Welcome to The Clearfield Stockdogs web site home of hard working Border Collies and Grass Fed Lamb

                                                          gangthe Working Crew 2012denicedogs12


       My love of animals began as a child and I have been hooked since.  I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but always felt I should have lived in the west.  I moved to South Dakota in 1998 and for 8 years lived on the on the edge of the beautiful sand hills.  I have always had horses and a dog or two but in ranch country my “livestock” quickly expanded to include other critters.  I bought 4 bottle lambs one spring and by the next spring I had 20 ewes and was buying 30 to 40 bottle lambs to raise.  My ewe flock grew quickly and soon I found myself in need of good – willing help.  I bought a Border Collie pup in the spring of 2000 and although I didn’t really know much about herding we figured things out together.  Luke has been a wonderful companion and although his commands were “Go get the sheep” and “Watch the gate” we got the job done.  The National Sheep Dog Finals were in South Dakota and I went out to watch and was intrigued after I saw those wonderful dogs move the sheep around the course.  The following year I went to the finals on a mission to find someone to teach me how to teach a dog to herd.  I met Laura Hicks, who quickly became an incredible friend.   She soon found me an older open dog to teach me the ropes – enter “my main man” LAD.  Teach me he has, although there is always more to learn.  In the following years my sheep flock has expanded and decreased and my “Border Collie family” has grown.  I now enjoy training the dogs the most of all.  There is nothing better than seeing the natural talent in these dogs, the light come on and a young dog finally figuring out what you are asking him to do.
  As most of you know, or will soon learn, this Border Collie thing is super addictive.  I am super excited about all the dogs I have and that I am now at a point where I am training and trialing successfully.   I am pleased to be able to offer many opportunities to folks that are interested in good working dogs and herding.
My passion is getting good dogs in the hands of livestock producers and helping them learn to use them. I enjoy working with the producers and teaching them to use their dog or locating a dog that will work well for them and their situation.  I am now certified in Canine Massage so that will be a great benefit to these wonderful canine athletes.  I am offering lessons as well as hosting several great clinics during the year. 

We are currently located in SE IndianaHope you can join us.

 Come browse through my pages and meet everyone. 

                 SPRING  2016 HERDING CLINIC - April 15 - 17

           Border Collies 

             UP and COMING      

              For Sale
              Is a Border Collie Right for you?
              Border Collie Health

Sheep & Guard Dog
                Grass Fed Lamb

          Training Clinics                                              Clinics organized most years Spring and Fall
                                                                                           email for more details

                Clinic Registration Form 


                        Directions / Hotel Info

         Current Happenings

                Canine Massage 

NEW DISCUSSION GROUP:  I have started a new discussion group geared toward Livestock Producers who are are using stockdogs to help them manage their livestock.  Folks already using dogs as well as folks interested in using stock dogs are welcome to join us.  My hope is this forum provides the support and resources to make this endeavor easier.  It will also be a location to find working dogs listed for sale.

I am also working on a new web site also geared toward livestock producers.  You can find the web site at
  (LPWSA - Livestock Producers Working Stockdog Alliance)


                Lad, Star, Luke


Denice Rackley
12002 William Turner Rd
Bennington, IN 47011

cell 605-842-6321