What if you could effectively train your herding dog using a positive system based on understanding, communication and partnership?
You can – and I can show you how.
As a holistic dog trainer and coach, I’m known for helping passionate dog people like you learn how to tap into your best strengths and establish a solid foundation of skills that build progressively and systematically, taking you farther than you dreamed possible.
Whether you are just ready to begin your new herding adventure, or you would like to improve your handling and your dog’s skills at levels from novice to advanced…a solid foundation that centers around a good working partnership is what will get you the success you dream of.
Just say “NO” to the old, harsh training methods.
No longer do you have to settle for the relationship damage from the ‘traditional methods’ that use intimidation, fear and correction. Isn’t it long overdue that we herding enthusiasts engage in partnership-based training methods that reject coercion or intimidation…and instead use respect, clear communication and partnership to teach our dogs?
Imagine: no yelling; no pushing or chasing your dog; no tools of intimidation like sticks, rakes, paddles, bags…just you and your dog learning how to control and move the sheep in the most effective and efficient manner…together, as partners.
Even though trainers who hang on the the old traditional ways may tell you otherwise…Success IS possible for those of us who love our dogs, respect them for who they are in all their strengths and weaknesses, and don’t want to use intimidation, coercion or any relationship-damaging tactics. It works for me, it works for my students and it will work for you too.
My experience give me an edge.
I’ve devoted my life to helping people and their dogs be the best they can be, and will teach YOU to teach your dog in ways you can easily understand. That’s because I’ve studied the fields of adult education, coaching and personal growth…I’m passionate about learning everything I can about holistic dog behavior, and I’ve spent 35+ years learning from the best teachers: the dogs themselves.
But it’s my philosophy that gives YOU the edge!
I practice what I teach: I come away from every competition with an even BETTER partnership with my dogs than before…win or lose…Q or DQ. Everything I do with my dogs revolves around creating heart-to-heart EFFECTIVE partnerships. Unlike many world-class competitors, I don’t sort thru dogs, keeping the best and selling the rest. Instead, I train and compete with the dogs who have come into my life and are there to stay. Together, we become the best we can be. I have successfully trained multiple border collies to compete at the top level…those I’ve bred and raised, brought home as puppies or adopted as adults. And, I’ve coached students with shelties, aussies and others to have successful herding trial careers. Isn’t that the kind of trainer YOU want to work with?
You and your dog will be coached using a Holistic model: balancing the physical, mental and emotional. As a professional Holistic Dog Trainer and Consultant, the expertise that I have spent a lifetime developing will help you to not only master Herding…but it will lead you to a partnership with your dog that is beyond your wildest dreams!
You do not have to sacrifice winning and success in exchange for a trusting partnership. In fact, I believe that real success is a direct result of a trusting partnership with your dog.
Learn Sheep Herding Step-by-Step
Starting from the beginning and expanding to mastery, you’ll learn:
• How to create a working partnership with your dog that will last a lifetime.
• How to develop your dogs herding skills by focusing on and controlling the sheep.
• The importance of YOUR position, orientation, posture and intention.
• How sheep respond to and interact with dogs, their environment and you.
• To build a solid foundation of skills that will expand with experience and development.
• How to naturally develop your dogs gather, drive, stop and pace, at each level of work.
• The importance of your own mental and emotional state and how it effects your dog.
• Know when and how to transition your dog to the next phase of their training.
• The skills of competing at sheepdog trials – develop your handling at each level.
• And so much more…
I was not enjoying my lessons with my previous herding instructor
I was very pleased with your instruction, right from the beginning. Lessons were not constant yelling sessions!
I like your positive approach to teaching. I felt humiliated after my lessons with my old instructor. Over the course of 3 years, my confidence in my ability to work with my dogs was gradually eroded. My dogs sensed that, and gradually became more and more stressed as well. Herding lessons were something that I came to almost dread each week.
You are always able to find something, however tiny, that I or my dog do correctly!
I feel that I have grown in my relationship with my dogs. I have also become much more aware of my body language and how it influences my dog. I feel that with Lizzy, I am finally approaching something like real teamwork in herding – something that I have never felt before.
I would absolutely recommend you, and I have! I feel confident that you are an effective, compassionate trainer with a proven track record.
Walkin’ the Talk:
For over 15 years I’ve earned placements, wins and advanced titles in all venues of sanctioned trials including AKC, ASCA, AHBA, USBCHA. The last year I competed in AKC was a typical outing at the BCSA (Border Collie Society of America) National Specialty: Alongside my first 2 herding dogs, Dallas and Reno, we brought home 10 top 3 placements on A and B courses, including Firsts, High in Trial and a Silver Buckle for High Scoring BC in advanced B course. All that…competing in AKC only once per year at the Specialty. My students have similar success stories, from started to advanced and on all types of courses in all the herding venues including USBCHA.
I started with my first border collie, Dallas, more than 15 years ago, who I raised, trained and handled myself from novice on up to Open, and who earned enough qualifying points for the finals her 1st and 2nd year in open, in addition to qualifying for the Midwest Regional championships and making it into the finals round. Oh, and she won three beautiful sterling silver belt buckles for me over her trial career! Dallas had to be retired from trialing at 8.5 due to illness, but she continued to help teach many beginner students here at the farm until she left the earth at 15 years old. She was a great teacher and amazing friend who still inspires me every day.
Russell came into my life and completely turned it upside down. In a really awesome way. He and I made a great team from 2004 to 2009, had many Open placements and competed at the finals 3 times…ending his career at the Klamath Falls Finals in 2009, where he was the oldest dog competing at 12.5 and had a competitive preliminary run. We had a great partnership, and words cannot begin to express how much Russell taught me over the years. Now waiting at the rainbow bridge, his teachings continue to be passed on through my work.
In recent years, I’ve competed exclusively in USBCHA (United States Border Collie Handlers Association) sanctioned Open and Nursery trials, with many placements, wins, and high combined awards, including 2011 Wisconsin Working Stockdog Association Open Handler of the Year, 2010 Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association Open Series Winner, 2010 Top 20 Finalist at the famous Bluegrass Classic, many times qualified for and competed in the USBCHA National Sheepdog Finals including the Top 17 Finals with Luc in 2013 and the Semi-Finals with Maya in 2010 with a year-end ranking of the 29th border collie in North America amongst many thousands. These successes are earned with very limited trialing…typical average is only six to eight trials per year.
I’m not telling you this stuff to brag. If you’re a friend or client or a colleague you know that is not my way. Really, it’s not easy for me to even write these accomplishments on this page. I’m telling you this because I want you to know that you have a choice in how you train your herding dog. You do not have to sacrifice winning and success in exchange for a trusting partnership. In fact, I believe with all my heart that true, authentic success is a direct result of a trusting partnership with your dog.
you have an excellent ability to analyze problems and find solutions that work for a particular dog. I like how you respect these dogs for the amazing creatures they are.
“The thing that I like most about my herding lessons with you is that you always have a positive approach to training the dog.
I have learned how to read the dog better from you. Also, probably just as important, I have learned how to read myself and how I influence the behavior of my dogs.
Before I started working with you others had told me Lucy was worthless and would never be a decent herding dog. From our first lesson you laughed at that notion and showed me how much potential she really has. If it wasn’t for that I might have given up on her. After watching her yesterday in awe at how gracefully she handled a bolting sheep I realize how much I would have missed out on if it wasn’t for you and your positive approach.
Yes! I would recommend you to all my herding friends. Having been to sooo many clinics I realize there are numerous ways to train your dog. I have also learned there is no shortage of amazing handlers that can get your dogs to do amazing things. However not many of these great handlers have the ability to transfer their knowledge to you. I feel you have the unique ability to understand people and their dogs and transfer your knowledge to them.