Sheepdogs / Herding Dogs


Willie’s First Run at Cambridge 2014
To read about Willie’s run at Cambridge, click here.

Maggie’s Run Nippersink Spring 2021


Skip’s second run Nippersink 2021



Watch Skip’s Run or! Practice Your Observation Skills on Dogs and SHEEP! April 2024

March 11, 2024 March 2024

Celebrating Labor Day (by Doing Little Labor) September 2023

Skip for the Win! May 2022

Notes from Nippersink Sheepdog Trial May 2021

Fall Fun September 2020

Sheepdog Trials Explained, and Unabashed Gushing Over Maggie September 2020

The Right Stuff Revisited December 2019

Adventures at the Midwest Championship Sheepdog Trial September 2019

Why I Farm, Revisited August 2019

Setting Dogs Up to Win March 2019

When is it Acceptable to Break the Basic Rules of Dog Training? November 2015

Summer Fun, from Frogs to Sheepdogs  August 2014

Balance  April 2012

Best. News. Ever.  February 2012

World Sheepdog Trials  September 2011

New Zealand Working Dogs  December 2010

Lessons from Herding Dog Trainers  September 2010

The Right Stuff, Every Dog Has Her Place  December 2009

Willie Gets in Over His Head  July 2009

Willie Rocks!  June 2009

Willie and Redford, Again  January 2009

Willie vs. Redford, Round Three  January 2009

Willie vs. Redford, Round Two; “Power” in Herding Dogs  January 2009

Willie Works on His Courage  January 2009

Do dogs know the difference between “schooling” and real work?  August 2008



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