Sheepdog Training – Where to Start!

BEGINNERS!
Watch ALL of the tutorials on this page, STARTING AT THE TOP and working down. Possible exceptions could be "Starting a Young Puppy", "Starting a Non-Starter" and "Starting a Strong Dog" if your dog is obviously of the opposite type. However, for the best all-round knowledge, watch them all!

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Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training
There are a number important rules that you would do well to keep in mind when you train a dog to work cattle or sheep ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Sheepdog Selection and Preparation
The first two chapters from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training: "Sheepdog Selection and Preparation". For a long time now we've ... Watch now
Title picture of our sheepdog training tutorial video, Sheep.
The third chapter from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training: "Sheep". People think sheep are stupid, but in some ways they ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: An Insight Into Pack Behaviour
This tutorial's a little different from usual as we're looking at dog behaviour, rather than training. "An Insight into Pack Behaviour" was originally a chapter ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Stopping the Dog part one
One of the most useful assets that help us to train a sheepdog is the sheepdog training ring. It's very much more versatile than you ... Watch now
Title banner for our Sheepdog Training Tutorial, The Training Area, with trainee sheepdog Kay watching Andy the trainer close a farm gate
In this fourth chapter from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training, "The Training Area" shows you how to get the most ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Picture of a sheepdog handler, with the title of our sheepdog training video The Sheepdog Handler
In chapter five from the First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, "The Sheepdog Handler" we look at some of the qualities required in ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Starting a Young Puppy part one
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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: How Often and for 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