Working dog training
We cater for all working dogs
Is your dog causing you stress? Is it barking, chasing, not listening, pulling the leash? We can help!
Can't get it to work stock, or can't get it to stop working?
Being too forceful, or not able to get it to move your flock?
Or have you just bought a kelpie and have no idea how to handle it or where to start the training?
Working dog training info and prices
Bring your dog/s, learn heaps and have fun!
This is a two day course, held on our property in Welshpool and occasionally on different locations. Over a weekend you will learn a lot about your dog and it's behaviour in general, how to communicate so your dog understands you, obedience, how to solve problems and of course everything there is to know about herding.
From beginners to experienced handlers, 14 wk old puppies to old dogs, farmers to city slickers, our Working Dog Training caters for all working dogs. We have over 30 years of experience with all sorts of working dogs including rescue dogs and 'problem dogs', no problem is too big for us!
You and your dog will be able to move with stock through paddocks and yards, while having control of your dog. It is a hands on weekend, with plenty of time to practise the things you have just learned.
We use a ‘hands on approach’ starting with you and your dog on sheep, and back that up with white board instruction. We work in small groups and you learn understanding and developing the instincts of your dog and how to work with it, not against it. You learn communicating with your position and body movement: this foundation work will build strong working bonds with your dog and develop to a higher standard of ability. We will talk about and practice commands, obedience and stress free stock handling.
The theory section is where Paul explains the basics on a white board.
The course includes:
- Instinct testing
- Body language and position
- Obedience on and off lead
- Working in the paddock on a bigger flock of sheep
- Commands, off balance
- Backing and barking
- Casting and driving
- Stock Flow & Leaders
- Getting rid of bad habits
We start 9am and finish at 4-5pm
Prices for the School at Welshpool
- Full course (one dog + one human) $330
- Full course (one dog + two humans) $440
- Spectator $175
- One full day $175
Up coming dates are:
- Nov 16+17 (fully booked)
- Dec 7+8
- Jan 18+19
- Feb 8+9
- Mar 14+15
- April 18+19
- May 16+17
Advanced Dates (for people who have done a few schools):
- March 7+8
- May 9+10
A private lesson goes for 90 minutes and we can address all issues you would like to work on. We recommend this option if you have limited time, have a few specific or urgent issues, live close by and/or especially if you do not want to do any herding. In a lesson Paul will not only train your dog, but will teach YOU how to train your dog.
We do lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30 and 1pm (and any time after that).
If you are unable to make it on a Tuesday or Thursday please let us know what day/s you are available.
To book a lesson please contact us.
Cost for a 90 minute lesson is $120 + GST
The facilities at the Beloka farm are especially designed for our course, with a round yard and different sizes yards and paddocks, so you and your dog can work at your level and step up to the next when you are ready for it. You can practice for dog trials on the trial grounds. We mainly work sheep, but have ducks and cattle available as well.
Location: Beloka farm, Welshpool, Victoria
Note: All dogs have to be up to date with vaccination before entering the property.
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Note to the City Slickers
We find that 95% of sheep dog breeds work instantly and are easily trained. This training on sheep has huge benefits in obedience off lead training, mental stimulation and socialisation. When a dog is in prey drive (working instinct) at the park or on a walk it is almost impossible to stop this behavior. But when working on sheep in a safe environment with experienced instructors, this instinct can be redirected into a positive activity that your dog will love and accept the obedience because it will be rewarded with more herding.
Thanks to you both for what was a truly fantastic, informative and brilliantly run weekend. There is something uniquely satisfying watching Kelpies working sheep well. We came away having learnt a massive amount from our individual sessions and observing those of others attending. I was amazed to see how quickly our little dog Whiskey started to also gain in confidence from the experience and surprised how smoothly she worked through her first ever trial. Looking forward to a future session again and getting to the point where we can give trial a go.
Dog School - Sept 2019
I just wanted to thank you so so much for last weekend. It was so much fun. Your knowledge is great, you make time for everyone and take time to discuss things and your hospitality is second to none. We will most certainly be back.
Dog School - May 2018
Thank you for the BEST weekend I’ve had for a long time. Everything was more than I had expected. Paul your teachings made me both laugh and cry and the end results were obvious. I came away so inspired to work hard with my Bella who astounded me with what she could do.
Dog School - Dec 2017
My wife couldn’t believe the huge change in Tobi! He’s much more settled and doesn’t pull at all on walks. He’s like a different dog. It’s interesting as loud noises don’t scare him so much now whereas before he’d jump at the slightest sound. And he’s much less demanding but no less affectionate.
Thanks for an amazing experience and it was really great meeting you both.
Dog School - June 2017
Just wanted to say what a great day I had when I took Bella. Learnt soo much and felt well supported. Was initially thinking, as I was not a country person, I would not fit in, but Paul is soo professional and shows a real understanding of people. Oh of course and Kelpies. Thanks so much and I will return.
Dog School - March 2017
Just finished a weekend training at Beloka with our kelpie pup Blossom. This was a great weekend which taught me as much about myself as it did about Blossom. To Paul and Anneke thank you so much for a great weekend, you generosity and hospitality and just being amazing people. We'll see you again soon 🙂
Has attended multiple Dog Schools
Paul is a great teacher of people & dogs. I was amazed how much I achieved in just two days and how much fun we had doing it. Added an unexpected bonus is that implementing Paul's techniques has strengthened the bond between me & dog - she really does enjoy me taking control and giving her clear direction.
Dog School - Sept 2017
Will is going fantastic, he gained so much confidence after our first school and so did I. Before coming down to you guys, I couldn't get him to work consistently. Now he is casting and backing like a pro with so much confidence with or without other dogs, he's so much more responsive and obedient. I thought it would be a good idea to come back and keep the training going, I had a really great time last time.
Daryl and Michelle
Have attended multiple Dog Schools
Sunny has been really good. The training weekend has done him the world of good. He's been stopping, staying & waiting with great results. He's walking so much better on loose lead too. We see a huge change in him and believe it's all to do with what you guys have helped us teach him and him wanting to learn. I've highly recommended you to a couple of friends of ours. Looking forward to coming down again soon.
Has attended multiple Dog Schools
Took my city slicker kelpie Zoey to the last working dog weekend at Welshpool. As she is a rescue I wanted to give her a chance to try what she was bred to do, but more importantly, I was having some behaviour and fear aggression issues with her that I had not been able to address successfully. It has now been one week since I did the course and I have a different dog. She is calmer, has shown no fear aggression, even to her worst triggers, listens carefully to instructions and is dedicated to pleasing me - probably so she can go again!
I cannot thank Paul enough for my new "Queen Zoey". Will repeat the weekend as soon as I can.