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And I will confess to having encouraged a number of the herders here to take it up. Just be forewarned: herding is addictive!

Sure is, which makes it suck that much more when you can't afford it.

Oh yeah. The people I know who do a fair amount of herding training and competition know people with farms or have one of their own. Of course, I could get off my butt and make contacts myself. Two weekend herding seminars have shown me that my dogs enjoy agility better, though. To be fair to Friday, however, he was pretty young when he tried sheep, so he'll be getting another try the next time my club does a Scott Glen seminar.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Do you have any web site addresses?

http://www.bccnc.org/herding nocal.htm
Oh yeah. The people I know who do a fair amount of herding training and competition know people with farms or have one of their own.

) I have friends who have farms. They just charge everyone to use the sheep and ducks!

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Sure is, which makes it suck that much more when you can't afford it.

Oh yeah. The people I know who do a fair amount of herding training and competition know people with farms ... when he tried sheep, so he'll be getting another try the next time my club does a Scott Glen seminar.

I just pay & go. Since it's easily my favorite "dog sport", I do it. I admit to really enjoying agility, but I'm not totally "hooked" on it yet like you ;-) (although Bodhi seems to really, really like going, he's so...different...in class. At herding, he's very business like. At agility, he's still very, uh...frenetic? And apparently he likes to design his own courses...)
Scott Glen is doing a seminar down here next month. If all of my "dog money" wasn't tied up in going to our breed National in April, I'd be going.
I take heart in the fact that recently a woman that has a Malinois just finished the dog's AHBA herding championship after years & years of hard work. They were sort of like me, in that they were completely green when they started & could only
go once, maybe twice a month for lessons, but they kept at it. "Lacey" was 9 years old when she earned it.
But, like I said, it's easily Bodhi's favorite thing to do. Potentially, we have the space to have a few sheep (I'd like 10-12). But it will probably be a cold day in hell before I can convince my husband we need sheep just for the dogs! The agility equipment doesn't move, you don't have to fence it, vaccinate it or feed it!
Shelly & The Boys
I just pay & go. Since it's easily my favorite "dog sport", I do it. I admit to really enjoying agility, but I'm not totally "hooked" on it yet like you ;-)

Indeed I feel the same way. Mostly it is all the footwork that I personally don't enjoy. I enjoy reading other animals. It is more my kind of thing. I wanted to get into herding every since I got Blade. Unfortunately there was no instructor or group close enough by. I wasn't about to drive
all the way to Dallas or Houston.
I like Agility but I don't find it as addictive as others do.
for the dogs! The agility equipment doesn't move, you don't have to fence it, vaccinate it or feed it! Shelly & The Boys

Indeed. I still plan on continuing as soon as Reznor is 18 months old. But for now I am enjoying getting involved in herding. It's fun.
Gwen
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Scott do keep in mind what LynnK mentioned that not every trainer wants to work with GSD in herding. Their actual instinctual style HGH is quite different from the way ABHA or ASCA trains in herding. But that is not to say it can't be done. Just make sure whoever you decide on is pretty "open minded" about working with GSDs. They certainly can be great at it and your pup with her breeding should be.

Gwen
I take heart in the fact that recently a woman that has a Malinois just finished the dog's AHBA herding championship after years & years of hard work.

Isn't Lacey the one that's also an OTCH, and does agility as well? If she's the one I'm thinking of, she's a super, super dog enough to make even me want a Mal.
Dianne
There seems to be a decent sized herding community in the N.Cal, Ore, Washington triad. I know that a ... or heard of how she is (she was a nice & fair judge), but I've heard her facility is wonderful.

I trained with Debbie Pollard, as did almost everyone in the local GSD club with a herding title. She breeds GSDs as well as Aussies. Her web site is either
herding4ewe.com or herding4u.com. Closer to Scott is Oxford Ranch, but I'd advise him that they aren't gsd-friendly.
Lynn K.
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