Over the winter we will be hosting two series of double lift and shedding clinics. This is a great opportunity to get yourself and your dogs ready for the up- coming trialing season.
Gordon will be on hand to teach you and your dogs the correct way to turn back your dogs. This will consist of 3 sessions on look backs and shedding. The 4th session will be a double lift course to put to practice what you have learned. It would be beneficial if you could attend all 4 sessions.
Cost is $25 per session.
First session will be Saturday December 10th, 8am-12pm or 10am-2pm (tentative). We have indoor facilities if weather is bad.
Dates as follows:
December 10, 17, 31, and January 7th
January 21, 28, February 4 and 11
Contact Margaret Lass-Gardiner for more details
Gordon Watt was born in Ireland in 1964, to a family of shepherds. His father is William Watt, a legend in sheepdogs. At an early age Gordon became interested in all aspects of sheep care and sheepdog training. When he was 15, Gordon and his first dog, Chum, won second in the Irish Nationals and it was on from there. In 1999, he was Irish National Champion, and in 2005, Gordon became World Champion, after also winning the English National Championship with his dog, York.
Gordon’s current main trial dog is Huthwaite Storm. With Storm Gordon has won Northumberland League Nursery, numerous Open trials, and was fourth at the English Nationals in 2015. His most recent trial dog, Moss, has won many Open trials, and was 3rd in the English National in 2014 and on the English team in 2014.
Gordon has maintained his York line in Flo and Reba. Flo goes back to York’s mother and Reba is Flo’s daughter. Storm and Moss are outcrosses. Their pedigrees can be seen here at this website.
When choosing a sheepdog Gordon likes to see “an ability to work sheep properly”. By that he means a dog that uses its brain. Also, the nature, the personality of the dog has to be very good. “Power” is not the dog that scares sheep, but rather the dog sheep trust and can move them.
He likes to show young dogs sheep at about 8 months. At this time he feels it is possible to evaluate an individual training program for a dog.
Look at the calendar on this website for training availability, upcoming events and lessons. Gordon is based in Southeastern Wisconsin and located near the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Illinois (O’Hare airport) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mitchell Field). Gordon is booked for clinics in the Midwest and elsewhere.