Sheepdog Training Video Library

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Now with 73 excellent sheepdog training tutorial videos

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Give the Sheep Some Space

Photo of pond In autumn
Teach your dog to keep well away from the sheep when flanking If your dog’s going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn to give them plenty of room. Of course there are times when the dog needs to be close and assertive with the stock, but as a general rule, the less the dog pressurises sheep or other livestock the better. If the dog keeps well back off the animals, they’ll be much calmer, and subsequently far … Watch now

Starting a non starter (Parts 1 & 2)

How to get your dog interested in working sheep
If your dog doesn’t want to work, we can help you to change its mind! It can be very disappointing to find that your dog doesn’t seem to want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to change its mind. As with most aspects of training dogs to work stock, if you understand what’s happening and why, there’s a much better chance of putting things right. In these two tutorials, we look closely … Watch now

Calm but Firm

Photo of a dog being trained in an open field
It’s so important to appear calm, even when you’re not! A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult dogs to train. Audrey not only fits this description perfectly, but just for good measure, refuses to go “Away” around the sheep too. The Calm but Firm tutorial will show you how to cope with these difficult dogs. Featuring footage from actual training sessions … Watch now

Backwards is the way forward

Andy walking backwards with a dog bringing the sheep up to him
Our single most useful exercise, once you have control of the dog It’s boring – and it might appear pointless to the novice, but walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep up to you is the single most important exercise you can do once your dog has basic control of the sheep. It improves pace, working distance, the stop, sheep control, and much more. As well as clearly demonstrating how to get a strong dog to bring the sheep … Watch now

Back to Forwards

Back to forwards is a great lesson for a trainee sheepdog
The next step, once you and your dog have mastered “” Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back at, is one of the best exercises you can practice with a trainee dog. It will improve the dog’s stop, its control of sheep, its working pace and the distance that the dog works from the sheep. In this tutorial, we go a stage further and turn our back … Watch now

Sticky Dogs (too much eye)

Sticky Dogs (too much eye)
What’s known as “too much eye” is no more than a confidence problem “That dog’s got too much eye!” You’ll sometimes hear this when a sheepdog, invariably a Border collie, appears mesmerised by the sheep, and reluctant to move. But is ‘eye’ something you’re stuck with? The “Sticky Dogs!” tutorial demonstrates that you don’t have to live with this start-stop style. Andy works with Mab in an assertive, but kind, and encouraging way, with the emphasis always on keeping the … Watch now

Training Max – the Gripper (Parts 1-3)

How to train an aggressive sheepdog
A dog which attacks livestock must be quickly brought under control Part 1 – A compulsive gripper can be a big problem to train Not for the faint-hearted, this tutorial deals with one of the most difficult aspects of sheepdog training, how to cope with a very strong-willed dog which persists in violently attacking the sheep. In the first part of the video, you’ll see Max at his worst despite his trainer being vigilant. Later on, Max’s training becomes easier … Watch now

Starting a reluctant dog

How to train a dog which isn't keen to work sheep
How to boost your dog’s confidence and help it to start working sheep Most dogs are over-excited when they first encounter sheep and it’s up to the trainer to do their best to protect the stock. Occasionally though the dog takes no interest in the stock at all. In this tutorial, Maisie shows no interest in sheep at first, but once the hunting instinct kicks-in, despite being a sensitive dog, she’s aggressive with them. Our video demonstrates how to limit … Watch now

Close work (Parts 1 & 2)

Photo of Andy against a background of a sheepdog at work
Moving sheep in and out of yards and fields can be tricky Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field is all very well, but your dog’s capable of doing very much more to help you. Efficiently moving sheep around at close quarters, as well as putting them into and bringing them out of yards, and races and taking them to fresh pasture are all essential tasks for the farm dog. In this two-part tutorial, … Watch now

Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!

Sheepdog Training in a large field
No! Not a mistake! Use this technique to widen your dog’s flanks One of the best ways to get a dog to give the sheep space when it’s flanking is to use a technique we call “sending the dog the wrong way”. Once you can achieve this, you and your dog are well on the way to producing quality work – but it’s not easy. As with so many other aspects of sheepdog training, once you understand why the dog … Watch now

Flock Work

Flock Work
Is your dog ready to work a flock of sheep? Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it’s natural to start thinking about working a flock of sheep. After all, that’s what the dog’s for, isn’t it! To us humans, flock work seems like a natural activity for the dog, so we don’t see the change from training ground to farm as being a problem, but in reality it can be … Watch now

Whistle (Parts 1 & 2)

Close-up photo of a typical sheepdog whistle
How to blow a sheepdog whistle – and work your dog on whistle commands Part 1 – If you’re finding your sheepdog whistle difficult to blow, you’re not alone. Many people find it difficult to master at first, but don’t worry. Unless your dog is in the advanced stages of training, there’s really no need to hurry. The as demonstrated in this video is available from the . A sheepdog whistle is very useful if you work your dog on … Watch now

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188 responses to “Sheepdog Training Video Library”

  1. marga avatar

    yes, the pen is 13 meters diameter… I could not manage with more … mabe that is the problem… when the dog came in, she did not want to chase the sheep, mabe she feels a little fear, but finally the sheep put her nose together with the dog… it happened another time before a month ago, and I did not have time to avoid it!… next day (yesterday) I tried in open space with 23 sheeps, all I have… (with a big fence) I tried her to stand, and she did well when she was far… but when she came close she run the sheeps and did not hear me… Thank you!

  2. marga avatar

    Hello!
    (ENGLISH TRANSLATION VIA GOOGLE TRANSLATE – Original Spanish version below).
    Finally I managed to make a fence with gates of 13 m2 and I put 3 sheep. My sheep are quite wild and independent… now they have a big enclosure and I graze them a bit, but most of the day they are free. My dog is a Basque shepherdess of 8 months. she has seen the sheep several times and 2 times she ran away and ran after them a bit. She knows how to stop when I ask her to and walk next to me. The problem that I have now is that when she entered the enclosure, it seems that, although they seem to attack her, in the end they put their noses together and it seems that they are becoming friends… the dog does not want to run after them inside the enclosure, and the question is…if I can do anything better outside the paddock…see if it stops when I ask it, and see if it does something instinctively. Thank you
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    Finalmente conseguí hacer un cercado con teleras de 13 m2 y metí 3 ovejas. Mis ovejas son bastante salvajes e independientes… ahora tienen un recinto grande y las pastoreo un poco, pero la mayor parte del día van libres. Mi perra es pastora vasca de 8 meses. ha visto las ovejas varias veces y 2 veces se escapó y corrió tras ellas un poco. Sabe parar cuando se lo pido y caminar junto a mí. El problema que tengo ahora, es que cuando entró en el cercado, parece que, aunque ellas parece que la van a embestir, al final juntan sus narices y parece que se están haciendo amigas… la perra no quiere correr tras ellas dentro del cercado, y la pregunta es… si puedo hacer algo mejor fuera del cercado… probar por si se para cuando le pido, y ver si hace algo instintivamente. gracias

    1. Andy avatar

      First, I should say that I did not know of the existence of Basque Shepherd dogs until I saw your message, so I am no expert – but dogs are dogs, so the problem should be easy to correct.

      Unfortunately though, I don’t really understand what you mean.
      Please describe in more detail what EXACTLY happens when you take the dog into the pen with the three sheep. Do they run at the dog and frighten it?

      The pen – do you mean it measures 13m across? The pen should be ROUND in shape – and 16m diameter! A smaller pen means the dog will feel trapped in there, and a bigger pen means you won’t be able to stay close enough to control the action.

      Please give me a lot more information, and I will do my best to help you.
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      (SPANISH TRANSLATION VIA GOOGLE TRANSLATE – Original English version above).
      En primer lugar, debo decir que no sabía de la existencia de los pastores vascos hasta que vi su mensaje, por lo que no soy un experto, pero los perros son perros, por lo que el problema debería ser fácil de corregir.

      Desafortunadamente, no entiendo muy bien lo que quieres decir.
      Describa con más detalle qué sucede EXACTAMENTE cuando lleva al perro al corral con las tres ovejas. ¿Corren hacia el perro y lo asustan?

      El bolígrafo, ¿quieres decir que mide 13 m de ancho? El corral debe tener forma REDONDA y un diámetro de 16 m. Un corral más pequeño significa que el perro se sentirá atrapado allí, y un corral más grande significa que no podrá permanecer lo suficientemente cerca para controlar la acción.

      Por favor, dame mucha más información, y haré todo lo posible para ayudarte.

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