Tag Archives: Valdemar Farm

Squee Alert – Video – Border Collie Puppies

These tri-color, smooth coat border collie puppies were born at Valdemar Farm in Fort Lupton, Colorado (where we take herding lessons). The litter is jokingly known as "Big Head Todd and the Monsters."

Dog Training Update: Herding Challenges

Despite having ZERO time to read for pleasure lately, I'm making my way through a sheepdog book that our herding trainer recommended. It's called Talking Sheepdogs: Training Your Working Border Collie (by Derek Scrimgeour).

Lilly Herding Lesson #2, What Didn’t Go Well

Yesterday, I reported on What Went Well in Lilly's second herding lesson. Here is a recap of what didn't go so well.

Lilly Herding Lesson #2, What Went Well

Last Thursday, Lilly and I hauled ourselves out to Valdemar Farm for our second official herding lesson. This I know ... I'm probably the worst goatherd on the planet. Lilly loves bossing goats around.

Lilly Herding Lesson #1, The Poll

Now that you've seen all the videos, read my accounts of other herding lesson events, and considered my ideas on possible causes of Lilly's relatively poor performance in her first official herding lesson, I'd like…

Lilly Herding Lesson #1, Reflections

Let's resume our discussion of Lilly's herding lesson with some reflections on the overall experience. As promised, I'll also clue you into to a couple of details that may shed light on how things went.

Lilly’s Herding Lesson #1, Part 5

The third and final time Lilly worked the goats during her one-hour herding lesson, we tried something different. Oh, I still played the role of newbie goatherd, but we asked Lilly to FETCH the sheep…

Lilly’s Herding Lesson #1, Part 4

After taking a break, during which Lilly smiled and panted wildly but refused to drink any water, we took her back into the training pen. EXCEPT, this time I got the chance to be the…

Lilly’s Herding Lesson #1, Part 3

In today's goat herding lesson video, Lilly works the goats in the larger training pen. Again, I don't want to influence your impressions of what you'll see, so I'll let the video footage speak for…

Lilly’s Herding Lesson #1, Part 2

Our herding story continues this week with a video showing Lilly chasing and/or letting the goats go hither and yon. Yes, they ended up spread across three pens, so we asked Ben, an experienced herding…

Lilly’s Herding Lesson #1, Part 1

Between bouts of silly cold and small-ish snowstorms every 1-3 days, we finally squeezed in Lilly's second herding lesson on Friday. The weather was clear, with temps in the 60s, which was great. So, all…

Lilly’s Herding Instinct Test, Reflections

We're still on herding overdrive here at Chez Champion of My Heart, 10 days after Lilly's big herding instinct test on 7 or so boer goats at Vademar Farm in Fort Lupton, Colorado. On our…

Lilly’s Herding Instinct Test, Part 3

Following a break to rest and drink, Lilly entered the round pen for the third and final time in her 1-hour herding instinct test. The task of working livestock is one of the most mentally…

Lilly’s Herding Instinct Test, Part 2

We continue our tales of goat herding today, with perhaps the best video footage so far, of our brilliant/sensitive girl showing an inkling of skill and luck with her little herding instinct test flock of…

Lilly’s Herding Instinct Test, Part 1

Last Wednesday, with full crate and dog-on-the-go regalia loaded into the Mini, Lilly and I trekked about 1 hour and 15 minutes east to Cathy Balliu's Valdemar Farm in Fort Lupton, Colorado. That's where Lilly's…