Sheepdog Kay watches while Audrey and Eli wrestle for the frisbee

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.

Strong but obedient Border collie sheepdog

Started young sheepdogs and cattle dogs for sale

Every dog we sell is covered by our "no quibble" 30 day money-back guarantee, together with a free training session and DVD and free subscription to our online training tutorials, if required.
Scroll down to see the trained and started dogs we have for sale.

REMUS - born 31st October 2012 - ISDS: 00/324222

Remus (also shown in the top photo) is a lovely home-bred dog, from our own dogs Ezra and Kay.

Young border collie bringing sheep down a sloping field
Remus is ready and willing to tackle new challenges

Remus has a medium outrun, brings all his sheep reliably and has a good stop.

He flanks beautifully both ways around the sheep, and has started to drive. He will also "Look-back" and gather more sheep when required.

Like his father Ezra, Remus has lots of power in reserve. He doesn't harass the sheep, but is determined and controllable and especially good when working in pens or pushing sheep through a race.

Sheepdog relaxing
Away from sheep, Remus is a relaxed happy dog who loves attention

Already a very useful farm and sheep dog, Remus will make great progress when he's getting regular work and his outrun will soon lengthen.

We had intended to keep him for trialling - and there's no reason why he shouldn't still make a trials dog - but we really don't have enough time or work to do him justice.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
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Away from the sheep Remus is a good natured, companionable, obedient and very good looking young dog with loads of potential.

He works happily for a man or a woman and doesn't need a highly experienced handler to make a good job of bringing in your sheep.

Remus is ISDS registered, microchipped and vaccinated, and will cost £1,600.

ARCHIE - born 11th April 2014 - ISDS: 00/333847

Archie is a gorgeous, very rough coated, registered Border collie and a great character!

Black and mottled white border collie
I know how he looks - but he cleans up nicely

We bought Archie as a small pup, along with his sisters Sybil and Isla.

At 9 months or so they've had very little training (shortage of time - as ever) but all three dogs are keen to work.

Archie is calm and controllable around the sheep, and will flank both ways.

He certainly isn't frightened of the sheep but he doesn't dive in and grip or harass them, making him an ideal prospect for a new or novice handler.

Two border collies jumping a log
Archie loves fun, and would probably do agility too

Away from sheep, Archie is a fun-loving dog who enjoys joining in with whatever's going on.

He's also quite happy to entertain himself, and shows tremendous style in both throwing and catching!

Young Archie's got the makings of an excellent sheepdog for someone who's willing to continue his training. He's enthusiastic and biddable, as well as eager to learn and please.

Beautiful rough coated collie playing with a bone
Archie's willing to take matters into his own paws if no-one else will throw for him

His affectionate and amenable nature will make Archie a super family and farm dog too, and while not traditionally marked he's very striking.

Three white collie puppies
Archie (at the back) with his litter sisters Isla (left) and the smoother-coated Sybil

There's a possibility that we would sell one of Archie's litter sisters instead, so if you prefer a female and are looking for something to train, please get in touch.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
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Archie is ISDS registered, microchipped and vaccinated, and will cost £650.

Bo - (SOLD subject to 30 day trial) - born 12th Dec 2013

Bo's a young unregistered black and white rough coated female who is fun loving but obedient and very keen on working sheep or cattle.

Trainee sheepdog Bo out in the field with our other dogs
Bo's shaping up to be a really useful sheepdog. (Click to enlarge).

She's already making excellent progress with her training on sheep and she's shown a keen interest in working cattle too.

Bo will flank both ways around the sheep, and stop fairly well. She flanks beautifully in the anticlockwise "Away" direction but not quite so well the other way. This improves every time she goes to sheep - it's purely a case of being left or right-handed as with humans. Fortunately though, it's far easier to correct in a dog than it is with humans.

Young border collie sheepdog for sale - Bo
Not just a pretty face - Bo is a delightful young dog who will make an excellent sheepdog. (Click image to enlarge).

She's a fun-loving dog who likes people and other dogs. With some more training (the hardest part has already been done) she should make a very useful worker and an ideal family dog.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
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Bo has all the requirements of an excellent sheepdog for someone who's willing to continue her training. Both of her parents live here and can be seen working sheep.
Bo is SOLD (subject to 30 day trial). (150102)

Faye - (SOLD subject to 30 day trial) - born 12th Dec 2013
Young Border Collie Sheepdog Faye
Faye's a friendly dog with a high work drive. Dill, Bo and Faye have VERY similar looks.

Faye is a lovely natured black and white rough coated female (unregistered). She's had a brief introduction to sheep and will clearly be fine working with sheep or cattle but has had no formal training as such.

She gets along very well with people and other dogs, loves to play with a ball or frisbee, and generally join in the fun. She should make an ideal family dog.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
or 0777 955 4560
or Contact us

Faye is an excellent prospect for someone who's prepared to train their own sheepdog. Both of her parents live here and can be seen working sheep.
Faye is SOLD (subject to 30 day trial). (150130)

Kemi KIM - (SOLD) - born 15th Feb 2013 - ISDS: 00/326861

If you're looking for a partly trained working sheepdog with something very special, Kim could be the right dog for you.

Sheepdog staring at the camera with bright orange eyes
Someone's watching you! Kim has a very distinctive look. (Click to enlarge).

Kim's a slender, smooth coated, black and white female - bred by 2014 World Trial runner-up Kevin Evans.
Sire: Moss 282254 (W V Evans) - Dam: Kate 00/315767 (D K Evans).

The quality of work she's shown so far in her training suggest she'll make a superb trials dog, or an unbelievably good farm dog. Calm but firm and athletic with plenty of confidence, although it's comparatively early in her training, Kim's highly controllable around sheep.

trainee sheepdog Kim watching the camera as she runs
Kim shows all the qualities of an excellent sheepdog in the making. (Click to enlarge).

With excellent clean, wide flanks, a reliable medium length outrun and (usually) a good stop, Kim's strong willed, but very biddable and keen to please. The difficult part of her training has been done and now that she's flanking and stopping well, she's a pleasure to train.

Kim would be ideal for novice or expert trainer alike.

Close-up of Kim - a black and white smooth coated collie sheepdog
Kim's a pleasure to have around, and a pleasure to work with sheep. (Click to enlarge).

Kim's started driving. At the moment she'll push the sheep away while working approximately six or seven metres ahead of the handler but of course, this distance will increase rapidly with practice. She can be called away from the sheep with ease.

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Although she's not one for playing games, Kim gets on well with other dogs, and is quietly affectionate with people. She has no unpleasant traits that we're aware of and should make a wonderful family dog as well as a superb working sheepdog.
Kim is SOLD (141017)

JIM - (SOLD) - born 28th Oct 2012

Jim's a good, honest sheepdog who loves people and other dogs. He can be relied upon to do a good outrun and gather all the sheep - ideal for an unskilled handler.

Rough coated tricolour sheepdog for sale, Jim
Jim doesn't play games, he just wants to work, but he's very obedient. (Click to enlarge).

Bred by ex-England national sheepdog trials team captain Derek Lloyd, Jim's a tall, rough coated tricolour dog who's long stride makes him ideal for covering rough ground.
Sire: Ben 284431 (P R Fernyhough) - Dam: L'minster Molly 287670 (D W Lloyd).

Jim's work isn't fancy, he doesn't dart about this way and that, he simply goes out in a steady workmanlike manner and fetches the sheep. His determination to gather all the sheep even if they're well spaced out in the field makes him absolutely ideal for gathering work with an unskilled handler - just take him into the field, send him off and he'll come back with the sheep.

Jim's a tall dog with a good long stride.
Jim's a tall dog with a good long stride - ideal for covering rough ground. (Click to enlarge).

Jim will also push sheep into a pen - and just as importantly, push them through a race - and then get them out of the enclosure again cleanly, and without a fuss.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
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Overall, Jim's a friendly dog with a strong work drive and although he doesn't have what we'd claim to be an instant stop, he quickly learns when to keep back and doesn't upset the sheep. He can be relied upon to simply go and fetch the sheep without fear of mishap.
Jim is SOLD (141004)

Madge - (SOLD) - born 6th Apr 2013

A wonderful family dog and farm-help, Madge is a delightful smooth coated female with white face and black ears.

Collie x terrier Madge lying in the grass
Not just a pretty face! Madge adored people and loves to play with balls. She'll make a great family dog. (Click to enlarge).

She's had an introduction to sheep and is ready and keen to continue. Madge would probably be equally at home working with sheep or cattle - although at the moment, she works better while pushing them along rather than gathering them.

Sheep and cattle dog Madge
Madge is a lovely little dog with a great big heart. With training, she'll move cattle and sheep with ease.

Madge is 75% Working Border Collie and 25% Jack Russell Terrier and although she's small, she shows great courage and (importantly) can be easily called away from livestock.

Madge adores the company of people and other dogs - and will happily play ball and retrieve. She's very clean and obedient, and would make a wonderful family pet who can work cattle and sheep as well.

Call Andy on:
01886 888 917
or 0777 955 4560
or Contact us

Happy to walk alongside you as you drive cattle or sheep, with encouragement she'll be easy to train on to a higher standard.
Madge is SOLD (140922).

We're training sheepdogs every day, so if you don't see what you want here, please contact us with brief details of what you're looking for, and we'll do our best to help you find the right dog.

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A closeup of a new born border collie puppy

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.

Some of these (ISDS Registered) puppies will eventually be for sale to suitable active homes. Prices start at £500.

We also have a few older puppies for sale.

DO NOT TEXT for details of dogs or pups. We do not sell for export or through a third party.

Alternatively, contact us for details of any litters we'll have later in the year. (We have none planned just at the moment though).

Border collie sheepdog training