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The History of the Border Collie

I have had the great opportunity to work with sheepdogs and Border Collies for the past 30 years and their incredible herding instinct and their love of their work have been a real inspiration to me over these years. As...

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The Beginning of Sheep Dog Trials

In 1873, the first recorded sheepdog trial took place near the town of Bala in North Wales. Here a challenge was made between the owner of the estate near Bala and a Scottish landowner, both of which felt their respective...

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Sheepdog Competitions and the Top Border Collies

The International Sheep Dog Society, the ISDS, is the one main Border Collie institution in Britain. As many dogs end up being exported from the UK and to many parts of the world, at some point or another, most keen...

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Sheep Dog Trails in the UK

In the UK the ISDS still organizes the National and International trials competitions. Here dogs and their handlers compete throughout the year, gaining qualifying points that may find them a place at their National trials. The top placed dogs at...

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US Sheep Dog Trials

In the USA sanctioned trials take place through a 12-month period and then a finals competition is held in the late fall. For the next 3 years, these finals will be held at Sturgis in North Dakota. Border Collie Training...

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Introduction to making Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks

“Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks” is the 3rd video that Rural Route Videos (RRV) have produced on training Border Collies. Rural Route Videos began with Starting a Border Collie in 1984, Training and Working a Border...

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Life with my first Border Collie, Dan

Dan was actually offered for sale at the Sennybridge livestock yards following the weekly sheep and cattle sale. He had been donated to the Conservative Society fund raising event, an annual event at the sales yard just before Christmas each...

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Learning from my Border Collie, Bess

About 5 dogs later, and about 7 years on, and my emigration to Canada, I bought a 2 month old pup from Jack Knox, a well-known Border Collie handler who was living in Wisconsin at that time. This little bitch...

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Using a Border Collies natural balance

Over the next three or four years I managed to continue developing this simple approach of using the Border Collie’s natural balance to train my dogs. A Border Collie’s natural balance is all about the Border Collie’s natural instinct to...

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Producing my first video – Starting a Border Collie

In 1981 I was competing in a sheepdog trial in Saskatchewan. The local school in Carnduff had recently bought a video camera and one of the students recorded the whole event. After the trial we all went to the school...

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Producing my second video – Training and Working a Border Collie

Within a few years, I realized that with the interest in this video I should buy a professional camera and start the whole project again. A professional camera and a professional format would allow me to edit the source footage...

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Producing my next video – Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks

In the planning of Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks, I realized that I would need several young dogs. I had 4 young Border Collies almost ready to start but decided that I needed a 2 month...

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Training your Border Collie

If the idea of owning and working a Border Collie seems like something you’d be interested in, then there really are some important considerations to understand. I’ve listed some here. 1. Not all Border Collies are born equal 2. Horses...

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Not all Border Collies are born equal

1. Much of the work of the International Sheep Dog Society, over the past 100 years, has been their work in helping to progress the working ability of the Border Collie. The names of great dogs that I mentioned in...

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Horses for courses

2. When deciding on buying a Border Collie pup, you should bear in mind that some dogs will be more suitable for certain jobs. A dog that has to work rough and ready cow calf pairs will need to have...

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Buy your Border Collie pup from a reputable breeder

3. There are many $50 pups to be found in your local agricultural weeklies. Unfortunately these may not turn out to be anything even close to what you are requiring. A notice in our local vet clinic last year caught...

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Things to do and NOT to do

4. It’s hard for many new handlers’ to accept the importance of keeping the young pup away from the stock and in a restricted situation for the early months. This means, keep your pup in a safe pen, away from...

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Understanding how a Border Collie work

5. This is an important part of my video, Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks. To understand what you should expect from a young Border Collie and also how to end up with a top class working...

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