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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 stress, in ... 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 We're delighted to see we have subscribers to our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials in all SEVEN continents! So the Working Sheepdog training tutorials have officially gone global! PAYMENTS IN 16 ... 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

New Tutorial: Starting a Non-Starter!

A TWO-PART tutorial on how you can tempt your dog to start working sheep or cattle when it really doesn't want to! Can anything be done if your collie isn't interested? The short answer is "Yes!" and understanding the possible ... 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 stong 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 Training and selling sheepdogs is all very well, but, when it comes to selling a dog that you're very fond ... 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. There's nothing unusual about this. We've noticed over the years that some ... 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

...it'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 The Girls have attained the great age of five months and the honeymoon's over, so far as playing in the field is concerned ... Read more

Puppy Mew at sixteen weeks

Four months old and full of life, Mew's a real character Some very welcome sunshine this morning prompted me to take the camera out with me when I took the dogs for their twice-daily run. I noticed that Mew's still ... Read more

Did someone say GO?

A pic 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 ... 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! There's nothing quite like a bit of sunlight to brighten up a frosty morning and Victor's morning was certainly made brighter by the prospect of some training with these sheep. He's a lovely ... 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. The most obvious example of this can be the ... 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 was born here on April 3rd 2016. His parents are both working dogs with excellent trialling pedigrees but, despite some early promise, Clovis has decided against working sheep ... 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 Our regular readers will remember the high drama back in January of this year, when a Kelpie puppy we had ordered was stolen during the week before ... 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

Free Sheepdog Training Assessments!

Send us a clear video of your sheepdog, cattle dog or stock dog training session for FREE advice! We're looking at ways of improving our service to visitors to The Working Sheepdog Website - and that includes assessing videos of ... 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

An upturned plastic dog bed comes in handy when you need somewhere to snooze! These are a few of the border collie puppies we sometimes have for sale to suitable working or very active homes The puppies come from excellent ... 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. Eric's been with us for a week now, and is starting to find his place within the pack. I'd assumed that Eric's "pack" ... 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 Not all border collies are needed to work sheep; we've had dogs attending our courses who were needed to work with cattle, alpacas, goats ... 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. Of course we're just assuming, at the moment, that they'll be fabulous, but with Isla for a mother, and a father like Ezra, ... Read more

New Tutorial: Training Max – the Gripper

Here's a technique to save your sheep, your nerves, and possibly even your dog! MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials MEMBERS: To watch tutorials, login, then use normal or subtitle ... Read more

Happy sheepdog, happy shepherd & vice versa

Smooth coated, but no smooth operator, Max will be the focus of our next tutorial. In 2011 we bought a dog who's since become famous (or infamous) in our household. We expected Max to be a problem, that was why ... 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 daughter Carew had superior sheep control, and was definitely ... Read more

Pic of the day – Catching up

Life's slowly returning to normal after a trying month There's been a distinct lack of news here in recent weeks, due to our domestic 'flu epidemic (if two makes an epidemic). Luckily we weren't ill at the same time, but ... Read more

New Tutorial: Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

Part 5 of a Training Comparison Between Litter Sisters MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials MEMBERS: To watch tutorials, login, then use normal or subtitle links. OUR LATEST TUTORIAL - ... 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 (known as ... Read more

Pics of the day: The morning run

A random selection of sheepdogs, out and about If a fox were to carry a Frisbee, then it would look like this. I say "if", but we're pretty sure that foxes do carry the dog toys out of the field ... 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. We’ve had a wet and windy few days, in common with most of the UK of course. Although we still made sure ... 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! We’re told that Kelpies are especially good travellers. Tucker’s already pretty well travelled, within ... 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. Can't say the same for Andy and me, but even frost and fog have compensations. It took strength of will to ... Read more

Pic of the day: Take a look at Lottie!

Another new dog dialect in the pack But unlike the Kelpies, Lottie's 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 (so perhaps she hasn't ... 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? It's a while since we introduced a new dog that wasn't a Border collie. Now we've added the Kelpies, William and Tucker, to the crew, it's fascinating to watch them finding their way ... Read more

Farewell to Carew, we wish her the best

Would you part with the best sheepdog 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 puppies being ... Read more

Our ‘Stolen’ Kelpie – Tucker!

Tucker's safe in his new home after his ordeal Tucker's a puppy that we had reserved from a litter of Kelpie pups before they were dramatically stolen from Clunton in Shropshire this week. Thankfully, after many thousands of Facebook shares ... 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

An entire litter of Kelpie Puppies stolen yesterday 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 ... 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. He has the sweetest nature, ... 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. Please someone, remind me of that ... 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 around the place. Merlin is one of Ezra's daughters. She was born in Shropshire, ... 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? 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 them, it's just that I prefer something that seems ... 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

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 One of my favourite pictures, this is me with the dogs in April 2004. On the far left is Mel, then Mossie, Reiver and Pearl then the big fella, Quinn. Patch ... Read more

Slow down you’re cornering too fast!

Bronwen's lesson in tackling sheep in tight corners I tore myself away from editing sheepdog training videos this morning, to take Bronwen to the sheep. Our poor dogs don't get nearly as much training as they should do at the ... 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 ... Read more

Pic of the day – Dulcie & Gloria

Dulcie and Gloria - such devoted sisters! Just before Christmas, 2011, we bought a litter of well bred Border collies in readiness for training during the following summer. They were all individuals but, typical of litter mates, played together endlessly ... Read more

Pic of the Day – Should a sheepdog play?

Purists say sheepdogs should never play - we disagree! This is Ezra - one of the toughest sheepdogs we've known. He'll work cattle as well as sheep, but (like his mother, Mel) he's hard to stop. Unlike his litter sister, ... 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? Regular visitors to The Working Sheepdog Website may remember that five years ago, we acquired a Kelpie puppy and called him Red. Red was a lovely little chap, and ... Read more

Pic of the day – Here’s Scylla!

Pic of the day - here's Scylla Scylla is a sister to Odo (see yesterday's post) and has the makings of a really good sheepdog now that she's through that "difficult" stage that some young sheepdogs go through when they ... 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! This is Odo. He's a lovely pup from Ezra and Meg, but just look at his face! At the moment, he's ... 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! “Gripping” is the euphemistic term we use to describe a dog that bites - literally “grips” - a sheep, ... Read more

Creating Sheepdog Videos For 10 Years!

It's ten years since we made our first sheepdog video Many years ago, Gill and I realised that our love of border collie sheepdogs had given us something very special. We'd accumulated quite a number of dogs by this time, ... 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? We welcome questions from subscribers to the online tutorials, and a common problem (sometimes described as "the red mist") can be summed up by this extract from ... Read more

Puppies available

Home bred puppies for sheep or agility All the available puppies are now SOLD. The puppies (all male) were born on May 27th and will be ready to leave here on, or around, July 22nd. They will be ISDS registered ... 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 two lambs behind her (bless)! 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? Most, probably all, ... Read more

The Vital Training Stick

It costs virtually nothing but correctly used, will HALVE the time it takes to train your dog! A dog, some suitable stock such as sheep or cattle, and an appropriate training area are all essential to training a herding dog, ... 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 A dog which stops to relieve itself while it's supposed to be working, is not working efficiently. If the dog stops, it's clearly not fully in control of its ... 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 NOW AVAILABLE for members in the Tutorials Library! They may be litter sisters, but Bronwen and Scylla are two trainee herding dogs with very different temperaments ... 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 is ... 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 and Oliver produced a litter of ... 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 ... 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

A great gift! - Save 10% - Buy both volumes! 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 and NTSC format version are ... 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. Kay and Carew worked very ... Read more

Eve at the Pen – Sheepdog Training Video

Paid membership required to watch tutorials - find out more Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control Practising any particular technique, time and time again, becomes boring for handler and dog, ... 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. Kay's taken something of a ... Read more

Whose “des res” is this?

We'd love to identify the creature that did this! Can you help us to discover what creature is responsible for snipping fresh ivy leaves and carrying them into this bird nesting box? A robin used the bird box for its ... 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. The regular gather and drafting of lambs went off without incident. I gave ... Read more

Educating Gloria! Sheepdog Training

MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED Signup now! PREVIEW: Watch a video trailer of our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials MEMBERS: To watch tutorials, login, then use normal or subtitle links. EDUCATING GLORIA!Sheepdog Training Tutorial Video. All our tutorials have optional English ... 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. With all the fencing we'd ... 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! They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and we've been very much aware recently that our regular readers will be wondering why no new blogs have ... Read more

Now over 30 online sheepdog training tutorials!

FANTASTIC VALUE!Just £4.50 (GBP) per month or £45.00 (GBP) for annual membership! English SUBTITLES are available on ALL tutorials! Click any link to watch a preview of ourOnline Sheepdog Training Tutorials. BASIC TRAINING The golden rule Training stick Learn your ... 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. I mentioned in my last blog that I was running in the South Shropshire Sheepdog Trial at Asterton on the 17th of May. I did indeed go to the trial, but only ... Read more

More surprises at Felindre Sheepdog Trial

Carew recovered from a very bad start - Kay was just Kay! I had intended to get up really early on Saturday morning and be at Felindre Sheepdog Trial ground before the first run, but somehow I couldn't get myself ... Read more

Carew’s full of surprises at Erwood Sheepdog Trials

Carew was good, then bad, then wonderful at Erwood SDT. Since making the decision to run in more sheepdog trials this year, I have been looking forward to running in last Saturday's Erwood trial (nr Builth Wells). I find the ... 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! In the real world there isn't a reliably easy way to train a sheep or stock dog, because every ... 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. Four weeks ago Nell gave birth to 5 tiny, but perfectly formed, puppies. That girl’s full of surprises. I’m fairly sure ... 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. We know from the emails and feedback we receive that many of you ... Read more

Gretchen’s talents come to light all at once

Hayley's sister Gretchen develops new skills. For several weeks now, young Haley has been confidently working sheep (confidently for a puppy, that is) but her litter sister Gretchen has shown a far more passive interest in herding. Until now, that ... 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 Monday's group sheepdog training class provided plenty of variety as well as entertainment with a bright young working Kelpie called Tess along with one of our ... 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 I cannot recall when I last competed in an Open sheepdog trial. It must be at least five or six years, but I can't even ... 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. Several ... 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. Jack's delightful ... 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. Our regular readers will know that we like to introduce pups to ... Read more

To the woods!

Puppies learn that the world's bigger than they thought 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 year have really only known ... 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 Despite a considerable increase in his weight (Jack's not a tall chap, but he's very stocky) Jack's not losing any of his ... 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 To keep our sanity we had to make ourselves judge what's actually presented in the training chapter from Still Off Duty. Many people included many excellent ... Read more

Sheepdog Training Courses Cancelled

The continuous heavy rain has finally beaten us! Regrettably, we've had to succumb to the inevitable and cancel both of February's scheduled training days. The place is a mud-bath and the forecast shows no sign of a let-up. Although we'd ... 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 When I first started to keep Border collies (entirely by accident) I did what everyone does - I read everything I could find about dog training, and training collies in particular. Twenty-plus ... Read more

What a difference some rays make!

Puppies meet sheep on a sunny Sunday After what feels like weeks of doing the dogs' morning routine in the rain, yesterday morning was bright, mild and wonderfully sunny.        Of course there's mud everywhere, but to see ... Read more

Scavenging collies cleave to Cleavers

Collies find there's something to be said for mild weather I know, we really don't have much to complain about; our roads aren't flooded, we haven't lost an entire crop under water, and we haven't been forced to move our ... Read more

Puppy training continues despite the weather

Kay takes the training of her pups very seriously We only have two puppies (Gretchen and Hayley) left from Eli and Kay's recent litter so Kay seems to have taken on Audrey's litter as well as her own. Audrey's pups ... 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 We managed to run both sheepdog training courses in January. That in itself is remarkable; last year we were forced to cancel all courses ... Read more

A sheepdog puppy with altitude!

Confining Jack to our yard becomes increasingly difficult From the day he arrived here, we've been impressed with Jack's determination. In our blog of the 19th of December, we reported that he'd rather perch on the back of a car ... Read more

Sheepdogs don’t seem to mind wet weather

With training on hold, our dogs just play more seriously Predictably the continuing rain fails to dampen the dogs' spirits, and every play and exercise session is greeted with the same enthusiasm as if the weather was warm and dry ... Read more

Rain almost stops work, but never play!

Training on hold due to wet weather? We've cracked it! Training our own dogs is pretty much at a standstill at the moment, in an effort to preserve the training field for the training classes, but even so, this morning ... 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 Occasionally we have to cancel a sheepdog course, and at other times we come very close! We don't cancel lightly because we know how much ... 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 Despite having a decent covering of grass this winter, the constant rain has brought our training field to saturation point. We're seriously considering ... 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 Jack doesn't let minor details like muddy water worry him Since Jack moved here, in early December, we've been ... 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! New sheepdog Jan is really photogenic You may have noticed that we've been really busy over the holiday period; we've been improving the look ... 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 joining the other dogs on their morning run We've been meaning to get around to updating the website for some time, because ... 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! Taken when Preston was a little younger, but he still has those wayward ears! Preston is SOLD Preston, and his brother Warwick, were bought as 8-week old puppies, with a ... 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 PEARL - 258969. Pearl was born on the 8th February 2002 Pearl is the daughter of Ben 220939 (A D Scrimgeour) and Tillymauld Nell 241682 (T R Lawrenson) As well as producing excellent sheepdogs and cattle ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 In recent years UK sheepdog and cattle dog prices have increased dramatically, despite the fluctuating prices of farm animals sold at market. To put an accurate price ... 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 ... Read more

Little Dot – Andy’s first sheepdog

They say you ruin your first sheepdog . . . This is Dot. A daughter of Derek Scrimgeour's Ben, Dot was my first sheepdog back in 2002. They say you ruin your first sheepdog, and there's certainly some truth in ... 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 Saturday 10th August was the date of the Local Novice section of the Vale of Evesham's annual sheepdog trial at Pebworth in Worcestershire. I had already sent in an entry for Carew ... Read more

Sheepdogs for sale – but which to choose?

“I think we've decided we need a dog...” ...is 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 Yesterday's To Do List consisted of Andy staying at home to work on the next tutorial, while I drove to Herefordshire to collect a ... 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! This morning's sheep gather and lamb drafting operation was completed in record time. Of course, the more the dogs and I do this work, the better we should get, but ... Read more

Little Big Dog – This is Chester

Chester's 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. When the ... Read more

Toad in the Bowl

A common toad cools off in Carew's water bowl With the heatwave we're experiencing in the UK at the moment, it came as quite a surprise to find a common toad swimming around in Carew's water bowl first thing this ... Read more

Training a sheepdog when the light comes on!

Matt reaches a major milestone in his training One of the best things about training sheepdogs is witnessing that magic moment when the dog realises what it's all about. Some dogs are very hard to train, others seem to take ... 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 As the run of unusually hot weather continues in the UK, I'm grateful (and I'm sure the dogs are too) that we can do the bulk of our training 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 For some time now I've been intending to cover the dog kennels with a permanent roof. It will shade them in the summer and keep the runs drier ... Read more

Oops there goes my excuse for not sheepdog trialling

Kay was a little star at Powick Sheepdog Trials today It's one of my regrets that in recent years I have not taken part in sheepdog trials. In the early part of this century (goodness, that makes me feel old) ... Read more

How to keep sheep

Do you have Sheep on Your Smallholding? (SORRY - we no longer stock these DVDs) Until I tried sheep work with my Border collie collection I'd had very little to do with sheep, other than in a culinary way. It ... 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! Using our dogs to gather sheep for our landlord has become a regular activity recently. We jump at the chance of improving their sheepdog training by ... Read more

Proper flock work with Carew and Kay

Farm work broadens the dog's experience and tests the handler's skill Whenever possible, we like to take our dogs out to other farms to work on different sheep, in unfamiliar fields. It's excellent for broadening a sheepdog's mind, so when ... Read more

Working website update

Our new and improved website After a minor website hosting-hiccup (as we now term BT) Andy was distracted away from the next tutorial to make some changes to the website. As a result, we like to think that the new ... 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 FREECAPTION 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 for ... Read more

The wettest winter I can remember

After the worst winter I can recall, spring finally seems to be here. The sun's shining, and it feels warm outside. Now we just need the grass to grow! The winter of 2012-13 hasn't been particularly cold, although the relentless ... 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? There are many reasons for sheep to run away from dogs but, primarily, sheep instinctively see dogs as predators. Dogs are descended ... Read more

Sheepdog training course goes ahead despite the weather

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 course enjoyed glorious sunshine for most of the ... 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? We're often asked whether a working sheepdog should lie on the ground, or remain standing when it receives a stop command. Logically, a dog that receives the "lie ... Read more

Sheepdog Training Tutorial – The Sheepdog Whistle (01)

MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED Monthly Subscription £4.50 (easy monthly payments) Join Now Annual Membership £45.00 (save £4.00) Join Now We've just added our latest Sheepdog Training Tutorial Basic Sheepdog Training - Sheepdog Whistle (Part 1). Although we planned to bring out the ... Read more

Sheepdog training as usual on Saturday and Wednesday

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 and next Wednesday, will go ahead as planned. I imagine we'll all ... Read more

Sheepdog training courses – possibility of postponement

We're issuing our own "YELLOW warning" to anyone booked onto our sheepdog training courses this month(Saturday the 16th, and Wednesday the 20th March) The heavy rain over the past two days means our ground is saturated once more. Its condition ... Read more

Teaching a dog to flank wider when driving sheep

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 early stages of driving, a trainee dog will often get too close to the sheep ... 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 Cotton's on her 30-day trial with a farmer in Oxfordshire, and it was with mixed feelings that we saw ... Read more

It’s clear, border collie sheepdogs love snow!

We 'enjoyed' about 4 cm of snow overnight Last night we were woken by the sound of our dogs barking so I got out of bed and went to the window to see what the problem was. To my surprise, ... Read more

Rain stopped sheepdog training – but not play!

This seemingly unending spell of extreme wet weather has brought all sheepdog training to a standstill here for the time being. Our poor training field has not quite been reduced to a mud bath, but it's close. The grass you ... Read more

Sheepdogs love to play as well as work

The dog's don't really care how wet and muddy it gets - they'll always find ways to make the most of it. They're not bothered whether they live inside or out, but they do like somewhere draught-free and dry to ... Read more

The versatile Border collie – and its owner

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 offer. Necessarily, most of the people we know and correspond ... 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! Thanks to everyone who spent time and mental energy on our photograph of ... Read more

Wet border collie sheepdog picture 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 soaking wet, mud covered Eli, and his friend Kay The person whose caption we judge ... Read more

100 Percent Wool – Dry-flat!

Sometimes, we feel really sorry for our sheep, and today is one of those days. The poor creatures have withstood an enormous amount of rain over the past few weeks, and now they look really sorry for themselves. I mentioned ... 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. Carew was working well, and we were even joined by a couple of curious young puppies at ... 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 This is one of the (as yet unnamed) border collie pups from Audrey's litter that we're keeping to train as a working stock dog. At just over eight weeks, ... Read more

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

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 particularly useful for the puppies to see that even when there's meteorological chaos, work ... 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. Sheep/dog training It's an ... Read more

Pru goes sheepdog training

Pru decides to take at look at our sheepdog training class ... Read more

Life with the pack and the puppies

[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 since I last updated the blog, ... Read more

Sheepdog Pip at work yesterday

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! When weather and light permit, we're getting on ... 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. At the far ... Read more

Ten days old, and counting

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 is/was and how/why she grew. (Of course I've never said I don't know; I ... 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. The weather's been really warm this week, far too warm to close the bedroom windows at night. That means we can ... Read more

What a difference some sunshine makes!

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 than in the yard, and they can lie around ... Read more

Rain Rain Stay For Days – we need it so desperately

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 the driest eighteen months since records began - and that's pretty dry! Thankfully, the past week or ... Read more

The eyes have it

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 they'd never see another sheep ... 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. She appeared on lots of photos, but was just a blur so we had to wait for her legs to ... 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. Such a huge relief after the winter, but of course, we ... 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. Apart from filming for the next DVD there have been new puppies to cater for, young dogs ... 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 So far the weather has been unbelievably good for filming. March was ... Read more

A picture to gladden the heart

I just had to share this lovely picture. When I took the sheepdogs and pups out for their evening walk (well, more of a dash, really) yesterday. The sun was going down, and I carried a small video camera with me ... Read more

Somebody has to keep the puppies in order

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, whenever she chooses. At the moment, she has seven ... Read more

The puppy games get rougher as they grow up

Puppies love to play, and this morning was no exception. The sun was shining gloriously when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, and the youngsters were enjoying it to the full. Poor Bess seemed to be the ... Read more

Another glorious morning for walking the sheepdogs and pups!

One of our favourite pictures - EVER! ... 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

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 too. If anything, she's a little too sensitive - not with the ... Read more

Just you wait till I get this plaster off!

Poor Lupin can't wait to get the plaster cast off her leg This is Lupin with her leg in plaster, the day before she went back to the vet to have it removed. She broke her tibia in two places ... Read more

Security alert at Kings Green Farm

With things the way they are these days, you can't be too security conscious Security is the buzz-word in these modern times, so if you come to one of our sheepdog training courses, be sure to park where we tell ... 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 We took the dogs out for their morning run today, hoping to get some nice pictures of them in the snow but it ... 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 I took this picture yesterday morning while we were on the bridleway that goes alongside our local ... Read more

Border Collie Sheepdog Traffic Jam in the Woods

What a great morning for walking the dogs! 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 puppies at the moment (far too ... Read more

Accidents will happen

Every litter of puppies seems to have its own way of playing and, even as adolescents and young adults, litter mates continue to enjoy each other's company more than that of any other similarly aged dog. It's no surprise to ... 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. England is traditionally associated with a high annual rainfall but last ... Read more

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

Last winter, we were lucky to get some wonderful snow and freezing frost scenes while we were filming our latest Border Collie DVD (Border Collie Sheepdogs and Friends - Still Off Duty) but I much prefer milder weather, so this ... Read more

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

It's my belief that most young border collies have the instinct to herd sheep somewhere deep in their mind Most young border collies (and some other breeds) seem to have the instinct to herd sheep somewhere deep in their mind ... Read more

Caption Competition – What are the dogs saying?

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 comment below to tell us what you think the dogs might be ... 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

This is Dennis - not to be confused with our original Dennis featured on the 'Border Collie Sheepdogs - Off Duty!' DVD Dennis has only been with us a few days. We waited until now to show you a picture ... Read more

A great morning for a walk with the dogs

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 have been very lucky really. Last year ... Read more

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

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 common with much of the UK, Worcestershire was being buffeted by strong winds, gale force gusts ... Read more

The CULPRIT – Dulcie the ‘Sheep Worrying’ Puppy

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 bad ways - running off to have a go at the ... Read more

Some things are easier said than done

On our Sheepdog Training DVD I explain that you must keep young puppies away from sheep. There's a very good reason for this - if the sheep should frighten the pup, that fear could stay with the pup for many ... Read more

Even Sheepdogs Must Retire Sometime

Today's a sad day for us in one way, but a happy one in another. One of our favourite dogs, was collected by her new owners this morning. Jill's been a faithful servant for years and she's been a wonderful ... Read more

Networking…

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

A few dark, damp days have given us the opportunity/excuse to catch up on some indoor chores. Andy's been digging out old photographic equipment to sell on eBay, and photographing it, so I took advantage of having a photographic set ... Read more

Puppies’ progress

Almost the end of the first week since putting the clocks back (here in the UK anyway). I always find it disorientating, and the dogs must do too.  They can't understand why we suddenly get up an hour later and ... Read more

Welcome return to form for Alfie

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 disinterest in an open bag of pigs' ears that ... Read more

Finally – a new DVD in the shop

We've added a new Cattle Ranching DVD to our store Just to prove that I don't spend all my time doting over puppies (though I could) I'm finally getting around to putting new DVDs on the online shop. I suggested, ... Read more

10 days old already!

The new puppies are ten days old now I wonder what this little chap's dreaming about? And just look at those perfect little paws! 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

By the time we went to bed on Monday night there were seven new puppies lined up at the milk bar - warm, dry and feeding enthusiastically. What a relief! I hate it when expectant mums go beyond their due ... Read more

Puppies keep us waiting…and awake

It's been a week of new additions, though not the new additions we were expecting. The litter of puppies that was due last Friday has yet to put in an appearance. The mother, who's usually a stickler for due dates, ... Read more

Finding grass in unexpected places…

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 more green everywhere's looking. Typical! In a week when we could ... Read more

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

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! I'm impatient to see the finished article, but I know there's a way to go yet. We still ... Read more

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

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 characters, but all with one thing in common which is, thankfully, ... 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! Luxury. I know it won't be long before we're complaining that the rain never stops, but this summer has been the driest we've known since ... Read more

DROUGHT in Worcestershire?

I wish we could have some rain. Although our ground is heavy clay, the grass is brown and burned off. The sheep are eating what amounts to wisps of hay stuck in the ground (but I must admit they seem ... 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 Kay has certainly proved invaluable as an assistant on our sheepdog training courses but for yesterday's group training course, ... Read more

Grass seed in eye – Puppy much improved today

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 have been there for a couple of days more ... Read more

Ghastly Grass Seed in a Puppy’s Eye

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 the eye with cold tea, or salt water, but ... Read more

Broadening the sheepdog’s horizons!

One of the important points I like to make when teaching people to train their dogs, is the value of taking your dog to work somewhere completely new. New sheep and a different training ground, offer excellent fresh challenges for ... 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. If you keep a number of dogs together, there will inevitably be the odd disagreement but where possible, we try to remain ... Read more

Sometimes you notice something special!

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 toy monkey can be great fun too! Mel's pup Ezra (left) feels the cloth monkey ... Read more

My favourite tree – for how much longer?

This damson tree is very special to us. The field we train the dogs in is an ancient orchard, with many different varieties of apple and pear trees, as well as a few damsons and the odd plum too. Who ... Read more

Kay and Mel – two great thinkers

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 that money can't buy either. A dog ... Read more

The Sheepdog Blog has landed!

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 follow us while we've moved around from place to place (and sometimes back again) ... Read more

One of our ‘New Boys’ – Brad

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 to keep you posted more regularly in future ... 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 ... 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!

The last couple of weeks of dry weather have been a welcome relief after an unremittingly wet February. Of course, after spending the early part of the year worrying about wet ground and losing our grazing in a sea of ... Read more

From Pet to Sheepdog – in One Session!

On our training courses, we see all kinds of dogs. There are the hardened sheepdogs whos attention locks onto the sheep from the first moment, and at the other extreme, we see the occasional dog which doesn't show a scrap ... Read more

Finding a Sheepdog Trainer

As far as we know, there's not really a nationally recognised route to becoming a qualified pet dog trainer (though there are NVQs and the APDT) so it's theoretically possible for a well-meaning dog enthusiast to book themselves a community ... 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 . . .

We very rarely go to auctions - when it comes to sheepdogs we both suffer from 'twitching arm' syndrome, so it's the only way we can restrict ourselves - but I'm always interested to read the reports afterwards. It seems ... Read more

Variety was the spice of this weekend!

by Gill For anyone who works with livestock, one day is pretty much the same as another - you don't get days off - so I suppose it's just a habit that every Monday morning I reflect on the weekend ... 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

News Roundup – and the Best Sheepdog in the World

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, Mel has convinced me she really can. I owe so much to this wonderful dog. (Click ... Read more

New Young Talent at Kings Green Farm

With his dad's looks and his mum's markings, Kevin's a very handsome chap. 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 ... Read more

Everything’s So Wet!

OK - Just for Greg (see Facebook comments) this is a pic of our lovely great dane - Lily. She doesn't work sheep, but we love her just the same! (We're hoping to keep the sheepdog training courses going). Just ... 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. If you've been keeping up with this blog, you'll know that Mossie went to her new home at the end ... 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

Frosted Fran. 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 ... Read more

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

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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 ... 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 - ten weeks older, and much larger. Red was never going to be short of confidence ... Read more

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

Page 2 of 14 - go to page 1 Red's work We dont normally allow a pup of Red's age to go near sheep because a threatening sheep can permanently ruin a dog's confidence, but when we collected Red, he'd ... Read more

Our First Working Kelpie – RED!

For some months now, we've wanted to train a Kelpie. They're very popular in Australia of course, but you don't see them winning sheepdog trials here in the UK - at least, not to my knowledge. We're fascinated to find ... 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 I've trained quite a number of sheepdogs over the years, and sometimes, I think I've seen just about everything but Kay was just amazing during our sheepdog training course yesterday ... 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!

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 ... Read more

Mossie – born to work sheep!

One of the most naturally talented puppies we've ever had is Mossie. She was born on 29th January and can already get the sheep in by herself. Mossie's parents are Jill and Eli. We don't normally recommend allowing sheepdog puppies ... 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

Doris is a beautiful young border collie with a fantastic sheepdog trials ancestry. She was born in September 2009 and to look at her, you'd think she was already keen on sheep. Far from it. Doris is in fact, very ... Read more

Phew! It’s So Hot!

Was May supposed to be this hot? We just 'enjoyed' a few days of exceptionally hot weather for the time of year. May is normally one of my favourite months but the past week has been seriously hot and I have ... 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. I invested in some good quality Hauptner electric shears last year, with the intention of doing ... Read more

It just gets busier and busier!

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, the sun is shining! I'm not a lover ... Read more

Working sheepdog wins Crufts Canine Freestyle championship

Who said you'll ruin a sheepdog if you allow it to do tricks? 2010 and 2011 Crufts Canine Freestyle Champions Richard Curtis and Pogo. Pogo is displaying one of her freestyle moves during a sheepdog training session It's one thing ... 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 the pups are doing really well now. The pups' eyes are open and they're starting to move around ... Read more

Do I detect a hint of spring?

Yesterday was such a lovely day! 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 heavy snow in the south east yesterday) ... 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 . . .

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 with Jill's litter of puppies. Jill's a wonderful character, she's playful and fun loving. One of her ... Read more

Oh – NO ! (Puppies again)!

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 it these sweet little grubs are big as ... 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

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 over! For a great pic of Glen curled up in ... Read more

A dog in need . . .

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 that cold, wet, snowy fortnight the old stager, Glen began to ... Read more

I’m in trouble again . . .

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 dogs (there are about 15 border collies, a great dane and a deerhound x ... Read more

Who said Chihuahuas aren’t tough?

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 love a good run in the snow (as long as it's not too deep) ... 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 . . .

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 dischord – and I’m ... Read more

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

A nice man, who trains dogs for sheepdog trials, drove all the way from Powys a few days ago with some dogs for Andy to see. They seemed to spend the afternoon chasing sheep into pens and then chasing them ... 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!

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, and with my friend, Chester (a Papillon/Chihuahua cross – ... Read more

Training area? What training area?

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 blog for ... Read more

Dogs just wanna have fun!

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

SHEEPDOG TRAINING SUSPENDED !

Sadly, we must suspend all sheepdog training for the near future. We have been snow-bound for a week now and more snow is forecast. Unfortunately, we are on heavy clay and it doesn't drain too well, so we expect the ... Read more

Welcome to the Sheepdog Blog!

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 on, like sheepdog training courses, the availability of puppies ... Read more