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Kay’s Classics ~ Build the Learning ~ Living with Dogs

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.


Where will your
journey take you?

The purpose of learning is to gain more and better rewards

Starting 14 Aug 2024

Step Up Rewards Skills     ➤ 
4 week Course     

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Starting 29 Jul 2024

Introduction to Working with Border Collies     
6 week course

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Starting 19 Jun 2024

8 week course

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Introduction to Working with Border Collies

This 6 week course is suitable for anyone who works with clients that share their lives with Border Collies and similar Sheepdogs. This is not general herding breeds but dogs that are inward facing to the sheep and bred to work using a balance of eye and flanking.

The course will provide a greater understanding and include practical activities that can be applied when working with Border Collies and Associated Sheepdogs.


Discount for Setter & Flock Members

Learning About Border Collies

This course has now been incorporated into 

online learning community


A practical course with individualised coaching to develop your skills and those of your sheepdog.
This is more than a game of playing ball with a dog. We use the games and interaction to release and shape the innate behaviours your dog has inherited.

Next course: Jun 2024


10% discount for Flock Members

SheepBalls® Trade Mark is protected from use by any other business, group, individual or organisation without the express permission of Learning About Dogs Ltd. Trade Mark No: UK00003901470

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Team SheepBalls® is group of specialists that can provide support, practical work and recommendations to People With Collies and collie-cousins.


Build the

A journey travelled with friends that is about learning together: increasing your skills, learning with the dog, for the relationship and connection. Work together and work on your own project, build your sport or build your play skills. 

Learning for all ages. Special Puppy Track
Learning for life.

Next Course Sep 2024


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The COURSE is run over 12 weeks with weekly live sessions and individual feedback on your own projects and optional studies. Limited to Setter Members. The course is run 3 times a year and you can begin at any time. Become part of a welcoming and dynamic learning community and let the voyage begin.
These are just some of the comments from participants:


“Build The Future Course has been an absolute revelation for me, has done wonders for Tighnearnan physically and mentally, and has been such a pleasure. I was really worried about how little experience and knowledge I was bringing to it, but Kay and my classmates were wonderfully encouraging and helpful, and I learned so much that I can transfer and apply in so many scenarios.”


“I have never been in a class with so much vigor to learning, so much striving to give and to try so hard to learn new ways and understand. All of this centered around providing the best for the pups!”

The importance of thinking in terms of developing skills rather than building behaviours”


“The value of a dynamic and engaged learning community where everyone’s working on different skills from which I can learn in so many diverse ways.”

We discovered more about each other, learned to communicate better, and shared so much pleasure at creating and exploring together.”


Setter Membership


Cup on a Stick


Elegant and simple technique to teach accurate and fluent movement. For fitness, for understanding, build exceptional learners that will be walking on air.

10 Lessons from the Foundations through to Advanced techniques

A Kay Laurence original.

Starts 14 Aug 2024

Step Up Reward Skills

This is a 4 week course suitable for:

Dogs of all ages, learners of mixed experience: we all travel the road together.

➤  Rethink reinforcers and learning to think rewards instead.

➤  Learn and Teach Cue Seeking:

➤  Details that matter to your dog:

➤  Ensure the joy flows into the learning:

➤  Do your reward choices compliment the learning

Develop and build your relationship, connection and skills.


20 % Discount for Setter Members

significant LEARNING

For the Benefit of the Dog

Where a change in understanding can make 100% difference.


WHAT we ask them to learn

the WAY that learning is engineered.


Included in Setter Membership



Key learning of the core skills

Unique opportunities to expand your training skills, dig a little deeper into the understanding and learn good technique.

Learning from extensive experience in course design, application and understanding. You are likely to learn these skills only once; make sure you invest in the very best training experience.

Key Workbooks also available as part of Setter Membership

Build the Learning

Lifelong skills built in activities and play. A dog that is curious, confident, resilient with a natural enthusiasm for learning.


Rewards Skills

Learn about the fascinating landscape of rewards and how to make them the centre of your training and relationship.


Management or Training

Find a pathway to suit your lifestyle of living with dogs. When management temporarily supports the learning, or choose training.



Completely transformed the picture

These workbooks guided me through a new understanding and insight into how dogs move through the world and what my role can be in that process, giving me the tools to plan, engineer, adapt, and assess their learning regardless of the objective.

Changed my way of looking at dogs

After going through the Workbooks, I’ve come to realize that my perspective on dogs has shifted. Instead of viewing them as a system that I could program with tricks and systematic tasks, I’ve begun to consider their point of view and emotions on my day to day interactions. It really changed my way of looking at them.

Comprehensive and rich resource

The workbooks contain, by far, the most comprehensive and the richest resource I know about reward based training, combining for instance rich descriptions of the multiple variations underlying the use of food, of the complexity of play and of the use of powerful innovative tools developed by Kay such a “Cup on a stick” and luring.


Setter Membership


Setter Members

Access to The Sett community forum and live Sett Chats
Setter Library with 12 courses, over 70 lessons, covering over 150 topics 
Live Courses for Setter Members only.

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