The Wine Glass Ranch
Canine Communication Center

Where to Start

First your dog needs to pass a herding evaluation test to determine if sheep herding is appropriate for your dog. This evaluation is conducted with an instructor and a few sheep in a small contained area. For the safety of all concerned, your dog will be tethered to a long line while the evaluation is conducted. As many dogs immediately charge and chase the sheep, the instructor will attempt to mold this primal behavior into some form of proper herding behavior. If your dog shows a tendency for herding instinct you will be issued a certificate of satisfaction and invited to sign up for herding lessons.

Herding Instinct testing is offered throughout the year and is by preregistered appointment only.

We ask that you give some thought to the proper attire to be worn during lessons. Herding training can be a physically demanding sport and given the time of year proper attire will be required. We highly recommend closed-toe shoes or boots, sun protection, rain gear or cold weather clothing and head gear can all be required. Your dog must be on a leash at all times when not actually actively engaged in a lesson or evaluation.

All of our lessons are sold as a package with a minimum of one month and with an additional stock fee.

Costs:
Instinct Testing                     $45.00 for testing and Certificate of Satisfaction
Basic Lessons                        $40.00 for 30 minutes weekly with an instructor
                                                 $45.00 for 30 minutes bi-weekly with instructor 
                                                 $15.00 for additional 15 minutes without instructor
                                                 $10.00 additional stock fee per month

Advanced Lessons                 $45.00 for 30 minutes weekly with an instructor
                                                  $50.00 for 30 minutes bi-weekly with instructor
                                                  $30.00 for additional 30 minutes without instructor
                                                  $10.00 additional stock fee per month
                                                 
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