Your Herding Partners Program is strategically designed in layers that progressively build your working partnership foundation ... ... while tapping into the powerful compounding effect.
The Foundation Formula Herding Partners Edition Is Your Core Program...
with 5 Modules Full of Amazing Content in 2 Complete Education Tracks:
These 3 Pillars are designed to give strength to an already incredible program!
There is NO other group that offers this level of positive partnership herding support. You are not alone!!
Connect, share and engage with your fellow dog enthusiasts as much as you like within our private Facebook group. This is a fully supportive group that offers only love and empathy. I’m active here too, so if you need a little help, or a little nudge, just ask!
Every QUARTER of the year, attend a live, virtual Coaching Clinic, where Kathy guides you by answering your questions and coaching you through your herding struggles, reviews your videos, and more. Plus, you can post a question or a video for discussing with your herding peers in our private fb group anytime.
This is really special! You’ll soon have access to the best, most helpful, most popular masterclass workshops/coaching calls to propel you even faster into the winners circle. We just completed a new series of 5 “Start Your Young Dog” masterclasses that will teach you step-by-step how to get started the right way! There are over 30 MasterClasses in the library!
• How to create a working partnership with your dog that will last a lifetime.
Now fast forward to today and their partnership has blossomed into a fruitful one … Fleck has become the ‘go-to’ stockdog on the farm.
And, they successfully compete at the Pro-Novice level at USBCHA herding trials – something she thought they’d never be able to do!
I have, what I believe is perhaps the greatest gift I can give to a herding dog enthusiast like you.
It’s a key to my ‘training and partnership vault’…a literal treasure trove designed to get you TRANSFORMATIONAL Results … and a deep, trusting partnership with your dog so you can finally resolve your training struggles and have the success you’ve dreamed of with your dog.
I’ve spent many years, countless hours and LOTS of hard work (and trial and error learning – thanks to my dogs!!) to pull this program together for you.
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Everything you need is assembled in one place:
• You want a deep, trusting partnership with your dog so you can finally resolve your training struggles. Your dog is smart, and that means trouble sometimes! You’d like to learn how to really communicate with your dog and develop a trusting partnership that can help you resolve training struggles AND help you deeply connect so you can enjoy the life you’ve dreamed of with your dog … and have success in everything you do together: work, play, life, sports.
The better you understand the roles both you and your dog are responsible for as you learn to master herding, the better your results will be. Each foundation herding skill is taught in detail, so that you can master the applications at each level from beginner to master.
The program lessons deep dive into the core herding skills: Flanks, Stops, Steady, Lift, Pressure, Driving. The premium workshops will take these essential skills beyond foundation and into naturally developing Outruns, Wearing, Driving … and skills that will help you master Farm Chores and Herding Trials.
The program is designed to empower beginners, accelerate novices to ‘move up’ status, and deepen the understanding to mastery for those further along … including herding instructors.
Having a ‘beginners mind’ is how I approach all learning … and what I recommend for you too!
From: Kathy Kawalec
RE: The Herding Partners Academy
I stand behind this program with all my heart. I am confident that you will be thrilled with what you learn in the program. I know that if you do this simple work you WILL be on your way to becoming the partner your dog deserves. If you decide in your heart that this program is not for you, cancel within 7 days for a full refund. AND you may easily cancel your membership subscription with a 72 hour notice before your monthly or your annual renewal. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of your cancellation.
“I want to talk about the transformation from just a simple set of ideas and change in perspective.
My relationship with my (now retired) herding dog Rye was completely transformed from just reading one of Kathy’s articles on partnership.
We were both unhappy with the training experiences that resulted from constant judging – all the time, was Rye made of the right stuff? How come he would refuse to do what seemed to me to be the simplest things? Why did he sometimes run away from situations?
A couple of transformative ideas were that I needed to understand things from his point of view and that Rye and I were only going to be successful as partners.
It really did not matter in the least whether some instructor would have picked him as her next open dog, or why not!
As soon as I started trying to understand why Rye found things difficult, he was very happy to communicate with me about what he felt he could and could not do and we stopped having meltdowns in training.
I eventually understood that some of his problems were really physical, but when he was feeling well, he always gave me 100% – if I was giving him 100% of my attention and my faith. “
~ Sara and Rye
“Killiebrae Bryn, a sweet and strong border collie with much natural ability for stock dog work, came home two years ago. In choosing Bryn my hopes were for a dog I could work on our small sheep farm and train both of us to participate in Stock Dog Trials.
My frustration and lack of understanding of how to work WITH my Bryn rather than AT her was interfering with any real progress.
We met Kathy a number of years ago but the distance to her home made connecting with her as a teacher difficult. Then we got the opportunity to have her here as she passed on the way to trials further west.
Those first few months taking on the dedication to consistently use Kathy’s method were an eye opener! Bryn began to really partner with me, a joy for both us. I can not find the words to describe the sense of growing accomplishment and skill as that partnership deepened.
Kathy’s ability as a coach is outstanding. I might mention I am quite a fussbudget about teaching competency. In my first career I supervised, managed, educated through classes and workshops. I understand the difficult task of teaching well.
Kathy is a highly competent stock dog handler and a highly competent coach and teacher.
The 5Cs structure is such a strong foundation for learning skill and developing partnership. This structure provided me with a comprehensive way to organize my goals, my process and kept me in mind constantly of the importance of partnering with Bryn. A strong foundation is in place.
We are communicating and working together to gain competence with the active support of extraordinary coaching.
I am committed to working manageable goals rather than jumping from step A to step Q! Stepping back and insuring I clearly understand both my needs and Bryn’s has made a world of difference.
~Jan and Bryn
“I didn’t know this back then, but when a dog comes into your life it changes it.
Doyle’s birth was the start of a new chapter in my life. Doyle is a wonderful teacher. He taught me about a partnership of trust, understanding, and clear communication. He turned me into a dog trainer; the trainer of a reactive, high energy, highly intelligent dog in need of a job.
Together we enjoy training in herding and rally. He is my constant companion in all that I do and in the evenings likes to curl up next to me on the couch and sleep.
Of all the things Doyle and I do together, training in herding is what we love the most. It’s the single most difficult yet rewarding activity for both of us.
We’ve been training in herding and working on our partnership off and on for about four years now. In the beginning Doyle and I struggled with everything.
As a handler, it felt as if I couldn’t do anything right. At home I had taught him sit, down, come, stay and a few cute tricks.
But with sheep, it was as if I didn’t even exist. Our partnership of trust, understanding, and clear communication was pretty much non-existent.
I did not have the clarity about how to proceed when he got excited about the sheep and we lost our communication. I couldn’t even get him to sit at the gate when I asked him.
But I was not about to quit. I was committed and determined to make our partnership work. I wanted a dog I could trust and rely on in any situation. I wanted to build a trusting, long-lasting partnership.
There were moments when it was so difficult that I wanted to quit, but I was committed to Doyle. At times it felt like we took two steps forward and one step back.
At home, under circumstances that Doyle found stimulating, I worked on sit, down, stay, and come. We also worked on self-regulated impulse control. Little by little I started to see a change in our partnership.
I also started to become a better handler. I began to read the sheep better and make moves that made more sense to Doyle. As time went on I gained more competence about herding and this helped Doyle settle into calmer work on sheep.
And then just as we were making great strides forward Doyle’s autoimmune disease flared and he also shredded his ACL. In July of 2011, Doyle had surgery to repair the torn ACL and then spent months in rehab.
Then in March of 2012 we had our first herding lesson in a year. I was really nervous. I spent the entire week leading up to our lesson worrying about how it would go. Would we be the same heart-connected team we were a year ago? What if Doyle was a total knuckle-head and chased sheep around the pasture? What if I had forgotten all I had learned? I was really worried that Doyle and I wouldn’t work as a team.
Kathy and I talked about all of this and came up with a plan. Rather than just walking into the pasture and working, my plan was to reconnect with Doyle in the context of sheep.
We went back to basics. Sit/stay while I walked a little toward the sheep and then called him to me. Praise and treat. We also worked on flanks. I would walk on Doyle’s flank and then call him to me; squaring up in front of the sheep. Again, praise and treat. This helped Doyle and I to reconnect in the context of the work.
This then translated nicely to the work on sheep; because I was much calmer and confident so was Doyle. We now start all our lessons like this. It helps us both to connect and our work on sheep is always better!
As for the future… clarity is always something I will need to work on. Sometimes I just don’t know what the right move is. Other times I have trouble putting all the smaller pieces together into the big picture. But, there are days with clarity. I see the big picture. I make good moves. The sheep are calm and controlled.
For me, it’s about the work and the partnership with this dog I love… And that’s a beautiful thing.”
~ Erin and Doyle
“My dog Bruce is amazing. I know in my heart that he is a very talented dog. If you can’t see clearly that my dog is top notch, it’s because it’s ME obscuring the view. lol.
He may not be an easy dog, but trust me, he’s a great one.
…And then there’s me. Staying calm, focused and unemotional are states of being that I have to work on every time I take my dog to sheep. I get impatient and frustrated when things don’t go well. I love my dog, but I think dark thoughts about him in the heat of these moments – and I don’t like it.
This partnering, training, clarity thing — it does not come naturally to me. The tricky thing about training sheepdogs is that it LOOKS like a combination of mechanical skills and natural ability, all brought under command by a talented trainer. What it really IS, as it turns out, is a combination of partnership, collaboration and commitment to the process. Even the person who won the National Finals last year has described his relationship with his top dog as “similar to a good marriage”.
So the good news, for me, is that I WANT to partner and collaborate and commit and be clear. I’m certain that my dog wants this too. I have seen abundant evidence of this every time we have been able to bring these qualities to our sessions on sheep. Enter my friend Kathy Kawalec and the 5Cs.
I have found that if my dog and I listen to each other, our partnership will be stronger and we’ll have more success.
The 5Cs have given me a guide to focusing on the important aspects of work with my dog. I have changed my perspective from commanding my dog to focusing on communicating with my dog. I can see how being clear about what I want, with great timing and proper tone, can make all the difference to both of us. I have renewed my commitment (and enthusiasm) to a process that allows for learning on both our parts…and a vow to stop and take a breath when frustration shows it’s ugly face.
I have found that if we listen to each other, our partnership will be stronger and we’ll have more success. (now, when Bruce doesn’t take a cue, I am more inclined to reassess my sheep and situation rather than to demand blind obedience – not 100% on this but it’s a work in progress).
The 5Cs have given me a guide for how I want to be with my dog, whether it’s training in my field or competing at a trial. I must stay calm and focused in order to clearly communicate the objective of the work and execute the task with competence.
The reviews are in: we are having a lot of fun in our work. And this great dog of mine is doing great work with me.
I was ready for a methodology that could take my mind off of the dog I didn’t have and put my heart into the dog I do have.
Kathy’s gift for communicating a great method has given me a wonderful road map for building a better partnership with my dog. Lest you think that the 5Cs are a cure for impatience and frustration – don’t go nominating Kathy for the Nobel Prize just yet. I am not cured, but I AM using the 5Cs to change my approach to my training, my dog and myself.
I used to think that training a sheepdog was about having a dog that would do what you said when you said it. Turns out it’s about creating a champion working partnership with a partner that trusts you to ‘lead the dance’.
I now know that my dog and I can have a great partnership.
~Nancy and Bruce