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Welcome to Tighe’s Working Border Collies

Thank you for visiting my website and sharing with me one of my long time passions.   I have been working dogs and stock for most of my life and I consider it vital in working stock in a stress free manner.

In the early days I started out with kelpies which are great work dogs and very useful tool on most stock properties.  I have found if working and looking after your stock is a priority then border collies seem to be easier on their stock and much easier to live with day to day.

Over the years I have managed several properties.  Some bigger than others and I have found it has always paid to work stock in a calm correct manner.

While taking time to get the basics right the efficiency of getting the job done easily and quickly will come.  Quiet stock are happy stock so they will produce more, both in weight gains and fertility.  All this is important to the number one part of any production system – the bottom line.

I have tried several lines of dogs over time and worked with hundreds of others while running training schools in QLD from 2006 to 2013.  The biggest thing is teaching people how to work and understand stock, then bringing a third party into the picture – the dog.  It can be very difficult to get the picture right if you do not know what you are even trying to achieve.

As you go through this website remember two things:

  • the dogs I breed and select for come from years of experience and that they have been selected and bred to work, and yes look after their stock.  While having some of my dogs with the class to work a three sheep trial, it is by no means my main focus.
  • My Border Collies have been competing successfully in yard and utility trials for several years and with very little exposure to cattle, my dogs are there to prove they can handle a cattle trial course as well.

Please enjoy your journey through my website and if you have questions, feel free to drop me an email at eric@healwithease.com.