Herding Lessons - Herding is a wonderful sport and a great venue for those who want to expand and improve their relationship with their dog. While most people will never need to be able to herd livestock with their dog, it is a fascinating endeavor and a fun sport to undertake with your canine partner.
Instruction for herding trials and/or practical herding is provided at Glenrose Farms, with emphasis placed on improving the dog/owner relationship, strengthening dogsmanship skills, and teaching stockmanship fundamentals while teaching handlers how to work with their own dog. Practical livestock handling skills, as well as trialing skills, are taught.
Herding lessons are offered on a limited basis, usually on the weekends. When spaces are available, lessons are booked individually but are clustered and staggered with other students so that students can learn from and support each other. Lessons are provided on our Dorset sheep.
Because Laura teaches on a limited basis, she often has a waiting list. She will work with prospective students when she has openings. She attempts to periodically offer instinct testing for those dogs who have never herded before or as introductory sessions for prospective students who have herded before. Any instinct test sessions with available space will be published on our Schedule of Events page. Participation is only available by prior arrangement.
Laura Noll (formerly Laura Bridges) has been teaching herding lessons for over 25 years and has worked with most breeds of working dogs on most classes of livestock. She and her students have competed very successfully in trials, including multiple High-in-Trial awards and other herding accomplishments. You can view the titles her dogs have earned on our "Our Dogs" page and the titles she has helped her students earn on our "Congratulations to Our Students"