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Welcome to The Clearfield Stockdogs web site home of hard working Border Collies and Grass Fed Lamb


the Working Crew 2012


               Border Collies

                UP and COMING
                For Sale
               Sheep & Guard Dog
                Training Clinics 
                                 Clinic Registration Form 
                                  Directions / Hotel Info
                 Grass Fed Lamb
                 Current Happenings
                 Is a Border Collie Right for you?
                 Border Collie Health
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 Success with Stockdogs Workshops

These workshops will be specifically geared toward livestock producers interested in managing livestock with the assistance of a stockdog.
There will be Demonstrations of dogs accomplishing chores and the progression of training using dogs of different ages.  Individual instruction for participates and their dogs as well as continued support after the clinic to ensure success using your stockdog in your operation.
    All made possible by SARE     Workshops will be held Fall 2017 and Spring and Fall 2018

         Spring 2018 April 27, 28, 29

My love of animals began as a child and I have been hooked since.
 I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but always felt I should have lived in the west.
 I moved to South Dakota in 1998 and for 8 years lived on the on the edge of the
 beautiful sand hills. I have always had horses and a dog or two but in ranch country
my “livestock” quickly expanded to include other critters.  I bought 4 bottle lambs
one spring and by the next spring I had 20 ewes and was buying 30 to 40 bottle lambs
 to raise.  My ewe flock grew quickly and soon I found myself in need of good – willing help.
 I bought a Border Collie pup in the spring of 2000 and although I didn't really know
 much about herding we figured things out together.  Luke has been a wonderful companion
and although his commands were “Go get the sheep” and “Watch the gate”
 we got the job done.  The National Sheep Dog Finals were in South Dakota and I went out
 to watch and was intrigued after I saw those wonderful dogs move the sheep around the course.
 The following year I went to the finals on a mission to find someone to teach me how to
 teach a dog to herd.  I met Laura Hicks, who quickly became an incredible friend.  
She soon found me an older open dog to teach me the ropes – enter “my main man” LAD.
 Teach me he has, although there is always more to learn.

  In the following years my sheep flock
 has expanded and decreased and my “Border Collie family” has grown.

I now enjoy training the dogs the most of all.
There is nothing better than seeing the natural talent in these dogs,
 the light come on and a young dog finally figuring out what you are asking him to do.
As most of you know, or will soon learn, this Border Collie thing is super addictive. 

I am super excited about all the dogs I have and that I am now at a point where
I am training and trialing successfully.   I am pleased to be able to offer many opportunities
to folks that are interested in good working dogs and herding.
My passion is getting good dogs in the hands of livestock producers
and helping them learn to use them.

I enjoy working with producers and teaching them to use their dog for
livestock management
or locating a dog that will work well for them and their situation.

I am now certified in Canine Massage so that will be a great benefit to
these wonderful canine athletes

I am offering lessons as well as hosting several great clinics during the year.

We are currently located in SE IndianaHope you can join us.

                      Come browse through my pages and meet everyone. 



          NEW BLOG about life here on the farm.
            Focused on  Training Working Dogs

Love to have you join me and ask questions to get the discussions rolling

NEW BLOG about life here on the farm.
            Focused on  Training Working Dogs

Love to have you join me and ask questions to get the discussions rolling

                                  Clinics organized most years Spring and Fall

                                              email for more details

Check out my ongoing monthly articles in SHEEP Magazine - beginning in 2016


 DISCUSSION GROUP:  I have started a discussion group geared toward Livestock Producers who are are using stockdogs to help them manage their livestock.  Folks already using dogs as well as folks interested in using stock dogs are welcome to join us.  My hope is this forum provides the support and resources to make this endeavor easier.  It will also be a location to find working dogs listed for sale.

                Lad, Star, Luke


Denice Rackley
12002 William Turner Rd
Bennington, IN 47011

cell 605-842-6321