Training & Lessons
We offer private lessons to those looking to further their knowledge of herding with their dogs, we are here to help. We can help start your dog, but will focus on helping you be an active partner in the process. If you are wanting to help your herding dog get exercise while doing what they are born to do, we will happily work your dog and start them on their Tonopah herding fitness program. To schedule a private lesson, please contact us for available times. Cost $40/2-3 work sessons (appx 1 Hr)
Are you an accomplished herder looking for a facility to work your dog(s) or sheep? We offer handlers that open practice opportunity. Our facility offers you small pens, arenas, alleyways, fields and more to practice with your dog. Training times must be scheduled in advance. (623)363-7925. Cost $30/dog/hour.
A Herding Instinct Test is a simple test to determine whether or not your dog has the "instinct" required for herding. You cannot "make" a dog herd -- he has to want to do it. In the actual test, your dog is carefully introduced to a small flock of sheep that are accustomed to working with dogs. Your dog needs no training before entering this test. We will take your dog into the arena on a leash. We start by walking in a big circle around the sheep to show him that the sheep will move away, there is no need to fear the sheep, and that excessive force isn't needed to make sheep move. Each dog handles this first encounter differently. During the instinct test our objective is to see if the dog is interested in working the sheep and is interested in following directions so he and you can do this as partners. "Chasing" sheep is not herding. Getting the sheep to move as a group in the direction you want them to go is herding. Cost is $25/dog