“A running memo”.

    This is not so much an article as a short “memo” to a question I was asked today. I have a friend that has just bought a place and has her first sheep. We were working and I mentioned her sheep wouldn’t let a dog control them. They spent the entire time just…

Sheep for all seasons

  I’m in the process of buying and selling sheep. I put a lot of effort keeping my flock fresh for “dog work”. I do have a herd of Dorpers that I breed and keep replacement lambs out of. I also have a few Cheviots (just because I like them :@) that I breed.  However, the majority…

Never stop learning

I recently attended a clinic and was totally surprised to have a number of people asking me why? Leaving me to wonder at the thought process of some “dog people”. World class athletes have coaches to “keep them on the straight and narrow”. Top Olympian riders always have someone who can “step back” and watch them ride … giving advice as to…

Connecting the dots

One of the reasons working stock is so interesting is because you are working with 2 separate species that have dire opposite needs. It’s the combination of these different needs intertwining that allows us (the 3rd part of this “puzzle”) to accomplish our goals. Dogs want to get close enough to the sheep that they can control every movement – while sheep want…

Work with what you have

  Not everyone has 100 acres and 1,000 sheep to train on. So what to do? Come up with ideas that will allow you to train “as naturally” as possible with what you have.  For example the way my pasture is set up … I have a fence that allows me to give a redirect…

Penning

(Click on picture to enlarge) Last week in class we were working on penning and I happen to remember some pictures taken for the ABCN magazine (15-20 years ago at the Buellton, Ca trial) we used as a visual to go with a penning article.   I thought I would re-use them … hoping to help my visual/nonverbal students :@) …

Lamb flanks

This is the time of year I have sold off my ram lambs but have kept a group of  20 or so – 6 month old ewe lambs to work. Making work “new and fresh” for both the dogs and I. It’s a great lesson (for both of us) how to work sheep that have no leader and “not” a clue which…