Category – 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 Sheepdog Handler

The Sheepdog Handler
Don’t just train your dog! Make yourself, a better trainer! It’s all very well learning about the dog, the sheep, and the training area, but it’s just as important to think about some of the qualities required in a sheepdog handler (or trainer) and how to make improvements. This tutorial is based on chapter five from the ” DVD set. Topics covered in this video tutorial include the importance of moving around to encourage the dog to go in the … Watch now

Stopping the Dog (Parts 1-3)

Stopping the Dog (Parts 1-3)
Teach your dog to stop well on command, without damaging its confidence The three completely revised tutorials delve into the thorny issue of getting your dog to stop, in much more detail than the earlier versions. They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will heed your stop command. The videos encourage you to look closely at your relationship with your dog, especially the amount of … Watch now

Starting a Young Puppy (Parts 1 & 2)

Starting a Young Puppy (Parts 1 & 2)
We introduce two eleven week old puppies to sheep for the first time 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 know what you’re doing, you can start a pup at a much younger age. Starting a dog early makes it much easier to get the youngster under control in the presence of sheep. In “Starting a Young Puppy” Andy shows … Watch now

Starting a Strong Dog

Starting a Strong Dog
How to begin training with a dog which is difficult to control around sheep? In part one of the ‘Starting a Young Puppy’ tutorials, we saw that with care, it’s possible to begin a puppy’s training at a very early age, but if you didn’t have the luxury of well-dogged docile sheep for your puppy to learn with, then you’ve had to wait before you can start training – and you may find you have a tougher dog than you … Watch now

How Can I Slow The Dog Down?

How Can I Slow The Dog Down?
Things you can do to make your dog calm down and work more steadily Probably 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 a keen dog to work at a steadier pace, but you’ll be surprised how many things tend to speed it up! This video tutorial takes an in-depth look at the reasons why herding dogs often work very fast, and suggests … Watch now

How Often (to Train) and How Long For?

How Often (to Train) and How Long For?
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 training sessions.There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s important to observe your dog’s behaviour and make sure you stop each session before the dog becomes too physically or mentally, tired. In this tutorial, Andy gives some valuable guidelines to help you recognise when your dog’s had enough! … Watch now

Bronwen and Scylla (Parts 1-9)

Bronwen and Scylla (Parts 1-9)
Follow the progress of two litter sisters – Bronwen and Scylla – as they learn to become sheepdogs. They might have the same parents, but their temperaments are very different and the same goes for their attitude to working sheep … Watch now

Balance – What’s the Point?

Balance - What's the Point?
Sheepdog trainers often refer to The Point of Balance but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this short tutorial, we discover that the point of balance is not always to be found where we might expect it to be … Watch now

The Training Ring (Parts 1 & 2)

The Training Ring (Parts 1 & 2)
A simple training ring of the correct size, will make training your dog a lot easier A two-part tutorial. 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 might think. A properly constructed training ring will make the early stages of training your dog so much easier. Trainee sheepdogs tend to chase the sheep, who (very wisely) run away. Both dog and sheep can … Watch now

Get (the sheep) off the fence!

Get (the sheep) off the fence!
Train your dog to get sheep or cattle away from a fence or hedge 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 the trade”. This tutorial shows you not only how to prise the sheep away from the fence, but also how to turn the dog’s determination to circle the sheep into a useful tool for moving the sheep in the open field … Watch now

Moving Out – Into the Open Field

Moving Out - Into the Open Field
Bring sheep out of a pen without drama! 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 the slightest opportunity to bolt and this can result in an ugly chase. In this tutorial you’ll learn a simple routine which will greatly increase the chances of a smooth transition with the dog maintaining control of the sheep from inside the training ring to the open … Watch now

The Outrun (Parts 1-3)

The Outrun (Parts 1-3)
A good outrun is essential if a sheepdog is to work efficiently Fortunately, it’s not difficult to train a dog to do an outrun, and the training process itself improves other aspects of the dog’s work, such as flanking and the stop, so we use short outruns very early in training to improve the dog’s all-round performance. Part 1 features Jed, a large, headstrong male collie with far more enthusiasm than skill. We filmed an actual training session, warts and … Watch now
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