|Herding Boot Camp
Camp Dates 2015
|A la carte registration available within each session.
Fees: Main Dog & Main Handler Registration ($750) per camp.
2nd Dog Same Handler ($375) per camp.
A la carte dog & handler registration ($200) per day, ($120) per 1/2 day.
A la carte 2nd dog registration ($100) per day, ($60) per 1/2 day.
LIMITED TO: 8 Dogs (You can bring extra, not-for-training,
companion dogs if you like, or bring more than one dog for training,
although we highly recommend that you bring just one lucky dog for a special week of bonding!)
DOGS: ALL BREEDS, AGES 8 MONTHS
All dogs must be healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations
and not been in contact with any dog with communicable diseases within the
previous 30 days.
TRAINING FACILITIES: On our 67
acre sheep farm which is set back from the road, we have a 40 acre fenced-in
field, a 100' x 200' fenced-in arena, and a 100' round fenced-in arena, as
well as other, fenced and unfenced fields and woods. We also have
a large, in-door barn to work in during inclement weather or in the
evening and an in-door lecture living room with TV and VCR. There are
off-site areas that we will take the dogs to if there is interest-- for
example, a quiet boat launch on the Delaware River for canine/human
swimming and an out-door ice cream/hamburger stand. An extensive
library about sheep, farming, flora, fauna, the natural history of the
Pocono region, and dog & herding training is available for reference.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We have an on-site B&B
with a limited number of rooms (dogs allowed in guests’ rooms but no
smoking in the house) at $65/night, single or double occupancy. You can also
bring your tent or camper and camp out on our grounds.
There are hotels in the area that do accept dogs. One that we
recommend for events at the farm: East Stroudsburg, PA-- The Budget
Motel, I-80 Exit308, about 15 minutes away, 1-800-233-8144
B&B guests will be served
breakfast each morning. There are local diners, convenient food
stores, and delis in the area. There are excellent restaurants in and
near Stroudsburg, PA. Campers take
turns bringing in food for the group at lunch.
Camp Days will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless forecasted
weather (for zip code 18013-- too hot, over 90 ° days will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a long siesta
midday and resume at 4:00 p.m., continuing until 8:00 p.m.) or herding
tasks (flock grazing which can occur very early in the morning or late at
dictate a different schedule! Each Herding Boot Camper will be given up to 2
private lessons per day, generally 15 minutes to a half hour in length, on any subject of the camper’s choosing. There will be abundant opportunity for you and the dog to work
livestock by yourselves-- ambitious campers should be able to get at least
4 unsupervised stock time training sessions in per day in addition to
their private lessons. Campers may be given rotating livestock care,
watering & feeding chores each day.
The following list show typical topics that are covered
during Herding Boot Camp. Topics
are addressed per the needs and wishes of campers. You can choose to ask about
or participate in all, some, or none of them. Private
& Group Activities will be scheduled. You
choose when and where you want to be.
Herding instinct explained, beginning herding training theory, and
glossary of herding terms
Herding tasks, herding breeds, herding temperaments-- how they differ
& how to start developing them so that they understand their herding tasks
Training Progressions: Developing and achieving training
goals— structuring your dog’s education
Getting the Dog to “Listen” to You Around Livestock
Signals: body, voice &
Teaching Yourself and the Dog to Rate Livestock
Reducing Confusion: Show a
Dog his Work Zone
Reinforcement Training Basics
Reinforcement in Herding
Associative Learning in Herding
Teaching Yourself How to Read Your Dog--5 keys
Criteria to Interrupt, Ignore, Remove, Help, Move On, Repeat, or Try
Herding Tasks and Maneuvers: Outrun—cast,
lift, fetch-- Fetch Drive, Cross Drive, Pen, Hold, Shed, & (for tending)
Pen & Gate Work, Border, Traffic, Hold, Graze, Switching Side &
Borders, Handling Stray Sheep, Grip & Release, Placement Exercise, Bridge
Exciting the Low Arousal Dog
Unsticking "Frozen" dog