Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

Greenhorn Herding/Tending Classes for Beginners

2024

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
Clinic Dates 2024 (recent)
Session I. 1/14 1pm - 4pm, 1/28 1pm - 4pm, 2/4 1pm - 4pm, 2/11 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session II. 3/3 1pm - 4pm, 3/24 1pm - 4pm, 4/7 1pm - 4pm, 4/14 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session III. 4/28 1pm - 4pm, 5/12 1pm - 4pm, 5/19 1pm - 4pm, 6/2 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session IV. 6/9 1pm - 4pm, 6/16 1pm - 4pm, 6/30 1pm - 4pm, 7/7 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session V. 7/21 1pm - 4pm, 7/28 1pm - 4pm, 8/4 1pm - 4pm, 8/11 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session VI. 8/25 1pm - 4pm, 9/1 1pm - 4pm, 9/8 1pm - 4pm, 9/22 1pm - 4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session VII. 10/6 1pm-4pm, 10/13 1pm-4pm, 10/27 1pm-4pm, 11/3 1pm-4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

Session VIII. 11/10 1pm-4pm, 11/24 1pm-4pm, 12/1 1pm-4pm, 12/15 1pm-4pm. Weekly, 3 hours per class over 4 weeks.

A la carte registration available within each session.