Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

2021

with Carolyn Wilki, Sponsored by SBHO

FMI: TELEPHONE— 610-588-5262 (610-LUV-LAMB)

Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

This is a beginner’s clinic package for herding (small flock/fetching/driving) and tending (large flock grazing and management). Sheep can be herded in many locations, including small pens, standard trial arenas, and a 40 acre field. Positive reinforcement training is emphasized in the work with the dog.

  • Herding instinct explained, beginning herding training theory, and glossary of herding terms
  • Positive reinforcement training techniques as applied to herding
  • Operant and associative learning as applied to herding
  • Explanation, role playing, and practice without dogs (!) of basic sheep/dog/shepherd dynamics
  • Herding tasks, herding breeds, herding temperaments-- how they differ & how to start developing them
  • Introduction to AKC, NEBCA, ASCA, AHBA, ATBA herding programs
  • Video examples of different herding styles and situations (“real-in-the-field,” as well as trialing and training)
  • Beginning training exercises practiced and suggested
  • Basic relationship of each dog/handler team assessed and at-home training suggestions made.



Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

This is a beginner’s clinic package for herding (small flock/fetching/driving) and tending (large flock grazing and management). Sheep can be herded in many locations, including small pens, standard trial arenas, and a 40 acre field. Positive reinforcement training is emphasized in the work with the dog.

  • Herding instinct explained, beginning herding training theory, and glossary of herding terms
  • Positive reinforcement training techniques as applied to herding
  • Operant and associative learning as applied to herding
  • Explanation, role playing, and practice without dogs (!) of basic sheep/dog/shepherd dynamics
  • Herding tasks, herding breeds, herding temperaments-- how they differ & how to start developing them
  • Introduction to AKC, NEBCA, ASCA, AHBA, ATBA herding programs
  • Video examples of different herding styles and situations (“real-in-the-field,” as well as trialing and training)
  • Beginning training exercises practiced and suggested
  • Basic relationship of each dog/handler team assessed and at-home training suggestions made.
Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners
Clinic Dates 2021
Session I. 1/10 1pm - 4pm, 1/17 1pm - 4pm, 1/24 1pm - 4pm, 1/31 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session II. 2/14 1pm - 4pm, 2/28 1pm - 4pm, 3/7 1pm - 4pm, 3/14 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session III. 3/21 1pm - 4pm, 3/28 1pm - 4pm, 4/10 1pm - 4pm, 4/25 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session IV. 5/9 1pm - 4pm, 5/16 1pm - 4pm, 6/6 1pm - 4pm, 6/27 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session V. 7/3 1pm - 4pm, 7/11 1pm - 4pm, 7/25 1pm - 4pm, 8/1 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session VI. 8/8 1pm - 4pm, 8/15 1pm - 4pm, 8/22 1pm - 4pm, 8/29 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

A la carte registration available within each session.