ICE University

Training programs based on the Sims ICE Philosophy







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The Sims Philosophy of ICE is based on three core principles which are ever present throughout any Sims Training Program.  Instinct, Connection and Enjoyment.


Know and understand a dog's natural behavior.  In most cases, you dog already "knows" how to herd.  This is instinct from  thousands of years when dogs were great hunters and herded animals for survival. Behaviors such as chasing and barking and biting are all natural. We cannot fight instinct and get good results. Instead, the idea is to recognize instinct, let it flow freely and use it to help improve the dog's performance.


Know this is a Team Sport. Your dogs sees you as a partner in this game and in their eyes, you are both bringing home the bacon! Your dog is bringing the sheep to you and connecting with you. Connect back. Protect your stock but allow the dog to work as freely as you can. Work in tandem with your dog.


Know this should be fun. So often, we are armed with a flag (herding tool) in one hand and a rattle bottle in the other, we walk around tensely and want to "train."  But remember, if you're first starting out, you don't know what the right way is yet. It can be frustrating for you and your dog. This brings us to the last point which is equally as important as the others. Your dog sees this as the greatest game on earth. Hopefully, you do, too. It should be enjoyable for both of you.

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Whenever you see the ICE logo you can be assured that the teaching and training will be based on these core principles.  In addition, the ICE Certification Program enables everyone to certify at different levels, depending on your goals. Whether you want to be a facilitator, an instructor, or just want a formalized, comprehensive curriculum, ICE can help. 


Current Training Options

Relationship class:

 This is another foundation class which will help you succeed with any dog and in any sport. 

Private Lessons:

Private herding and behavior lessons are offered by Dawna, Megan and Shawna Davis at PSR Stockdogs in Dewey, AZ.
Julia Patten offers privates at her facility in Corrales NM, Cocopah Farms.
Linda McDaniel offers privates at her facility in Alamogordo, NM


Dawna and Megan do a number of clinics throughout the year. Clinics are a great learning environment where you get time to work your dog, but also the benefit of watching others work.
Dawna and Megan are great at explaining what is happening with each dog and handler so your learning is multiplied.


We also offer a number of camps throughout the year.  Please contact us for details.

In-House Training:

In house training is available for your dog.

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Painted Seven Ranch

Dawna, Mike, Megan & Tyler Sims

Dewey, Arizona

(928) 533-1108