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Performance Week 2011 ~
multi-talented in multiple venues

By Janet Barber, Jandale Shelties


Janet Barber and "Rumors," Ch Jandale
Rumor Has It, NAJ


How lucky are we to have a Breed that can do it all! The Sheltie excels in so many venues – Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Rally, Herding and Tracking. Many of us have been fortunate to have those dogs that are talented enough to do it all for us. Those are the special ones – and there are multitudes of them.

Structure, structure and more structure!!! A good working dog needs the same structure as the breed champion. It can be true that not all performance Shelties possess all of the Sheltie characteristics that comprise the breed standard. However, there are MANY that do. These are the dogs with titles at both ends of their names and proud breeders behind them. The dogs who may lack certain breed characteristics have so much to offer their owners. Look at all the events they compete in for the love of their person and the joy in being with them.


“Bryan,” Ch Jandale I’ll Take the Stars CDX, RA, OA, OAJ


There are many good breeders who are proud of the diversity their lines have produced: breed champions, MACH agility stars, OTCH dogs, high-in-trial dogs, herding stars, etc., who are healthy, well-bred, structurally correct dogs with the desire to please and the means to do so.

My personal goal is to take the breed champion to the performance venues and excel. Many times I have been stopped at an agility trial and been told, "Your dogs are beautiful! " My prompt reply is "They are Breed Champions." Usually the person is surprised that breed dogs come to the agility field or obedience ring and do well. There is still such a misunderstanding about what this wonderful breed can do.


“Aidan,” Ch. Jandale Going to Press, AX, AXJ, pictured the day He finished his championship.


Which leads me to comment on the bias that exists on both sides of the fence. Some breed people have historically looked down their noses at the performance people and their dogs. I have also experienced a bias from performance folks on those "breed dogs!" It is even considered a sin to have performance dogs that are not all "agility lines" or herding stock bred. Amazing isn't it, to have those attitudes in today's enlightened world!


“Aidan” at the top of his game.


Our Sheltie breed is talented, loving, capable, brilliant and fully up for the job at hand. How lucky are we to share their world!

However, there are many good breeders who are proud of the diversity their lines have produced: breed champions, MACH agility stars, OTCH dogs, high-in-trial dogs, herding stars, etc., who are healthy, well bred, structurally correct dogs with the desire to please and the means to do so. All this in a Sheltie package that was produced by thoughtful, caring Breeders. Thank God for all of these people.

To do multiple venues requires all of the following –
1. Time – and lots of it for each dog that you show in each venue,
2. Your talent and experience as a trainer and handler,
3. Finding a GREAT trainer and/or handler to work with and be a mentor to you,
4. The finances to take multiple lessons in all the venues and for entry fees for shows and trials, equipment, clothing, gas, RV payments, motel bills, food, etc.,
5. A GREAT dog to handle all that each venue requires,
6. Understanding spouses for the many weekends out of the month you and the dogs are on the road,
7. A good breeder to provide you with the foundation of a promising puppy. What you do after that is all up to you!


Janet and “Patrick,” Ch. Jandale Back to the City MX, MXJ


The great Sheltie brain and attitude allows the dogs to be all they can be. With thoughtful training, handlers are able to teach/cue the dogs to offer the behavior needed for each venue. Breed dogs learn to stack and stand. That same dog knows when he is beside his handler in a Sit, in which he will be performing in Obedience and/or Rally. The same dog, at the start line, knows he will be running Agility. The same dog, when he smells the stock, knows what the job today will be.

Our Sheltie breed is talented, loving, capable, brilliant and fully up for the job at hand. How lucky are we to share their world!


Janet and Dale Barber live in Ocala, Florida, on their horse farm with all the Shelties. Janet trains American Saddlebreds, Arabians and Morgans. She judges horse shows both Nationally and Internationally. The Sheltie Breeding program began in 1999. With a strong background in Performance, Janet wanted to Breed for structure, temperament and trainability. With help from many mentors, the kennel has evolved. The Jandale name is associated with Breed Champions, MACH Agility dogs, Obedience stars and happy pet owners. It takes a village to be able to accomplish all that the Jandale dogs have achieved. Therefore, Janet and Dale give many thanks to the breeders, trainers, veterinarians and fellow exhibitors who have helped them get where they are today.

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