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I'm just curious how much everyone pays for herding lessons?

We have found a place locally (within 20 minutes) that does herding lessons and will be heading out there this weekend to check it out and see about getting started, now that we have a reasonable schedule again and can actually *do* stuff.

They charge $35 for each 1 hour herding lesson, and I was wondering whether that is average, low, or high compared to what most people pay? (I'm just curious what the prices are like elsewhere.)
 

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I pay $25 for a lesson, $10 to rent the stock if I work on my own. The other place I will be going I am not sure what she charges for lessons but I think stock rental is the same.
 

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sounds good to me.

can you believe there is no place to herd in los angeles
lol.

the closest place ive found so far is about 40 miles away. they charge $60 for the first lesson which is 45mins (2 works). and i believe $35 each half hour for subsequent lessons. this sunday will be our first time
 

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I live in the middle of farm country and still need to drive 1.5 hours to take my guys herding. Go figure.
 

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Where did you end up going Historian? I'm trying to see if there is anywhere closer to me than the lady I recommended in Chesapeake as I'm getting another aussie pup tonight and would love to work both her and my boy eventually, but the gas to drive out there would kill me right now
 

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Let me know if you liked it? That is a lot closer than where I was going, and now that I have two aussies, I'd love to do some more herding, at least as a distraction
 

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I liked it very much and will continue to take lessons there. As a matter of fact, we're going to try and go out there for lessons every two weeks if we can get a lesson slot on days / times that work out for us.

I have a write-up of our first visit here, with pics -
http://abbyk9.blogspot.com/2008/06/shepherd-herds.html
 

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I paid $40 for a test and a lesson would have been an additional $40, but that would have been in a clinic setting, with a judge that comes highly recommended. I think the other place we looked into offered the first session free and then $35 per lesson after that?
 

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I think $35 is pretty average - I was paying $45/hr when I did herding a few years back, but everything is expensive here!
 

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I was just quoted $75 for the initial hour visit and evaluation. Then $180 for 4 half hour sessions.
 

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We go to group lessons and it's $10 for the first session (time with the sheep) of the day, and $5 for each following session the same day. Sessions last about 15-20 minutes.
 

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There IS sheep herding in Los Angeles! Check out K9 Action Sports on the Web. The owner is Terry Parrish. She's based out of Escondido but comes up to L.A. on Sundays and does 1/2 hr. private lessons.

Also, Jerome Stewart has a website. He has classes in Anaheim on Wednesdays and Long Beach on Thursdays. These aren't private classes. You basically drop in when you can and wait your turn. And he doesn't have classes on weekends.

Of course, you may be perfectly happy where you are, but just in case the gas prices are putting a crimp in your herding commute ... and if there are any other Los Angelenos that want to give herding a try!
 

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Originally Posted By: LvmyGSDThere IS sheep herding in Los Angeles! Check out K9 Action Sports on the Web. The owner is Terry Parrish. She's based out of Escondido but comes up to L.A. on Sundays and does 1/2 hr. private lessons.
We go to her Escondido facility!
 

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Were you at the practice trial in March? We were the ones with the GSD that wouldn't stop barking! We were just getting started then and really didn't do very well. The dog has a lot of natural instinct. I, apparently, don't. But we're moving along, and we're planning to take the Herding Test in the fall. Maybe I'll see you at one of the practices trials!
 

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Originally Posted By: LvmyGSDWere you at the practice trial in March? We were the ones with the GSD that wouldn't stop barking! We were just getting started then and really didn't do very well. The dog has a lot of natural instinct. I, apparently, don't. But we're moving along, and we're planning to take the Herding Test in the fall. Maybe I'll see you at one of the practices trials!
I wish we were there. We've had to take some time off due to my health. We are going to be starting up again soon (we actually went several weeks ago, but then my DH went out of town and now my parents are here) and hope to trial this fall. Right now, it is just so hot and hard to get out there and train (plus gas...yikes! Escondido is 45min from us).

I also, need some help with my natural instinct! LOL.

ETA: Do you train in LA or in Escondido?
 
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