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Closer to Scott is Oxford Ranch, but I'd advise him that they aren't gsd-friendly. Lynn K.

If they aren't GSD friendly then there will be a bias to start off with. My trainer is willing to work
with Blade but obviously he really can never
work due to his "fibrotic myopathy.
I would drive the distance if I were Scott. Well that depends I wouldn't drive 200 miles one way unless
I did that once a month.
Gwen
There seems to be a decent sized herding community in ... & 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 ... 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.

I agree that it's important to find someone experienced in handling (fill in the blank) breed in herding, especially in the early stages. I think I drive about 130 miles once or twice a month (one-way) for a lesson type setting. But, I go much closer for just working sheep (split out by the herd owner according to our level) on our own. There's a place for lessons fairly close to me (about 40 minutes?). But they are basically a "BC's are the only way" type of mindset, and a waste of my time & money.
Shelly & The Boys
I take heart in the fact that recently a woman that has a Malinois just finished the dog's AHBA herding ... maybe twice a month for lessons, but they kept at it. "Lacey" was 9 years old when she earned it.

Heh. Wait until I tell you about the woman who won a July trial (temps over 100) with her Terv - 3 weeks after having a baby!

Puts us all to shame.
Lynn K.
I take heart in the fact that recently a woman ... it. "Lacey" was 9 years old when she earned it.

Heh. Wait until I tell you about the woman who won a July trial (temps over 100) with her Terv - 3 weeks after having a baby! Puts us all to shame.

Two of our club members are/were pregnant this past year. One put on her first trial ever (including a fun day at her place to help put up fencing!) at about 7 mos. pregnant. She had to run to the penning area to make time, but she ended up going RHIT on cattle that day.
The other one was at a ranch dog trial, she wasn't too far along,
5 mos. maybe? In the pouring down rain, trying to get her dogto get the sheep through the chute in ankle deep manure. We all held our breath & hoped she didn't end up taking a fall.

Made of tougher stuff than I, for sure!
Shelly (for whom the very thought of pregnancy is frightening enough!) & The Boys
Pregnancy isn't scary. Childbirth is scary.
HTH!
Debbie
Unless you stop and think about the 14 year old that will eventually be, that you are carrying during pregnancy.

Just kidding sort of.
Gwen