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Client Herding Breeds

While Susan has chosen the Border Collie for her own dogs and has many Border Collie students, she likes to cater to clients with the other herding breeds or any mixed breed dog that demonstrates the herding instinct.

Susan especially encourages owners of AKC and other registered herding breeds to compete in herding trials to encourage breeders to select for good herding instinct as well as conformation traits for the show bench. 

Susan has experience working with most of the herding breeds found in the U.S., including, but not limited to, the ones listed below.

 
Australian Cattle Dog Briard Norwegian Buhund
Australian Shepherd Cardigan Welsh Corgi Old English Sheepdog
Bearded Collie Collie (Rough and Smooth) Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Belgian Malinois English Shepherd Puli
Belgian Sheepdog German Shepherd Dog Rottweiler
Belgian Tervuren Giant Schnauzer Samoyed
Bernese Mountain Dog Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Shetland Sheepdog
Boerboel Kerry Blue Terrier Shiloh Shepherd Dog
Border Collie Lacy Standard Schnauzer
Bouvier des Flandres Newfoundland  

Examples of Client Dogs in Action

Susan working with Mary Mynaugh's enthusiastic Australian Shepherds at lessons.  Corey, shown in the first row, works on stay.  And 11 year old Ziggy in the second row, shows he's not old at all.

Australian Shepherd  Australian shepherd

Australian Shepherd  Australina Shepherd

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Susan working with Valina Dawson's high energy Norwegian Buhund, Otto, at a lesson.  http://www.buhund.org/home.html 

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund  Norwegian Buhund

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Kelsey Graham's Australian Cattle Dog decided this "personal size" water trough was just the right fit for relaxing after work. http://www.acdca.org/

Australian Cattle Dog in Trough

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Ever heard of the Lacy breed?  Susan is working with Victor A. Kubli and his young, enthusiastic Blue Lacy, Jake.  The Lacy breed was developed in Texas as a hunting and herding dog in the mid 1800s.  They come in three colors (blue, red, and tri), are intelligent, intense, active, and alert, and learn skills quickly.  They have the drive and determination needed for big game and difficult livestock.  The Blue Lacy is the official state dog breed of Texas!  http://www.nationallacydog.org/and http://lacydogbreeders.com/

Blue Lacy

Blue Lacy

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Stacy Marie Einck-Paul looks on as her Border Collie, Myst, thanks instructor Susan with a kiss after her AKC HIT (High in Trial) triumph. http://usbcha.com/

Myst BC

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Tera Monroe's Border Collie, Scout, cooling off in his usual manner, after working hard in a lesson with Susan. http://usbcha.com/

BC Scout

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Susan handling student Dave Freuhwald's Bearded Collie, Reilly. in an AHBA trial class. Below that, Reilly sports the ribbons he earned for AHBA's HTAD IIIs, HRD IIIs, and 2 championship points. http://bcca.us/

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi, BB, is owned by Kathleen Spillhouse and handled by Susan.  In 2007 BB and Susan completed their AKC herding championship to become only the second Cardigan Welsh Corgi to complete the requirements for an AKC herding championship.

BB and Susan also completed the requirements to become only the third Cardigan Welsh Corgi to hold an AHBA herding championship. This gives BB and Susan the honor of being the first Cardigan Welsh Corgi to hold both herding championships!  http://www.cardigancorgis.com/

CWC  CWC Jack

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Susan's student, Laura Gilbert, works with her Belgian Sheepdog, Solomon, training for an AHBA large flock class.  In 2012, Solomon was the top Belgian Sheepdog in AKC Started A.  http://bsca.info/

BS Solomon

Here is Laura Gilbert's Border Collie, Dundee, handled by Susan, getting his AKC 4 point Major in 2012.  Susan has since taken Dundee to earn his herding championship.

BC Dundee

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Susan taught herding novice owner Caryl Buck how to channel English Shepherd Pippin's energy into a successful, disciplined trial dog as well as an everyday working dog.  Pippin has earned several lower level AHBA titles so far.  http://www.englishshepherd.org/ or http://www.esc-registry.org/ or http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/Breeds/HerdingDog/EnglishShepherd01012008

  ES Pippin

ES Pippin ES Pippin  ES Pippin

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Likewise, Susan helped Carol Lundquist and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Dinah, to successful trialing with sheep and cattle, as well as farm work at home.  Dinah is the first Bernese Mountain Dog to earn her AHBA Championship. She's currently working on her AKC Advanced title.  Carol has gone on to become an AKC herding judge, herself.  http://www.bmdca.org/

BMD Dinah

BMD Dinah

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Valina Dawson and the energetic Axel, her Norwegian Buhund, work with Susan during lessons.  Axel is now starting to add herding to his accomplishments (he also enters Barn Hunt competitions) and in June 2013 earned his first herding instinct qualification. Below Susan and Axel discuss an error.   http://www.buhund.org/home.html

Norwegian Buhund  Norwegian Buhund

Axel

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Susan works with student Holly Roach and her Border Collie, Bully, on flanking movements. http://usbcha.com/

BC Bully

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Rebecca Winkler proudly shows off the AHBA Championship title earned by her Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Jack.  Susan handled Jack to his championship. http://www.cardigancorgis.com/

PWC Jack   PWC Jack

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Susan helped student Kay Schauer-Truss train her Boerboel, Marlo, to become the very first Boerboel to earn an AKC herding title.  Boerboels are the most agile of the mastiff family of breeds, developed in South Africa to guard the homestead.  http://www.americanboerboelclub.com/

Boerboel

Boerboel

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Jessica Miller and her Australian Shepherd puppy, Penny, work with Susan during a herding enthusiasm session on ducks. http://www.asca.org/

AS puppy   AS Penny

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If you would like to see your dog in action on this page, email Susan.

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