Custom Training

Custom Training

For clients who may not have the time or other resources available to train their own dog, I offer in-house custom training. Dogs in for training will be treated as we treat our own working dogs here at Palm Cottage Farm. They are housed in comfortable kennels in the barn, fed premium food and exercised regularly. Training is billed on a monthly basis; dogs are trained on stock five days per week. In case travel or other commitments interfere with the weekly training schedule, fees will be pro-rated. For most dogs who are ready, a month of regular training will yield a basic "started" dog. Your dog should be going around sheep with some confidence, have a modest outrun, and beginning to respond to commands on stock. Most dogs will be introduced to the concept of driving within the first month. Some individuals are not mature enough to take the pressures of training, and they should go home to grow up a bit before returning to learn. Generally, a well bred dog is ready to begin a fairly demanding training program at about 12 months of age. Contact me with questions about openings and rates for custom training.