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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

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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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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Lessons in reading sheep 

Written by:  Various sources - 2011 OBCC newsletter 

As young children, one of the first things we are taught to do in school is read. This lifelong skill will bring us much joy and pleasure. The ability to read can…

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Develop the Conversation

By Amanda Milliken   - OBCC newsletter 2016 

We all aspire to the same refined sheep dog work that is the hall mark of brilliant runs.  Runs where lines are maintained by mere lists of the dog. Runs where the dog…

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