New Herding Dog Training Video

Tess in the Open Field - a full training session

Our latest sheepdog training video is an entire eighteen minute training session with a dog that our regular members will be familiar with - Tess.

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Tess being taught to go out wider on her outruns by sending her "the wrong way"

Tess is a strong-willed dog with the potential to become a very useful sheepdog once she's learned to work in a more consistent and calm manner.

This training session will be of great interest, simply because Tess displays many different traits common to enthusiastic young sheepdogs.

She crosses over on her outrun, splits the sheep up and chases them, altogether unsettling them at times.

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training a sheepdog - a complete session with Tess
Tess is a strong-willed sheepdog but she also shows good potential. Watch her being trained in this video

She also shows that when she wants to, she can work to a very high standard indeed.

Tess flanks particularly well on most occasions and often stops quickly too, but she's inconsistent.

During this sheepdog training lesson, you'll discover ways to improve the dog's flanks, introduce it to driving and encourage it work more calmly. You'll also see Tess being introduced to driving.



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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 training session, online tutorial subscription, and DVD if required.

Tricolour border collie
Kay has become a mainstay of our training courses

Kay and Oliver produced a litter of six healthy puppies on January 11th, and we have two females available to active agility, farming or sheep working homes.

The pups have been microchipped and ISDS registered.

At 7 weeks of age (4th March) all of the puppies are inquisitive and confident, spending most of the day free to explore the garden and orchard with Kay and our usual "puppy mentor", Carew.

They will make excellent working dogs and should be easy to train provided they're not allowed to get into a situation where the sheep challenge and frighten them while they're still small.

Both parents of these pups can be seen working sheep
Two black and white border collies - one smooth coated and one rough coated
Oliver in the foreground

Oliver has some excellent dogs in his pedigree, coming from Kevin Evans' and Aled Owen's lines, but, just as importantly, he has a really lovely, calm and affectionate temperament.

Kay's progress with us has been well documented, both on DVD and in our blog posts. She's a super sheepdog, and a great character.

Not just strong sheepdogs, puppies from Kay's previous litters have also done exceptionally well in agility. Like their mother, they tend to be strong-willed but extremely trainable.

Cute border collie puppy
This is Alba, one of the available girls

Although Kay is medium coated we're assuming the puppies will be smooth coated, like Oliver.

All the puppies are black and white, well marked and rough coated, priced at £500.

Please do not text for details of dogs or pups.  

We rarely sell for export and never sell through a third party.

Contact us for details of any litters later in the year.


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 down only one tree in the orchard.

Border collie puppies playing on a log
Amy and Ivy take advantage of the new log

It’s always sad to lose a tree, but it means we have some firewood for next winter and the dogs love to find something new in the field. The latest log has given the dogs hours of entertainment, and given us some great photo opportunities.

There have been a few changes here since Christmas. Not just puppies, though they change from day to day, but among the older dogs too.

Eli has left for a 30 day trial with a contract shepherd (Eli loves to work and we just don’t have enough for him to do, especially during the winter).

Young black Border collie sheepdog
Remus has no interest in leadership (Note Audrey, in the background, breaking the black and white monotony)

Audrey, our token red and white dog, and tenacious retriever, has moved to Shropshire to live with Andy’s daughter and her partner on their majestically placed farm at Cardington.

Eli and Audrey (see them in our header image above) were our alpha dog and alpha female, so there's room for manoeuvre in the pack hierarchy. Eli left first, but with Audrey in place there was still some leadership in evidence.

Ezra, Remus and Oliver were tetchy and grumpy with each other for a day or two, but no decisions were reached.

Two black and white border collies - one smooth coated and one rough coated
Oliver in the foreground, and Ezra behind - where he's most dangerous perhaps?

Since Audrey left there’s been no leadership, but no sign of a power struggle either.

I still ask the dogs to line up in the field, and I can do this three or four times in each session and see a different arrangement every time. I don’t think anyone wants to be the pack leader, so it isn’t a matter of one dog going to the front but, rather, all the other dogs getting behind one or other dog and hoping it’ll stay there.

This is how the leadership was handed over by Pearl to Maddie, all those years ago, but we haven’t seen it since. I thought Ezra would be a shoe-in for the job, but even he doesn’t seem terribly keen.

Border collie puppies playing
Bronwen and Isadora dispute woodpile possession

Arguments between young dogs and puppies, however, continue to be broken up by Ezra and, occasionally, Oliver, so perhaps we have a coalition?

We’ve been delighted by the progress of Meg’s 8 daughters (born on my birthday so, of course, Andy hasn’t a clue of how old they are at any time).

Four have gone to lovely homes where they’ll work as full-time sheepdogs, eventually, and four are still here.

Border collie puppy with sheep
The precocious Scylla

One of them is still available to buy, however, as we've learned by experience that keeping too many puppies just asks for trouble. After all, we have Kay’s puppies coming up too, and if we keep most of those then the yard (and our hands) will be quite full enough.

We’ll keep tricoloured Bronwen (she reminds us of Mel, so we're keeping her as a warning) and Scylla, because she’s such a handful on her own that Andy took to her immediately.

Beautiful image of border collie and papillon
Carew and Chester have a special relationship. Or Chester's found some tripe stuck to Carew's nose...

Of the other two pups, Isadora and Gabby, Andy would happily keep either or both. They all remind me of their mother, and the entire litter has been a delight to have underfoot - just ask Carew! She's done her usual sterling job as duenna, though she may have looked more relieved than usual when her hairy charges were once more consigned to the yard.

Kay’s puppies aren’t yet 4 weeks old, but they’re starting to come out and look around (a mild winter is such an advantage for puppies) and to climb into Kay’s food. Again, it’s a litter of black and whites with just one tricolour, a dog I’ve named Clovis.

Tricolour border collie puppy
Cometh the dog - cometh the name. Clovis!

The other dog is probably called Melvin, but he hasn’t confirmed that yet.

I’m hoping they’ll all be smooth coated like their father, Oliver, of whom I’m possibly unnaturally fond. (I’m just waiting for an excuse to move him into the house, where he can spend his evenings lying on my lap, where he belongs.)

Trials & Tutorials:
We don’t have a Sheepdog Nursery Trial series that’s close enough to home to be tempting, so Andy hasn’t been trialling for months. Just as well, as the online sheepdog training tutorials are taking up far more time than either of us ever anticipated when we started them. The original plan was for videos of 10 minutes or so each, and lots of them. We’re finding that the videos are getting longer (several are 30 minutes each).

When we filmed the DVDs (First Steps, Off Duty, and Still Off Duty) we calculated on 1 hour’s filming generally giving us 1 minute of usable footage after 1 day of editing, so the maths is easy to work out! Not only that, but we find we don’t always know how we do what we do, until we try to explain it - does that make sense? And making a decision about what to leave out is almost the hardest part.

Dog cartoon
Introducing the new FLEXI-DOG!

Andy’s currently working on a tutorial about sending the dog “the wrong way” i.e. not the way the dog would naturally go under the circumstances. It began life as the “slingshot” tutorial, to widen and lengthen the outrun, until we realised that you need to be able to stop the dog off balance, and send it in either direction, before you can start using the slingshot.

Now, of course, the “wrong way” tutorial is making us think about what else we should have covered first. Typical. But the tutorial’s on its way, I promise, and will see the debut of Andy’s new virtual (animated) dog. It’s been a long and trying puppyhood and adolescence, but even the best dogs can go through that and they always come out good on the other side.

In "Going the Wrong Way" look out for a wagging tail, and far more flexibility through the hips. On the dog.

Sheepdog training
Training re-starts in just a couple of weeks' time

Training Courses:
Our popular sheepdog training courses start again in a couple of weeks and the prospects are very good for staying on schedule. Unless we have a sudden change in weather fortunes, the first course on February 23rd will be going ahead. If you’re booked in it’s worth watching the blog for breaking news, but, of course, we’ll be in touch with everyone if there’s any change, and give you all as much notice as we possibly can.

Sunset at Kings Green Farm
"Red sky at night, dog trainer's delight?" Let's hope so!

We know that it’s not always easy for people to leave home for a whole day, and it often entails juggling childcare, animal care and work commitments. We’re just delighted that so many people make the effort to come, and find the day helpful, fun and supportive for their dog training.

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