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 […]

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 […]

Our New Sheepdog from Scotland

Straid Nell is the newest Border Collie at Heatherhope Farm. She came from Ayrshire, Scotland, very near where Robert Burns wrote his first song about “Handsome […]

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 Dog Handling Clinic Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Aled Owen, one of the world’s top sheepdog trainers, will conduct a training clinic at Heatherhope Farm, August 31 to September 2, […]

Bobby Dalziel at Heatherhope April 20-22; April 26-28

Bobby Dalziel and Wisp, winners of two International Supreme Championships. Photo from Bobby's website.

If you want an extremely smart dog, with unbelievable focus and energy, find yourself a Border Collie.

If you want to go somewhere where Border Collies are trained to peak ability, go to the Borders of Scotland, where dogs must gather sheep […]