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Sheepdog coaching movies from James P McGee

That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, catches up with James P McGee to debate his new on-line Glencregg Sheepdog Coaching Programme.

From his house soil within the hills of Donegal, James P McGee is educating individuals in regards to the artwork of sheepdog coaching all through Eire and the broader world.

His new novel, on-line sheepdog coaching programme, goals to make individuals can change into more adept and expert and achieve expertise in coaching their very own canines.

The total-time farmer breeds sheepdogs beneath the Glencregg prefix and farms a 500-ewe flock and a herd of suckler cows together with his spouse, Karen, and three kids: Rachel, Laura, and James, within the coronary heart of Co. Donegal.

The famend champion sheepdog breeder and coach launched the programme originally of Might and says that he has been “overwhelmed by the response”.

On-line sheepdog coaching movies

He advised That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“This coaching programme has been advised to me previously. I used to be at all times reluctant, as I desire to do my educating clinics face-to-face.”

“Nonetheless, with Covid-19 restrictions over the previous couple of years, I couldn’t journey and needed to cancel a number of coaching clinics.”

“The clinic organisers advised I attempt to arrange a digital coaching programme. So, I posted on Fb that I used to be contemplating launching an internet sheepdog coaching programme.”

“I used to be overwhelmed with the quantity of constructive feedback, likes and shares. I’m very keen about what I do with canines and am delighted to share my experiences and assist  different individuals with their canines.”

The programme, he says, is geared toward anybody with an curiosity in coaching sheepdogs from farmers or superior trial requirements.

Bronze and gold tiers

There are two tiers to the coaching programme: one for basic coaching (bronze tier) and one for displaying a better commonplace of sheepdog trials onto worldwide commonplace (gold tier), the latter of which he created simply this month.

Based on McGee, anybody can profit from all coaching phases of a sheepdog, from pup stage, farm canine and proper by means of to trial commonplace.

Within the collection of explainer movies, he outlines the dos and don’ts and how you can keep away from pitfalls in coaching a sheepdog.

Movies are largely coaching demonstrations adopted by an evidence on the finish of every clip.

All coaching movies have subtitles to cater for non-English talking subscribers.

Individuals on the gold tier can submit one video monthly of their very own canine and obtain informative suggestions and steerage on the place they’ll make enhancements.

He says the coaching programmes are participating as all individuals can message in an open discussion board chat group.

The viewers can ask questions and search recommendation on points relating to their very own canines, and McGee responds with constructive suggestions and steerage.

New and superior trainers

Based on McGee, the programme is presently hottest amongst sheepdog fanatics from all around the world.

He stated that some registered individuals are new entrants to sheepdogs and trialling, whereas others are extra superior handlers searching for new concepts and suggestions.

Acknowledging that there are different digital sheepdog canine coaching programmes out there, he’s eager to convey that his is “distinctive, because it caters for all ranges, from learners to superior”.

“The individuality of the service is that every one coaching movies are of their authentic format, in that there isn’t a modifying when one thing goes fallacious.”

“Admittedly, in coaching, issues can usually go fallacious. I present all the things; warts and all. This lets the viewers see they don’t seem to be alone when issues go fallacious.”

Furthermore, he additionally admits that there are challenges in coaching a sheepdog, even for probably the most skilled handlers.

In his view, it’s about the way you cope with the problems as they come up; that’s, he reveals, one of many secrets and techniques of coaching a canine.

The movies give viewers a fowl’s eye view of the dealing with, as McGee matches a digicam on my head on events and has a stationary digicam which captures a course view.

The movies additionally present and show how you can learn the physique language of the canine. Every canine is completely different, as he explains, and handlers want to have the ability to learn how a lot strain to placed on the canine.

“My final goal is that all individuals are having fun with the coaching, that every one individuals are studying and that their canines are working properly whether or not, at basic farm work or on the trial discipline,” he provides.


The tiers differ in value, with the bronze package deal – which covers coaching younger canines by means of to primary farm work or nursey trial commonplace – costing €20/month.

Then the gold tier – which is €50/month – is for the superior trialist. It covers beginning younger canines proper by means of to worldwide commonplace trialling and open-class sheepdog coaching.

It corporates shedding, the look again, Penning, and redirecting canines within the outrun.

Fee is a month-to-month charge by means of Patreon if you join. It’s a month-to-month subscription, and the positioning routinely costs originally of every month.

He releases movies per week on each the bronze and gold tiers. Gold tier subscribers have entry to the usual bronze, plus two superior movies on the gold tier.

McGee continues: “For the time being, most of all, coaching programmes are on-line. I journey to different international locations to present one-to-one and group coaching classes .”

“Additionally, I  can prepare group classes and particular person classes at house by appointment solely.”

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the quantity of curiosity so early. The enterprise has grown in a short time, possibly sooner than I ever anticipated. Long run, we hope to proceed to develop the sharing of coaching programmes.

“Thanks to all who’ve signed up and supported the coaching programme and to everybody who shared the programme once I first launched it.”

“Thanks for all of the constructive suggestions and assist and to all patrons from all around the world who’ve signed up,” he concluded.

events can click on this hyperlink and watch the introduction video and determine what tier is best suited for them.

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