Filling the Empty Nest

I’ve been an empty nester for 2 years now. I homeschooled all three of my children and have launched them all into the world. My son, the youngest, is a junior  in college. This time of year, I get a pit in the bottom of my stomach, knowing that the house will soon be empty again. Once the children are … Read More

The Natural Instincts of Border Collies

Border collies just instinctively know how to work sheep, right? Wrong. It is true that border collies have particular instincts which help them work with sheep and make them trainable, but they are not born already knowing how to work with a shepherd. The Border Collie Rescue website explains the natural instincts of the border collie: The herding instinct in … Read More

Border Collie Training III-Hikes

Hiking Big Deer Mountain This past weekend, we took Kai for a hike in Groton State Park. An important part of Kai’s training involves exposing him to different settings, sights, and sounds. On our 6 mile walk he greeted many other hikers, encountered thousands of new smells, even met a few other dogs. Through all of this, he develops trust … Read More

Sit, Stay, Lie Down-Border Collie Training

“Kai, sit.” “Kai, lie down.” Kai sleeps at my feet as I write. He takes a morning nap each day after our long walk in the woods. Kai will be 12 weeks old in just a few days. At this point in a border collie’s life, lots of play time is important, but basic obedience training takes a priority. We … Read More