Sheepdogs of Australia – Helpie Kelpies

Ruff-ruff! Hello everyone. Sorry it’s been a little while since I last posted, however, we have had limited access to the Internet.

I am now very excited to share a very wonderful visit we had while in southeastern Australia, outside of Melbourne, in a town called Foster.

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Lizzie took us to visit Paul MacPhair’s Kelpie training center! This is a sheep dog farm – I wish we could have stayed there all day!

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Paul and Anneke were the hosts and showed us around the property, and the operations of the training facilities.  Paul is a fourth generation Australian sheep farmer on the property, and Anneke, is originally from Holland (a dairy farm) — the two of them were great hosts!

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They train the kelpies and also raise the sheep. Wool and lamb are two of the main industries of Australia – and, New Zealand.

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Paul trains the puppies and the dogs to herd sheep and sells them to other farmers to help them with their sheep.

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He trains them with three words like “stay” “back,” and “sit.”.  He rewards them with food and cooling off by jumping in the trough.

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Of course, all the puppies/dogs were waiting for their rewards — good dogs!

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Roxy is the mother of the young puppies.  At one point, she saw that one of her puppies was missing and checked on the one that I had.

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There were so many dogs, I couldn’t count them all! I like the puppies the most – they were so cute! I got to hold the three week old puppies and they barely had their eyes open and could not walk.

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We got to watch the older pups (10 weeks old!) when they were first being trained to herd sheep.

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I also liked watching the adult dogs herding the sheep. After working, King and Gloria, (the names of the dogs), jumped into the water trough, too, as a reward for their hard work.

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My favorite move is when they – “back” – the sheep, which is when they run up and down on the backs of the sheep.

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Boy, do I hope I can go back there again someday…..maybe Paul would hire me to help!

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Getting ready to be sheared for wool

And boy, do I miss my own golden retriever, Powder.

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Who’s the dog that I know and love? My woo woo, Powder.

 

Thanks Jack and Sandy, for sending us videos and pictures of her, and especially, for taking such good care of Powder!

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2 thoughts on “Sheepdogs of Australia – Helpie Kelpies

  1. The puppies are adorable! They use sheep (and goats) to cut the grass out where I live; last week, the shepherd didn’t secure his fence very well, and sheep were all over the neighborhood! They were eating people’s flowers – a special treat, I’m sure. The sheepdogs rounded them all up in minutes; it was pretty awesome to see how efficient they were!

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