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NOONBARRA KELPIE STUD
TRAINING YOUR KELPIE
Stephen is currently training dogs (individual tuition) in Sydney/Dubbo/Bathurst and Blue Mountains every few weeks.
If you are interested see training website www.sbilson.com

 

DOG TRAINING  LESSONS!

 GENERAL DOG OBEDIENCE LESSONS

PROBLEM CORRECTION TRAINING

SHEEPDOG  LESSONS

 TRAINING ALL DOG BREEDS AND MIXED BREEDS

 At the Noonbarra Stud, I also do private lessons in sheepdog training and general obedience with all breeds (and cross-breeds) of dogs. I also can help with bad habits, negative behaviour and general dog problems including car chasing, noise sensitivity, heeling, recall and some fear issues in dogs.

I teach all aspects of sheepdog work including yard work, field work, trial obstacles, getting right point of balance, maintaining even distance and steady work, basic training, starting puppies, backing in race, casting (outrun), walk-in, tucking sides, speaking on command, fixing bad habits etc.

Stephen has been training dogs since a young child and has been working professionally as a dog trainer and behaviourist for over 35 years. His father and grandfather also trained & bred dogs and other animals.

I now have a new specialised website just on dog training. Go to www.sbilson.com

 Private  Lessons

One on one instruction - tailored to each handler and dog.

 
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SHEEPDOG TRAINING SESSION - Two Hours $250

This is the most popular training package for most of our sheepdog customers. It is enough time to evaluate the dog, discuss any problem areas with the owner, get the dog started on the sheep and learning the fundamentals as well as some obedience under distraction. Depending on the dog, we might do work in a big round yard or even try some backing of sheep. If the dog is ready, we might do some work in a bigger paddock. We have special areas here set up just for the training and also have quiet sheep that don't panic, that we handfeed and keep near the house especially for the training. As far as we know, we are the only people offering this level of personal sheepdog training.

You can do another hour if the dog is up to it, for an additional $50.

This is one -on-one training and tailored especially for you and your dog. Sessions include evaluation, practical training, discussion and advice as well as a coffee break. Sessions  run  for two full hours. Training intensity depends on the stamina and mental capability of the dog
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Payment must be made on the day of training. or beforehand.
Booking deposit is required. 

 

OBEDIENCE AND PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR TRAINING LESSONS
$150 One Hour (on site)

$250 Three Hours (on site or house call)

We also do day training sessions for general obedience, problem correction and puppy manners. Obedience training can include beginning lessons in heeling, sitting, lying down, coming to owner and/or down-stays. Sheepwork training can be either yard work or paddock work or a combination of both. Obviously problem correction looks at the individual problem. Some ingrained behavioural problems of course cannot be fixed in a session of this short length and may have to go into a longer boarding/training program. Some very serious problems can take weeks to fix with a combination of professional training and follow-up training by owner.

This training package is fine for getting a puppy on the right track or a very basic start on general obedience. Cost is $150 for a one hour lesson. Then each additional hour is just $50. We can do things such as show you how to heel your dog so he's not constantly pulling or teach him to sit and lie down. Not a lot can be fitted into one hour and with behavioural problems you generally need a few hours. We can look at any training you wish; problem solving, obedience training, general training, puppy training, etc.

These lessons are done at our Stud. Every month or so, I travel and do house calls in Orange, Sydney, Dubbo, Bathurst etc. The fee is $250 but lessons go for a minimum of three hours. Additional hours are rarely needed but are only $50 per hour.

Stephen now has a dedicated training website with lots of detail. Click here. www.sbilson.com

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WEEKEND BOARDING/TRAINING PACKAGE (2 Days)  $350/ Sheepwork $400

Sheepwork - Obedience - Problem Behaviour - Puppy Training
A lot of our customers requested a two day training package so they could drive to the rural city of Orange, drop their dog off and spend the weekend exploring the region, wineries etc and stay in a motel while their dog is being boarded and trained. It can be the usual Saturday and Sunday or any two weekdays. We train the dogs for short periods a number of times over the day. This allows the dog to rest and think. This training package is not suitable for the owner to be present during the training sessions. [We do have other training sessions especially for the owners to be present and interacting - see other packages]. With this package we spend one hour with the owners at the completion of the weekend and give them a run down of the dogs training, future potential etc.

This package is best for Spring, Winter or Autumn when the weather is suitable. Middle of summer may be too hot for some dogs to work well. Drop off dog around 10am first day and finish at approx. 4pm the next day. These times are quite flexible. Owners usually arrive around 3pm on day two and have another hour of time interacting with the training being done. Additional hours if required are available at $50 per hour.
Price for Weekend (2 day) Training Package is ... $350 or $400 if sheep training is required.

Payment must be made on the day of training or beforehand. Booking deposit is required. .

Stephen now has a dedicated training website with lots of detail. Click here. www.sbilson.com

THREE DAY BOARDING/TRAINING PACKAGE (3 Days)  $500 / Sheep training is same price.
Same high level of training as two day package. Great for long weekends or flexi-days. We prefer to do 2 or 3 days on most dogs as this is the best period of time for the dog to absorb information and get on the right track. Boarding/training sessions longer than 3 days are normally not recommended and are much harder to book in. However if required we can do as many days as you want (if we have the availability).

BOARDING & TRAIN PACKAGES
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$350 for 2 days/ Sheep work $400.)  (3 days General or sheepwork $500)  (4 days all $650) 
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Payment must be made on the day of training or beforehand. Booking deposit is required.

Stephen now has a dedicated training website with lots of detail. Click here. www.sbilson.com

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Accommodation is not available at the Noonbarra Stud but there are dozens of Motels, guest houses, caravan parks etc in nearby Orange.

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I may also from time to time, be able to travel to you and train your dog if required.

SYDNEY  TRAINING 
Every 6 - 8 weeks, Stephen travels to Sydney to train dogs.
Cost is $250 for a 3 hour training session. $50 for additional hour if required.

Also Stephen travels to Blue Mountains, Bathurst and a few other areas on a limited basis.

This can fix up most general training & general problems. If the problem is more difficult or ingrained or the dog has more than one problem, then we might work with the dog in multiple lessons over two days and this costs $350 - $500. However long developed bad habits, multiple problems and very severe problems generally need intensive training over a two or more sessions in a board/train situation at the Noonbarra Stud.

BOARD - TRAINING INFORMATION   

We can do general obedience training, socialising, correcting bad habits, exposure to noise and traffic, recall training, heeling. With boarding packages, many customers send their dogs via plane to Orange airport. We can get very cheap rates on flights for you. Others prefer to drive to the Noonbarra Stud. For young dogs a couple of days is usually plenty and the same for obedience training unless there are special problems. Some young dogs going into early adolescence can be very excited and distracted and have difficulty calming down. With these dogs it can sometimes take a few extra days but not always.

Please note that some problem behaviours that are ingrained will take multiple lessons and I recommend either coming for 1 or 2 hour sessions once a week or doing a couple of board & training packages.

Although we do serious training with the dogs it is also an enjoyable holiday for them. Dogs used to being outside are kept in good sized insulated runs and kennels at night and during the day, they are with us inside the house or outside training on the property or in town training or in an exercise/play yard during the day. Dogs used to being house dogs are kept inside at night and in the day will either be with us in the house or doing training or in an exercise yard playing with other dogs.

We are good at getting a dog's trust. All the dogs we have had here so far (many years) see it as a fun holiday and they return home much better dogs for the experience. We also strongly suggest all customers get a copy of our basic training book - Kelpie Basics!

TIPS BEFORE COMING FOR BOARDING/TRAINING
To get the most from this training it is a big advantage if your dog has been away previously, such as in a boarding kennel for at least a few days. This reduces any stress or separation anxiety and allows us to train at a higher level quicker where the dog is learning and responding to more complex situations. All dogs, of all ages, are a little stressed going into a new environment, just like humans do and even though we are experts at getting a dog to feel relaxed and happy, it still takes time and of course it is better for the dog and he can learn more if he is already used to being in different situations and is more adaptable.

Anyone who has been to obedience schools and classes will know that many dogs have been going there regularly for years and still have problems with recall (getting your dog to come) heeling (walking your dog on a lead) and down-stay work. Good reliable heeling is very rarely accomplished under a year. Most dog owners take much longer than that and a high percentage never get their dog to heel well and even after many years the dog still pulls them along and makes a walk very uncomfortable and anything but a joy. We are expects at teaching heeling and can dramatically speed things up but even we can't do the impossible in a short space of time and can only set your dog up in good foundation work and good behaviour and attitude so the owner can take over the training with a lot less problems. Sometimes we can completely turn around a dog in just a few days and have the dog heeling at a high level but in most cases we can get the dog walking nicely but still need occasional corrections from the owner. A lot depends on how set the bad habit is and how long the dog has had it. Genetics of the dog also plays a part. Some dogs are natural heeling dogs and other are naturally dogs that walk wide or are distracted or want to dominate and pull ahead etc. 

We have decades of experience behind us and have worked with young dogs, old dogs, tiny breeds and large breeds and have a lot of knowledge and expertise in training dogs. We work extremely hard on customers dogs and the dogs always respond well to us and have fun and learning at the same time. We put in a lot of hours and this work is very demanding and we have to be concentrating and focussed on the job all the time. We do our best to get these dogs to a high level of training but the customer has to have realistic expectations and not expect a nightmare dog with lots of bad habits to be like 'Lassie' in just a week.

Payment must be made on the day of training or beforehand. Booking deposit is required. 

SHEEPWORK

With sheepwork a two hour session will be enough to evaluate if the dog has enough natural ability to be worth continuing the training. After that, often 3 - 4 days training is an excellent start but you have to be realistic and realise that you are never going to have a fully trained sheepdog in just a few days. I can train things much quicker than most owners but there are still limitations in what the dog can learn in a short space of time. Some dogs have a lot of inherited ability, some have less and are harder to train on sheep. Some have next to none and are never going to be good on sheep.

Some people have very unrealistic expectations. To train a dog to be reliable in the paddock on sheep takes at least 6 months of serious training and a very well bred dog with lots of natural talent. For most trainers with some basic experience it would be well over a year before they have a solid reliable dog and in many cases it may be closer to 2 years or longer for advanced paddock work. Yard work training would be quicker.

We can't work miracles but we can short-cut many areas and make sure your dog has the right foundation training and is set up right to continue with the training without bad habits. Many of our customers have been astounded at how well their dogs are working in a short period of time but even so, it takes longer to do more advanced work, handle complex situations and keep a high degree of reliability and consistency.NOONBARRA DUSTY DROVING - GREYDENE TO BENYA

With sheepwork, a lot more can be accomplished if the dog has already been working on sheep and is making mistakes or getting into bad habits, then with a dog that is a complete raw beginner and we have to start from scratch. With complete raw beginners, a lot of the training is getting the confidence up and reassuring the dog that it is okay to work. The dog has to learn to take instruction and understand that he is allowed to make decisions.

We do lots and lots of what we call play training lessons where we use quiet sheep and get the dog to learn to be switched on and focussed and to be calmer around the stock. We try not to put much pressure on the dog as the last thing we want to do is sour the dog from working. Some dogs that are not completely switched on or just don't have the genetics to understand what is required, may require a lot of these short lessons before moving on. Up to five or six separate runs in a day sometimes. Our main aims are to get the dog to work on the point of balance and to not overwork and be focussed on the sheep.

We progress on from this to teaching the sides and the stop command and then move onto walk-up lessons, and more advanced training. Excitable dogs can be quite difficult and dogs without much natural ability are extremely difficult. We can train dogs to do things such as in general training, obedience and correcting problem behaviour but when natural ability is required (as in stockwork) we can only work with the genetics the dog has. This very basic training can take a week or more by itself very easily.

Dogs that have had general obedience training and walk well on a lead etc tend to be more responsive to commands then dogs that are completely out of control. We have worked with dogs at every level including dogs that have been to many other trainers without success.

 

Stephen Bilson - Noonbarra Kelpie Stud.

Bimaru, 539 Lookout Road, Mullion Creek via Orange. NSW. Ph. 02-6366 0499

Email me

www.noonbarra.com

 

I now have a new specialised website just on dog training. Go to www.sbilson.com

 

WEEKEND BOARDING/TRAINING PACKAGE (2 Days)  $350  (Sheepdog training 2 days - $400)
A lot of our customers requested a two day training package so they could drive to the rural city of Orange, drop their dog off and spend the weekend exploring the region, wineries etc and stay in a motel while their dog is being boarded and trained. It can be the usual Saturday and Sunday or any two weekdays. As we train the dogs for short periods on and off over the entire day, this training package is not suitable for the owner to be present during the training sessions. [We do have training sessions especially for the owners to be present and interacting with their dog - see other packages]. We do however spend an hour with the owners at the completion of the weekend and give them a run down of the dogs training, future potential, tips, advice etc.

Drop off dog around 10am first day and finish at approx. 4pm the next day. Owners should arrive around 3pm on day two and have an hour of time interacting with the training done. Times can be flexible if arranged beforehand.

If needed, additional hours are available at $50 per hour.
Price for Weekend Training Package is ... $350

Payment must be made on the day of training or beforehand.
 Booking deposit is required.

BOARDING/TRAINING PACKAGE (3 Days)  $500  (Sheepdog training for 3 days also  $500) No extra charge.

BOARDING/TRAINING PACKAGE (4 Days)  $650  (Sheepdog training for 4 days also  $650) No extra charge.


3 HOUR GENERAL or PROBLEM TRAINING SESSIONS  .. $250         [Extra hour ..  $50]      
 

We also do day training sessions for general obedience, problem correction and puppies. This is one -on-one training and tailored especially for you and your dog. Sessions include evaluation, practical training, discussion and advice as well as a coffee break. Sessions  run  3 hours depending on the stamina and mental capability of the dog. Obedience training can include heeling, sitting, lying down, coming to owner and/or down-stays. Obviously problem correction looks at the individual problem. Some ingrained behavioural problems of course cannot be fixed in a session of this short length and may have to go into a longer boarding/training program.

PUPPY TRAINING PACKAGES
A number of different training packages for Noonbarra Kelpie puppies are available too. Click Here

 

NOONBARRA TRACEY - A FULL SISTER TO NOONBARRA TIM, THE SIRE OF NOONBARRA GABE ETC.Another important piece of information is how hard it is to train a dog. Many handlers say it is easy and this gives new trainers a false impression. It's not easy by any means. If you want a top working dog, it is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. It will take time, knowledge and incredible patience. It can take years just to have a good understanding of dogs. You must have a clear head when you work and put 100% into each lesson. You can't turn off and think about other things or you'll miss something. You have to always be focused on what you are teaching and what the dog is doing.

You have to anticipate what your dog is going to do. You must train at least a few times every week and you must have some sort of lesson in your head before you start. Some of the top trainers will work with their dogs every single day in cold heat and rain. If you are not totally committed you probably won't get the dog you dream about.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in training a dog that becomes an outstanding example of the breed. It makes you proud to work in front of others and to be able to say you trained him yourself. Unfortunately some people may love their dogs but never be good trainers or handlers. If you think you may be one of those people then spend some extra money and buy a well started or fully trained Kelpie. The money will be well spent.

It is always a good idea to buy a book or video on sheepdog training or even better still attend one of the Sheepdog training schools held at various sites around the country.

 

I now have a new specialised website just on dog training. Go to www.sbilson.com
 

 

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Noonbarra Working Kelpie Stud
Mary and Stephen Bilson.
'Bimaru'  539 Lookout Road, Mullion Creek via Orange. 2800

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1374, Orange NSW 2800, Australia
Ph. (02) 6366 0499

Email us

www.noonbarra.com