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Whistle & Crook Stock Dog Services LLC

Wilamette Valley Oregon



Get Set is a sheepdog trial setting crew based in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. All members of the crew, human and dog, go through a minimum of 8 hours of training to ensure that no matter which people or dogs are working at any given time the sheep are set in a consistent manner.

Our philosophy of setting is that the sheep should be kept calm at all times, both in the pens and on the way to the set point. We use dogs as backup to cover sheep trying to escape but the moving of the sheep is done mostly by people so that the first significant contact the sheep have with a dog is with the competing dog. We find that no matter how good the setting dogs are sheep react differently to different dogs but respond a lot less differently to different people.

Not all crew members will be at all events, the size and complexity of the job as well as who in the crew plans on running dogs determines how many people and dogs we bring. We bring a minimum of 4 people to all events (3 for days no one in the crew is competing)  If the trial has a lot of runs we may bring a bigger crew to keep the crew fresh and attentive.

We have a set of radios that we use for internal communication.  We bring resources to provide all our food and beverage needs except for lunch which we ask be provided for us. We travel with our own shade tents but do ask that a tub of water be provided for the dogs to cool off in.

For dogs from the crew that are running please draw as you normally would, we will work around it, we only ask that you dont put different crew members within 4 runs of each other to give us a chance to swap people without disruption to the trial.

Crew Members

Fee Structure (per day)

Determination of run numbers

We ask that you tell us how many runs you are planning on having when you ask us to do your event so we can make sure we have enough people available.  For the purposes of determining the fees we will use the number of runs on the first run order sent out or the number on the day, whichever is higher.  Reruns do not count of course.