We will start back with clinics in the fall. Please check back later for our fall and winter schedule.
Clinics are for all levels of handlers and dogs, regardless of breed. Clinics are structured around each individuals needs. We can help you train your dog for farm work, competition trials or just for fun. We divide up into three groups, beginners, intermediate, and advanced. We have an instructor for each group. The beginner group will be in a small area with very gentle sheep. We will rotate through each dog in the group, handling your dog until you are ready to work it yourself. The intermediate group will be in a larger field, and the advanced in a big field with a variety of stock to choose from. We occasionally have cattle to work also. We will be glad to help with any problems you and your dog may have. Everyone is encouraged to watch all of the groups.
If you would like to be added to the e-mail reminder list, or for more information please send me an e-mail.
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. No, you can come anytime during the clinic hours.
Q. Do I have to pre register for the clinic?
A. No, you can register when you get to the farm. If possible, send an e-mail letting us know that you are coming. You may print the registration form, fill it out and bring it with you to save time
Q. How much does it cost?
A. $40 per dog. If one person has more than 1 dog, it is $20 for each additional dog. There is no charge for spectators. We accept cash or checks.
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