Category – Starting

Tutorials that will help trainers to introduce a herding dog or puppy to stock work for the first time. 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
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
Starting a non-starter (Part 2)
In part one of our "Starting a non-starter" tutorials we took an in-depth look at the theory behind whether dogs will work stock or not ... Watch now
Photo of a border collie clambering through a fence to get away from the sheep in the background
It's very disappointing to find that your dog doesn't seem to want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn't necessarily mean you won't be ... Watch now
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
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 (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 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)
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
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
Puppy Training Essentials
Tempting though it may be to try your puppy with stock at a very early age, you should beware. Unless you can be absolutely certain ... 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
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
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
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
The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training
There are a number important rules to keep in mind when you train a dog to work cattle or sheep. In this tutorial, Andy takes ... Watch now