Category – Assessment

These are tutorials which show the importance of appraising the dog's training performance. The most recent tutorials are at the top of the page. Scroll down to browse earlier tutorials or choose from our Tutorial Categories or A-Z List of Tutorials.

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Close up photo of Maisie, the dog used in this herding sheepdog training tutorial
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 ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)
When a dog's proving slow to train, it's particularly important to be able to recognise the areas where progress is being made, and to communicate ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) - Going too Wide
In part seven, of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, we focus entirely on Bronwen. Although she's far more advanced and reliable than her sister, Scylla, ... Watch now
Top tips for easier training
Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter, but by understanding what is going on and ... Watch now
Training Max - The Gripper (Part 2)
After a quick recap of Max's colourful start to his training, this tutorial shows him making good progress in the training ring and even starting ... Watch now
Training Max - the Gripper (Part 1)
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 ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)
In part five we see how Bronwen and Scylla meet the challenge of new, and "undogged" sheep. Some of the results are predictable, and true ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)
Bronwen proves she's not perfect, but she continues to be far ahead of Scylla in terms of her sheep work. Scylla's tail is still flying ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)
Bronwen struggles to get the sheep into the ring. Once the sheep are in, we watch both Bronwen and Scylla's training sessions in the ring ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)
We find out just how difficult Scylla can be when she encounters sheep. When Scylla gets into the training ring she's very trying at first, ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)
Follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn to become sheepdogs. They might have the same parents, but ... Watch now
Tess in the Open Field
As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps keep the topics in context and gives ... Watch now
No Excuses Please!
It's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog's work is better than it really is. We're eager to move our dog's ... Watch now
Sheepdog Trials - Getting Started (Part 1)
Competing in your first sheepdog trial can be a daunting experience. There are many things to remember and the learning curve can be steep. Where ... Watch now
Learn Your Commands
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 ... Watch now
My Dog's No Good
If someone tells you your dog's no good, don't believe them. As long as your dog has the herding instinct, the will to work for ... Watch now
How Often How Long
One of the questions we are most frequently asked is about the frequency and duration of sheepdog training sessions. There are no hard and fast ... Watch now
The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training
There are a number important rules to keep in mind when you train a dog to work cattle or sheep. In this tutorial, Andy takes ... Watch now