Episode 49: Kay Laurence the origin of the Border Collie and Sheepball!

June 20, 2023
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Join Kay Laurence and I on our chat about working Border Collies looking at the breed and breed traits through her many years of experience!

Kay also talks about her famous Sheepball training game that she developed to give collie a proper outlet in their life as pets in urban homes!

“K: So you know, they have a Border Collie, and I want to go for a walk, you’ve got to plan, how you’re going to teach that dog, that walking is an activity. Otherwise what’s the point of this, there’s no purpose to the border collie. So I think it’s just the wrong type of stimulation, they can get overstimulated by the things that they should not have to be exposed to.”

M: They find something else to do on a walk instead of just walking?

K: Well, yes. If you don’t to them a walk is nothing, it’s just got to get from A to B. Quite a lot of the farmers that I used to work with are more hills shepherds. Even if they walked them, they couldn’t walk down a street, or they couldn’t walk in a crowd of people because they never learned the skills of adjusting their stride to go round people.”

Martina Miradoli Border Coolie Expert Dog trainer

Hello, my name is Martina Miradoli and I specialise in training Border Collies.

I’ve owned Border Collies for many years and have trained them, along with other herding breeds in every sport and activity available.

This has allowed me to gain invaluable experience and an understanding of these unique dogs and the behavioural challenges that we may have to face as owners. 

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