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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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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How Often 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