Category – Assessment

These are tutorials which show the importance of appraising the dog’s training performance.

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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

Top tips for easier training

Top tips for easier training
Ways to make sure training your dog goes as smoothly as possible 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 why, and by paying attention to just a few basic details, we can make the process so much easier for both dog and handler. In this video Andy shows how to correct the points which will be most beneficial when you train a … Watch now

Training Max – the Gripper (Parts 1-3)

Training Max - the Gripper (Parts 1-3)
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

Bronwen and Scylla (Parts 1-9)

Bronwen and Scylla (Parts 1-9)
Follow the progress of two litter sisters – Bronwen and Scylla – as they learn to become sheepdogs. They might have the same parents, but their temperaments are very different and the same goes for their attitude to working sheep … Watch now

Tess in the Open Field

Tess in the Open Field
A complete training session, packed with important training examples 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 the viewer a better understanding of the dog’s skill level when it undertakes various tasks. In this session, Tess (who features in the popular tutorial ”) has graduated to working outside the training ring. In this video, she’s learning to widen her flanks not cross over … Watch now

No Excuses Please!

No Excuses Please!
Take a realistic look at your dog’s performance. Is it as good as you think? It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog’s work is better than it really is. Novice trainers are often eager to move our dog’s training on, and can overlook shortcuts and bad habits which the dog will sometimes adopt in the interest of getting the job done quickly. Find out how and why you should accurately and reasonably assess the dog’s … Watch now

Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)

Sheepdog Trials - Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)
Valuable information for would-be sheepdog trials competitors Two-part tutorial for those people who hope to take part in sheepdog trials.Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember. Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the competition? What should I avoid? Who can I ask for help? These two tutorials delve quite deeply into competitive sheep herding in the UK and … Watch now

Learn Your Commands

Learn Your Commands
Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on 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 going the wrong way when in fact it was doing exactly what you asked. Training a dog to work stock can be confusing enough, without you adding to the chaos by talking rubbish. This tutorial will … Watch now

My Dog’s No Good

My Dog's No Good
The dog’s not ‘no good’, it just needs training 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 its handler, and is physically fit, it’s capable of learning how to work stock. All too often, farmers, shepherds and handlers assume that a dog’s useless because it happens to be working badly, when in fact it’s their fault for not showing the dog how they want … Watch now

How Often (to Train) and How Long For?

How Often (to Train) and How Long For?
Regular training is excellent, but don’t overdo it! 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 rules, but it’s important to observe your dog’s behaviour and make sure you stop each session before the dog becomes too physically or mentally, tired. In this tutorial, Andy gives some valuable guidelines to help you recognise when your dog’s had enough! … Watch now

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