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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

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Craiglea Working Dogs & Stock Horses
5.0
Based on 65 reviews
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Nakita Harvey
Nakita Harvey
2021-10-02T21:55:24+0000
Fantastic weekend! Very accomodating to all experience levels, I got a lot out of the course as a beginner.
Jasmine Newton
Jasmine Newton
2021-09-26T23:45:44+0000
Huge thanks to Jamie & Mani for their September Dog School! I was nervous about going as a beginner with a beginner... dog, but absolutely loved it and will definitely be attending again! Jamie is amazing with dogs & humans and no question is left unanswered! I highly recommend these schools to unexperienced through to experienced handlers, with working dogs of any level. Absolutely everyone will get something out of it! 🐶read more
George Harris
George Harris
2021-09-26T23:44:37+0000
One week on after attending a Craiglea school and we are already seeing great improvements throughout our dogs from the... little tips and tricks that Jamie has shown us over the weekend.Definitely worth it for anyone of any level. Jamie has the same amount of time for everyone attending his schools all the way from advanced down to the very beginners. Will definitely be attending another soon.Thankyou Jamie and Mani for your weekend.read more
Sandi Jephcott
Sandi Jephcott
2021-09-26T02:31:14+0000
I am a beef cattle veterinarian and producer and, in a previous life, owned the Chinchilla Veterinary Clinic. I... attended a working dog school with Jamie Sturrock in September 2021. Jamie works as a senior stockman but also has a business that includes training people and dogs and breeding and selling border collie working dogs. An adjunct and support for his business is successfully competing in working dog trials throughout Australia and overseas. I found Jamie to be very knowledgeable and practical. He is very attentive and responsive to his students, both dogs and human. As an extremely knowledgeable stockman, his trial work is a bonus to his responsive and results oriented working dogs. The trial work definitely does not detract from his predominate ‘get the job done wherever you are’ attitude. I would recommend this school to anybody that wants working dogs to contribute to your livestock business and replace the need for extra stockmen. As a veterinarian, I would also like to commend Jamie and Manie on the health and fitness of their dogs and their well thought out dog kennels. Regards Dr Sandi Jephcottread more
Jeremy Cummins
Jeremy Cummins
2021-09-04T18:03:32+0000
Jamie ran a school on our property and from the moment he arrived his dedication and enthusiasm for dogs was obvious.I... have known Jamie through trialling and livestock for a few years and his desire to pass his knowledge on in unparalleled.I would thoroughly recommend a craiglea school to dog handlers of any level as the opportunity to have someone of Jamie's ability want to help you become a better handler is very rare. Jamie puts in effort from the first dog to the last. his dedication is very infectious and is shown in what he can achieve with his dogs on the trial course, on the job and demonstrations at his schoolsJeremy cumminsread more
Jack Gordes
Jack Gordes
2021-08-30T00:26:14+0000
Fantastic school, I learned a lot of helpful tips to improve my dogs. Excellent well educated stock to work. Beneficial... for beginners to advanced dog handlers! Would recommend anyone that wants to get into working dogs or learn more to do a Craiglea school.read more
Tim Clay
Tim Clay
2021-08-20T00:31:18+0000
Jamie provides a great framework for the efficient use of working dogs, would highly recommend for any skill level.
Tim Bourke
Tim Bourke
2021-08-19T22:10:45+0000
Just a quick thanks to Jamie and Mani for the information shared at their recent working dog school. The school was... well organised, facilities excellent and although I attended as a fence sitter I took a lot out of it. Communication was the key with Jamie not only highly skilled but able to get his message across with a good mix of theory and practice. His demonstrations of his go to dog Seth had plenty of admirers. I was amazed at the simple yet effective steps to gain control in and confidence from the participants dogs. Jamie is very approachable and not judgemental about skill levels and was able to show various levels of training in his own dogs. Thoroughly recommend the school and hope to go back with a dog or two to advance. Do yourself a favour….read more
Jess Rose
Jess Rose
2021-08-18T03:10:02+0000
I must say they really open my eyes up! I’m not at all the dog person but I enjoyed every minute of learning how to... control my dogs and what it takes to make a good dog. I now have a new found respect for working dog trainers and the work they put into these animals to make them as good as they are. I’d like to thank Jamie and Mani for the hospitality and insight into what it take to make a great working dog!I highly recommend if you work with dogs or looking to work with them that you do do a school with Jamie he really puts things into Basic terminology that doesn’t go over your head.read more
Karen Steiner
Karen Steiner
2021-08-17T05:54:15+0000
My husband and I just attended the Craiglea Working Dog Clinic last weekend and had a great time. Jamie and Mani were... welcoming to us attending, even as rank beginners. The clear and methodical approach has given us the foundations to continue on, hopefully creating a couple of working dogs for our small farm. We also enjoyed meeting everyone in our group - country people are the best!read more
Jess Morton
Jess Morton
2021-08-15T05:03:04+0000
I attended the Craiglea Working Dog school this weekend as a fence sitter and learned so much. I would highly recommend... to anyone looking to increase their skills and knowledge. The weekend was well organised and structured with a great balance of theory and hands on experience that accommodated all levels. I can't wait to put my new knowledge to work. Thank you Jamie and Mani for your hospitality. Looking forward to the next one!read more
Judianne Young
Judianne Young
2021-08-03T11:59:52+0000
I was a fence sitter at one of Jamie’s schools before getting my first dog and I learned a lot. The school set me on... the right track and also helped me to know what things to avoid. I’d highly recommend a Craiglea school to anyone. Charlieread more
Steph Olive
Steph Olive
2021-07-22T03:54:47+0000
I attended one of Jamie and Mani’s dog schools in 2020 & would highly recommend for anyone wanting more knowledge of... working and training the working dog. The weekend was very well structured, thorough and easy to understand. It had a nice balance between theory, demonstrations and practical hands on skill building sessions, suitable for any level of handler. I’m hoping to attend another one in the near future!read more
Prue Howard
Prue Howard
2021-07-19T03:08:34+0000
I am really pleased to have this chance to recommend Jamie Sturrock - Craiglea Working Dogs. After being a fence... sitter at one of Jamie's schools in 2020, I was lucky enough to get the last place as a handler at his school in March 2021. That school was a turning point for me. I had watched my partner start and train a number of his dogs, and so thought that I knew what I was looking at. But No! I really had no idea. I found this out when I tried to work with a pup at home. So I went to a school - the only way to learn.There are a few things that I found fantastic at Jamie's school. Firstly, we started with a theory session. I know that lots of people are not interested in the theory and just want to get on with the practical. But I'm telling you that the theory session provided me with all the knowledge to understand why my dog behaves and reacts the way that he does. Without the theory, I had been assuming things about my dog's behaviour - and I had been assuming wrong! There were other experienced handlers and cattlemen at the school, and they all got something out of the theory.Jamie demonstrated with his own dogs - of different stages of training from pups to champions. While this was an opportunity to show us how the theory translated to practice, Jamie also used it to show us how any mistake is an opportunity for a training session, and showed us that even a fully trained dog can make mistakes. Training and practice never ends. Then we had the opportunity to try to put it into practice. Once again, not as easy as it seemed, but Jamie quietly supported me, reminding me when my mind went blank, and massive support when it went right. I could not believe (and most of the participants could not believe) how far I came in that one school. The size of the schools meant that we all had heaps of chances to practice with our dogs. No one left feeling that they missed out.However I think that the greatest thing was the confidence that I developed from the school. While I took one of my partners dogs to the school, I have come home, now have my own pup, and am having a ball starting him. I hope to trial him in the future!Can't recommend Jamie and his schools highly enough.read more
Shannon Koch
Shannon Koch
2021-07-13T09:05:50+0000
Jamie and Mani run a very good weekend, everything from the practical side through to giving your dog some work on... suitable stock and having the guidance and tips along the way of a very experienced cattle dog trial champion. Mani also organises lunches and drinks for the weekend. Well worth your while!!read more
Nick Curran
Nick Curran
2021-07-11T09:49:28+0000
I have attended 2 of Jamie and mani working dog schools and couldn’t recommend them enough. From getting little tips... along the way to getting the most out of myself and dogs. Jamie is welling to share all his knowledge of dogs. A very well run school with great setup. Great couple of days and will be back again soon.read more
Guy Wormwell
Guy Wormwell
2021-07-06T11:51:33+0000
Really enjoyed the working dog school held by Jaime and Mani . I gained a lot of knowledge and left with the confidence... to go home and work with my pup . Highly recommend .read more
Adam Pollock
Adam Pollock
2021-07-06T00:02:05+0000
Jamie held an excellent school that was very thorough and also practical. His handle and direction on his dogs is... easily the best I’ve seen and he genuinely is there to help and improve your skills and knowledge. Highly recommend.read more
Elsie Dodd
Elsie Dodd
2021-07-05T05:58:31+0000
It must’ve been good because I attended as a fence sitter with 0 dogs and will be heading back with at least 2 dogs... in the near future!Wonderfully organised by Mani and good, easy to understand info from Jamie. Jamie is able to relate a lot of dog training tricks with the horse world which certainly helped me understand the point he was teaching. Looking forward to returning as a participant and taking my pups right though his program to the paddock!read more
Carlie Christopher
Carlie Christopher
2021-07-04T08:01:58+0000
I recently attended one of Jamie & Mani’s schools as a fence sitter as I am still new to the working dog scene. I... couldn’t recommend their school more as it accommodates all skill level’s, whether beginner or advanced. Certainly looking forward to going back again with a dog to learn more!! 🐶❗️🤩read more
Heather Cameron
Heather Cameron
2021-07-04T05:16:32+0000
The pack and I had a great weekend of learning with Craiglea. I got so much out of it and my dogs have definitely... benefited from what I learnt. If you’re unsure, just book and go!!read more
Al Corr
Al Corr
2021-07-04T04:40:46+0000
I was able to attend one of Jamie’s schools, and would like to say how impressed I was with all facets of the school.... From the pre-school handouts about what to expect, to the structure and delivery of the school it was very professionally facilitated. Jamie’s experience in stock handling is clearly evident through his ability to relate training methods and concepts back to a paddock/yard situation, and even for those looking to compete in dog trials. I highly recommend one of these dog handling schools regardless of skill level. It is a credit to Jamie and Mani for creating such a complete school for the dog and livestock industries. Thanks again. Alistair Corr.read more
Tracy Bond
Tracy Bond
2021-07-04T02:29:52+0000
I have attended one of Jamie’s dog schools and would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn, beginners to... experienced he covered everyone’s/dogs needs definitely worthwhile 👍🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read more
Ange Cannell
Ange Cannell
2021-07-04T01:21:48+0000
I have been fortunate to attend one of Jamie's working dog schools and I was so glad I did; I actually wished I had of... gone to one earlier. Jamie and Mani are such wonderful people and provide a safe, friendly, fun and non-judgemental environment. I was truely inspired and motivated in the possibility of what I could work towards achieving with my dog. I learnt a lot without it being too much/overwhelming. When I feel like I'm ready for more/next step I will definitely be back to continue to my journey. So for anyone and everyone interested in a friendly fun environment to learn and grow in understanding dogs and training them (and yourself to train them) I highly recommend coming along to a school. One of the best things I have done and loved doing this with my dog.read more
Lucy Roche
Lucy Roche
2021-07-02T11:32:35+0000
Whether your an experienced trainer, raw beginner or fit somewhere in between, the Craiglea Working Dog School is a... must attend for anyone who is involved with working dogs. Outstanding facilities, demonstrations, hospitality and training that will leave you checking your calendar to see when you can come back. Do yourselves (and more importantly your dogs) a favour and make the trip, you wont be disappointed. 10/10.read more
Lucy Morrissey
Lucy Morrissey
2021-07-02T01:06:26+0000
Jamie Sturrock and Mani Sturrock make a great team and offer an excellent learning environment for handler and hound at... their home based working dog schools. Jamies humility when working with people and dogs is one of his most admirable characteristics; he offers understanding and support when encouragement is needed, yet tactfully provides confident instruction to solve problems whether they be for the dog or the handler. 😉Watching Craiglea dogs work is nothing short of impressive, I highly recommend Craiglea Working Dogs & Stock Horses. Aside from Mani's obvious event management talents, she also has some pretty nice stock horses on offer. Thanks for sharing your skills Jamie and Mani. 👌Lucy Morrissey and Friendsread more
Blake Althaus
Blake Althaus
2021-07-02T00:55:01+0000
Attended a school back last year and can’t recommend it highly enough. Really opened my eyes as to the level of skill... that a working dog and trainer can reach. Jamie’s control, abilities and relationship with his dogs has to be seen to he believed. The school has improved dramatically my concept of training both my working dogs and adapting my training techniques. Would insist any person with working dogs of any level to attend a class. Jamie and Mani were very hospitable, I look forward to attending another class shortly.read more
Emily Belling
Emily Belling
2021-07-02T00:38:04+0000
Recently attended a dog school with Jamie and Mani. I learnt alot, helped boost my confidence with dog training.Cant... wait for the next one!!read more
Paige Bell
Paige Bell
2021-07-01T21:19:51+0000
Highly recommend! Excited to get to another one soon! Awesome work 🙌🏼
Corey Mayer
Corey Mayer
2021-07-01T10:37:06+0000
I’ve been lucky enough to attend 2 craiglea working dog schools having little to no knowledge about training dogs... before I attended Jamie lays it out for everyone to understand and caters for every handler/dog ensuring to use real work situations to put a perspective on where people want to end up with there dogs I would 10/10 recommend attending a school or several as I plan on doing brilliant facilities/trainer stock and hospitality Mani does a amazing job in the background before during and after the schools lovely people to deal with and learn from.read more
Archer Gray
Archer Gray
2021-07-01T09:53:03+0000
I have now been to 2 Craiglea working dog schools starting as a beginner and now have bought 2 dogs off Jamie and... couldn’t recommend them enough. Jamie has been really helpful since I have owned the dogs with any problems I have had with them. I would recommend anyone thinking about attending his schools to get to one, he is really good at showing you how to get the most out of your dog, I will definitely go to another school.read more
Luke Vincent
Luke Vincent
2021-06-01T08:16:31+0000
Jamie and Mani cater for all skill levels whether you are a out and out beginner or a competitive dog trialer (and... anywhere in between). 9 months ago I had never worked or owned a working dog and went along to Craiglea school to see if it was something that I want to get involved in. Since then I have bought 2 dogs off Craiglea and been to another 2 of their schools. Jamie provides clear direction in his schools from the beginning of the program to the end product, which is what I enjoy the most. I am really surprised with my dogs and my own personnel growth in a short amount of time and cannot recommend the school highly enough. Get yourself along to a Craiglea dog school!read more
Luke Aisthorpe
Luke Aisthorpe
2021-05-31T10:09:47+0000
I was lucky enough to attend one of Jamie & Mani’s working dog schools, and would definitely recommend attending if... your looking to get started in working dogs or increase your dog handling capabilities.read more
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Erobo Kevin Umukoro
2021-03-22T09:06:27+0000
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Stew Moroney
Stew Moroney
2021-02-24T10:44:02+0000
We recently purchased a young colt, Craiglea Revelation - HSH as our foundation sire for Castli Peak Performance Stock... in Victoria. Mani was fantastic to deal with and certainly has a great understanding of Stock horse breeding, training and presentation. We received our young colt after a long trip from Dulacca, QLD to Omeo, VIC in fantastic condition, with praise from both transport companies on how well behaved and easy to handle this colt was. Highly recommend Craiglea Working Dogs and Stock Horses!read more
Don Monley
Don Monley
2020-11-18T06:54:57+0000
I attended the working dog school with three dogs at different stages in their development. Jamie is genuinely... interested in improving both yourself and the dog to achieve the best possible outcomes. His methods and system is clearly explained and easy to follow. I'd highly recommend this school for anybody interested in getting the best out of their dogs. The people that attended the school all had one thing in common and the discussions were very open without judgement, so there's no need to be shy!! Thank you to the Sturrocks for providing their time and knowledge 👍read more
Dylan Wade
Dylan Wade
2020-11-17T22:52:54+0000
Can’t thank Jamie enough, his knowledge and ability to read dogs from pups to going dogs is amazing. I’ve pick up... very helpful techniques to improve my dogs and how I go about training them. If your keen on sharpening up your training skills I highly recommend Jamie. Thanks for a great weekend mate.read more
Jaime Balzke
Jaime Balzke
2020-10-06T20:01:37+0000
I would highly recommend the working dog school with Jamie. It was very informative and I saw a lot of improvement in... my dog and in myself as a handler.read more
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
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
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 Ilett
Jacinta Ilett
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
Matilda Robinson
Matilda Robinson
2019-10-20T11:03:31+0000
I've just finished a 2 day dog school with the Craiglea team. i went there with my main goal being simply to gain... confidence, both mine and my 10 month old pup. Well we did that, and plenty more!! Jamie and Mani are so welcoming, they keep the group small so that everyone gets as much possible time to work with their dogs under Jamie's guidance. A great opportunity for handlers and dogs of all levels to learn more, the sheep are very obliging and the training facilities are really well set up! Can't wait to work on what we've learnt this weekend, and to return for more schools in the coming year!!read 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 Sperling
Karen Sperling
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 Curran
Samantha Curran
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
  • 2021 QLD Cattle Dog Champion
  • 2 x NSW Cattle Dog Champion (2016 & 2017)
  • 3 x QLD State of Origin team member
  • 2 x Reserve Australian Cattle Dog Champion (2012 & 2016)
  • 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)
  • Neil McDonald (Australia)
  • Aled Owen (Wales)
  • James McGee (Ireland)
  • Faansie Basson (South Africa)
  • Kevin Davies (Wales)
  • David Rees (Wales)
  • Jim Lindsay (Australia) - 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.