Gordon Watt Sheepdog Clinic May 11-14

Gordon Watt, 2016 Reserve National Champion of the U.S., Handler of the Year of the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association for 2016, World Sheep Dog Trials Champion of 2005, returns to offer a four-day handling clinic here at Heatherhope Farm, Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, May 14, 2017.

We have seen Gordon help handlers of all levels make […]

A Test of Wills before Bedtime

Before bedtime we always give our seven sheepdogs one last run around the farm to do their business.

Last night it was rather typical weather for this winter: about 9 degrees Fahrenheit and a sharp wind of around 20 mph, so I was bundled in Muck Boots, long underwear, fleece-lined pants, wool shirt, down vest and […]

Students well pleased with Gordon Watt clinic

Gordon Watt (l) and his students at the 2013 clinic at Heatherhope. Photo by John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handler after handler walked off the field thrilled by the improvements their dogs and their handling made in a very short time.

 

Gordon Watt, Irish, English and World Champion handler and trainer worked with ten different handlers and eight or […]

Gordon Watt Dog Handling Clinic

Gordon Watt of England will return to Heatherhope Farm for his third sheepdog handling clinic here, Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, 2013. Approximate times for the clinic are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gordon Watt (r) works with Rich Kane in previous visit to Heatherhope.

Eight working slots are now filled, but auditing slots are still […]

Post-Sheep-Handling Thoughts on Olympian Spirit

The great 19th century Danish-Lutheran philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote scathingly of a certain bishop who was called a “faithful witness of the truth” at his funeral. Kierkegaard thought that faithful witnesses, or, what he would also call “knights of faith,” were people who suffered gravely for simply standing as individuals against the crowd–for standing up […]

Prayerfully Gathering with Spot

February 2, 2012

                As an apprentice sheepdog, Spot has had a tumultuous work history. With the help of the insights from three of the very best sheepdog trainers in the world, Bobby Dalziel, Aled Owen and Gordon Watt, I have understood that I taught him well to bite sheep. I trained him on sheep that […]

Free Sheepdog Trial Judging Seminar Jan 21

 

Nigel Watkins and Floss shedding in 2010 International Supreme. Photo by John

             “Up North” here we aren’t usually doing much sheepdog training in the dead of winter.  So, how about gathering for some lunch and snacks and talking about judging sheepdog trials by discussing Stuart Walton’s sheepdog trial judging video and other stuff?

               Heatherhope Farm and […]

Bobby Dalziel Returns to Heatherhope for April, 2012 Clinic

Top Scottish sheepdog handler and trainer, Bobby Dalziel, returns to Heatherhope Farm April 26 through May 1 for a handling […]

One-of-a-Kind Spot

Training young Spot to be a sheepdog reminds me of the need to see all dogs–and all people–as […]

Aled Owen Leaves Handlers Happy

Aled Owen sheepdog handling clinic at Heatherhope was of great help to nine handlers and their 13 […]