Make an Appointment

To schedule a herding lesson, find an open time from the list below and send me your request in an email at the addy:

Or Click on the 'request for a lesson' below and it will send a direct email to me!

Lesson Fees

Lessons are scheduled on the hour and will last for up to 45 minutes.

Lessons are $50.
(***Cash or Check only please!***)

Please make checks payable to Mary Lou Hayden

Its turning Winter! Remember to watch the Weather!

  AK!  With the cold weather coming - dont forget to watch the weather as we schedule lessons.  Its always colder and windier at the farm than in town, so dress warmly.  Also, the roads kinda suck around here when its muddy or snowy so be careful.  

For First Timers

Please make sure your dog is in good health and not excessively overweight. Bring a buckle collar for your dog. All dogs must be leashed - no flexi's please! 

Also, please clean up after your dogs.

I’ve discovered that students generally have a better learning experience if we schedule appointments for herding instead of just dropping in. You will probably be here about 2 hours (more for multiple dogs). You are always welcome to come early or stay late and watch others work. It can be time well spent and very educational! 

On Your First Visit

On your first visit to the farm, we will test your dog for herding instinct. I will take your dog in and work the dog for 10-15 minutes depending on what the dog does. Once we know what your dog understands about herding, then we'll formulate a plan for its education.  Herding is a very mentally exhausting sport for your dog, and we have found that one time on your first visit is best. After the first visit then your dog will most likely work twice.

Available Appointment Dates


Can't believe that February is half over!! AK!

Cant believe the year is going this fast... hopefully this winter will be over just as fast!  Happy Valentines Day!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Port-O-John is closed for the winter....  

February 16th - Saturday

11:00 - Sharon & Archie

12:00  - Diane & BC

1:00 - Mary Ann & Corgie puppy



February 17th - Sunday

12:00 - Jacquie & Caleb
2:00  Samantha & Aussie

February 23rd, 2019 - Saturday

More herding?...Cross your fingers and hope the weather cooperates!


12:00 Teresa & Nebo




February 24th, 2019 - Sunday






Future Herding Plans


Lambing Starts after Valentines Day!!!!

Lambs are due to come sometime after February 16th.  Woohoo.  Will post details as it happens!

Indiana Sheep Association Sheering School

Wanna come have fun learning how to sheer sheep from Indiana's best?

Its March 2nd - More info to come

Herding Dates Planned for March

  • March 3rd (Sunday only)
  • March 10th (Sunday only)
  • March 16th & 17th
  • March 30th & 31st

Spring Herbel Clinic

May 30th thru June 2nd (Thursday - Sunday) : The Herbels will be coming back again this spring to do another clinic.  Watch for more info coming soon.

2019 Planned Trials for the Dogwood Crew


The Triple Cross Trial - March 23rd & 24th

Waaa!  This trial has been cancelled!

Garrison Farm No Frills Stock dog Trial - April 13th & 14th

Wilmington OH.  Looking forward to this trial - have never been to this location.  Should be interesting!

The Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial - May 15th thru May 19th

This trial is in Lexington KY and is a fabulous venue!  If you ever wanted to go see a great trial and experience what the big field trials are all about - this is the one to go to!

To Schedule a Lesson

Send a request for a lesson date & time.

Check out the schedule to see if there is an open lesson time slot:

Then drop me a note and I'll put you on the schedule!

Dogwood Farm

2118 North Watson Hill Road, Williamsport, IN 47993, US

(765) 427-7009