Kellie and "Smitty" winning Best Puppy In Group
Sudbury & District Kennel Club Show, 2008

Photo Credit: Paul Oslach Photography

About Us

Herdabout K-9 Academy is owned and operated by
Jeff and Kellie Whiteside. Married since 1988, they have both grown up with dogs.

Kellie got her first dog (a shetland sheepdog) at the age of 8 years old and fell in love with the breed then. That first sheltie was Toffee Tawny of Sheldon Kennels, and although there was no one around in her area who did formal dog training at the time, Kellie trained Toffee in agility, obedience and carting by reading books and inventing a few methods of her own.

Jeff grew up with a variety of dog breeds and after he married Kellie in 1988 they decided to stick with the breed they love Shetland Sheepdogs.

In 1997 the Whitesides moved to their current location and then became officially registered as a breeding kennel, receiving their official kennel name in 1999 with the Canadian Kennel Club as "Herdabout Shelties". Their goal is to breed Shetland Sheepdogs who are structurally and mentally sound, with well balanced bodies and movement, that can perform in all venues, (Agility Obedience, Herding, Tracking, Conformation) but who also can be just a sweet and loving family companion, or therapy dog. 

Jeff and Kellie have been very successful at breeding top quality shetland sheepdogs, because even though they only produce a few litters each year, Herdabout Shelties are now seen all over North America regularly competing in Conformation, Agility, Rally-O, and Obedience Trials.

After completing a 3 year apprenticeship in dog training, attending numerous seminars, workshops and training clinics along with in-depth studies in behavioral issues, agility course design, conformation show handling, nutrition and genetics -- as well as racking up a few CKC titles on their own dogs -- Jeff and Kellie began teaching Obedience and Agility classes.

The dog training classes started off small in their own backyard under the name Howling Hills Canine Academy. Their straight forward, easy to understand approach to dog training quickly caused the business to grow rapidly and it took a big turn in 2002 when it was relocated off the homestead property and the name changed to Howl-Time Canine Academy. A few years later the business name was changed again to be the same as the kennel: Herdabout K-9 Academy.

Both Jeff and Kellie are accomplished dog trainers having put over 85 CKC titles on their dogs in both agility, obedience, rally-o and conformation, as well as having handled dogs for other owners. Between 2003 and 2008 alone, Jeff & Kellie put 68 CKC titles on their own dogs.

The Whitesides are not "flavour of the month" trainers. Having seen all aspects of dog training, from the old methods of forced training to the new age movement of "operant only" training, they have developed a training style that is based on using common sense and natural dog behaviors.

Jeff and Kellie are both licensed CGN Evaluators, and are both members in good standing with the Canadian Kennel Club, the Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association and the Agility Association of Canada.

Jeff Whiteside handles
Herdabout Calm Blue Ocean to win

Best Puppy In Group at the Bluewater Show
in July 2008. 

"Ocean" was a mere 6 Months & 1 Day old.

Photo Credit: Alex Smith Photography



Yes, we train all breeds of dogs!!

Well .... actually ... we train the owners of all breeds of dogs ... then you train your dog!

See our location in Elmvale Ontario by checking out this page

Are you thinking about getting a Shetland Sheepdog ?

Start your research at Herdabout Shelties Reg'd Kennel


Located in the Southern Georgian Bay

Region of Ontario Canada

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