An Evening of Hot Dogs and Herding
By Tony Montagano
April 7th brought a new first to LTC. We held our first
herding demonstration ever. Over 50 LTC members, Dearlove agility students, and
friends attended the event. We invited Shannon Wolfe to conduct the
demonstration and field questions. If you are not familiar with
, of Magic’s Legacy, her credentials are very impressive.
has 15 years of
experience training stockdogs for waterfowl management (those pesky Canadian
geese are everywhere) and stockdog trainer and trialer, 10 years of experience
as an instructor for all herding breeds and presenting clinics and seminars. She
is a judge for the United States Border Collie Association, American Herding
Breed Association (my favorite venue), American Kennel Club, Bearded Collie Club
of America, and the Collie Club of America. So she has seen it all! A number of
LTC members take lesson’s with
and knew to well that she has a 6th
sense about what a dog is thinking and then translating it to herding.
Historians may recall that
had GSD’s in the past and was a LTC member
years ago, well it was great to see you back on our field!
The demonstration had two of Shannon’s dogs, Border
Collies named Mikki and Min, driving ducks through and obstacle course very
similar to an agility course, made up of a tunnel, weave poles, a jump, and of
course a water obstacle so the ducks could feel at home. I imagine that our
Dearlove agility students felt at home as well watching the ducks being driven
through the weave poles. Ducks were chosen over sheep for the evening because
could you imagine the motorist reactions on
running around in
! The dogs were amazing as they drove the ducks through the course even
with the audience being right on top of them. They maneuvered in and out of the
crowd doing their thing while people remained very still. Good stay!
then gave a synopsis
of herding styles for different breeds and took questions. The questions ranged
from very basic dog instinct for herding to training techniques for outruns, and
away to me and comebye. After the Q & A, a number of us toured
’s dog mobile. What a
truck, from the custom dog crates, to the battery and generator systems for the
’s dogs home away
It was a cold evening so what better way to top the
event off than with some piping hot beans and hot dogs. Served and prepared by
our very own party planner, Lana Berger. Good stuff! So the evening transitioned
to socializing. It was great to see some of our life time members return to the
field. People discussed the evening’s events, shared their sparked interest in
herding, and came to the realization that our agility and obedience programs
started the following week. The event was our President,
’s idea. I had the
pleasure of coordinating the event.
If you’re interested in learning more about herding
you can visit Shannon Wolfe’s website at www.magicslegacy.com.
has lessons all week
at Dead Oak Farm in
, WI., which is about a
1-hour drive from LTC. The farm is ideal for lessons and herding trials.
has sheep, goats, and
ducks at Dead Oak Farm, along with Tony the Lama for keeping the coyotes away.
There is an AHBA trial on June 26th and 27th if you would
like to observe dogs of all levels work. Another favorite is the Stocktober
Event to be held in October.
I hope everyone enjoyed our “Hot Dog and Herding”
event and who knows, maybe we will have sheep grazing at LTC someday. It
certainly would make Russell’s work a little easier!