About

Biography

Alasdair MacRae has been around border collies almost his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Lochailort, Scotland. As a boy of eight, he got his first border collie. While he did not have him trained for sheep, Alasdair trained Pal to do almost everything else. From playing soccer (both offense and defense!) to hide and seek, and every trick an eight year old can imagine, Pal was a tremendous companion and friend. Their relationship gave Alasdair great insight into the complexity and extraordinary ability of Border Collies.

The rest, as they say, is history. Alasdair is without question the most accomplished handler in North America.

Patricia got her first puppy, Bear, in 2000 and discovered trialing in 2002. She has been incredibly fortune to have such gifted first dogs in Bear & Max. In 2008, she was 3rd & 10th in US National with Max & Bear, respectively. Alba Cap is a relative to both dogs and she and Cap won the National in 2012.

Alasdair and Patricia breed, train, trial and sell dogs professionally. They trial across the U.S. with their own dogs, as well as client dogs, and give clinics and lessons nation-wide.

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Courses

MacRae Way: The Pen

  • Interested in making you and your dog more effective and successful at the pen?
  • Want to learn our principals of penning for young dogs as well as the bells and whistles we teach our open dogs?
  • Looking for a competitive edge at the trials and exercises to enhance your proficiency?
  • Interested in learning Alasdair’s standards for judging the pen and how to retain the maximum number of points?
In this course we explore the training of 9 dogs as we cover all aspects of the pen including exercises you can replicate at home, excerpts from training sessions, Alasdair's thoughts on judging and much more! Following our method for teaching the pen enables more effective and positive penning dogs. Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Pen outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail. The course instructs dogs at all levels, details our compartmentalized approach and addresses common training challenges. Additionally, we identify best practices and provide exercises expressly for experienced trainers and dogs. Established trainers will find many aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success.

The Pen is $49.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Pen, click here to BUY NOW.  Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account.  If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder. WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material.  Please download one of the following free browsers:

To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet.  You can view these courses on iPhones, iPads, and similar, provided you have a high-speed internet connection to your device.

MacRae Way: A Conversation About 'Power' with Alasdair MacRae

Ever wanted to have a chat about Power with one of the sheepdog greats? NOW YOU CAN! Power is an elusive, coveted, ambiguous, intangible, great and often misunderstood quality.  In this nearly 20 minute conversation Alasdair provides some of his thoughts on what power is, dogs he has known with this tremendous attribute and anecdotes from his days on the hill in Scotland. This insightful, revealing and entertaining special presentation is available for just $9.99 with 1 week of access. What is Power? How do you know when you see it? What are examples of dogs with Power? Alasdair tackles all of these and more! Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order What is Powerclick here to buy now.  Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account.  If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder. WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material.  Please download one of the following free browsers: To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet.  You can view these courses on iPhones, iPads, and similar, provided you have a high-speed internet connection to your device.

MacRae Way: The Drive

  • Interested in making your dog a more confident and positive driver?
  • Looking for structured system that makes driving intuitive and includes: inside flanks, applying pressure, pushing, shaping flanks and exercises to improve precision with experienced dogs?
  • Want to learn how you can teach your dog to dictate the pace to the sheep rather than the sheep set the pace for your dog?
  • Do you need help addressing how to teach a flanky dog, a dog that wants to head sheep or a dog with little eye, how to drive?
  • Looking for a competitive edge at the Open level and exercises to enhance your proficiency?

Following our method for teaching the drive enables more effective and positive driving dogs.

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Drive outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail.

In this course, Alasdair and I train 7 dogs at different stages.

The course instructs dogs at all levels, details our compartmentalized method and addresses common training challenges. Additionally, we identify best practices and provide exercises expressly for experienced trainers and dogs.

Established trainers will find many aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success.

The Drive is $99.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Drive, click here to BUY NOW.  Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account.  If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder. WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material.  Please download one of the following free browsers:

To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet.  You can view these courses on iPhones, iPads, and similar, provided you have a high-speed internet connection to your device.

MacRae Way: Starting Dogs- An Online training Course

Our flagship offering, MacRae Way: Starting Young Dogs, is available now.

Through 4 hours of video footage, we show you six young dogs and their progression in various stages of early training. We provide quantifiable exercises that you can replicate at home for a solid foundation. We present our training philosophy, emphasizing balance point and setting your young dog up to succeed. While the MacRae Way series offers courses on more advanced aspects of training, we believe the method of starting dogs and the early training is the key to your dog becoming the best he or she can be.  This series is being delivered on-line only and will not be available on DVD.

Starting Dogs is $199.00 USD for 6 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order Starting Dogs, click here to BUY NOW.  Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account.  If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder. WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material.  Please download one of the following free browsers:

To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet.

Please Note: All courses are delivered via live stream video and viewable 24/7 for the duration of the subscription. In addition to viewing on your computer our product does support HTML 5 playback on mobile operating systems such as iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, and Windows Phone. It is not available as DVD or as a download. This production would not have been possible without the collaboration of Kristi Oikawa and the advocacy of Geri Abrams. We are grateful for their contribution and thankful for the tremendous support from the sheepdog community on this project.

MacRae Way: The Shed

Interested in making your dog a more confident and skilled shedder?

Want your dog to enjoy and understand shedding? Want to maximize your dog's enthusiasm and effectiveness in the ring? Looking for a competitive edge at the Open level and exercises to enhance your shedding proficiency?

Following our method for teaching the shed enables more positive, confident and skilled shedding dogs.

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Shed outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail, from our dog's first exposure to the 2 stages of intermediate shedding, and ultimately, the Open level. In this course, Alasdair and I train 9 dogs at different stages. Additionally, Alasdair comprehensively discusses judging and actually critiques and judges a series of sheds with analysis and point deduction.

The course is designed to instruct a dog from start to finish at the shed; it allows keen hands at any level to learn best practices, and established trainers will find one or more aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success. All handlers judging or aspiring to judge can learn from Alasdair’s principals and standards for the shed.

The Shed is a comprehensive tool and a much more complete offering than the DVD 'A Shedding Clinic with Alasdair'. This course will be available on-line only and is not offered as a DVD.

To begin the course Alasdair offers an arm chair conversation that specifically speaks to:

    • Reasons for the shed and the standards
    • Why the shed is such an important test
    • Alasdair’s system of balance for judging the shed
    • Starting your young dog shedding

Alasdair and I demonstrate beginning, intermediate & competition level shedding and illustrate our training system with 9 different dogs.

We detail the steps for effectively setting up the shed, offer training points for practical work as wells the trials, and provide exercises to enhance your proficiency.

The Shed concludes with a series of singles and splits that Alasdair points and critiques, providing the viewer with judging insight and a comprehensive understanding of what is required to obtain a fully pointed shed consistently.

The Shed is $99 USD for 4 weeks  of access.

Your access to The Shed will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Shed, click here to BUY NOW. Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account. If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder.

WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material. Please download one of the following free browsers:

To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet. You can view these courses on iPhones, iPads, and similar, provided you have a high-speed internet connection to your device. Please scroll down to read our testimonials.

MacRae Way: The Outrun

Want to develop the outrun so your dog has enthusiasm, enjoyment and eagerly seeks the balance point?

Interested in 20 points for your dog's outrun at the trials?

Want your dog's outrun foundation to intuitively prepare them for blind turn backs & bends on the fly?

As an established trainer, do you want to understand how we enable naturally tight running dogs to develop into good outrunners?

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be.

Following our method for teaching the outrun enables more consistent, confident, and enthusiastic outrunning dogs.

The Outrun outlines our method for instructing this phase of work which emphasizes balance point and NOT on pushing our dogs off of the sheep.  In this course, Alasdair and I train 5 dogs and detail how to encourage development of the outrun for the more natural dog while providing tools for dogs that need training to achieve an outrun.  We contrast both types of dogs in the arena with Nell and Rhys, and compare Joe to Hank in the field. We outline how our 'training system' is apparent from our dog's first exposure to sheep and connect Starting Young Dogs to The Outrun. This module concludes with how and when to introduce a spotter in preparation for a young dog's first sheepdog trial.

We believe dogs should be committed to going to balance point and outrunning before driving in earnest, and sequentially, The Outrun module follows Starting Young Dogs. Starting Young Dogs is our flagship offering and details our systematic training method with an emphasis on balance point.

Because our foundation training makes complex training intuitive for the dogs, we reference our training system in The Outrun and future courses; however, all courses are valuable independent of one another.

The Outrun module provides effective tools for the novice and intermediate handler in addition to instruction expressly intended for the expert handler looking to widen an outrun and establish a foundation that encourages blind turn backs and enables 'bends' on the fly.

All courses are being delivered on-line only and will not be available on DVD.

The Outrun is $69.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Outrun, cclick here to BUY NOW.  Your login information will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal account.  If you do not receive your login information immediately upon purchase, please check your spam folder. WINDOWS USERS: Due to compatibility issues with video streaming , Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for viewing this online material.  Please download one of the following free browsers:

To ensure a satisfactory viewing experience, you will need to have high-speed internet.  You can view these courses on iPhones, iPads, and similar, provided you have a high-speed internet connection to your device.

Store

Looking for the perfect gift for a stock dog friend? How about one of our great online courses! Upon purchase, we'll send you an electronic gift card that entitles the bearer to the named course. The subscription won't start until we're told to activate it!

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Gift certificates are also available in $25 denominations. These gift certificates can be used to purchase MacRae Way Online courses, to purchase lessons (online and in person) and for clinics hosted at our farm.

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Testimonials
I am THRILLED I ordered your video.  It's the best thing I have done for myself ever. Thank you for doing them. it's giving me the boost I needed and it's how I start my day.
Christine Jobe
The MacRae Way is an excellent and entertaining insight into how two of the best trainers and handlers of sheepdogs work to shape the minds of their champion dogs. I found it very motivating as it breaks the training process down into enjoyable steps. It helped me bring the best out in my dogs in a way that they were very happy to respond to and I think that it would be an invaluable addition to anyone's training program!
Derek Fisher
Great project and right on target! This first installment is brimming with down-to-earth guidance. Watching it was a great reminder of the importance of considering each young dog individually. There were some real gems in there—loads of practical advice for trainers at any level. The extended video format offers such a clear view of the foundation of their method (a well proven one, as those of us who regularly compete against the MacRaes know all too well!) I’m looking forward to the next installment--I hope there are many more to come!
Peg Anderson
The Macrae Way online video course is fantastic. It is not only full of valuable info on starting young dogs, it is has very valuable info on fixing problems with dogs already going. This video is the beginning of an entire training process. As proven time and again in all things a solid base and foundation is essential to build anything great that will stand the test of time -  just look at the pyramids. Thanks so much for this video course and your willingness to share your vast experience and knowledge with us. Looking forward to the next step and courses in your very successful training system. I would and have recommended this course to both beginners and experienced handlers alike.
Geri Abrams
Thank you to the Macrae Way for the Starting Dogs training series! I have started 4 dogs since watching this series and it has made a world of difference in how they have come along. I have been training/starting dogs for close to 18 years and this series has made the most sense to me - the dogs are taught in such a way that they do the right thing from the start which imprints on them and carries over. The bonus is being able to watch it over and over and then train! Looking forward to the future series!
Dee Penatzer
The starting young dogs video series was excellent for me as I am starting a young dog right now. I am the type of learner that needs to see what someone is talking about as well as having it explained. The MacRae Way video did both very well . Lots of little gems of wisdom in there. I would highly recommend this training video!
Bryan White
The training series is tremendously helpful, even if you have been to many MacRae clinics. For my friends just starting out, there is nothing that will aid your understanding more than watching the series before and after attending a clinic. I know I will be reviewing the series at every stage with my next dog. It's wonderful to be able to see so many examples of the best approach for different types of dogs.
Renee Newcomb
Thank you to the MacRae's for sharing their wealth of knowledge with their online training series. It is such an excellent tool to have available. It allows me to watch the video (over and over) and then put the method to work out in the field, rather than using the "hit and miss" style. I have really enjoyed the series and hope that there will be more to come. I highly recommend the MacRae Way series!
Michelle Prescott-Gudrian
I have been implementing the MacRae on line series to train my two young pups beginning with the “Starting a Young Dog” and now have moved on to the “Outrun Series”. I love that the MacRae method of training does not include harsh or negative corrections but rather shaping the dog by rewarding with the sheep and praise for a job well done or not. Just two weeks into the Outrun Series my young dogs are outrunning with purpose and depth behind the sheep. I highly recommend these series to anyone regardless of your handling level but especially for someone starting a young dog. I now go to the field with purpose and know I am doing the right thing for my dogs. I am looking forward to the next series “Driving” which I hope will be out soon. Thank you to the MacRae’s for sharing years of experience and knowledge of the working Border Collie.
Anne Charlton
What a great way to stay engaged learning! With so many training days lost due to weather at this time of year, these video courses can keep you fresh and active. Good to see little differences in the dogs and how the method changes to suit them. There are lots of useful bits of information a viewer can be ready with the next time they take their dogs out to work.
Mike Polites
CONTACT
For more information, please contact us. MacRae Sheepdogs 12894 Maries County Road 452 Vichy, MO 65580 Ph: (434) 955-3767 email: macraesheepdogs@gmail.com web: www.macraesheepdogs.com

FAQ

Is this the same on-line course you offered in 2012?
This is an entirely NEW and DIFFERENT offering in all respects - new video footage, new content, new structure & new delivery method. It is designed to share our ‘training system’ in a la carte format so you may view the start our training through every phase or just certain aspects that are of particular interest. Details and course preview video links are available on our website, www.macraesheepdogs.com and in our store, http://subscriptions.viddler.com/macrae

When do the Courses Start ? Courses are available now!

  • Starting Young Dogs
  • The Outrun
  • The Shed
  • The Drive
  • The Pen
Also available:
  • Foundation Bundle-BEST VALUE
  • Power - A Discussion with Alasdair MacRae
  • Good Sheep for a Good Start

Are the videos available on an iPad and/or tablet?
YES!  All courses are delivered via streaming video and viewable 24/7 for the du-ration of the subscription. In addition to viewing on your computer our product does support HTML 5 playback on mobile operating systems such as iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, and Windows Phone.

Can I sign up for a class any time?
Absolutely. Courses are designed to be viewed at your convenience. When you sign up for one of the MacRae Way courses, you will immediately have access and it is available via live stream video 24/7 for the duration of your subscription.

With the options in classes, does it matter where I start?
Starting Young Dogs is our flagship offering and details our systematic train-ing system.  Because our foundation training makes complex training intuitive for the dogs, we reference our training system in all the courses; however, the courses are valuable independent of one another and are designed in a shopping cart format to be satisfy the needs of the individual.

Do the courses come with Q& A?
We take the responsibility of advising handlers with their dogs very seriously as helping the dogs and handlers is our priority.  To that end we only advise when we can see your dog and we have that visual as a basis for one on one discussion (i.e a video of your dog and a real time lesson ). We tried to address all the questions we could in the course. If you have a question that references video in the course and would like a very detailed response we have designed remote lessons, and details for those which can be found here, http://www.macraesheepdogs.com/clinics-and-lessons/
Why?
Without that if you ask a question based on a description of what your dog is doing, that is your impression of the circumstance, which may not accurately represent what is happening.  The question is formulated based on your interpretation, and further subject to our interpretation of your account - a very risky proposition. If you or we are incorrect, the recommendation provided may actually cause more harm than good.
For example, if your dog had a great deal of eye and we (and you) did not know this and it was not evident from your assessment and we then advised that you stopped your dog more frequently that advice may actually exacerbate the eye in your dog, making for a greater problem. Yet for the dog without a great deal of eye it would be very sound advice. This applies not just to eye but to all different types of problems and different types of dogs. Dogs that are very flanky require a different approach than the line dog, the excitable dog versus the cautious dog, the confident dog compared to the dog that needs confidence built, etc.  Not to mention that many words have different meaning to different people. The definition is vast for: forward, square flanks, straight lines, tight turns, feel, power, honest attempt and the list continues.
You can see the inherent risk in providing advice without absolutely seeing the dog, the situation and having that specific example as a point of reference in a one on one discussion.

What if I have questions about the course?
If you have questions about the course or would like to make a video of your own dog for discussion we do offer ‘remote lessons’ and those details can be found on our website, http://www.macraesheepdogs.com/clinics-and-lessons/ We are also looking at providing on-line clinics, that would allow for interaction!

Can I purchase the course for a friend?
Absolutely. You can find gift cards here:

What should I do if my video isn’t showing up?
Please contact us with any problems at macraesheepdogs@gmail.com