Starting with a trained dog can really jump start your sheepdog trialing career. Here are some articles to get your started in the right direction.
  • Getting Started (by Kathy Knox): focuses primarily on finding a trained dog but also discusses the puppy option
  • My Meg: The Older Dog Teaches a Novice New Tricks (by Kate Ash, D.V.M.): the story of how adopting five-year-old Meg helped the author and her husband get into border collies
  • Thank You, Boy . . . (by Viki Kidd): story of the adoption of an older Open trial winner by a novice handler