Welcome to the MacRae Way Academy.
The Academy is a platform for learning and sharing information with our members. The online service works on a subscription basis and is a compliment to our online courses. Sheepdog enthusiasts around the world can benefit from our educational material, which is founded on our intuitive, positive training methodology. Some of the content is available free of charge. Our Premium membership gives you unlimited access to all of our videos, articles, interviews and podcasts as well as significant savings on our online MacRae Way Courses.
Why The MacRae Way? Our passion is to increase the mutual understanding between handlers and their dogs, making training more enjoyable for both, and helping dogs reach their full potential.
What sets us apart is our ability to communicate with, and understand dogs.
With our method, dogs have more enjoyment and because of this, we’ve had great success training all types of dogs, even those that have been previously turned off from working. Our intuitive system cultivates enthusiasm and keenness and as a result, our dogs are happier in their work and partner with with us longer, often competing at the highest level when they are 10, 11 and even 12 years old. We believe that sharing our knowledge will empower improvement, enjoyment and understanding between handlers and their dogs.
It is important to remember that every dog is an individual, as is every handler and their timing. While our training approach for all dogs is based on our system rooted in balance point, we do make adjustments for each dogs unique characteristics, such as: amount and type of eye they have, excitability, temperament, confidence, etc.. If for any reason training with your dog is not going well, we encourage you to seek ‘one on one’ counsel either from us or a qualified teacher that has students that improve and are successful.
Please take a moment to sign up for a membership. We have Premium and Basic memberships – click here to learn more about the member benefits at the Academy.
This section contains articles, interviews, videos, and more – all pertaining to the training of sheepdogs. Premium members can access exclusive videos, podcasts and articles. The videos in The Academy range from 2.30-35.00 minutes and augment our comprehensive MacRae Way On-line Courses, which detail every aspect of training, from starting young dogs to the most complex facets.
It’s important to us that our dogs are confident and positive in their work, while effective at competition. This section contains information about how we achieve that end, as well as how you can maximize your chances for good scores at trials, straightforward handling strategies and insights on judging.
Premium members can access videos of judging, tips for trialing and critiques of runs from some of the most popular trials in North America.
This section contains articles, interviews, and studies pertaining to the care and management of sheep and goats.
We share our tips and advice on how to raise a happy working partner who is nice to live with on and off stock. Puppy raising tips, multi-dog management, and general care of the dogs – it’s all about the dogs!
Here we share trial news and results, anecdotes about great dogs of the past and present, and all the news that’s fit to print!
Premium members can access exclusive videos, podcasts and articles.