Training a herding dog takes time, patience and...
...the right help to get started.
There's so many different philosophies, teachers, methods of training, tools and approaches out there... it can seem overwhelming even just to take the first step.
But at Rock n' Roll Stockdogs my approach to training herding dogs is about developing partners that have an insatiable passion to work whatever livestock is put in front of them... no matter where, when or what the job is.
I want dogs that channel their keen desire to work into a purposeful, but thoughtful sense of forward momentum. Leaned in and engaged to the task at hand -- always and with all their heart. Because I believe that its by building dogs up, not "breaking" them in, that we truly unlock the their full potential as stock dogs and partners.
If you're looking for herding dog lessons in Ontario and the above sounds like a philosophy for training herding dogs that appeals to you... give me a shout and we can get started.
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(I am located near Caledon, Ontario in Canada)
I'll work with you and your dog(s) to help you learn how to work livestock more effectively as a team -- whether you aspire to compete at trials one day, or just want to up your partnership with your dog working stock at home.
For those who aspire to work sheep, goats, cattle or even ducks... I'll help you develop your dog's confidence and skills while also advancing your timing and precision as a handler.
Lessons are available either at my farm in Caledon ($100/hr+GST) or at a location in southern Ontario of your choosing ($150/hr+GST + travel costs if applicable).
Each lesson includes plenty of time for breaks/resting for your dog (and you!) and typically last 70-90 minutes.
Ever wondered if your border collie (or herding breed dog) might have what it takes to be a stock dog?
I'll introduce your dog to sheep in a controlled setting to help determine if it has the potential to be a working dog.
These sessions cost $75+GST and typically last 15-45 minutes (depending on the dog) and by the end you'll have a strong idea as to whether your dog is suited for further training as a working herding dog.
Boarding & Training
Your dog will stay with me at my facility where it will be trained daily to work stock -- starting from strong fundamentals (commands, balancing stock etc.) or polishing and developing a dog that has already been started.
Starting at $1,000+GST a month, as part of this process you'll recieve regular video updates of your dog's training and are welcome to ask plenty of questions to set you up for success when it returns to you at the end.
-Open to dogs of all levels.
-Dogs must be at least 8 months old with a firm lie-down and good recall
-Owner must supply: a large crate, leash, collar, toy and a month's worth of dog food for their dog upon drop off
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I am in Caledon, Ontario -- just ~25 minutes north of Brampton. I do the majority of my lessons at my farm, but upon request am able to travel within 90 minutes to customer's farms and properties to do remote lessons as well.
DOES YOUR STYLE OF TRAINING EMPLOY ELECTRONIC, PRONG OR OTHER FORMS OF CORRECTIVE DEVICES?
No. I do not use these devices in my training and do not permit them to be used on my property or during lessons I am giving. For a multitude of reasons, but chief among them is that they are at best a shortcut and as a result they do not make the best herding dogs nor the best trainers. The best stock dogs and trainers in the world do not need to use these devices, and therefore I believe it is incumbent on any aspiring stockdog handler to aspire to learn and master the art of training their dog so that they do not need to rely upon them either.
DO YOU ONLY TRAIN BORDER COLLIES, OR DO YOU WELCOME STUDENTS WIITH DOGS FROM VARIOUS BREEDS?
Because herding instinct can sometimes appear in unlikely or unexpected places, I am happy to welcome students with dogs of a wide range of breeds and backgrounds to book an instinct test with me. If a dog demonstrates interest and instinct, I am happy to work with their owner to develop their abilities to the best of my knowledge.
WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE?
I am fairly flexible and able to accomodate lessons during the week or weekend. Afternoon lessons are preferred (as I train my own dogs and client dogs during the mornings), but exceptions can easily be made. If you're interested in a lesson or an instinct test feel free to reach out and I'm sure we can find a time that will work for you.
More questions and answers may be added to this list continuously over time. Keep checking back!