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
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
Sheepdog Selection and Preparation
Chapters 1 & 2 from the DVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training For a long time now we've wanted to update our ... 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
Sheep - Essential Facts For Trainers
Chapter three from the DVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training: "Sheep". People think sheep are stupid, but in some ways they can ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
How Often (to Train) and How Long?
Regular training is excellent, but don't overdo it One of the questions we are most frequently asked is about the frequency and duration of sheepdog ... 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
Puppy Training Essentials
Some points to remember when bringing up a puppy Tempting though it may be to try your puppy with stock at a very early age, ... 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
Starting a Young Puppy (Parts 1 & 2)
We take two eleven week old puppies to sheep Part 1. The usual age for starting a pup on sheep is between six and twelve ... 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
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
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
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