more

Pics of the day: The morning run

A random selection of sheepdogs, out and about Odo and William may be different breeds, but they have the same interests: "Is it me, or do those sheep need tidying up?" If a fox were to carry a Frisbee, then ... Read more

Pic of the day: Post “Storm Imogen”

After five days in Storm Imogen's clutches... ...the dogs are enjoying some watery sunshine, and Tucker's looking stylish. One dog's perch is another (smaller) dog's shelter! We’ve had a wet and windy few days, in common with most of the ... Read more

Pic of the day: Tucker gets promoted

Tucker's in charge when we collect new puppies And seems to change from bouncy puppy to calm, sophisticated young "dog of the world" in an instant! Currently known as Del and Jazz (left to right) the girls will make their ... Read more

Pic of the Day: One last Kelpie fix

Perhaps the Kelpies have been getting more than their fair share of "Pic of the Day" attention recently. Trouble is, they're so darned cute... Will and Tucker are best friends and, although Tucker's tiny and Will's adolescent (Will could easily ... Read more

Pic of the day: Frosty dogs

Whatever the weather, the dogs are always ready for the morning run and don't seem to notice the temperature. "Sorry - can't stop!" Can't say the same for Andy and me, but even frost and fog have compensations. It took ... Read more

Pic of the day: Take a look at Lottie!

Another new dog dialect in the pack But unlike the Kelpies, Lottie the Bearded Collie has fitted in immediately. Despite some very traditional Border collie markings, Lottie is a Bearded collie (known as a Beardie). She's only 7 months old ... Read more

Did I say I might miss Carew?

A Huge Test for Ezra and Bronwen at Dean Farm Regular readers of our blog will know that we parted with Carew earlier this month. Carew's such a talented sheepdog that because we have so little work for her (especially ... Read more

Pic of the day – Talking sheepdogs

Does dog language have accents and dialects? "I didn't know what Isla meant, so I asked her to show me." And she did. It's a while since we introduced a new dog that wasn't a Border collie. Now we've added ... Read more

Farewell to Carew, we wish her the best

Would you part with one of the best sheepdogs you ever had? The last few days at Kings Green Farm have been something of a roller coaster. At the end of last week we had the trauma of the Kelpie ... Read more

Our ‘Stolen’ Kelpie – Tucker!

Tucker's safe in his new home after his ordeal Handsome little chap! Hopefully little Tucker will become a worldwide star in sheep and cattle dog training circles. Tucker's a puppy that we had reserved from a litter of Kelpie pups ... Read more

Meet Our New Kelpie – Will

Llwyfen (UK) William - Red & Tan Male Kelpie Will's the first of our new Kelpies. We collected him today from his home in Brecon, South Wales. For some time now, we've wanted to include Kelpies in our sheepdog training ... Read more

Kelpie puppies found SAFE and well!

The Kelpie Puppies stolen yesterday are on their way home! Seven Australian Kelpie puppies were STOLEN yesterday from Clunton, Shropshire UK The wonderful news is that thanks to the power of Facebook (11,000 Shares) and Twitter, these puppies were located ... Read more

Kelpie puppies stolen – Shropshire

Seven Australian Kelpie puppies were STOLEN yesterday from Clunton, Shropshire UK There are 6 males and 1 female in the litter, 1 brown and tan, and the remainder black and tan. Please help to get these pups back to their ... Read more

Eli in the Mud – 2013

It was muddy in 2013 too! The persistent wet weather we've seen in the UK recently can be quite depressing, but it prompted us to cast our minds back three years. 2013 got off to a REALLY wet start! You ... Read more

My boy Olliepop

You CAN have brains and beauty! Oliver is our "other" stud dog. Ezra considers himself to be the Main Man, generally swaggering around the place looking self-important, but Oliver is a quieter, more gentle character. Kay's daughter Jet, with her ... Read more

NewTutorial: Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

The Sheepdog - Selection and Preparation We start 2016 with a tutorial dedicated to two topics about which we receive the most emails - choosing a working puppy, and what to do with it before you start training for cattle ... Read more

Pic of the day – somebody to lean on

Jet usually picks Isla. One of the joys of keeping a group of dogs is to watch the interplay between the various personalities. Who plays with whom, and which dogs completely ignore each other (though entirely without animosity) is endlessly ... Read more

Stick of the day!

They say you should never throw sticks for your dog! Whenever we publish a picture of one of our dogs with a piece of wood in its mouth, we get a stream of correspondence from people who've had really bad ... Read more

Pic of the day – beginning to look a lot like Christmas

In January 2013 It's not that I'm obsessed with the idea of a white Christmas, but a little snow round about now, just enough to bring public transport to a standstill, would be atmospheric. Will (on the right) demonstrating his ... Read more

Pic of the (shortest) day – Hurrah!

I don't think we've ever had so much grazing in December. We reduced the sheep numbers, assuming there wouldn't be enough keep for the 30 we had through the summer and autumn, and now our small flock (flockette?) is making ... Read more

Pic of the day – sheep by numbers

An unseasonably sunny (is it really December?) morning was the opportunity for some sheep maintenance Primarily we were checking the ear tag numbers on our most recent intake of "training assistants", but it's important to check the sheep regularly, just ... Read more

Pic of the day – Tesla’s first morning

Introducing Ezra's daughter, Tesla. She arrived here on Thursday afternoon, and this photo was taken on Friday morning. She's quite happy to mix, and to meet the other dogs, but Tes likes to have a "den" when the going gets ... Read more

Pic of the day – New, borrowed and blue

"It smells like a collie, and tastes like a collie, so I guess it must be!" It's a novelty for us to have a blue merle border collie around the place. "Mine, I think?" Merlin is one of Ezra's daughters ... Read more

Pic of the day – why puppies are best in groups

...provided the toy has enough handles. Taken three years ago, almost to the day, this photo shows the lovely Oliver, with his litter mates Justin and Jess, and (nearest to the camera) a friend of the family, Tiny White. We ... Read more

Pic of the day – How Isla got her spots

Proof that "naughty spots" are earned - not just inherited For a while we considered using ducks for training, so a friend brought his own ducks (Indian Runner crosses, I believe) for us to try. Isla was one of the ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Best of Friends Really!

A bit of "rough and tumble" in the sunshine When it comes to being friends, Bronwen, Isla, Scylla and Jet are very close, but they love nothing more than a good hard play-fight. It usually starts with one of them ... Read more

Pic of the day – Bronwen

Bronwen - what's in a name? Pure Bronwen - if you see what I mean I'd be the first to admit that, when it comes to naming dogs, I try to avoid the traditional sheepdog names. There's nothing wrong with ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Isla

Before and After - Isla's unusual markings When it comes to border collies, Isla really stands out from the rest. She's a black and white border collie all right, but instead of predominantly black, with white blaze, collar and tail ... Read more

New Tutorial: Balance – What’s the Point?

What is the point of balance and where can I find it? Don't underestimate the importance of understanding the point of balance when you are training or working dogs on cattle, sheep or any other stock. Knowing precisely where the ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Gather Round!

From April 2004 this is Andy with the dogs Words of wisdom? (Pic from April 2004). The dogs appear to listen attentively to who knows what? On the far left is Mel, then Mossie, Reiver and Pearl then (?), Patch ... Read more

Slow down you’re cornering too fast!

Bronwen's lesson in tackling sheep in tight corners The eyes have it! Bronwen has a sheep under control while watching some others in case they try to escape. I tore myself away from editing sheepdog training videos this morning, to ... Read more

Bronwen – play nicely with your brother!

Bronwen with her “little" brother Odo. Bronwen (looking predatory, on the right) would really like to take possession of the dog disc, but she knows that we like Odo to have a chance with it sometimes. Odo has Ezra’s build ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Scylla and Oliver

Pic of the day turns vid of the day – Scylla and Oliver in hot property dispute! The dogs have had some new toys recently, and this morning's addition was a small, squeaky space hopper. (Those "of a certain age" ... Read more

Pic of the day – Dulcie & Gloria

Dulcie and Gloria - such devoted sisters! No one plays quite like a litter mate, but even a litter mate can surprise you! Just before Christmas, 2011, we bought a litter of well bred Border collies in readiness for training ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Should a sheepdog play?

Purists say sheepdogs should never play - we disagree! Ezra loves to play with toys but when it comes to working sheep, his attention is totally focussed. This is Ezra - one of the toughest sheepdogs we've known. He'll work ... Read more

Pic of the Day – this is Isla

Isla's a complete "nutcase" but all the same, we're very fond of her. When she came to us in the spring of 2014 she was as white as snow, apart from her face and a spot at the root of ... Read more

We’re Looking for a Working Kelpie Pup

Can you help us find a Kelpie from good working parents? Red and Mossie were the best of pals but Mossie went to work on a sheep farm long before Red could be trusted with sheep. Regular visitors to The ... Read more

Pic of the day – Here’s Scylla!

Pic of the day - here's Scylla Granddaughter of Mel (probably the best all-round sheepdog we ever had) this is Scylla Scylla is a sister to Odo (see yesterday's post) and has the makings of a really good sheepdog now ... Read more

Pic of the Day!

We're going to try our best to bring you a photo of our sheepdogs every day if we can! Odo was born on the 27th of May this year. This is Odo. He's a lovely pup from Ezra and Meg, ... Read more

Get to grips with gripping

Many novice handlers are horrified if their dog grips. It has to be stopped, of course, but help is on hand! At a sheepdog trial, gripping usually results in disqualification “Gripping” is the euphemistic term we use to describe a ... Read more

Creating Sheepdog Videos For 10 Years!

It's ten years since we made our first sheepdog video The featured image at the top of this page came very close to being used on the cover of Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty but eventually we settled for ... Read more

Widen Outrun and Flanks with the Slingshot

Our technique for SERIOUSLY widening your dog out from sheep or cattle Knowing where to stand and what to do, as you send your dog off to the sheep, can make a huge difference to the space the dog puts ... Read more

Training a strong dog and struggling?

Does your sheepdog training sometimes feel like a fight to protect the sheep? Dagging sheep can be a mucky task, but like everything else, it's not so daunting if you keep on top of it We welcome questions from subscribers ... Read more

Puppies available

Home bred puppies for sheep or agility All the available puppies are now SOLD. There's a mixture of coats among the brothers - this is one of the shorter coated chaps The puppies (all male) were born on May 27th ... Read more

When it comes to ears…

Jet has the most superb ears! This is Jet, one of Kay and Oliver's pups. Jet has the most wonderful ears we've seen on a border collie for a long time. She clearly inherited them from her mother! Of course, ... Read more

Herding Sheep and Cattle at Dean Farm

Carew at work with sheep and cattle Yesterday's routine trip to Dean Farm turned out to be more challenging than I expected when first Carew had to gather thirty ewes with lambs which were mixed up with an equal number ... Read more

Herding Dog vs Sheep

Carew demonstrates patience and determination when challenged by a stubborn sheep Just under a week ago, we exchanged our well-chased sheep for some fresh ones. The new bunch of sheep comprises several breeds, including pure Welsh, speckle-faced, and mules. There ... Read more

Carew and Kay meet their match!

Our Featured image (above) shows Mo - seemingly unaware of the two lambs behind her! The sheep in Shropshire don't give up too easily Herding began well on Saturday, when we took Carew and Kay to Shropshire to gather sheep ... Read more

Sheepdog puppy training

Starting a puppy on sheep Two tutorials about early lessons to give your sheepdog puppy a head start. The usual age to begin sheepdog training is between 6 and 12 months. We need the puppy to be fast enough to ... Read more

Sheepdog training programme

Wondering what to teach your sheepdog, and when? The "What Shall I Do Next?" tutorial gives a logical order of training to build on your dog's skills. We explain how everything in sheepdog training progresses from small beginnings, from getting ... Read more

Sheepdog commands

You can't teach your sheepdog something you don't know! It's not difficult to learn the commands you need to train a sheepdog, but it is VERY important. "Come-Bye" is Clockwise; "Away" is Anti-clockwise. What could be simpler? "Left" and "Right" ... Read more

The Vital Training Stick

It costs virtually nothing but correctly used, will HALVE the time it takes to train your dog! Andy directs Tess around the sheep with well timed, careful use of the training stick. A dog, some suitable stock such as sheep ... Read more

Keeping the Golden Rule

What's the single, most important rule to remember when you're training a sheepdog? Other than subscribing to the Working Sheepdog online tutorials, of course? When you start to train a sheepdog you can be forgiven for finding yourself in a ... Read more

New Tutorial: Eliminate the Toilet Break!

It's not difficult to train your dog to toilet on command Increase efficiency by training your herding dog to make itself comfortable before it begins working. A dog which stops to relieve itself while it's supposed to be working, is ... Read more

A clip in time

"A little off the back and a pedicure, please." I wish I thought that The Girls enjoy dagging and trimming. It would be lovely to think that when they skipped into the pen on Saturday afternoon they were fuelled by ... Read more

Now Available – A Tale of Two Collies!

Our new Sheepdog Training Tutorials project compares the training of litter-sisters Bronwen and Scylla Scylla took to sheep herding when barely three months old They may be litter sisters, but Bronwen and Scylla are two trainee herding dogs with very ... Read more

FREE Herding Sheepdog Training Video

Signup for FREE Membership then simply LOGIN to watch this training tutorial! Tess in the Open Field is an entire eighteen minute training session with a strong and wilful dog that our regular members will be familiar with. Tess being ... Read more

Smooth coated collie puppies for sale

There are two females available from this litter. Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee, together with a free online tutorial subscription, and DVD if required. Kay has become a mainstay of our ... Read more

Shuffling the pack

We’ve been lucky (so far) this winter; the snow and ice in the weather forecast has missed us! We still have a covering of grass, can walk easily across the field and along the bridlepaths, and the strong winds brought ... Read more

Kay and Ollie’s new family!

Take a really close look at Kay & Oliver's pups Click any thumbnail to see the picture at full size, then click the image to see the next one. Feeding time brings competition for the best places If you must ... Read more

For sheep or agility – collie pups available

There's only one puppy still available from this litter. Although you still have a choice of pup the rest are all ours. Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee, together with a free ... Read more

Sheepdog Training Tutorials – Volume 2 now in stock

The second of our tutorial 2xDVD sets for those who prefer DVD to watching online We're pleased to announce to all those who've been waiting patiently for Volume Two of our collected Sheepdog Training Tutorials - it's here! The PAL ... Read more

A cold wet gather but our spirits were high

In less than a month, the days will begin to lengthen! This morning I had a surprise call from our landlord John who wanted me to help gather sheep at Dean Farm. As usual, I was more than glad to ... Read more

What shall I do next? Sheepdog training video

Paid membership required to watch tutorials - find out more There's so much for a young sheepdog to learn, but is the order important? Is there a correct sheepdog training program or training itinerary for all dogs? It can be ... Read more

Fatherhood, second time around, for Ezra

Ezra confounds us - yet again! October’s a busy month for us; DVD sales start to pick up for Christmas, there’s a clutch of family birthdays and, often, a litter of puppies. We like our puppies to get out and ... Read more

Gathering sheep in glorious October sun!

Kay and Carew both put in a good performance at Dean Farm After the sheep gather was delayed by two days of really wet weather, we were rewarded with bright sunshine at Dean Farm today. Carew and Kay driving the ... Read more

Eve at the Pen – Sheepdog Training Video

Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control Eve is a bright, intelligent and eager young dog. She's quick to learn and eager to please. Practising any particular technique, time and time ... Read more

Carew’s Impressive Outruns at Dean Farm!

"Rudi" (as I often call her) did the entire gather by herself today! As I drove to Dean Farm at dawn this morning, I decided to let Kay do the longer outruns for a change. If you know what breed ... Read more

Whose “des res” is this?

We'd love to identify the creature that did this! We've had a couple of possibilities (see comment below). This may not be just a nest - more a serving suggestion! (Click to enlarge) Can you help us to discover what ... Read more

Farm Dog vs Trials Dog?

Was Carew right to disobey me? I've looked forward to Penybont Sheepdog Trial for some months now. It's a delightful setting with a friendly atmosphere. The sheep are good, the field's reasonably straightforward, and once the sheep are in the ... Read more

A New Challenge for Carew!

Sheep hiding amongst cattle can be difficult to separate! There was a new challenge in store for the dogs yesterday, when we gathered sheep at Dean Farm. Kay's bunch of thirteen sheep were stubborn, but no problem compared to what ... Read more

Educating Gloria! Sheepdog Training

EDUCATING GLORIA! Sheepdog Training Tutorial Video. All our tutorials have optional English subtitles. Gloria is one of those dogs that as a sheepdog trainer, I wish I had never parted with. She had tremendous potential as a sheep herding dog ... Read more

Welcome to our Trials Team, Remus!

Remus has earned his place in our trials team at last! For some time now I've been looking for a good dog to replace Kay in sheepdog trials. Now that she's getting older, Kay seems to be finding the finesse ... Read more

Training Really Works!

Carew's performance is vastly improved at The Vale of Evesham Sheepdog Trials I've got quite a soft spot for Evesham Sheepdog Trials. The "Open" at Evesham was the first sheepdog trial I ever attended (albeit as a spectator). It has ... Read more

Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

She seems sound again now, so we'll give it a go! After her cattle herding escapade last Sunday, Carew went lame, and we were worried that she might not be fit to run in the Evesham sheepdog trials this weekend ... Read more

Dave stands in for Carew gathering sheep

Dave learns more than how to gather a flock Late yesterday afternoon I had a call from our landlord, John, asking me to gather the sheep for him at Dean Farm today. He wanted to check over the entire flock ... Read more

Carew injury worry for Evesham Sheepdog Trials

We're worried that Carew may not be fit for Evesham SDT. On the downside of Carew's heroic cattle herding on Sunday, we noticed in the evening that she was limping on her left front foot. Carew was excellent in her ... Read more

When does a sheepdog become a cattle dog?

Carew excels at a new form of herding Some of the fences around our rented patch of land have been in a state of disrepair for several years. They're normally capable of keeping the sheep in, but sadly lacking when ... Read more

Long distance motivation – give me ten points ‘stead of three!

With apologies to Chuck Berry Many years ago, I asked a regular prominent member of the Welsh sheepdog trials team for advice on what to do with a dog that sticks on its outrun. "Sell it," came the blunt reply ... Read more

Oh, me of little faith!

Or, if you're a sheepdog trainer, practice what you preach! It's difficult to update the blog regularly in summer because so much is happenening. (Click any image to enlarge it). They say the road to Hell is paved with good ... Read more

Gathering sheep for late shearing

Kay and Carew work hard, gathering sheep at Dean Farm In recent months I've missed our trips to Dean Farm to gather the sheep. With far fewer sheep, now that he's winding down towards retirement, it seems John didn't like ... Read more

A sweet and sour performance from Carew at Ivy House SDT

And it wasn't just the Red Arrows that were jet propelled - WAS IT, KAY? I’d heard about the challenges of Ivy House Sheepdog Trial, and was (cautiously) looking forward to it as I drove to Shropshire on Sunday morning ... Read more

Holding the fort

Behind every aspiring trials dog, there's a woman who knows where the kibble's kept. It's all very well, but when someone spends an entire day gossiping at a sheepdog trial then someone else has to stay behind to look after ... Read more

Limited success, but valuable lessons learned!

Kingsland Trial's a reminder of an important point I've been looking forward to Kingsland Sheepdog Trial for some time. The trials field is less than an hour from home, and I remember really enjoying myself when I ran Glen, several ... Read more

Trials go South in Shropshire – and Carew’s wobbly at Obley

Carew has mixed fortunes while Kay's consistently impatient. Colin Gordon's dog Maid at South Shropshire Sheep Dog Trial in 2014 I mentioned in my last blog that I was running in the South Shropshire Sheepdog Trial at Asterton on the ... Read more

More surprises at Felindre Sheepdog Trial

Carew recovered from a very bad start - Kay was just Kay! The weather went from one extreme to the other and the sheep at Felindre provided an interesting challenge for dogs and handlers. I had intended to get up ... Read more

Carew’s full of surprises at Erwood Sheepdog Trials

Carew was good, then bad, then wonderful at Erwood SDT! Aubrey Lloyd's Bryn sets off on the steep climb to the sheep. Since making the decision to run in more sheepdog trials this year, I have been looking forward to ... Read more

Do Things Go Wrong When You Train Your Dog to Herd Sheep?

If you hear of a way to train a herding dog where nothing goes wrong, please let us know straight away! Young herding dog Ricky watches every move of his sheep to prevent them escaping. (Click to enlarge) In the ... Read more

Collie with issues becomes collie with issue

The reason behind Nell’s recent rise in status within the pack, in her own eyes at least, became clear. "We have to look into the camera. Mum says we'll have to get used to it." Four weeks ago Nell gave ... Read more

An Introduction to Sheepdog Trials (Part 1)

A training tutorial for budding sheepdog triallists The latest addition to our sheepdog training video tutorials is part one of a great new introduction to sheepdog trials. As well as learning a lot from the tutorial, you'll see some great ... Read more

Gretchen’s talents come to light all at once

Hayley's sister Gretchen develops new skills. Gretchen looks a little awkward as she waits for the rest of the pack to decide what they're doing next. For several weeks now, young Haley has been confidently working sheep (confidently for a ... Read more

A Kelpie and a Beardie brighten up our training course

A working Kelpie and Bearded Collie joined us on our sheepdog training class yesterday Hugh Emerson teaching his working Beardie Bessie to give the sheep some room Monday's group sheepdog training class provided plenty of variety as well as entertainment ... Read more

Kay shows her true potential at Slindon Sheepdog Trial

Kay's excellent performance at Slindon SDT is in stark contrast to that of her handler Jim Cropper had a good run with his wife Shirley's Ricky - apart from missing the last drive gates. Here Ricky completes the Single I ... Read more

Drier weather means sheepdog training courses go ahead

At last! Sheepdog training is underway again There's been a definite feeling of Spring in the air for the last few days, so we've resumed training our own dogs and getting the sheep "fit" for the March training courses. "Was ... Read more

Learn your sheepdog training commands the easy way!

Learn your commands thoroughly before training your dog We find that newcomers to sheepdog training regularly get their commands mixed up. Of course, this is very bad for the poor dog, because its "teacher" is giving it wrong information. If ... Read more

A dog that doesn’t want to work sheep

How to get a dog to take an interest in sheep A very common problem is getting a dog to take an interest in sheep. Only yesterday, we had an email from someone in Norway who has an eighteen month ... Read more

Watching the sheep go by

Jack's not ready to take an interest in sheep Being a high drive yet biddable (obedient) border collie puppy, from excellent working parents, means that, on paper at least, Jack has the potential to be a good sheepdog. Safe haven! ... Read more

Taking a sheepdog puppy to sheep

Training a sheepdog can be much easier if you introduce the dog to sheep at an early age.But only attempt it if you know what you're doing. Dash and Hayley moving the sheep with Carew keeping watch. Note Hayley has ... Read more

To the woods!

Puppies learn that the world's bigger than they thought Audrey and Eli's daughter, Dill It's been a wet and windy winter, as I think we may have mentioned before, so the puppies who were born at the end of last ... Read more

Jack’s growing – and going – up

Jack becomes a little more adventurous every day, and keen to take his place among the big dogs Master of all he surveys - until Carew shoves him off, of course Despite a considerable increase in his weight (Jack's not ... Read more

Collies can make their own games

This girl just wants to have fun - and will organise anyone willing to join in! It started so well, with the sight of our first local primroses and snowdrops on Monday, but by Wednesday the weather seemed worse than ... Read more

Spot the training differences – competition result

At last we can announce the winner of our "Spot the differences" training competition Oh? And what's going on here then? To keep our sanity we had to make ourselves judge what's actually presented in the training chapter from Still ... Read more

Sheepdog Training Courses Cancelled

The continuous heavy rain has finally beaten us! The may be wet and bedraggled but the dog's spirits are as high as ever. Regrettably, we've had to succumb to the inevitable and cancel both of February's scheduled training days. The ... Read more

Nell’s finding her place

Nell's decided it's time she had some status in the pack When Nell arrived, last July, she was pretty mixed up, and very nervous of us. She was anxious about life in general, spending much of her spare time pacing ... Read more

Dogs being dogs – do not disturb

How keeping quiet can make every command count "Is this how a paddy field works?" Ezra is up to his knees in it When I first started to keep Border collies (entirely by accident) I did what everyone does - ... Read more

What a difference some rays make!

Puppies meet sheep on a sunny Sunday "They've let loose the ankle biters - let's go girls!" After what feels like weeks of doing the dogs' morning routine in the rain, yesterday morning was bright, mild and wonderfully sunny. Of ... Read more

Scavenging collies cleave to Cleavers

Collies find there's something to be said for mild weather In tune with the current culinary trend for baby vegetables, Remus relishes the young goose grass I know, we really don't have much to complain about; our roads aren't flooded, ... Read more

Puppy training continues despite the weather

Kay takes the training of her pups very seriously Gretchen has good reason to look worried. Kay's about to pounce on her as part of her training programme! We only have two puppies (Gretchen and Hayley) left from Eli and ... Read more

It’s Official – Sheepdog Training’s Suspended

Constant rain (with even more predicted) has forced us to stop sheepdog training for a while Whatever the weather, Jan will always grasp an opportunity to submerge herself in water! We managed to run both sheepdog training courses in January ... Read more

A sheepdog puppy with altitude!

Confining Jack to our yard becomes increasingly difficult Jack wants to join the fun out in the field. (click to enlarge). From the day he arrived here, we've been impressed with Jack's determination. In our blog of the 19th of ... Read more

Sheepdogs don’t seem to mind wet weather

With training on hold, our dogs just play more seriously The Retriever's Apprentice - Meg shows Pru how it's done (for the umpteenth time) Predictably the continuing rain fails to dampen the dogs' spirits, and every play and exercise session ... Read more

Rain almost stops work, but never play!

Training on hold due to wet weather? We've cracked it! Walking's no fun on ground like this, and training's worse. Sudden stops and sharp turns are definitely out! Training our own dogs is pretty much at a standstill at the ... Read more

Despite appearances, Jack and Dash are good pals!

You may not think it, but Jack and Dash are pretty good friends really! Meg and Eli's little girl Dash is a very good looking young collie pup. Although she's typically fun loving and mischievous, Dash is also very obedient ... Read more

All clear for Sheepdog Training on Monday!

It's OK for Monday's training course - and we get a visit from Carew's sister It might be a little wet underfoot (to say the least) but Monday's sheepdog training course will go ahead as planned Occasionally we have to ... Read more

Monday’s sheepdog training class is looking doubtful

Unless the rain eases, we fear that next Monday's sheepdog training course will have to be cancelled After weeks of heavy rain nearly every day, much of our training ground is waterlogged Despite having a decent covering of grass this ... Read more

Sheepdog Puppy Jack – Update

Jack's settling in very well with the bigger dogs Jack tries to get the torn-up football away from his friend Dash Since Jack moved here, in early December, we've been very impressed with him, and not just because he's such ... Read more

A glorious start to the new year

Despite all the rain, the weather's been mild and surprisingly sunny for the time of year! All this running around makes you really thirsty! Jan's very photogenic You may have noticed that we've been really busy over the holiday period; ... Read more

Today’s the shortest day

Daylight hours are in short supply at this time of year, but the weather's been great for dogs! Jan has settled in really quickly. She's proving to be a real character Well, the shortest day means it's actually the dead ... Read more

Our NEW LOOK Website and Lots of News

We hope you like the new layout for the website Kay's allowing the pups a quick snack before she joins the other dogs on their morning run We've been meaning to get around to updating the website for some time, ... Read more

In sheepdogs, a family likeness doesn’t make a clone

It's important to train the dog you're with! Pomme isn't quite ready to join in the rough and tumble of pack playtime. Her half-sister Pru, on the other hand… Reggie - what a sweetie; but you can't tell what he's ... Read more

Sheepdog News Round Up

We love to hear about dogs that we've bred or trained, and it's been a busy news week Particularly as some news came with photos, I thought it would be good to share (and yes, an opportunity to show off ... Read more

Pouding aux pommes avec crème

Pomme's been in the cream pot! What's everyone looking at? Having a dog, or a puppy or two, living in the porch by the kitchen means less wasted food and fewer walks to the bin or the compost heap. FOUR ... Read more

After so many, we still get excited about a lovely new dog

Perhaps the novelty doesn't ever wear off! Kim's such a lively, happy little dog; a joy to have around Last Saturday we welcomed Kim to our pack, and we're both looking forward to working with her. Kim came to our ... Read more

Handling a nervous sheepdog – Nell

Nell has good days and bad days, but on the whole she seems a happier dog Either Nell's enjoying being part of the pack, or just believes in safety in numbers When we first mentioned Nell in the blog, back ... Read more

Registered dog – suitable for an active pet home

Preston certainly has the pose of a proper working sheepdog! Preston is SOLD Preston, and his brother Warwick, were bought as 8-week old puppies, with a view to training them as sheepdogs. However, Preston really doesn't want to work with ... Read more

Meg’s puppies are growing fast

...and now one of them's left home! Denise and Tia with new recruit, Chai - still gazing This morning the first of Meg's puppies to fly the coop left for an exciting new life - today Norfolk, tomorrow the world! ... Read more

Keen Sheepdog Puppy for Sale

Parents are dual registered (ISDS and Kennel Club) and DNA tested Normal for CEA ALL THE AVAILABLE PUPPIES HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee, together with a free ... Read more

Our Pearl – lovely sheepdog – great mum

A small tribute to a wonderful dog - PEARL - 258969 Pearl was born on the 8th February 2002 and died in 2018. She was the daughter of Ben 220939 (A D Scrimgeour) and Tillymauld Nell 241682 (T R Lawrenson) ... Read more

Started sheepdog for sale – Zak

Zak's a handsome young sheepdog whose work's improving daily Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee and sheepdog training DVD, if required. Zak's a delightful, sociable dog, ideal for a smallholder Zak is ... Read more

Carew’s Big Outrun – The Movie

You've read the blog, now see the film! We’re pleased to see a lot of interest in our blog, particularly on the days when we take Kay and Carew to gather sheep at Dean Farm for our landlord and friend, ... Read more

Our team of working sheepdogs – Carew

Carew is a highly skilled worker on a sheep farm Carew looks as well as she works Carew is a tricolour (black/white/tan) rough coated border collie sheepdog. She was born on 10th March 2011 and is ISDS registered. Equally at ... Read more

Started sheepdog for sale – Smudge

Unregistered started dog for sheep, cattle or poultry. Requires further training. Smudge gets on very well with people and other dogs Smudge is SOLD. Smudge is a rough coated black and white (microchipped) female who was born here on 28th ... Read more

Sheepdogs must flank both ways

Kay's control, versatility and manoeuvrability prove their worth in a tight situation Kay, patiently pushing the sheep into the buildings Saturday isn't our regular day for gathering sheep at Dean Farm, but on Wednesday, John had mentioned that he wanted ... Read more

International Supreme Championship Trials

The JCB 2013 International Supreme Championship Sheepdog Trials The International Supreme Championship Sheepdog Trials are run by the International Sheep Dog Society and this year, they are taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ England. Friday September 6th ... Read more

Gimmers in the mist – if you can find them

Gathering sheep in the mist is atmospheric - if only you can find them! A beautiful sight - sheep in the early morning mist I'm not a great sleeper, so it's hardly surprising that this morning I found myself wide ... Read more

Started sheepdog for sale – Sue

Sue's a sweet natured dog, who could become a lovely sheepdog Sue is now sold Sue just started training, and has good potential Recently, our workload has increased drastically, and unfortunately, time available for training sheepdogs is very short, so ... Read more

Trained sheepdog for sale – Rosewood Ness

Registered skilled sheepdog - flock work, outrun, lift, fetch, driving, shed and pen. Ness is a lovely dog, although she can be a little nervous of strangers until she gets to know them Ness is SOLD (subject to her 30 ... Read more

Relevant sheepdog skills and their prices – UK

The various levels of a sheepdog's skills and their prices can be confusing Dan - a powerful sheep and cattle dog In recent years UK sheepdog and cattle dog prices have increased dramatically, despite the fluctuating prices of farm animals ... Read more

Carew really doesn’t want to be left out

Carew makes it clear she wants to be involved when there's work to be done Kay has the sheep under control in the sorting pens With the knowledge that most of the lambs have already gone to market and many, ... Read more

Ness shines on her sheep gathering debut

Despite her inexperience, Ness proved her worth on today's sheep gather The flock congregated in one field, giving Ness a great opportunity for an outrun For this morning's sheep gather, I finally decided to take Ness. I've intended to take ... Read more

Little Dot – Andy’s first sheepdog

They say you ruin your first sheepdog . . . If I had Dot today, her training would be very different This is Dot, a daughter of Derek Scrimgeour's Ben. Dot was my first sheepdog back in 2002. They say ... Read more

The highs and lows of working sheepdogs

Kay and Carew take me from despair to joy in 48 hours! What with Powick, Mathon, and Evesham sheepdog trials as well as gathering sheep in the early morning on Wednesdays, the dogs and I have been exceptionally busy recently, ... Read more

Mixed fortune at Evesham Sheepdog Trial 2013

Kay and Carew's exploits at Evesham Sheepdog Trials Adrian Hall and Gwen ease the sheep into the pen Saturday 10th August was the date of the Local Novice section of the Vale of Evesham's annual sheepdog trial at Pebworth in ... Read more

Sheepdogs for sale – but which to choose?

“I think we've decided we need a dog...” often the opening to an email enquiry, or a telephone conversation with a farmer, smallholder or shepherd who’s reached the size of flock that his friends and family are no longer ... Read more

The Benefits of a Sound Puppy Policy

You should only buy a puppy if you're sure you have enough time, space and energy As yet, un-named sisters. The two Black and white Jack Russell cross Border Collie puppies - doubtless plotting a coup from a safe distance ... Read more

Gathering sheep at dawn in August

Today's early morning gather went smoothly for dogs and sheep Carew seems to rise to the challenge if a stubborn ewe turns to face her. Last week, I noticed that it was barely light when my phone's alarm woke me ... Read more

A sheepdog can have psychological issues too

Training a sheepdog isn't always as straightforward as you'd think Nell's a good looking dog and she's very keen to work sheep, but she has issues. Nell's our latest work in progress. She's been here for four weeks now, is ... Read more

We have too many sheep. Sadly, some must go

Our field's overstocked, so we have to reduce the number of sheep. Carew loves to work the full flock but some must go We don't own the sheep we use for training the dogs, they belong to a sheep farmer ... Read more

When sheep don’t see a dog as a predator

How do you load sheep onto a trailer if they see the dog as a friend? The sheep weren't afraid of Carew - they ran to her! Once again, I had no intention of writing a blog about today's sheep ... Read more

Carew loads sheep into a cattle truck

Carew showed great talent when it came to loading sheep onto a cattle truck Carew had the last batch of sheep up the ramp and into the truck before the driver was quite ready. This is yet another morning when ... Read more

Carew does the entire gather by herself!

Working alone, Carew completes this morning's gather in record time! Carew driving a large bunch of sheep towards the gate. About half the flock is already out of the field and on the way to the farm buildings This morning's ... Read more

Little Big Dog – This is Chester

Chester is one of the nicest little dogs you could wish to meet Chester's a black white and tan Papillon x Chihuahua and so small that many people don't take him seriously, but he's a big dog at heart. Chester ... Read more

Toad in the Bowl

A common toad cools off in Carew's water bowl Toad in the bowl - a common toad cooling off in Carew's water bowl With the heatwave we're experiencing in the UK at the moment, it came as quite a surprise ... Read more

Sheepdog Training – that moment when the light comes on!

Matt reaches a major milestone in his training Matt loves to play - when he's not working that is! One of the best things about training sheepdogs is witnessing that magic moment when the dog realises what it's all about ... Read more

You can’t beat flock work for developing a dog’s character

Carew's strength of character has improved drastically with flock work Sheepdog Carew holding a stick as she faces sheep in a pen. (Click to enlarge image) As the run of unusually hot weather continues in the UK, I'm grateful (and ... Read more

Carew & Kay compete at Mathon, Carew’s first sheepdog trial

Carew's first sheepdog trial went much better than expected In Worcestershire there are very few sheepdog trials venues, so we normally have to travel a significant distance to parts of Wales, the north, or south west of England to get ... Read more

Working sheepdog Carew has hidden talents

It was Carew's turn to astonish me during this morning's gather I didn't intend to write a blog about this morning's sheep gather, but such extraordinary things happened that I felt I must. If you've read some of the recent ... Read more

Kay helps Carew with her sheepdog trials training

Carew's in training for a sheepdog trial this weekend We have another local sheepdog trial this weekend (Mathon, near Malvern) and I'm hoping to run both Kay and Carew. Having done well at Powick last weekend I'm happy with Kay's ... Read more

Giving the dogs temporary shelter from the hot sun

Today we rigged up a tarpaulin to give our dogs some shade The temporary "roof" is on, and the dogs are enjoying the shade For some time now I've been intending to cover the dog kennels with a permanent roof. It ... Read more

Oops there goes my excuse for not sheepdog trialling

Kay was a little star at Powick Sheepdog Trials today Kay did well in her first sheepdog trial It's one of my regrets that in recent years I have not taken part in sheepdog trials. In the early part of ... Read more

Gathering sheep doesn’t always go to plan

5:45am is a great time to start a day's work on a July morning! Kay gathering a small bunch of sheep Using our dogs to gather sheep for our landlord has become a regular activity recently. We jump at the ... Read more

Proper flock work with Carew and Kay

Farm work broadens the dog's experience and tests the handler's skill Sheep are all safely in and Carew's keeps watch Whenever possible, we like to take our dogs out to other farms to work on different sheep, in unfamiliar fields ... Read more

Working Sheepdog Website update

Announcing our new and improved website! Tri-colour border collie Sheepdog Carew lying on the floor with an oak leaf delicately balanced on her tongue! After a minor website hosting-hiccup (as we now term BT) Andy was distracted away from the ... Read more

We have a result – and it’s printable

My older sisters used to tell me, "To the pure, all is pure" and our latest competition really proved it. Where some people see a (to me) surprisingly relaxed sheep undergoing an extensive pedicure, other people could only see a ... Read more

TOO LATE – for the free caption competition!

Win a great DVD prize in our FREE CAPTION COMPETITION All you need to do is think of a great caption for this picture of a sheep awaiting a pedicure. The person whose caption we judge to be the best ... Read more

The wettest winter I can remember

After the worst winter I can recall, spring finally seems to be here. Carew walks up quietly on her sheep. The sun's shining, and it feels warm outside. Now we just need the grass to grow! The winter of 2012-13 ... Read more

Why some sheep run away from dogs and others don’t

Have you ever wondered why some sheep run away as the dog approaches, while others stand their ground? This dog's too fast and too close, so the sheep are in panic There are many reasons for sheep to run away ... Read more

Sheepdog training course goes ahead despite the weather

Our sheepdog training course will go ahead tomorrow The weather forecast is not good but we have some ground which should be dry enough to train a group of sheepdogs tomorrow. Despite the mud and a gloomy forecast, last Saturday's ... Read more

Training the dog to lie or stand, on the stop command

Should the dog lie down, or remain standing, when you stop it? There's a dog lying in the grass behind the sheep in this picture. (Far right). Click the image to enlarge it. We're often asked whether a working sheepdog ... Read more

Sheepdog Training Tutorial – The Sheepdog Whistle (01)

We've just added our latest Sheepdog Training TutorialBasic Sheepdog Training - Sheepdog Whistle (Part 1). Although we planned to bring out the Driving (part 3) tutorial after Driving part 2, the number of enquiries we've had about mastering the sheepdog ... Read more

Sheepdog training as usual on Saturday and Wednesday

We can't promise weather like this, but Saturday's course will go ahead The weather forecast isn't great, but the training field has dried out a little since Andy's panic last week We're confident the group sheepdog training days on Saturday ... Read more

Sheepdog training courses – possibility of postponement

It's not just the ground that's saturated! These poor sheep have hardly dried out in recent days "YELLOW warning" to anyone booked onto our sheepdog training courses this month (Saturday the 16th, and Wednesday the 20th March). The heavy rain ... Read more

Teaching a dog to flank wider when driving sheep

It's important to teach the dog to go out wide when it circles the stock Several subscribers to our online sheepdog training videos have recently asked us how to get a dog to flank wider when it's driving. In the ... Read more

Online sheepdog training videos – now with subtitles

One of the positive sides of many weeks of persistent rain is that when it's far too wet to train sheepdogs, you can spend more time catching up with various other jobs that you've been meaning to do for a ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 Maggot and Cotton - just chillin'. Cotton's on her 30-day trial with a farmer in Oxfordshire, and it was ... Read more

It’s clear, border collie sheepdogs love snow!

We 'enjoyed' about 4 cm of snow overnight Our dogs adore the snow! A somewhat surprised Eli (left) staring at Cabbage, with Pru looking on from behind as the snow flies up in spectacular fashion Last night we were woken ... Read more

Rain stopped sheepdog training – but not play!

Muddy sheepdogs, Carew and Kay, relax on a fallen trunk, while Meg looks up at them from the ground below This seemingly unending spell of extreme wet weather has brought all sheepdog training to a standstill here for the time ... Read more

Sheepdogs love to play as well as work

You did say GO - didn't you? In the picture above, Eli (left) Cabbage (back) and Eli's daughter, Pru leap off a big bale of straw, while one of the younger pups looks on from a safe distance! The dog's ... Read more

The versatile Border collie – and its owner

She flies through the air with the greatest of ease... We know from the many conversations we have, and emails we receive, that Border collie owners are a versatile lot, and many of them thoroughly exploit the variety that collies ... Read more

And the winner is…or rather, the winners are…

If we've learned anything from our caption competition, it's that we should never try to caption our own photos; other people's ideas are far better than ours! "That is the very last time I run behind that damn quad :( ... Read more

Wet border collie sheepdog picture CAPTION COMPETITION

Win a great DVD prize in ourFREE CAPTION COMPETITION All you need to do is think of a great caption for this picture of soaking wet, mud covered Eli, and his friend Kay The person whose caption we judge to ... Read more

100 Percent Wool – Dry-flat!

100 Percent Wool - Dry Flat or they may go out of shape! (Click to enlarge). Sometimes, we feel really sorry for our sheep, and today is one of those days. The poor creatures have withstood an enormous amount of ... Read more

Working sheepdogs in winter has its compensations

After the continuous soaking rain of the past few days, it was a great relief to gather the sheep in sunshine this morning Sheepdog Carew gathering sheep in the winter mist. (Click to enlarge). Carew was working well, and we ... Read more

Revised schedule of sheepdog training courses

Sheepdog training courses - January to June 2013 We regret that due to the saturated state of our ground, we have no alternative but to cancel all sheepdog training courses until March 2013. Anyone already booked on these courses will ... Read more

Not just a lovely sheepdog puppy

Starting puppies and young dogs on sheep, cattle and other livestock A puppy from Audrey's litter that we're keeping back to train as a sheep or cattle dog This is one of the (as yet unnamed) border collie pups from ... Read more

Today, a fissure in the clouds let loose a shaft of sunshine

Audrey takes a cautious approach to the recent flood water. (Click to enlarge image). Whenever we have unusual weather conditions (flooding, deep snow, thunderstorms for example) we like to get all the dogs and puppies outside to experience it. It's ... Read more

Training course abandoned!

Yes - abandoned before it began! There's been an awful lot of rain over the past few days, but I wasn't too worried about today's sheepdog training course, because the BBC weather forecast predicted that the rain would stop by ... Read more

Sheepdog celebrities, and a ewe with a view

A sheep dog in Dire Straits? I was watching the younger dogs playing and suddenly realised who Lucas reminds me of: Mark Knopfler. Now just take a look at the link and tell me I'm wrong. Lucas, sporting a rather ... Read more

Pru goes sheepdog training

Pru decides to take at look at our sheepdog training class "And me! And me! And me!""You look that way, I'll look this way, and we've got them covered""OK, so then I have to stalk up like this and keep ... Read more

Life with the pack and the puppies

Dodging the rain and the pups! [Some months ago I made a solemn pact with myself that I'd update the blog at least once a week. Since then, it seems I've begun every blog entry with "It's been a while ... Read more

Sheepdog Pip at work yesterday

Pip in the grass! Pip's so stylish when she works sheep or cattle. She has a great "stop" most of the time, and when she stops, she presses herself firmly into the grass like this. Love it! ... Read more

The Wichenford week

After my frenzy of dog acquisition last week, this week seems quite dull in comparison That said, even a dull week here is pretty good when compared with having a "proper" job! From left to right: Audrey, Rita, Scylla, Gloria ... Read more

Another arduous sheepdog training session

You don't get this good without lots of practise Sometimes we even train our dogs on sheep. Honest. But I couldn't resist this photo, partly because it shows two new dogs that we haven't written about yet. Meg (left) and ... Read more

Ten days old, and counting

It's not easy being an only child - I have to eat for 8 Since Mel's puppy made her astonishing appearance we've been asked many times how she's doing. Sometimes we reply "Growing like Topsy" without actually knowing who Topsy ... Read more

Never say never

One of Andy's Rules for Life is that we never sell dogs at auctions (for reasons that I'm sure we've enumerated many times on the website) Another rule is that we only ever buy dogs at auction if we already ... Read more

Be careful what you wish for

It doesn't matter how many dogs we own, or for how long, they just never cease to surprise us. Mel's enjoying a semi-retirement, but likes to keep us on our toes The weather's been really warm this week, far too ... Read more

What a difference some sunshine makes!

Her sister's convincing werewolf impression takes Dulcie by surprise! A very wet April has made way for some lovely warm (today, even hot) weather, giving the dogs the opportunity to spend the afternoons in the orchard. It's far cooler there ... Read more

Rain Rain Stay For Days – we need it so desperately

The dogs thought their run in the heavy rain was great fun on this morning's run. I know I've been banging on about the drought for months now, but the water table where we are is desperately low. We've had ... Read more

The eyes have it

Are you looking at me? Kay, Mel, Eli, Carew and Ezra, to name just a few, are excellent sheepdogs; strong, enthusiastic and tenacious when necessary, but I don't think any one of them would turn a hair if they realised ... Read more

Scylla sits still, and Dora steps out

I wrote about Scylla's arrival in my last blog, but at that time she refused to pose for her photograph. Finally! Scylla keeps still long enough to get a decent photo She appeared on lots of photos, but was just ... Read more

Out walking with twenty or more sheepdogs

Spring really does seem to be with us now. There are lambs in the fields. young leaves on the trees, flowers in the hedgerows, and the grass is growing. These delightfully delicate elm leaves caught my attention in a hedge ... Read more

Life – with collies underfoot

It's been a few weeks since I sat down to write the blog, though I know Andy's been keeping it supplied with photographs. Chester takes advantage of the opportunity to abuse the collies from a safe height Apart from filming ... Read more

Working hard on the new sheepdog training DVD

Forgive us if our blog entries are a little irregular at the moment, we're hard at work on the monumental task of filming our new sheepdog training DVD Rosewood Eli is a superb stud dog - no wonder the girls ... Read more

A picture to gladden the heart

What a lovely sight! All those smiling faces! Front (from the left): Dennis, Bess, Snip and Badger. Carew and Ezra are together at the back, towards the right, with Mel on the far right I just had to share this ... Read more

Somebody has to keep the puppies in order

OK - OK - You have the toy then! Young Audrey, the red and white bitch pup is beginning to assert her authority over the younger puppies lately. This morning, she showed Dennis that the toy is hers by right, ... Read more

The puppy games get rougher as they grow up

Poor Bess is 'it' today! As far as I can tell, the dogs in the picture are: (l to r) Audrey, Bess (on floor) Meg (at the back), an unidentified puppy, and Gloria. Puppies love to play, and this morning ... Read more

Another glorious morning for walking the sheepdogs and pups!

One of our favourite pictures - EVER! Snip was surprised to find the camera right in front of her nose! ... Read more

Accidents and emergencies

Back in January I mentioned Bella, an ex-rescue collie living in Florida, and her heroic effort to alert neighbours to her owner, Adam's horrible accident with some farm machinery. The latest news from Bella is that Adam's hand is healing ... Read more

A good looking sheepdog and a great worker too

Not just a pretty face, Carew is a very promising trainee sheepdog 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 ... Read more

Just you wait till I get this plaster off!

Poor Lupin can't wait to get the plaster cast off her leg Lupin watches the sheep closely. Note the plaster cast on her right rear leg. This is Lupin with her leg in plaster, the day before she went back ... Read more

Security alert at Kings Green Farm

With things the way they are these days, you can't be too security conscious When Midge (left) and Ezra are around, it's perhaps, not such a good idea to park your car in our yard. Security is the buzz-word in ... Read more

Only a short spell of snow thank goodness

I must admit, I like to see snow - but it causes us all kinds of inconvenience Eli's a handsome dog whose pups are proving exceptional. We took the dogs out for their morning run today, hoping to get some ... Read more

It may be bitterly cold, but the dogs love it

The dog's don't seem to mind how cold the weather is, as long as they can enjoy a good run morning and evening The dogs don't mind what the weather's like as long as they get their morning and evening ... Read more

Border Collie Sheepdog Traffic Jam in the Woods

What a great morning for walking the dogs! OK - which way now guys? Sometimes, I think I have the best job in the world (but the pay's nothing to shout about). We seem to have a great number of ... Read more

Accidents will happen

Free access to the garden and all its interesting sights and smells are only a few of the advantages of being Very Special. Although Lupin has her back leg at a difficult angle while the plaster cast is in place, ... Read more

News from the DVD shop

New DVDs and other news from The Working Sheepdog Website Last October I added "Rocky Mountain Cowboys" to the online shop and it proved to be a popular title over Christmas. If any blog readers have watched it, then you ... Read more

A welcome touch of frost but we urgently need rain (in England)

It's great to see the landscape covered with frost again, but what we really need is a good steady downpour of rain lasting for several days, if not weeks. The early morning sun casts long shadows in the frosted grass ... Read more

Oh BUOY this is fun! – dogs enjoying the mild winter weather

(Left to right) Eli shows some of his puppies how to tackle a buoy on a rope. (Click to enlarge image). Last winter, we were lucky to get some wonderful snow and freezing frost scenes while we were filming our ... Read more

Me? Train to be a sheepdog? . . I don’t think so.

Hettie is five and a half months old and to date has not shown even a hint of any interest in working sheep. (Click image to enlarge). It's my belief that somewhere deep in their mind, most border collies have ... Read more

Caption Competition – What are the dogs saying?

(Left to right) Mel, Mick, Kay, Midge, Eli. (Click image to enlarge) I took this picture this morning when I was out with the dogs. Gill and I just love the expression on Eli's face. Just for fun, leave a ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Dennis – Our chunky new border collie sheepdog puppy

Dennis is the grandson of Aled Owen's Bob - winner of the 2002 World Trial at Bala. This is Dennis - not to be confused with our original Dennis featured on the 'Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty!' DVD Dennis ... Read more

A great morning for a walk with the dogs

Walking our sheepdogs in the January sunshine Yesterday was a lovely day to be out with the dogs - at least, the morning was! Later on, the weather deteriorated until the afternoon run was in fairly heavy rain. Still, we ... Read more

“All equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak”

"They all serve who only stand (or lie) and wait" - Alfie goes back to bed Sitting here in the office, looking out at blue sky and bright sunshine, it's hard to imagine the weather conditions of this morning In ... Read more

The CULPRIT – Dulcie the ‘Sheep Worrying’ Puppy

The sheep worrying puppy - Dulcie's innocent looks don't fool us! 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 ... Read more

Some things are easier said than done

Our sheep are quite placid when confronted with dogs, but some are not nearly so nice! On our Sheepdog Training DVD I explain that you must keep young puppies away from sheep. There's a very good reason for this - ... Read more

Even Sheepdogs Must Retire Sometime

We're sad to see her go, but we know that Jill will be happy in her new home with Pearl Today's a sad day for us in one way, but a happy one in another. One of our favourite dogs, ... Read more


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 ... Read more

More puppies, and more progress

"I don't know what I did that was so bad, but please, just get this punishment over with!" A few dark, damp days have given us the opportunity/excuse to catch up on some indoor chores. Andy's been digging out old ... Read more

Puppies’ progress

These much-photographed puppies are starting to take the camera for granted. The black and white puppy on the right is called Ronnie - and he has a blue eye Almost the end of the first week since putting the clocks ... Read more

Welcome return to form for Alfie

Looking out for trouble - and the odd sprout Regular readers of this column (as they say in The Guardian) will recall that a convincing sign of Alfie's chest infection - read the full story here - was his complete ... Read more

10 days old already!

I wonder what this little chap's dreaming about? And just look at those perrfect little paws! The new puppies are ten days old now This puppy has no idea what's going on outside in the yard - probably just as ... Read more

New puppies are always worth the wait

In a few weeks' time we'll look at this photo and say "Oh look, there's Vic (or whoever)" but for now it's just a sea of black and white By the time we went to bed on Monday night there ... Read more

Puppies keep us waiting…and awake

From the left, Sheba, Jen, Midge, Eli and Mo - looking out for those pesky puppies. Mel's there too, at the back, but Lord knows what she's looking for! It's been a week of new additions, though not the new ... Read more

Finding grass in unexpected places…

Alfie, now restored to his true glory, proudly wearing his collar I promise never to mention the weather again (probably) but we've had some damp cloudy days, and a few good heavy showers, this week and it's amazing how much ... Read more

Still Off Duty! – our new sheepdog DVD is taking shape

You CAN judge a DVD by its cover - Border collies are joined by friends this time round Today we've been working on the artwork for the new DVD, and it's really starting to feel as though we're making progress! ... Read more

Introducing the Class of 2011 – this year’s additions to our sheepdog team

Carew reminds us of her mother Mel, in so many ways We're absolutely delighted with the puppies we've kept back for training this year - seven puppies, from three different bitches and three different dogs We have seven completely different ... Read more

Remember December

We've had a nostalgic few days, watching clips that Andy's turned up while he trawls the hard drives for footage for the new DVD He's working on a snow sequence at the moment, and it's difficult to imagine that we ... Read more

It’s Raining! well, it was…

Kings Green finally managed to have a rain shower early this morning - what luxury! Normally a lush green, but after months with virtually no rain, our training field is badly damaged by drought. Luxury. I know it won't be ... Read more

DROUGHT in Worcestershire?

I wish we could have some rain! Isn't the grass supposed to be green? Fleck standing on our sun-scorched grass Although our ground is heavy clay, the grass is brown and burned off. The sheep are eating what amounts to ... Read more

Little Mo – Sheepdog Training Course Assistant

It's so easy to keep using the dog which proves best for any one task, and overlook the less experienced dogs These are some of our sheepdogs - sheltering from the rain under an oak tree. Kay has certainly proved ... Read more

Grass seed in eye – Puppy much improved today

The poor puppy looking sorry for itself after treatment. Just a note to mention that the sheepdog puppy which had the grass seed in its eye is improving rapidly. She's so active that we can't help thinking the seed may ... Read more

Ghastly Grass Seed in a Puppy’s Eye

The poor puppy looking sorry for itself after treatment. A couple of days ago, we noticed that one of our eight week old pups had a sore-looking eye. Normally, we can cope with minor eye problems very well by washing ... Read more

Broadening the sheepdog’s horizons!

Kay showed good control of her Herdwick sheep - most of the time. 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 ... Read more

Dogs fighting . . . friend or show?

The longer we keep dogs, the more we realise how little we know about them. Especially their behaviour. Mog and Maeve look as though they are about to fight but they're the best of friends. If you keep a number ... Read more

Sometimes you notice something special!

Puppies Ezra (left) Imogen, Toad and Headingley are all convinced the monkey is rightfully theirs. When it comes to toys for dogs and sheepdog puppies, we're convinced that soft plastic flower pots are the best (certainly for value) but a ... Read more

My favourite tree – for how much longer?

This old damson tree is very special to us! This tree has so much character but we fear its days are numbered The field we train the dogs in is an ancient orchard, with many different varieties of apple and ... Read more

Kay and Mel – two great thinkers

Kay (left) and Mel relaxing after work. Having great sheepdogs is an honour that I appreciate more and more. Of course, how you train a dog is very important but there are things that you can't really train for; things ... Read more

The Sheepdog Blog has landed!

Border Collie puppies Lady and Ezra (right) with a younger pup from Gwen's litter. AT LAST! - We've finally managed to get a self-hosted interactive blog on the Working Sheepdog Website! Please accept our apologies if you've been trying to ... Read more

One of our ‘New Boys’ – Brad

Brad during one of his more restful moments Apologies for being away from the blog for a while. We've been hard at work shooting our new Sheepdog Training DVD which we are hoping to release before christmas 2011. We'll try ... Read more

News Roundup – Puppies, DVDs and Training Courses

Playing in a concrete pipe is great fun for a while but we all need a break sometime. Puppies everywhere!Mel's pups are having a wonderful time now. They're into absolutely everything and making lots of noise. Every time we want ... Read more

Puppies Playtime

Making good use of the plastic plant pots - "Apparently never sleeps" is in the foreground, with a Demon Twin in the background. Mel's puppies are now spending their days outside on the lawn - weather permitting. It's hard to ... Read more

At last – the Spring weather tempts us to linger outside!

Alfie looks on in disbelief - he really can't see what's so difficult about penning a few sheep. The last couple of weeks of dry weather have been a welcome relief after an unremittingly wet February. Of course, after spending ... Read more

From Pet to Sheepdog – in One Session!

Initially Jack preferred to go in the 'away' direction but by the end of the day was going 'come bye' without being told. On our training courses, we see all kinds of dogs. There are the hardened sheepdogs whos attention ... Read more

Finding a Sheepdog Trainer

Bob Lever and "Max the Welsh" watch a sheepdog training session in progress. 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 ... Read more

The Family Reunion

Reiver looks very much like her litter mates, Kevin and Midge - but she's much cleaner! It's been a quiet week at Kings Green, quiet and very wet, but Midge and Kevin had a good afternoon with their long-lost sister, ... Read more

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

Rabbit in the headlights! Fran is surprised by the camera flash. 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 - ... Read more

Variety was the spice of this weekend!

by Gill As well as being a great looking dog, Midge is a great sheepdog. For anyone who works with livestock, one day is pretty much the same as another - you don't get days off - so I suppose ... Read more

Another Beardie on our Group Training Course

Thanks to Hugh Emerson for this picture of Bess working, and thanks too to fellow course member, Liz Harper, for the camerawork. We were delighted to see another Beardie on our sheepdog training course today. Hugh Emerson brought Bess from ... Read more

A great little Beardie

Bearded collie Izzy working sheep. We don't see many working Bearded Collies but today we had a super Beardie on the group training course. Izzy is from a Shropshire farm and was a delight to train. Working Bearded Collie Izzy ... Read more

Training Update

Kay. Tomorrow's group sheepdog course will go ahead as planned. The forecast is for grey cloud but doesn't mention rain, so lets hope we get a dry day. It will be quite windy, so the dogs are going to have ... Read more

News Roundup – and the Best Sheepdog in the World

Mel is semi-retired now, but in her day, she was the best sheepdog we ever had. Years ago, I said that if I thought it was possible, I'd say Mel (left) can read my mind. Time and again since then, ... Read more

Pearl’s Retirement – and Pups For Sale

"Smile Please" Pearl and Maeve look happy! Tomorrow's Group Training Course will go ahead as normal. At the time of writing, the weather forecast is good with white cloud and 6 celcius expected. Check the current 3 day forecast for ... Read more

New Young Talent at Kings Green Farm

Six month old Border Collie puppy, Kevin Kevin and SpotTum are two very promising puppies. Despite the wet, miserable weather we're experiencing in the UK at the moment, things are looking pretty bright for us as far as future sheepdogs ... Read more

Everything’s So Wet!

Despite the wet weather and the condition of the training ground, we're hoping to keep our sheepdog training courses going. OK - Just for Gill's son Greg (see Facebook comments) this is a pic of our lovely Great Dane - ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (14) Hey! I like THIS KELPIE!

Page 14 of 14 - go to page 1 A 1-2-1 Training Session with a Kelpie In the picture, Kay's keeping a careful watch as Working Kelpie Mollie learns to give her sheep more room. Kay's exceptionally useful for keeping ... Read more

This Kelpie’s pretty COOL !

Working Kelpie Sheepdog Molly was totally focussed on her sheep during her sheepdog training course. 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 ... Read more

With Border Collie Sheepdogs, Things Can Change Quickly

Kevin keeps watch while his sisters Bo and Midge investigate something disgusting in the grass. 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 ... Read more

ME? . . . a BLOGGER?

Andy with Kay during the shooting of the introductory sequence for our successful sheepdog training DVD - First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training. I wonder how many of our readers shared the same new year experience as me years ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (13) Mossie Gets Better & Better!

Page 13 of 14 - go to page 1 A further update from Mossie's new owner Jon, at Skilgate, Exmoor. Mossie was one of the easiest dog's we've ever had the pleasure of training. If you've been keeping up with ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (12) Red’s Gone Back to Wales!

Page 12 of 14 - go to page 1 Sorry - no more Kelpies for us! Through no fault of his own, we've returned Red to his breeder in Mid Wales. We love the dog and will miss him, but ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (11) Red’s Recent Sessions Disappointing

Page 11 of 14 - go to page 1 The normally temperate UK is currently locked in what for us is a serious freeze. Red and the other dogs are having a wonderful time though. For them, it seems to ... Read more

Winter’s Arrived Early This Year

In recent years, the UK has enjoyed relatively mild winters. Anyone who was around in 1947 (and I'm not one of them - I didn't arrive until two years later) will tell you it's been relatively tropical here since then ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (10) Update From Mossie’s New Owner

Page 10 of 14 - go to page 1 Mossie Update (from her new owner). Mossie at work before she went to live on Exmoor. Mossie's doing really well - very rarely nipping and with a nicely developing outrun. She's ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (9) A Rest Brings Out a Good Change

Page 9 of 14 - go to page 1 OK, ok . . . (maybe I was wrong)! There appears to have been a fairly serious development in Red's training. Since the last blog, he escaped from the yard more ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (8) Lack of Dedication & Inconsistency

Page 8 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's capable, but can't really be bothered I'm sorry if this isn't what you Kelpie fans want to hear, but I'm being absolutely honest here. Yep - he's a great character.Yep ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (7) Red’s Promising, Mossie’s Unbelievable!

Page 7 of 14 - go to page 1 An amazing little dog At just over five months of age, Red's really taken us by surprise. This picture shows him circling his sheep a couple of days ago. (Click the ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (6) Red Shows Determination

Page 6 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's five months old now. The changes in him are noticeable almost daily. Although he's very active and would apparently play all day, he's curiously obedient. Where collies may have to ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (5) Growing Up & Starting Work

Page 5 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's film star look Red's certainly not shy when it comes to posing for the camera. (Click the image for a larger version). What a well behaved little chap he is ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (4) Finding their Feet and Growing!

Page 4 of 14 - go to page 1 Red keeps improving Red's finding his feet now. He's mixing with all the dogs and is not afraid of any of them despite some quite rough playing. At last he's trotting ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (3) Red & Mossie’s Progress

Page 3 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's progress This picture will tell you how Red's settling in! He's playing with Mossie who is ten weeks older, and much larger. Red was never going to be short of ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (2) Red and Mossie’s Training So Far…

Page 2 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's work Red seemed a bit heavy-handed when he first went to our sheep. We dont normally allow a pup of Red's age to go near sheep because a threatening sheep ... Read more

Our First Working Kelpie – RED!

Working Kelpie Sheepdog, Red at twelve weeks of age. 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 ... Read more

Kelpie v Collie (1) Sheepdog Training Comparison

Page 1 of 14 Which will prove easier to train, and which will make the better sheepdog in the end, Australian Kelpie Red or Border Collie Mossie? Working Kelpie sheepdogs are now in common use throughout the UK and there's ... Read more

Wonder Dog Kay!

Kay was just amazing during our sheepdog training course yesterday Kay has amazed me recently. She was wonderful on our sheepdog training course. I've trained quite a number of sheepdogs over the years, and sometimes, I think I've seen just ... Read more

On Top of the World!

Mo's fast becoming one of our best working sheepdogs. The only problem is she's too fast! When Mo slows down a little, she'll be as good as her mum (Mel) but for the time being, we love to see her ... Read more

We’re expecting puppies!

A new-born border collie puppy - Ahhh! We're expecting puppies at the end of July. They should be ready to leave by the end of September. Visit the website ... Read more

It’s not all work!

Sometimes you just need to take a break from work and get down to some real fun! Young sheepdogs Mog and Mossie spend a lot of their spare time 'sparring' with each other. They're the best of friends really. (Pic: ... Read more

Mossie – born to work sheep!

This is Mossie - one of the survivors of Jill and Eli's litter which met with tragedy in March. One of the most naturally talented puppies we've ever had is Mossie. She was born on 29th January and can already ... Read more

A glimmer of interest!

Today we sheared a few sheep and we let Doris wander around while we were shearing. Once or twice she went up to the sheep and barked at them quite enthusiastically. If I went up to her to try and ... Read more

Don’t be fooled by appearances

If style was skill . . . Border Collie Doris gives the impression she's already a great sheepdog but she's not. Doris is a beautiful young border collie with a fantastic sheepdog trials ancestry. She was born in September 2009 ... Read more

Phew! It’s So Hot!

Was May supposed to be this hot? Hot weather brings the jackdaws to the water trough for a wash and brush-up as well as a drink We just 'enjoyed' a few days of exceptionally hot weather for the time of ... Read more

Sheep Shearing By Numbers.

Last week I had my first attempt at shearing sheep. I've watched sheep being sheared many times before but never actually had a go. One of the first sheep I ever sheared - she seems to have survived OK! I ... Read more

It just gets busier and busier!

Even the sheep seem to appreciate the better weather. Well, after a couple of false starts, it seems spring is really here at last!The fields are greener, the hedges and trees are coming into leaf and not least of all, ... Read more

Working sheepdog wins Crufts Canine Freestyle championship

Who said you'll ruin a sheepdog if you allow it to do tricks? It's one thing knowing that a dog you're helping to train as a sheepdog has won some of the greatest Heelwork to Music competitions in the past ... Read more

Uggh! . . . More snow,

Just when we thought the ground was drying up nicely and there were even small signs that the grass was beginning to grow, down comes the snow again. I hope this won't be a setback for our first sheepdog training ... Read more

Barking mad – a lesson in dog training

I was thinking about dog training - on Saturday night, actually. Gill has long believed that the best thing to do about bad behaviour is to make it unrewarding, usually by simply ignoring it. This works well in the case ... Read more

Training sheepdogs . . .

I may have suggested before that I don’t always agree with Gill and Andy’s training methods. Well, to be fair it’s the whole idea of training that I disagree with, but given my privileged position within the household training is ... Read more

Those puppies!

Gill took me to see Jill’s puppies last night. They were 16 days old, and to celebrate they had their third consecutive day of worming. Poor little grubs, but their eyes are open now and what am I saying, “little”? ... Read more

A dog friendly pub in Caunsall?

A couple of weeks ago I was taken out for lunch by Gill and my doting aunties. They live in Stourbridge, and as we drove over I thought I could guess how this would turn out. You see their idea ... Read more

Puppy progress.

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us about the puppy disaster. You'll be pleased to know that Jill and her surviving puppies are doing really well now. The pups' eyes are open and they're starting to move ... Read more

Do I detect a hint of spring?

Yesterday was such a lovely day! One of our puppies enjoying the sunshine There are snowdrops in the garden and some of the buds on the shrubs are just beginning to grow. It's still very early, of course (there was ... Read more

The injustice of it all . . .

You know I'm not a great fan of border collies, and even less, of sheepdogs, but the puppy disaster that happened to Jill and Eli's litter shocked us all. I wanted to write something on the blog but just didn't ... Read more

Very bad news . . .

She's an excellent mother, but Jill's love of playing accidentally killed all but two of her puppies Apologies for the delay but it's very difficult to bring yourself to announce really bad news and we've certainly had a big shock ... Read more

Oh – NO ! (Puppies again)!

Tricolour border collie sheepdog puppy - just 24 hours old When border collie puppies are first born, they're just like little grubs. This picture is of a one day old sheepdog puppy Harmless, aren't they?Don't you believe it.Before you know ... Read more

We have PUPPIES !!

Proud mother Jill produced a lovely litter of pups last night. They're all doing well despite the bitter cold wind we have today. We'll post more news on this blog - or you can find out more about Jill and ... Read more

Alfie’s Blog

OK Glen, if you really insist, I'll sleep on the floor. Did you know our little chihuahua Alfie has his own blog?Just recently, Alfie's lost his tiny little chihuahua bed because the great big border collie Glen has taken it ... Read more

A dog in need . . .

OK Glen, if you really insist, I'll sleep on the floor. Never let it be said that I’d overlook a fellow dog in need (to be honest, at my height it’s not easy to overlook anything). Towards the end of ... Read more

I’m in trouble again . . .

This is me telling a border collie puppy, who's wears the trousers around here! No I don't mean the picture - that was taken in April 2007 when I first arrived here. When you're so much smaller than the other ... Read more

Who said Chihuahuas aren’t tough?

Chihuahua x Papillon Chester (left) and Chihuahua Alfie, enjoying themselves in the January snow. I thought you'd like to see this picture of Chester and me in the snow today - and not a dog coat in sight! We both ... Read more

Elitist? . . Me?

I can’t believe it, but I’m getting complaints. I’m accused of elitism. It’s not elitism, it’s called noblesse oblige - we Chihuahuas have responsibilities. Chihuahuas are born to be adored leaders, firm but fair (ish). Collies, Kelpies, Huntaways and Corgis, ... Read more

Sheepdog in the making.

Mog may only be very young, compared to some of the sheepdogs, but she’s already started work (well, nursery) and Andy’s extremely proud of her. She can’t do much at the moment, but that’s not because she doesn’t want to ... Read more

It’s not that I mind puppies . . .

While I write this, Chester is sitting on the window ledge, watching the dogs in the yard and shouting out encouragement or disapproval as the occasion demands. Mainly disapproval. I know I said we’d have puppies in January, but it ... Read more

And as though border collies weren’t enough . . .

Lily the Great Dane There are two other dogs here that aren’t sheepdogs. Lily is a Great Dope (I mean, Great Dane) and Eris is a half-Deerhound lurcher. Eris (whose name is borrowed from the Greek goddess for strife and ... Read more

As if we don’t have enough collies around the place already!

Rough coated black and white border collie bitch Connie, looking at the camera with her tongue out! A nice man, who trains dogs for sheepdog trials, drove all the way from Powys a few days ago with some dogs for ... Read more

Female border collies causing chaos as usual!

The yard has been in chaos all weekend. Some of the girls have come into season (apparently that’s what happens when females live together in a group) and they can’t play with the other dogs out in the field. Don’t ... Read more

I’m a chihuahua, get me out of here!

Alfie just knows he's as good as any dog! I think it’s time to put the record straight. The Border collies around here are getting the impression that they’re somehow important. Just to explain things, I’m a Chihuahua called Alfie, ... Read more

Training area? What training area?

Thirsty work this! Another picture showing the state of our sheepdog training area!It will be some weeks before we can start training again, so those of you who are hoping to attend training courses, please keep in touch with the ... Read more

Dogs just wanna have fun!

The sheep may not be enjoying the winter weather but the dogs certainly are. Eli and Connie (see photo) have been having a great time playing together recently ... Read more


Sheep stand waiting for some food. They cannot get to the grass when it's covered with snow. Sadly, we must suspend all sheepdog training for the near future. We have been snow-bound for a week now and more snow is ... Read more

Welcome to the Sheepdog Blog!

Sheep in the frost at Kings Green Farm With all the bad weather we've had recently in the UK, we thought it would be good to have a blog so that we can keep people in touch with what's going ... Read more