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Week Three

This week we visited a sheep herding farm and the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club. This week we also finished reading Stanley Coren's novel, How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind. This book has help us to do just as the title states, understand our dog's thinking, as well as the...

Herding TrainingThis week we visited a sheep herding farm and the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club. This week we also finished reading Stanley Coren's novel, How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind. This book has help us to do just as the title states, understand our dog's thinking, as well as the sensory organs and training options.

At the sheep herding farm, we watched several Border collies herd sheep on command, as well as practiced our own herding ability. Younger dogs practiced their herding skills in a small pen with fewer sheep. Since herding is an instinctual habit, the dogs are literally born ready to herd. The class also watched a trained Border collie work on an agility course.

Jean & George with Kelly & MollyDr. Ersoff took us the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, owned and operated by Jean and George White. We interacted with their therapy Golden Retrievers, Kelly and Molly. These dogs are qualified and certified to be therapy dogs. They are active in the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Whitaker Pediatrics at Forsyth Hospital where they interact with patients. Kelly and Molly also visit the Ronald McDonald house in Winston-Salem.