Using Fence lines as an Aid in Starting Young Dogs

By Lori Cunningham   There are many different methods for starting young dogs. Some trainers use “puppy sheep”  or work youngsters in round paddocks, or use much smaller pens packed with sheep. To each their own! I start my youngsters along… Read more

Herding Whistles....Choose Wisely!

By Mary Thompson

It’s very important to start learning to whistle early on in your herding career.  You will not be able to move effectively beyond NN without them, given the greater distance.  Find a whistle that is to your…

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Viki Kidd Sheep Herding Clinic - June 2023

By Sheila McMillan

On June 15th, 16th and 17th , 2023 Viki Kidd had her first Sheep Herding Clinic which was held at Handy Dog Farm. I was one of the lucky ten participants who received education and then practiced…

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ABCQ Clinic - June 17-18, 2023

By Cynthia Palmer and Annie-Claude Laniel

What it Takes to Organize for a Clinic...and then the ABCQ clinic itself!
By Cynthia Palmer

Two years ago John did a clinic for the ABCQ at the Rember farm in Ormstown QC. It…

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Clinic with Patrick Gosselin - June 3, 2023

By Daniel Turcotte 

In order to become a pilot, I had to fly several hours accompanied by an instructor.  That’s just the way it is, we all need help at some point in our lives to perform better at work,…

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Learn to Trial Better Day: May 21st 2023

By Sarah Loten  

I had a delightful time at the Learn to Trial Better day for novice handlers at Jimmie’s Farm, near Athens, led by a wonderfully supportive team of Anne Wheatley, Carol Guy and Lorna Savage. Of course, much…

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Learn To Trial Better Days: May 6th and 7th 2023

By Beth Harris

The first event of the Learn to Trial Better Series was hosted at Cloudberry Farm near Roseneath, Ontario. The weather was perfect - sun blazing with a nice breeze cutting through the heat. The field was long…

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Is My Puppy Ready for Training?

by Kent Kuykendall  

This article first appeared in the OBCC newsletter in 2001. Descended from three generations of shepherds, Kent’s life’s work has encompassed his passion for border collies for decades. His long and distinguished trialing career includes Reserve Champion

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Spring Training Clinic

By Peter Bangarth (with additional content provided by Aoife)

Bitter, cold wind driving a steady pelting of rain. And yearling sheep unaccustomed to dogs. What could
be a better environment for a day-long clinic for rookie handlers and dogs? Well,…

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Using Terrain as a Training Tool

By Bruce Fogt, reprinted with permission of the author and The Working Border Collie in 2009 OBCC newsletter

Using a variety of terrain when training a dog is perhaps one of the most important tools in building a really useful…

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The Importance of “Set Out”

By Mary Thompson

Let me begin by saying that “setting sheep” for a fellow handler’s run is a very important job at any trial.  A well set packet of sheep gives every handler the best chance of a great score…

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