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This profile was last updated on 11/20/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Board Member

Local Address: Altamont, New York, United States
American Border Collie Association
P.O. Box 100
Cataula, Georgia 31804
United States

Company Description: We are a member-owned registry with over 9000 members (Life and Annual), and we provide a full range of services to members in good standing. Our activities are...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • several degrees , mechanical engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Web References
American Border Collie Association: Promoting the Working Border Collie
www.americanbordercollie.org, 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
Warren Mick (Vice President) - 2017* 750 Meadowdale Rd Altamont, NY 12009 (518) 861-5854
Judges
www.sheepdogfinals.com, 12 April 2011 [cached]
We wish to welcome the following judges to the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals in Carbondale, Colorado: Norman Close, Warren Mick, Frank Cashen, and Peter Gonnet.
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Warren Mick -- Altamont, New York Warren Mick has had Border Collies for over twenty years and has been training and competing with them for nearly as long. He currently lives in Altamont NY with his wife Maria and eleven BCs. Warren is an engineer by trade and worked in the GE gas turbine engineering division until 2007. Warren's BC experience started in 1989 with a pup bred by his sister. Since that first dog, the world of working sheepdogs has become an all-consuming passion. He spends much of his free time training and working his own dogs but also enjoys giving lessons and helping others in training. Warren competes with his BCs at trials around the country and has run in nine USBCHA National Finals and many regional championships. He has put on numerous trials and helped organize many regional finals competitions. He has twice been a director for the USBCHA and has held many positions in the Northeast Border Collie Association. Warren usually takes on several judging assignments each year, and has been fortunate to have been a judge for USBCHA finals in 2006, the Bluegrass Classic in 2006, 2007 & 2011 and the Lacamas Valley Trial in 2010.
Taipei Times - archives
www.taipeitimes.com, 12 June 2004 [cached]
Warren Mick, a border collie owner and trainer in upstate New York who is president of the Northeast Border Collie Association, said, "I've had dogs that could pick up something with one experience."
He also said he had no doubt the dogs learned specific words.
NEBCA Officers, Committees and Contacts
www.nebca.net, 25 Feb 2009 [cached]
Warren Mick (Chair) 518-861-5854 mickwa@logical.net
Fifteen to 30 minutes a day ...
coopercrier.com [cached]
Fifteen to 30 minutes a day a few times a week is all the time anyone needs to have a well-trained  dog, regardless of breed, according to Warren Mick.
He should know. On Saturday, Mick and his dog, Dale, placed second in the open class at the  Leatherstocking Sheepdog Trials. The competition took place at the Robert F. Clark field on Beaver  Meadow Road in Cooperstown.
Mick is a retired General Electric engineer who lives in Altamont. Twenty years ago he began  participating in sheepdog trials, and since then, it's become one of his favorite pastimes.
"We got [a border collie] from my sister, and it was just gonna be a pet," Mick explained. "And then I  happened to meet a guy who was avid in competitions and training. We were thinking of getting a  second dog, so we got this second dog and it was a fairly well-bred dog, you know, from herding lines.
He said, 'You've got this well-bred herding dog, you better train it.' That's how we got started."
Genetics is the most important quality to consider when looking for a potential competition Border collie, Mick says, but temperament is also crucial.
"You want a dog that has a real stable temperament that can focus. They're not distractible and also something you can live with," Mick explained.
Cheryl Jagger Williams agrees with Mick.
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"You won't figure this out on your own," Mick said. "Everybody that's doing it now learned it from someone else."
In fact, Mick said he thinks it usually takes longer to train a person how to decipher the dog's and sheep's body language than it does to train the dog, which is about two years.
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