Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

2023

with Carolyn Wilki

FMI: TELEPHONE — (610) 674-0160

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 2022 (recent)
Session VII. 10/9 1pm - 4pm, 10/16 1pm - 4pm, 10/30 1pm - 4pm, 11/6 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session VIII. 11/13 1pm - 4pm, 11/20 1pm - 4pm, 11/27 1pm - 4pm, 12/4 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session IX. 12/11 1pm - 4pm, 12/18 1pm - 4pm, 1/8 1pm - 4pm, 1/15 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session I. 2/12 1pm - 4pm, 2/26 1pm - 4pm, 3/5 1pm - 4pm, 3/12 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session II. 3/26 1pm - 4pm, 4/2 1pm - 4pm, 4/16 1pm - 4pm, 4/30 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

A la carte registration available within each session.