Category – Confidence

Tutorials which demonstrate the importance of confidence in a sheep or cattle dog, and how to improve it. 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
Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways
Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. Often, sheep and cattle dog ... 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
Stopping the Dog (Part 2) The Perfect Stop
Every handler wants a dog that stops on command, on the spot; and a dog that will stay there is a real bonus. But be ... 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
Use a reward to get training on board
Working dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to learn things that we want them to do, there must be some reward ... 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 a dog which is aggressive with sheep
The third and final part of our "Training Max the Gripper" tutorials sees Max working well in the training ring but then Andy decides to ... 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
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)
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
sheepdog training video about improving the dogs confidence with stubborn stock
It's all very well training your dog to keep back from the sheep and not upset them, but what can you do if the sheep ... 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
Get off the fence!
Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages of training can be very frustrating unless you know the "tricks of ... Watch now
Eve at the Pen
Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control. In this tutorial we see Eve, a keen young ... Watch now
Backwards is the way forward
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 ... Watch now
Sheepdog training video about inside flanks. Teach the dog to circle on command
Using a training ring, can make teaching your dog its inside flanks and circling the sheep much easier. It stops the sheep from moving away, ... Watch now
Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 1)
Even if the dog's already competent at driving, teaching inside flanks or circling on command is not easy, but once the dog will do it ... 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
The Dog's Confidence (Part 1)
Understanding the factors which affect the dog's work is extremely important for a successful sheep or cattle dog trainer, and of those factors,the dog's confidence ... Watch now
Stopping The Dog (Part 1)
It's important to get a good stop on your dog, but there are pitfalls. Proceed with care. Too much emphasis on making the dog stop ... 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
Starting a Young Puppy (Part 2)
In part one of Starting a Young Puppy, we saw that with care, it's possible to begin a puppy's training at a very early age ... Watch now
Starting a Young Puppy (Part 1)
The usual age for starting a pup on sheep is between six and twelve months, but if you have the right sort of sheep and ... Watch now
Sticky Dogs
"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 ... Watch now
Close Work 2 - In and Out of the Yard
In this follow-up to , Carew and Tess are each required to bring a small bunch of sheep into the yard. The task is more ... Watch now
Close work (Part 1)
Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field is all very well, but your dog needs to do much more ... Watch now
The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training
Click icon at bottom-right of viewer for full-screen mode. There are a number important rules to keep in mind when you train a dog to ... Watch now