Category – Working Instinct

Video tutorials with illustrations and examples of the dog's working instinct and its effect on the dog's approach to working stock.

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
Use a reward to get training on board
Working dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to learn things that we want them to do, there must be some reward ... 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
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
Balance - What's the Point?
Sheep and cattle dog trainers often refer to "the point of balance" but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this ... 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
The Dog's Confidence (Part 1)
Understanding the factors which affect the dog's work is extremely important for a successful sheep or cattle dog trainer, and of those factors, the dog's ... 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
Sheepdogs Time Out!
Following on from the very popular video - and while we put the finishing touches to our latest sheepdog training tutorial, we thought we'd give ... 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
Shedding is one of those operations that contradicts the basic rules we've taught the dog so far. Previously, we've insisted the dog keeps the sheep ... 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