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  1. Contact Nicole Rhodes or Rhodes Stockdogs on Facebook. She's about 2 1/2 hours from you. Also Angie Coker-Sells is in OK. Along with the great suggestion of Scrimgeours's materials, get Vergil Holland's book Herding Dogs. Wonderful explanations with diagrams of exercises. Indispensable.
  2. How do you even keep your eyes on the dog and the stock with that distractingly stunning scenery?? Wow! Very nice work out of those dogs, though.
  3. APRIL 22-23, 2017 AT THE FARM OF TOMMY AND JILL HEFNER We are excited to announce that Dave Imas is coming to the Texas Panhandle! This will be a two-day clinic starting Saturday, April 22 and ending Sunday, April 23. Dave, along with his great dog Tip, was recently selected to be on the team representing the United Stated at the 2017 World Championships in the Netherlands. He and Tip have also placed well in the Double Lift Championship rounds at the 2014 USBCHA National Finals, 2015 Meeker Classic, 2015 Soldier Hollow Classic, and the 2016 Bluegrass Classic. Please join us for a weekend filled with great instruction and learning, good food, and comradery. Very simply put, Daves clinics are focused on communication and the basics for both dog and handler. In his words, So much of our success is based upon our ability to communicate effectively with our dog. Keeping in mind our dogs dont give us what we want, they give us what we ask for, we need to be sure we have a clear idea of what we want then ask in a way our dog understands. We also need to calibrate our voice with our intentions. Daves goal is to make sure you walk away with a clear understanding of how to effectively communicate with your dog, create a realistic sense of where you and your dog are, and, most important, provide tools to assist you on your journey. Visit www.catbirdstockdogs.com for more information about Dave Imas. All levels of handlers and dogs welcome. We have a round pen, a small field, and a large field. Auditors are welcome. A light lunch and snacks will be provided both days, and dinner will be provided Saturday evening. Open to no more than 12 handlers, Dave likes to keep his clinics small. With a limited number of participants, there will be plenty of time for questions, discussions, and a ton of work for each handler. We will try to video some of the sessions and have a group discussion Saturday eveningafter dinner to further analyze handler and dog interactions. Cost for two-day clinic $250 Auditors $25/day Please email us at tommy@jtcattle.com with information on how many dogs you wish to bring and the dogs level (so we will know how many dogs we have in the fields or round pen). Registration will be accepted until the clinic is full. Refunds will be issued if the clinic is cancelled. Campers/RVs are welcome. No hook-ups. Nice hotels approximately 30 miles away in Hereford, TX or Clovis, NM. If you have any questions or need further information please feel free to contact Jill at 806-265-5448 by text or phone call or email me at tommy@jtcattle.com. Send checks to Jill Hefner; 2405 CR 10; Friona, TX 79035.
  4. Whistling CDs by Kent Kuykendall and Alasdair MacRae are both still available. Both are very good. Also, Nij Vyas has a short video on YouTube with a few of his whistles. Google Nij Vyas Sheepdog Whistle Commands - Outtakes. I like his come-bye whistle but mine always comes out different.
  5. Yes, thank you! I'm slowly learning to navigate fb. Coming to these boards is a lot easier, though.
  6. In light of the recent comments, and just to make sure no one misunderstood my post, I am certainly not disparaging these boards in any way. I have appreciated the wealth of expertise that is found here, and it has benefitted me personally many times. I also have enjoyed the varying opinions and lively discussions - they help me to solidify my own ideas and opinions. I do, however, wish the upper section was more active. Judging from the archives, it used to be so. But as someone has said already, it is the natural evolution. I certainly don't think it is the fault of any person or that anything should be done differently. I will continue to take advantage of the valuable information found on these boards, and I'm grateful to be a member, "lurking member" though I may usually be. Back to my original question.....if anyone knows of other discussion groups I'd be happy to hear about them! Thanks to everyone for the info and tips on how to navigate Facebook!
  7. Gloria, I'm sure I'm being an idiot, but I have a question. I got an approval to join from one of the groups you recommended. However, as far as I can tell, that group isn't showing up on my fb. Will it appear on my newsfeed, or will I have to do something different? Thanks, signed FB Clueless.
  8. Ok, well I can certainly see how that would be frustrating! And actually, I'm already a little overwhelmed with it. After figuring out how to get some accounts like Meeker and National Finals to show up on my newsfeed (and I'll admit that I had to ask my sister how to do that
  9. Thank you, Gloria! I've made the join request...waiting on the moderator. Smalahunder, if I could've shared my husband's account I would've! But he doesn't have one either. Just curious, what don't you like about the fb format for the discussions, besides the one you stated? Like I said, I know nothing about this new world, so I don't know how it compares to, say, the discussions on these boards (which is the only venue I know anyway!).
  10. After years of vowing I would never "do" Facebook, I have lost my sanity, ahem, I mean I have changed my mind and decided that some of the sheepdogging groups might be useful and informative for me. I happened to come across somebody's training blog and I've learned a lot from her writings, but she doesn't seem to update anymore. There's usually not much activity in the top section of this forum, although there's a lot of wonderful archive material that I've read. Several of you have mentioned that there are training discussions happening on Facebook, but no specific groups (is that what they're called?) have been named. I'm sure there is some obvious way I could find the names of them, but since I know nothing about Facebook could some of you please post them here? Or PM me? I hope I have posted this in the correct section. Thanks in advance for any info provided!
  11. My Nan also had a very constricted left pupil four days ago. Both of her eyes are blue as well and yes, it sure is obvious when the pupils are different. She was also holding that eye shut, though. When I took her to the vet, he stained her cornea but couldn't see a scratch. She did have conjunctivitis. The vet mentioned a dog 30 miles away that had Horner's Syndrome and also presented with one very constricted pupil. However, with antibiotic eye drops, Nan's pupil was back to normal in one day.
  12. We still have a couple of slots left for the clinic. Let me know if any of you are interested We are really excited about having Tommy Wilson at our place!
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