Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What should I bring?
A. You may want to bring a chair, something to drink, clothes suitable for the weather. Also have a way to contain your dog; leash or kennel. We will have everything for working.
Q. What should I wear if I am participating?
A. You will need closed toe shoes, sheep sometimes step on you. Long pants are recommended. This is all outside, so bring appropriate cold weather or rain gear.
Q. Is the clinic cancelled if the weather is bad?
A. We have never cancelled a clinic due to bad weather. We are already at the farm prepared for the clinic, so we will still have the clinic anyone that can get there,regardless of the weather. Please don’t drive in unsafe conditions.
Q. What should my dog know before attending a clinic?
A. General obedience and manners is good, but not necessary to participate
Q. How old must my dog be to participate?
A. We can test a dog at any age on gentle sheep. Some dogs that are under a year old will not have herding instinct yet. We can advise you as to when your dog is ready for training.
Q. Can any breed of dog participate?
A. Yes, we work with all herding breeds
Q. Do I have to attend for the entire clinic?
A. Not for general clinics. For group, club or specialty clinics, you need to be there at the beginning of the clinic.
Q. Do I have to pre register for the clinic?
A. It depends on the type of clinic. General clinics do not require pre- registration. Other clinics may require pre- registration, if so, there would be a form available.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. General Clinics are $50 per dog and $25 for an additional dog. Group, Club and other specialty clinics may have different fees.
Q. What is a nursery trial?
A. The nursery trial is for dogs that are fully trained on the open course (minus the shed), that are under 36 months or younger, on or before Dec. 31 of the year previous to the Nursery Finals. You must be a member of the USBCHA and the trials are for dogs trying to get qualified for the nursery national finals. This is NOT for beginner dogs.
Q. Is is OK for my children or other family members or friends to come?
A. Yes, there is no charge for spectators. We ask that children please stay with their parents and not be allowed to roam around the farm.
Q. What GPS address can I use?
A. 1394 Ramage Rd., Townville, Sc 29689 Directions