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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 Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    The all-day clinic is $95 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    Call 352-274-3629 to make reservations, or click here for more information.

  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, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm:

     

    http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx

     

     

    The all-day clinic is $90 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  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, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm:

     

    http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx

     

     

    The all-day clinic is $90 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  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 Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm:

     

    http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx

     

     

    The all-day clinic is $90 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  6. 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 Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm:

     

    http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx

     

     

    The all-day clinic is $90 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  7. 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, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    Follow this link for information, sign up form, and maps to the farm:

     

    http://shielinfarm.com/Announcements.aspx

     

     

    The all-day clinic is $80 per handler. Have some fun and get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  8. 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 Times, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many

    trials.

     

    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 trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  9. 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 trial dog to a higher level by

    someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  10. 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 New York Times, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog

    publications, and has won many trials.

    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 trial dog to a higher level by

    someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  11. 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, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    The all-day clinic is $97 per handler. Please email or call me for reservations, we are lucky to get this caliber of training here in central Florida. Get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

     

    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

  12. 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, Time Magazine, prominent stock dog publications, and has won many trials.

     

    The all-day clinic is $97 per handler. Please email or call me for reservations, we are lucky to get this caliber of training here in central Florida. Get your dog started right, or polish your trial dog to a higher level by someone who really knows his stuff.

     

    John Carter

    john@shielinfarm.com

    www.shielinfarm.com

    352-274-3629

  13. I am interested, but like Mary said both myself and my dog are newbies!!! Could you PM me some details?

     

    Thanks!

    Dinah

     

    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

  14. My rescue bc has only seen sheep a few times. Would we be allowed to attend?

     

    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.

  15. 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 each handler/dog will get individual evaluation and attention. I have sheep and a pretty good size pasture as well as small working pens. Novices welcome. There are not many opportunities to get training of this caliber here in Florida, so please help me fill the clinic!

     

    John Carter - Ty & Kate

    carterfarm@gmail.com

    352-274-3629

  16. 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 to develop the gather first? When a ewe turns on him, I help him push her away and encourage him to stand his ground. I can spend a lot of time with him so would 2-3 10 minutesessions per day be too much?

  17. 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, leaving him in the mood to continue working? Maybe 5 or 10 minutes at a time? I have high hopes for both the rescue dog and me. Thanks for you advice!

  18. 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 strong BC cattle dog years ago and now a shy dog is a new challenge for me. Any tips would be appreciated!

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