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  1. Legendary dog trainer Mac MacGregor will be conducting a stock dog herding clinic, and trial competition at the Florida Sheep, Wool, and Stock Dog Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2013, located at 10205 NW Gainesville Road, Ocala, Florida, 34478. Overnight RV camping (power only) is available on site. The fees are $50 for the Friday, April 12, 2013 clinic, $10 for the Saturday, April 13, 2013 trial, and $30 per night for RV camping. Please call John Carter at 352-274-3629 or email john@shielinfarm.com to make reservations. Click here more information.
  2. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times, Time
  3. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times, Tim
  4. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times,
  5. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magaz
  6. Here is a link to a video of top notch border collies working cattle in a large open field:
  7. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times, Time
  8. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, November 14, 2009, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times,
  9. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Ti
  10. There are still two slots left for the Florida herd dog clinic to be given by nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm: http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx The all-day clinic is $97 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your
  11. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, November 15, 2008, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the
  12. There are only 4 slots left for this clinic. If you are interested in attending, please contact me by phone or email at john@shielinfarm.com 352-274-3629
  13. Nationally known trainer Maurice MacGregor will give a stock dog clinic with sheep Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Shielin Farm near Micanopy, Florida (just south of Gainesville, Florida). The day-long clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so each handler/dog will receive individual training. Novices welcome, we have small training pens and dog-broke sheep. We also have a larger field for more advanced dogs and handlers. Mr. MacGregor immigrated from Ireland and has been training dogs and competing in trials for more than fifty years. He has been featured in the New York Times, Tim
  14. There are still four openings left for this central florida clinic. This will be a great way to start a novice dog and handler, as well as provide an excellent "tune up" for trial-bound handler/dog teams. Check www.shielinfarm.com for details, maps, etc.
  15. Newbies not only welcomed, but encouraged! Most of the folks at our spring clinic were new and we all had a great time. Here is a link to my website that has photos of the spring clinic, maps, and other information: www.shielinfarm.com John - Ty & Kate
  16. Yes. Several of the last clinic participants brought dogs that were new to sheep. I think it is very rewarding to watch Mac start a new dog on sheep. He will probably put the sheep in my small circular pen with the dog outside, and help you get the dog's working instinct "fired up" and begin some simple commands. My dog Ty was a rescue dog also, and Mac helped me introduce him to sheep. I wasn't sure if he could be made to work stock, but he certainly can now and we placed 4th overall in our first (Ty and myself) novice trial.
  17. Update: The clinic is now scheduled for Saturday, November 10th. Location is 16 miles south of Gainesville. Give me a call for reservations and details. John Carter - Ty & Kate carterfarm@gmail.com 352-274-3629
  18. Anyone interested in attending a clinic in central Florida (16 miles south of Gainesville) around the first or second Saturday of November, please give me a call or email. The clinic will be conducted by Maurice MacGregor, an Irish trainer with more than fifty years of training and trialing experience, and who has been featured in the New York Times, Dog Fancy, The Shepherd's Dogge, and Time Magazine. He sure helped me with my new rescue border collie, Ty...we won 4th place overall at our first novice trial in Georgia last week! The clinic will be limited to 10-12 participants so that
  19. I think Ty is gaining confidence. I let the sheep into a larger 2 acre paddock and Ty walks up at my side, keen on the sheep, and when getting close, wears side to side in a low crouch with steady eye and without gripping. But if I run around the sheep to put him on balance, he stays very wide and is reluctant to walk up. I can hold out my hand and he responds by flanking that direction as I give the come bye or away to me command. He stops for the stand command if I keep it brief. Do you think he will gain confidence if I continue the driving with me close by or should I somehow work
  20. Your tips helped. I started using a small (100' x 60') paddock and he is gaining courage quickly. I noticed he is full of vinegar early in the morning and late afternoon, so I use those times to "play" but with the sheep. I don't let him wear outside the fence anymore, just put him in the kennel after working. I also took him off leash this afternoon and he began responding well to "stand" and "walk up". Tomorrow I'll sort off the bossy ewes and try moving the rest around the paddock paying no attention to him as you suggested to see what he does. Should I keep the session short, leav
  21. I'm a novice handler with a shy two year old rescue border collie. I've introduced him to sheep and as luck would have it one of my pushy ewes bullied him. He has very good eye, strong interest and wears incessantly outside the fence but is reluctant to go in the paddock with the ewes now. Should I bring him into the field on leash? I've been leading him with me to push the sheep out of the pens into the field and guarding against him being tromped on again. I'm trying various ways to have him be successful in pushing sheep hoping he will forget the bully incident. I had a very str
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