These are the remainder of the photos taken during the herding clinic. Please pardon the poor quality. The dogs were very fast and the dust stirred up by panicking sheep made photography a challenge.
These are some of the photos taken during the herding clinic. Please pardon the poor quality. The dogs were very fast and the dust stirred up by panicking sheep made photography a challenge. The remainder of the photos will be posted tomorrow.
The Central Alberta Herding Clinic was a great success.
Today, I’m collecting photos and will be posting them here over the next few days. And to take a breather. Saturday and Sunday were monster days of keeping track of everyone, and finding one lost participant. All in all, everyone and their dog left with a huge respect for the herding breeds, an appreciation for the herding dog trainers, and a smile from seeing their dog’s performance, even if Fido’s instincts fell a bit short of trial quality.
In spite of the rain, everyone who registered attended (except one due to illness). We owe a huge thank you to W Five Farms Dana and Herbert for letting us use their horse arena. Kathy and Ralph Playdon provided a table full of goodies as well as the most delicious burgers and smokies.
I was totally impressed with the dogs, including the ones that hadn’t seen sheep before, but exhibited strong herding instincts. Those Border Collies, German Coolie, Australian Kelpie, Blue Healer – a m a z i n g!!!
Our Sheltie group had to admit the Sheltie can herd, but it will take more dedication and perseverance. The Shelties entered the ring with some pretty snarly sheep but showed no fear, especially wee Tux. Very impressive.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for Kathy Playdon’s willingness to fit us in her crazy busy schedule. Kathy gave one on one attention to each dog and its handler, providing feedback and instruction. And even when a few herders wanted to taste a bit of mutton, Kathy managed to keep smiling. Her calm and wise leadership is what made this event such a fun and educational event.
Thank you, Kathy.
Photo: Kathy Playdon (left) and Ralph (right seated) meeting with Sunday’s group.
Date of Herding Clinic:
May 21, 2016; tentatively 9 am to 4 pm. If more people sign up for the clinic, the event may carry over to May 22nd.
Kathy Playdon’s Sheep Ranch
Brightbank Finnsheep http://www.finnsheep.ca/ . Brightbank
Finnsheep is about 40 minute drive west of Edmonton, Alberta.
If weather becomes a concern, we may decide to use a nearby arena.
Fee: $80 per dog, per day Prior to April 15th, each participant will
need to confirm attendance by forwarding a $40 deposit toward the clinic
fee. There will be no refund if the participant chooses to cancel
participation. Final payment will be due upon arriving at the clinic. If
the clinic is cancelled, all deposits will be returned.
Mail your herding clinic deposit (cheque) prior to April 15th to: Judy Weir at 64 Greystone Drive, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 1X2
- Rules of the day (safety to people and animals, schedule, etc.)
- Overview of herding technique, commands
- In the morning, each participant will be given 15-20 minutes of
training in a outdoor ring (or arena)
- After lunch, each participant will be given a second training session in the ring; or, if the dog and handler appear to have good control, a small field will be the location of training
Snack food and refreshments will be provided to the participants at no
extra charge. Guests may be asked to pay a small fee (or donate).
*What I need from you?*
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Your name and contact information (phone number)
– Name of your dog, breed, and age
– Any question you may have
*NOTE*: I am volunteering to organize this event (for the love of the
herding breed and their handlers).
BROOKS, is an 18 month old Shetland Sheepdog who bolted from his new owners and vanished. A few days ago he was spotted west of Stony Plain, Alberta. He was heading west in the ditch of Highway 16A between RR 12 and RR 13.
What can you do? If you are in the area, please keep an eye out for this lovely and very scared Sheltie. As he is very timid, it is best to not pursue him unless you feel he needs immediate intervention. Please contact the owners or the following as soon as possible.
Please email Alberta Sheltie Rescue at: email@example.com Give them your phone number and they will return your call.
You can also contact the Parkland County Dog Pound at: 780-968-8400
Call the original owners, Jennifer De Boer,
or Gordon De Boer at:
Are you a Reiki practitioner? If so, please send Reiki energy to Brooks.
Walking a senior dog in the winter can be a bit challenging if you have a lot of snow, ice, and cold weather, especially with dogs who have trouble walking.
Do you want to learn more about the Shetland Sheepdog breed? Watch them in action? Perhaps meet breeders and inquire about the breed’s characteristics? Observe them in a conformation show?
One great way to decide if a Shetland Sheepdog would be a good fit in your home is to attend a dog show and obedience trials. Often, these events are free to the public.
Getting up close and personal to these active dogs you get a feel for the grooming requirements. Most Shelties are very energetic and require a large back yard (fenced) and lots of opportunity to run. Being intelligent, they crave to be challenged not just physically, but mentally as well. They are, after all, in the working / herding CKC class. They need a ‘job.’ If not given ample opportunity to channel their energy, barking could become a problem. They thrive on learning anything and everything. Anyone who is a couch potato should look elsewhere for a home canine companion.
At shows, you will also find products for sale – grooming products, limited edition prints, obedience equipment, crates and everything else to make your dog comfortable and your life easier.
2016 Shetland Sheepdog Specialty Shows in Alberta
- NACA Shetland Sheepdog & Collie Specialty: Conformation on June 5, 2016 at Edmonton, Alberta
- Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association and Shetland Sheepdog Fanciers Club, Edmonton: October 24, 25, 26 2016 at Camrose, AB
All Breed Shows / Trials in Alberta
- Calgary Canine Centre: NADAC Agility Trials, February 27, 28, 2016
- Fort Saskatchewan and Area Canine Association: CKC Agility Trials and Scent Hurdling Trial, March 12, 13, 2016
- Rose County Canine Association: Obedience / Rally Trial at Sandhills Community Hall on March 18 – 20, 2016. See Facebook for RCCA’s Event
- Sit Happens; World Cynosport Rally at Calgary: Rally Obedience Trials March 19, 20, 2016
- Obedience and Rally Match, Camrose on March 24, 2016
- Battle River Canine Association Obedience, Rally, Scent Hurdling in Camrose on March 25-27, 2016
- Pug Club of Canada Conformation Sanction Match in Red Deer, March 31, 2016
- Obedience and Rally Fun Matches, Red Deer, March 31, 2016
Of course, Shetland Sheepdogs can be seen in many other competitions. For a complete listing of more events, see:
Unfortunately not all animal rescue organizations operate as they are intended. Some blatantly use homeless or unwanted animals to beg for money supposedly used to support the animals, but mostly used to support the rescue operators. As sad as this is to report on, we want to hear your thoughts and stories, so please share.