Category – Control

Tutorials relevant to improving overall control of the working dog.

Stopping the Dog (Parts 1 -3)
Teach your dog to stop well on command The two completely revised tutorials delve into the thorny issue of getting your dog to stop, in ... Watch now
The Training Ring (Parts 1 & 2)
A training ring makes training your dog a lot easier A two-part tutorial. One of the most useful assets that help us to train a ... Watch now
How Can I Slow The Dog Down?
Things you can do to make your dog work more controllably Probably the most common question we get asked about sheepdog training is how to ... Watch now
The Sheepdog Handler
Chapter five from the First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD set We look at some of the qualities required in a sheepdog handler ... Watch now
The Training Area
Chapter four from the DVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training The Training Area tutorial shows you how to get the most out ... Watch now
Starting a non starter (Parts 1 and 2)
If your dog won't work, we can help you to change its mind! It's very disappointing to find that your dog doesn't seem to want ... Watch now
Back to Forwards
The essential sequel to "" Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back ... Watch now
Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways
The importance of teaching your dog to go both ways round the stock Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) - Going too Wide
Bronwen's flanking far too wide In part seven, of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, we focus entirely on Bronwen. Although she's far more advanced and ... Watch now
Top tips for easier training
Valuable advice for sheep and cattle dog trainers Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter ... Watch now
Training Max - the Gripper (Part 3)
Max is so good now, I can almost trust him! The third and final part of our "Training Max the Gripper" tutorials sees Max working ... Watch now
Training Max - The Gripper (Part 2)
Max is making progress After a quick recap of Max's colourful start to his training, this tutorial shows him making good progress in the training ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)
Is Scylla ready to work outside the ring? Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing ... Watch now
Training Max - the Gripper (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 ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)
Scylla's still pretty awful - Bronwen's erratic Scylla takes an almighty charge, and scatters the sheep in all directions. Four of the sheep leave the ... Watch now
Balance - What's the Point?
The point of balance isn't always where you'd expect it Sheep and cattle dog trainers often refer to the importance of "the point of balance" ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)
Bronwen's no angel, but Scylla's improving slowly In tutorial number four Bronwen proves she's by no means perfect, but she continues to be a long ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)
Bronwen gets the sheep in, but Scylla's still horrible The third tutorial in our Bronwen and Scylla series sees Bronwen struggle to get the sheep ... Watch now
Sometimes Nice is Not Enough
Does your dog lack the power to shift stubborn sheep or cattle? It's all very well training your dog to keep back from the sheep ... Watch now
Woolly Jumpers
Once sheep learn to jump out, they can be a problem Sheep which jump out don't just disrupt the training session. They can injure themselves ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)
Scylla's turn now - she's not so nice! In part one we saw how good Bronwen's sheep control can be, and we caught a glimpse ... Watch now
Eliminate the Toilet Break
Discourage your dog from taking a toilet break while it's working. Not only is it not professional, but dog which has stopped to relieve itself ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)
Comparing the training of very different sisters We're going to follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn ... Watch now
Tess in the Open Field
A complete training session, packed with lessons As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps ... Watch now
Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!
A useful technique to widen your dog out from the sheep One of the best ways to get a dog to give the sheep space ... Watch now
Get (the sheep) off the fence!
How to get sheep or cattle away from a fence or hedge. Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages ... Watch now
No Excuses Please!
Take a realistic look at your dog's performance It's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog's work is better than it ... Watch now
Eve at the Pen
A complete training session, teaching the dog good pen manners. Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and ... Watch now
Educating Gloria!
Watch a complete training session, full of valuable lessons! This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and her fourth training session ... Watch now
What Shall I Do Next?
Our suggested order for training your sheepdog When you start to train a sheepdog there are so many issues that need attention, it can be ... Watch now
Backwards is the way forward
Our most useful exercise once you have control of the dog It's boring - and it might appear pointless to the novice, but walking backwards ... Watch now
Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Parts 1 & 2)
A valuable exercise for increasing control of your dog Dramatically improve your sheepdog or cattle dog's work with this important two-part tutorial. Even if the ... Watch now
Learn Your Commands
Confusing your commands is very bad practice Attempting to train a sheep or cattle dog when you're not fully conversant with the commands can cause ... Watch now
Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands
Once you can blow it, teach your dog to work off the whistle It's much harder to learn to blow a sheepdog whistle than it ... Watch now
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 ... Watch now
Moving Out - Into the Open Field
Bring sheep out of a pen without drama! Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be ... Watch now
Starting a Strong Dog
Is your dog hard to control around sheep? In part one of Starting a Young Puppy, we saw that with care, it's possible to begin ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 2)
The outrun marks the difference between a dog in training and a dog in work. When you no longer need to walk to your sheep, ... Watch now
Shedding (or Separating) The Sheep
To compete in sheepdog trials, you'll need to shed the sheep Shedding is one of those operations that contradicts the basic rules we've taught the ... Watch now
Calm but Firm
It's so important to appear calm, even when you're not A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the ... Watch now
Driving (Parts 1 - 3)
THREE TUTORIALS to help you teach your dog to drive PART 1. Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive and it's understandable, because ... Watch now
Whistle (Part 1)
Finding your whistle difficult to blow? If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a ... Watch now
Close work (Parts 1 and 2)
Moving sheep in and out of yards and fields can be tricky Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field ... Watch now
The Training Stick
A training stick can drastically reduce the time it takes to train your dog By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs ... Watch now
Give the Sheep Some Space
Teach your dog to keep well away from the sheep when flanking If your dog's going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn ... 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