Category – Control

Tutorials relevant to improving overall control of the working dog. 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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The Training Ring (Part 2)
The training ring is a hugely useful asset when starting a dog off with sheep but it's use doesn't end there. As the dog's skill ... Watch now
The Training Ring
One of the most useful assets that help us to train a sheepdog is the training ring. It's more versatile than you might think. A ... Watch now
Photo of a trainee Kelpie sheepdog excitedly splitting up a bunch of sheep
The most common question we get asked about sheepdog training is how to slow the dog down. Of course, there's no "quick fix" for getting ... Watch now
Back to Forwards - online sheepdog training video
Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back at is one of the ... 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 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 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
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)
Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing to make slow progress in the ring. Andy's ... 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
Balance - What's the Point?
Sheep and cattle dog trainers often refer to "the point of balance" but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this ... 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
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
Woolly Jumpers
Sheep which learn to jump out of the training area can be very difficult to cope with. No only do they disrupt the training session, ... 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
Eliminate the Toilet Break
It's important to discourage your dog from taking a toilet break while it's working. Not only is it not professional, but dog which has stopped ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)
We're going to follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn to become sheepdogs. They might have the ... 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
Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!
One of the best ways to get a dog to give the sheep space when it's flanking is to send it what we call "the ... 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
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
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
Educating Gloria!
Click icon at bottom-right of viewer for full-screen mode. This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and her fourth training session ... Watch now
What Shall I Do Next?
When you start to train a sheepdog there are so many issues that need attention, it can be quite daunting. You can't possibly address them ... 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
Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands
It's much harder to learn to blow a sheepdog whistle than it is to teach the dog to work on them! This totally remade tutorial ... 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
Coming Out - With Some Dignity Attached!
Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be a tricky affair. The sheep will usually grasp ... Watch now
Starting a Strong Dog
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
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
Shedding is one of those operations that contradicts the basic rules we've taught the dog so far. Previously, we've insisted the dog keeps the sheep ... Watch now
Calm but Firm
A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult ... 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
Driving (Part 3)
Unashamed deception! Calling the dog back onto line when it's determined to hook the sheep back to you can be difficult and frustrating. As it ... Watch now
Driving (Part 2)
Following on from the first sheepdog driving tutorial, in this video, you will learn how to use your body position to maintain some control over ... Watch now
Driving (Part 1)
Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive and it's understandable, because when we ask a dog to take the sheep or cattle away, ... Watch now
Whistle (Part 1)
If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a whistle, but many people find sheepdog ... 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 Training Stick
By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs is the lightweight plastic pipe. We call it the Training Stick - and we ... Watch now
Give the sheep space
If your dog's going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn to give them plenty of room. If the dog keeps well back ... 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