In June 2019 my partner and I were lucky enough to have a one to one, half day private lesson with Stuart Barnes from the Dog and Duck Show with our 6 year old Border Collie Rigsby. This was a special Christmas present from my parents.
In summary, this was one of the best experiences we’ve had, because of what we learnt, how enjoyable the time was and to meet Stuart and his lovely family.
My Border Collie Rigsby is an anxious protective dog who pulls on the lead, snaps at other dogs while on the lead and barks at anyone approaching me or entering our home.
Having been so impressed with the Dog and Duck Show at Findon Sheep Fair in 2017 I bought Stuart Barnes’s book ‘The Way of the Dog’. The book gives the clear, positive, accurate advice he gave in that short time during his excellent show with the advantage of being able to learn each technique at my own pace.
I applied techniques from Stuart’s book and saw results almost straight away. I finally started to understand why my dog reacts to the things he does and the ‘jobs’ he undertook.
Chantal and Stuart couldn’t have been more helpful in arranging this training which took place on their farm with the dogs, ducks and sheep.
I was hoping to put into practice techniques to make Rigsby a less anxious dog, learn ways to make him work, be more stimulated and happy. I also secretly really wanted him to try herding sheep!
The training was excellent and Stuart was very clear, precise and demonstrated techniques to help us understand why Rigsby reacts to certain situations and what the triggers are. We learnt how and when to respond to stop this behaviour.
Stuart gave Rigsby the opportunity to work along side his dogs herding his ducks and sheep. To see Rigsby in a working environment reacting with his Collie instincts was incredible to see and he loved it.
I would recommend this training with Stuart to anyone. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Amy, Tom and Rigsby x
Hi Stuart and team
I had the pleasure of briefly meeting you at the recent Countryfile Live at Castle Howard. I was purchasing your book at the time and I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
As a dog owner (Black Lab and a deaf Dalmatian) I’m always enjoyed listening to you at your demonstrations. I’ve been lucky enough to see you twice at the school countryside day at the Harrogate Showground and was pleased to see you Countryfile too.
Your philosophy and training techniques have struck a chord with me, and although I don’t work my dogs I do find great value in what you have to say. It was an interesting contrast to watch you last weekend then see the Phillipa Williams gundgo display, that’s for sure.
Seeing your appear on Countryefile on TV on Sunday was great becuase I was able to share that with others and say “this is the guy I was telling you about”!
Anyway, you probably rather busy so I’ll get going now. I’ll keep my eye out for your in future and hope to see you at another country show.
This is most unlike me but I feel compelled to email you and thank you for a most amusing, but more importantly inspiring, Dog & Duck session my husband & I witnessed this afternoon. We were spellbound by your ‘masterclass’. Everything you said seemed so obvious and made perfect sense yet seems to have eluded so many dog owners.
It is our hope in the future to re-home a dog but I can assure you that even before we start looking we will read your book. We owe it to the dog!
Thank you for your humour and for sharing your knowledge in such a user friendly way.
Now rest your voice!
Hi Stuart, Looking forward to the checking out your DVD.
Thank you for your help with Fly……. Learning to understand the correct way to deal with her aggression has made everyones life so much better!
We didn’t know what we were going to do, until we meet you.
You saved her and us from a sad downward spiral!
‘We fired her from her job’ , as you told us to do and now….
Fly is a different dog! A happy and more relaxed dog.
We saw straight away that your method worked, and have kept it up!
She is learning that life is more fun now just being a dog and she is so much more under our control!
She even walks around the yard with my new chooks and they try to peek her feet and pinch her bones. They would not have had their head and feathers if they meet the Fly of before!!
Thank you from us in NZ.
If anyone is seeking help with their dog , Stuart’s way works…we know!
And all the best for the DVD and your Dog and duck show!
It was a privilege to meet you briefly today to sign my book The Way of The Dog, and an absolute honour to watch you work your beautiful collies, and to listen to you explain dog behaviour and language, as to me a vet nurse, who runs fear free consults I know I’m saying the right thing….my partner said …he sounds like you….so I’m chuffed to bits we think alike.
I know your book will be a firm favourite in my daily work…if you ever do courses on dog behaviour please please let me know and I will be there soaking up every word. I may even contact you regarding cases if I’m completely stumped.
Keep spreading the message regarding children and dogs, so much more needs to be done there, hopefully people will take on board what you have said.
Saw the great Dog and Duck show
at the Henley Show at Hambledon yesterday. It was the most entertaining, interesting, informative and enjoyable experience. It gave such an incite into the training of the sheep dogs to round up the running ducks, done so calmly and kindly and totally right for your household pet!
The ducks were so funny, attempting ‘breakouts’ round the ring, giving the dogs and the occasional spectator quite a workout and finally the calm handler ‘stayed’ the dogs and quietly called all his ducks to follow him into their travel crate…….which they did!
Saw you at Newbury and loved not only the way you managed your charges, but the way you involved the audience, particularly the children. I am sure some of them (those who are old enough to relate their experience) will be talking of it for some time to come. It certainly is something we won’t forget!
Just wanted to say how much me and my two sons loved your dog and duck show at the Bath and West Show on Friday. You talk so much sense and watching you work the three dogs was a pleasure and joy to watch. You have such an understanding that modern dog trainers don’t have. I took on board your point of eye contact and being in front of the dog to positively correct a behaviour. I used this on a walk with my four dogs. They were all running everywhere, so I got in front and calmly got them all back and waiting, then turned and walked on and not one passed me till I released them; three Jack Russell’s and a Lab cross. One of the jacks is a nervous girl, only a year old, but always been nervous so I was always a jumpy owner. If another dog came near I would tighten the lead or pick her up, but now have tried keeping lead loose and got in front so she looked at me and let the other dog walk by. She was quiet and just concentrated on me with a loose lead, with lots of treat rewards. I have been to these so-called force free trainer, but none have ever been of any help, but your simple explanation made such sense and it works! Do you ever do training day as I would love to learn more as I have been looking for a course on behaviour but can’t find one that doesn’t start dogs don’t understand dominance and are not pack animals which seems mad to me. I have worked with horses, cows, sheep, pigs and bird and all need clear boundary and a strong leader to show them what’s right and wrong using body language and your voice. I have your book and hope to start reading it soon. Once again thank you for an amazing demonstration.
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