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Working Dog Training Schools & Lessons

Jamie Sturrock is available for working dog training schools and lessons year round, at our place or yours..

Work on your dog and your dog gets better. Work on yourself, and all your dogs get better!

Working Dog Training Schools

REVIEWS

Craiglea Working Dogs & Stock Horses
5.0
Based on 27 reviews
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Hayley Scott
Hayley Scott
2020-06-23T09:58:18+0000
I can highly recommend the Working Dog Schools. I had a great weekend and saw a lot of improvement in my dogs over the... 2 days!read more
Matt Rynne
Matt Rynne
2020-06-23T09:56:27+0000
I would highly recommend Jamie’s clinic to anyone wanting to improve how they use their working dogs. It caters from... beginners to someone looking to fine tune there good dogs. Both Jamie and Mani were extremely hospitable and was a great weekend.read more
Christie Moloney
Christie Moloney
2020-06-23T09:54:19+0000
I attended my first Craiglea working dog school and I am hooked! Jamie (and Mani) cater for all levels, both dog and... trainer. Both myself and my dog are very green to it all but came away with an unreal start- covering all basics (everything from foundation work, discipline, starting dogs right through to advanced and more specific goals). It was a privilege to be able to experience the dedication and commitment that Jamie has with understanding and working dogs! Jamie makes it about your goals and what you want to achieve and really goes above and beyond to make sure you come away with at least something from the weekend! Great hospitality and all round weekend! Was well worth it, and we will definitely be back! 🙂read more
Dustin Rowe
Dustin Rowe
2020-06-23T09:39:23+0000
Had a great time at the school , learned a lot
Courtney Windsor
Courtney Windsor
2020-06-08T00:26:27+0000
First time buying a horse sight unseen and couldn’t have gone better! Craiglea Diva was everything she was described... to be in her ad 💞 Quality horse with an excellent foundation on her 👌🏼 Mani made the whole process easy! 🤗read more
Guy C Campbell
Guy C Campbell
2020-03-16T10:59:15+0000
As a grazier and a farmer I found the working dog school great for me and my dogs. I picked up a heap of little tips... to help me with my current dogs and my new dogs in the future. I went as a fence sitter and really enjoyed seeing all the dogs with their handlers. Jamie got the best out of the dogs and the handler. Great couple of days. Well worth it .read more
Hayley Soutar
Hayley Soutar
2020-03-15T12:58:00+0000
In March 2020 I attended the Craig lea dog school. Greeted with a grin and a whole lot of knowledge as soon as I... arrived I could see I was going to get a lot out of the weekend. Whatever questions I had were demonstrated and answered just how someone like myself would learn. Found issues With my dogs I didn’t know was there so it was good to be sent home with some homework to try and polish the dog off to a higher standard. All in all, great people, great crew, great food and some handy dogs to demonstrate what a stock dog is actually capable of. Thankyou Jamie and Marni! 🙂read more
Luke Campbell
Luke Campbell
2020-03-09T11:24:10+0000
After attending Jamie and Mani's working dog school I would highly recommend it. Jamie's ability to pass on his... knowledge and deliver his content to every level of handler in the one school is unreal. It was as relevant to the trial dog as it was to the dog mustering sheep, cattle or goats and I enjoyed the fact Jamie and Mani make it a lot to do with stockmanshipFrom the moment you drive down the driveway you are made feel welcome.read more
Rohan Ballon
Rohan Ballon
2020-03-09T10:16:13+0000
I attended the March 2020 school, arriving with a basic knowledge of how to get what I wanted out of my dogs. Jamie has... built on that foundation, demonstrated and provided me with the opportunity to try different approaches to address issues I was experiencing. I saw noticeable improvements in not only my dogs, but dogs worked by all participants across the weekend. The school had a great atmosphere, with participants engaging in great conversations on a range of topics. I thank Jamie and Mani for providing a welcoming environment and great food - that potato bake 🙏🏼read more
Ian Francis
Ian Francis
2019-12-02T02:19:31+0000
I had met both Jamie and Mani a few years back, good people. I attended Jamie's clinic in October and got a lot out of... it. Jamie is well organised and articulate and his training is presented in a well thought out and step by step basis. All levels of experience were catered for , so you could see how to start a dog, keep one progressing and maintaining the older dog. Jamie gives freely of his knowledge and on both days put in long hours. Jamie and Mani are very welcoming, the venue and their set up is great. (Virginia)read more
Courtland Marks
Courtland Marks
2019-11-07T08:29:06+0000
Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend we spent with CraigLea working dogs. Jaime is a brilliant teacher catering to all skill... levels. Looking forward to our next school.read more
Wyatt Judd
Wyatt Judd
2019-11-05T09:21:22+0000
I recently attend one of Jamie and Mani dogs schools and it was a really great weekend with a good bunch of people.... Jamie is a very good dog handler and will do whatever he can to help you and your dog improve your skills. It was a great weekend which I took a lot away from and I’ll definitely be back!read more
Ben Todd
Ben Todd
2019-10-30T12:02:06+0000
One of the great educational experiences in working dog training and handling. Jamie demonstrated and explained his... professional program and techniques in simple and practical ways. All experience/ability levels were catered for in an encouraging, positive and relaxed environment. Would recommend to anyone. 5/5 stars.read more
Emily Molloy
Emily Molloy
2019-10-29T10:57:49+0000
Recently participated in a Craiglea working dog clinic and would absolutely recommend attending one! Great, digestible... advice for both the dog and owner followed by awesome results! Thanks again Jamie & Maniread more
Alex Hall
Alex Hall
2019-10-29T01:36:43+0000
The Craiglea working dog school was a great success in my opinion. Jamie ability to communicate to the person and get... the message across so the dog could do it’s tasks easier The facility were of a high standard so to ensure the safety of you and your dog Thank you Mani and Jamie for a great weekend Cheers Alex Hallread more
Kaleb Whalley
Kaleb Whalley
2019-10-29T00:01:27+0000
I attended one of Jamie and Mani schools recently and got a lot out of it. I would recommend Jamie’s schools to... people at any level of training. It was a very inviting and friendly atmosphere. Thanks again Jamie and Mani for having meread more
Grant Gemmell
Grant Gemmell
2019-10-24T22:03:15+0000
I purchased Craiglea Confessor at 3 weeks old for my replacement colt at Warrenjarre Performance Horses sight... unseen.When I picked him up in March not seen until then was very impressed with his confirmation and attitude. It is a great credit to Manui for how well handled he was at 5 month nothing seem to worry him.I then took him to his first show at 6 month old where he wasn’t worried about anything which reflects his attitude and handling even picked up a few placing in led classesWith this he still has a great personality ever not being touched for months at a time he is first to great you when running horses into yards I look forward to the future he has in front of himread more
Jacinta Curtis
Jacinta Curtis
2019-10-20T19:30:32+0000
Attended one of Jamie and Mani’s dog schools and was extremely happy with the practicality of all of the techniques... and drills to take home. Highly recommend anyone that owns a dog to attend a school even if you are happy with them. Jamie and Mani’s hospitality was also second to none. I will be back againread more
Jodie Hall
Jodie Hall
2019-10-20T10:54:09+0000
Feeling grateful after attending the working dog school as a handler on 4th & 5th March 2020. I first attended a... school as a fence sitter in October 2019 as I couldn’t get in as a handler due to the school being full. I would thoroughly recommend this school to anyone who wants to get more out of their working dogs or just want a better understanding of their dogs. (Book in quick if you want to get in as a handler). The school was attended by handlers of all standards, from ringers & stock contractors to successful dog trialers. Each of the participants went home with the knowledge they needed to progress. I am personally overwhelmed with the improvement in my dog who went from only seeing sheep 🐑 twice before in his life to being able to progress to the larger arena by Sunday morning . Before the school I had no side commands (left or right) and no drive (walk up/push). By Sunday we were in the large arena with a mob of sheep and commands for all directions enabling us to put the sheep where we wanted them. Thanks Jamie for sharing your expertise and also to Mani for looking after us. For anyone contemplating doing a dog school I would say “Just Do It” you won’t regret it no matter what your level of ability.read more
Chloe House
Chloe House
2019-10-20T07:07:02+0000
A fantastic school for all skill levels and ability. Jamie is excellent at training both dogs and the trainers making... it an enjoyable experience for all.read more
Jack Grieve
Jack Grieve
2019-09-09T10:30:33+0000
I recently did a 2 day dog school and have picked up heaps of tips and pointers that has given me a much clearer idea... on what I want/can achieve with my dogs.. Basic pup training exercises, using a dog in all positions on a mob when mustering through to the peeps and whistles, trial dog style, Jamie covered it.Thankyou for your time and hospitality Jamie and Maniread more
Callum Storey
Callum Storey
2019-09-02T12:39:26+0000
I attended the working dog training clinic with Jamie Sturrock over the weekend of 31st Aug-1st Sept. Couldn't have... asked for a better weekend. I didn't take on a handler position at the clinic but it was well and truly worth going and sitting on the fence. I got answers I was looking for from the clinic. Jamie is a very good teacher and has great methods that get results. I look forward to hearing when the next clinic will be. As I aim to take up a handlers position for the next clinic. Thanks again for the weekend Jamie and Mani.read more
Anna Carolina
Anna Carolina
2019-09-02T11:30:11+0000
I highly recommend a Craiglea Working Dog School with Jamie to anyone who would like to progress with their working... dogs.Jamie's clinic catered to all levels of handlers and dogs and everyone made fantastic progress. He was quick to work out each individual handler and dog's requirements and explained and helped in a positive way that taught the whole group. It was extremely helpful to hear Jamie's advice and see the improvement it brought out in everyone.It could not have been a better weekend, and I look forward to returning for more clinics in the future. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, techniques and advice Jamie and thank you for looking after us so well Mani 🙂read more
Karen Dorman
Karen Dorman
2019-09-02T09:52:12+0000
I attended my first working dog school with Jamie and I’m thoroughly impressed with the positive, nonjudgmental and... encouraging atmosphere of the school. I felt completely at ease and comfortable learning how to work with my dog’s natural instinct in front of Jamie and the awesome group of participants in attendance.I came away feeling confident I can continue on with what I learnt. Jamie is a great teacher and is very passionate about sharing what he knows and treats everyone and every dog equally.It was very enjoyable and if the stars line up, I’ll do another school with Jamie and Mani.read more
Chloe Owen
Chloe Owen
2019-09-02T08:54:06+0000
Great at teaching and explaining his method. We had a very enjoyable weekend learning with fantastic company,... passionate teachers and, of course, dogs.read more
Samantha Cooksley
Samantha Cooksley
2019-09-02T04:16:17+0000
I attended a recent Working Dog School with Jamie Sturrock and really found his knowledge & ability of teaching... fantastic. His approach & training methods were super effective, we all saw such differences in our dogs throughout the weekend. SUPER recommend for anyone that has younger dogs & wanting to get the best result out of their working dog.read more
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Our working dog training schools focus on getting a high level of respect and control with your dog, with a strong emphasis on real life, practical work situations..

The goal is to have a dog capable of real, practical stock work, with the ability to trial as well if you desire. I have developed a step by step program over many years, that takes the guesswork out of training a dog. Every step is explained in detail, not only how to do it, but why it is necessary, and how it applies in a real life, practical work situation.

We have great facilities for working dog schools. We have a range of pen and paddock sizes to suit any level of dog training, with access to all types of livestock to suit the needs of the group. We also host schools run by other well respected clinicians from time to time.

Our working dog schools cater for all levels of working dog handling. From the complete beginner, to advanced skills and problem solving. Some of the skills and topics we cover, include:

Foundation – these concepts will be covered in depth

  • Pup selection
  • Bonding
  • Obedience
    • Name
    • Here
    • Leading beside
    • Tying up
    • Stop (lie down)
  • Introduction to livestock
    • Instinct (addiction)
    • Balance
    • Condition to our tools (arm extension)
    • Move around stock both directions
    • Hold them on the fence
    • Dig them off the fence
    • Stop
    • Walk up
    • Steady
    • Reverse spiral (introduction to off balance, and widening out)
    • Introduction to side commands and whistles

Intermediate – these concepts will be covered later in the school, as handlers progress

  • Small outrun (cast)
  • Progress side commands
  • Progress off balance
  • Walk up off balance
  • Introduce driving

Advanced – these concepts will be demonstrated by Jamie, and can be covered if handlers are up to this level

  • Increase distance on outrun
  • Progress off balance
  • Progress driving
  • Cross driving at distance
  • Continue to lengthen outrun
  • Bend outs and pull ins
  • Shedding
  • Single
  • Turn back
  • Yard work - backing
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About Jamie Sturrock

Some of Jamie’s achievements with his dogs include:

  • 2 x Australian Working Cattle Dog of the Year (2011 & 2015)
  • 2015 QLD Working Cattle Dog of the Year
  • 3 x QLD State of Origin team member
  • 2 x Reserve Australian Cattle Dog Champion (2012 & 2016)
  • 2 x NSW Cattle Dog Champion (2016 & 2017)
  • 2016 Reserve NSW Cattle Dog Champion
  • 2011 Reserve QLD Cattle Dog Champion
  • Multiple wins and places in Open cattle dog trials
  • Multiple places in sheep dog trials

Jamie is also a Championship cattle dog judge, and served three years as President of the Australian Working Cattle Dog Trial Association.

More importantly than competition results, Jamie is a career stockman, and uses his dogs to earn a living every day..
We manage a corporate owned beef cattle operation, running 2,000 cattle across four separate grazing properties. We run Wagyu and Angus breeder cattle, growing our progeny out to heavy feeder weight. We also trade cattle according to the seasons, and run a small flock of Dorper cross sheep. Jamie uses the very same dogs at work and trials, on everything from large mobs of cows and calves right down to baby lambs.

Jamie has lived and breathed working dogs since he was a teenager..
We own just about every DVD, book and magazine ever made on the subject, and I have literally travelled across the globe in search for more knowledge on working livestock with dogs. I continually adapt and improve my program, and keep an open mind to new ideas and methods.

Jamie has worked with more dogs (and people) than most twice his age..
I have worked with a lot of dogs. I have been lucky enough to train some great ones, but more importantly, I have also persevered with plenty of ordinary ones, and even stuffed up a few! There is no substitute for experience when developing a training method.  I am always looking to improve myself and my dogs, and I have tried a lot of different methods on a lot of different dogs. Through plenty of trial and error over the years, I have developed a firm understanding of what makes a good dog, and the training methods required to reach its full potential.

Jamie has attended working dog, horsemanship and stock handling schools and clinics, held by well known handlers from all over the world..

  • Greg Prince (Australia)
  • Aled Owen (Wales)
  • James McGee (Ireland)
  • Faansie Basson (South Africa)
  • Kevin Davies (Wales)
  • David Rees (Wales)
  • Jim Lindsay - Low Stress Stock Handling
  • Ian Francis (Australia) – Horsemanship
  • Clinton Anderson (USA) – Horsemanship
  • Steve Brady (Australia) – Horsemanship

These schools and clinics, whether learning dog handling, horsemanship or livestock handling, have not only helped with my training methods and philosophy, but how to teach people as well.

In 2011, I travelled to the UK, to spectate at the International Supreme Sheep Dog Trial in Scotland, and the World Sheep Dog Trial in England. While over there I was fortunate enough to visit the homes of many world class dog triallers, such as Jim Cropper from England, and Kevin Evans from Wales.

Working Dog Lessons

Jamie can give lessons at Craiglea for groups, or one on one. These can be completely tailored to suit the needs of the individuals. Lessons are by appointment only and are charged by the hour. We strongly encourage you to attend one of our working dog training schools before inquiring about lessons.