For more than 40 years we have taken great pleasure in sharing
our knowledge of how the border collie dogs are used in the
agriculture business. We have been breeding and training what
we refer to as the "Cadillac" of herding dogs since
the mid-60s. My fascination with the breed began in 1946 when,
as a 10-year-old boy, I saw a sheep-herding demonstration at
the International Dairy Exhibition in Indianapolis.
Our training facilty has a 40 X 88 foot indoor arena that is
ideal for training border collie dogs. We can also partition
off a 40 x 40 foot area that works great for training border
collie pups. Outside we have a one-acre fenced area where the
Border Collies can work livestock.
It's important to have livestock on hand to begin training
just about as soon as the pups get out of the whelping box.
Pups are started out on ducks because ducks are slower and that
gives the dog and handler more time to work on problems. The
breed was developed to herd sheep and that is what they are
happiest doing. But even with that inherent instinct, the way
a puppy is introduced to livestock is crucial. A strict but
mild manner of training produces the dedicated and gentle herding
animals we feel are important. If you spend 10 minutes a day
with them at the end of a year you'll have a dog that can earn
his keep. They will continue to improve for every additional
10 minutes you work with them. A dog's disposition is extremely
important, to obtain that you have to study pedigrees and you
have to study the dogs.