Late February 2021 saw working dog trainer Neil Kristiansen down in Esperance to deliver a two-day school for ASHEEP. Places for participants with dogs were capped and went quickly, but others were able to attend as observers and still got a lot out of it.
The training sheep were familiarised with working dogs the day prior to the school, ready for participants to arrive. On Day 1 Neil took us through a range of skills, from getting pups started to working on dogs that were already going. Starting with heading sheep and building balance, to getting a good stop, adding sides and casting.
Day 2 built on that to bring in race work and backing. It was impressive to see how quickly the dogs picked up and grew confidence between each session.
A very worthwhile couple of days.