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Jennifer & Ron Ewers
Ranchita, California


Expectations and things to remember at lessons...

What to wear and bring to your first lesson...

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Remember that you are coming to a ranch!
  • Wear comfortable running shoes. If you are able, you may be asked to run after your pup!
  • Bring a leash and make sure your dog is leashed the first time you let them out of the car. The excitement of the first visit might be too much for your dog. You will also need a leash or "stake out chain" to stake your dog out while I lecture to the group or give you individual instruction.

What to expect at your first lesson...

The first and most important thing you and your dog will learn is that training for sheep dog trialing, in addition to being natural work for the dog, is fun. We may start out in a small pen until I have had a chance to watch you and your dog a bit. Or, we might go directly to a larger field and have one of my dogs assist with holding sheep for us. The first lesson for the dog may only last 15 or 20 minutes, but the lesson for you will last an hour or so. This amount of time gives me the opportunity to talk with you about what is going on and what we are trying to achieve. You are encouraged to ask questions and ask for clarification during all lessons.

When attending a Clinic, Saturday Session, or Canyon Field Trip please consider bringing the following items:

  • A lawn chair
  • Something to drink
  • Munchies (if for the entire day)
  • Rain and/or sun gear (sunglasses)
  • Appropriate shoes (should the weather turn damp)
  • Heavier coat (in the winter--remember, in this part of the country, winter means wind!)
  • A sense of humor and patience!