The initial offering at Dogwood is geared toward the Beginner dog and handler. "Herding Foundation Training", aka herding obedience skills, will be the focus. It is imperative that the dog be under control of the handler when working livestock. Without these skills the livestock, dog and handler run the risk of injury. Therefore, dog and handler teams desiring to learn how to work livestock will need to demonstrate competency in these skills before acceptance into individualized herding lessons. This introductory training will be provided by Sally Boarman. The dog/handler will be provided training on skills such as a reliable Down and Recall while in the presence of sheep. While your dog may have wonderful skills at home, many dogs become quite stimulated in the presence of livestock and are unable to perform these basic skills reliably. "Herding Foundation Training" will assist you in strengthening these skills in the presence of livestock so that your dog will be under your control when your herding lessons begin. The length of time that a dog needs to take lessons for the Foundation work will vary quite a bit from dog to dog. The cost is $25 per lesson (approximately a half hour).
All persons new to herding are strongly encouraged (it’s not a requirement) to attend an Introduction to Herding clinic at Hado Bar farm in Nova, Ohio. This provides the handler with an overview of herding as well as testing the dog’s instinct. They offer these clinics once a month. More information is available at .
Sound interesting? Contact Dogwood to set up a lesson or get more information!
2021 - Due to my current schedule there is limited time available for herding lessons this year. In order to offer lessons to those requesting them I have decided to offer one or two Sundays a month for private lessons. This will not really provide the time needed for your dog to progress well in herding but it's all that I can offer right now. The dates currently scheduled are:
Sunday, June 13th
future dates TBD
Contact Dogwood via email if you want to set up a lesson.
**Practice time with Sheep is available for experienced dogs/handlers. Contact Dogwood for more information.