Category – Assessment

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

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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)
Scylla takes an almighty charge, and scatters the sheep in all directions. Four of the sheep leave the ring but, once under control, Scylla was ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)
In tutorial number four Bronwen proves she's by no means perfect, but she continues to be a long way ahead of Scylla in terms of ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)
The third tutorial in our Bronwen and Scylla series sees Bronwen struggle to get the sheep into the ring. Once the sheep are in, we ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)
In part one we saw how good Bronwen's sheep control can be, and we caught a glimpse of Scylla's antics too. In this tutorial, we ... 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. Novice trainers are often eager to ... Watch now
Sheepdog Trials - Getting Started (Part 1)
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 ... 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 (to Train) and 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
The most important rule when you train a dog on sheep or cattle There are a number important rules that you would do well to ... Watch now