Author: Andy

  • Calling the dog away!

    Calling the dog away!

    Training a sheepdog to come away from sheep or cattle can be tricky, especially if you can’t catch the dog! Here are some tips to help you to catch your eager dog. Training a sheepdog to come away from sheep or cattle It’s very frustrating to find that you can’t catch your dog when you…

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  • Sheepdog Trials – getting started (2 of 2)

    Sheepdog Trials – getting started (2 of 2)

    Close work in yards pens and sorting races with a young dog, can be difficult. Much more just than gathering sheep Part 2 of our sheepdog trials video tutorials, continues around the course from the end of the ‘Fetch’. It illustrates what the judges do and don’t want to see. There is also a description…

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  • Learn your training commands thoroughly

    Learn your training commands thoroughly

    Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on a herding dog. Learn your training commands properly! Muddled commands confuse the dog Attempting to train a sheep or cattle dog when you’re not fully conversant with the commands can cause serious problems. It’s completely unfair on the dog because you’ll be blaming it for…

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  • Inside flanks – circle on command (2 of 2)

    Inside flanks – circle on command (2 of 2)

    A great tip to make training your dog to do inside flanks in the training ring. Use a training ring to develop your dog’s inside flanks PART 2: We take another look at training your dog to do inside flanks (circle the sheep on command). Provided the dog works reasonably on flank commands, has a…

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  • Driving (3 of 3)

    Driving (3 of 3)

    Keep the dog on a straight line, when training it to drive sheep or cattle. Unashamed deception! PART 3. Calling the dog back onto line when it’s determined to hook the sheep back to you can be difficult and frustrating. As it drives the sheep away from the handler, the trainee dog is often so…

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  • Driving (2 of 3)

    Driving (2 of 3)

    Use your body position to help control the dog, while you teach it to drive. Using your body position improves control of the dog PART 2. Following on from the first sheepdog driving tutorial, in this video you will learn how to use your body position to maintain some control over the dog while it…

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  • The sheepdog whistle (2 of 2)

    The sheepdog whistle (2 of 2)

    How to work your sheepdog on whistle commands. Teaching the dog to work on whistle sounds Part 2 – Once you can blow a sheepdog whistle consistently, it’s relatively easy to teach your dog to work off whistle commands.This totally remade and revised tutorial takes you through the process of familiarising your dog with whistle…

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  • Close work (2 of 2)

    Close work (2 of 2)

    Close work getting sheep into and out of a yard. Two trainee sheepdogs and ‘expert’ Kay Part 2: In the second of this tutorial, we’ll be watching trainee sheepdogs Carew and Tess, when they learn to do close work. They’ll be getting sheep into and out of a yard (which just happens to be where…

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  • Training Max the gripper (3 of 3)

    Training Max the gripper (3 of 3)

    Getting an aggressive sheepdog under control is of paramount importance for the welfare of the sheep Getting control of an aggressive sheepdog PART 3: The final part of our “Training Max the Gripper” tutorials sees Max working well in the training ring but then Andy decides to move the action out into the open field.…

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