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Category: Assessment

  • Flock Work

    Is your dog ready to work a flock of sheep? Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it’s natural to start thinking about working a flock of sheep. After all, that’s what the dog’s for, isn’t it! To us humans, flock work seems like a natural […]

  • Top tips for easier training

    Ways to make sure training your dog goes as smoothly as possible 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 why, and by paying attention to just a few basic details, we can make the process so much […]

  • Training Max – the Gripper (Parts 1-3)

    A dog which attacks livestock must be quickly brought under control Part 1 – A compulsive gripper can be a big problem to train 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 which persists in violently attacking the […]

  • Bronwen and Scylla (Parts 1-8)

    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.

  • Tess in the Open Field

    A complete training session, packed with important training examples As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps keep the topics in context and gives the viewer a better understanding of the dog’s skill level when it undertakes various tasks. In this session, Tess (who features […]

  • No Excuses Please!

    Take a realistic look at your dog’s performance. Is it as good as you think? It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog’s work is better than it really is. Novice trainers are often eager to move our dog’s training on, and can overlook shortcuts and bad habits which the dog […]

  • Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)

    Valuable information for would-be sheepdog trials competitors Two-part tutorial for those people who hope to take part in sheepdog trials.Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember. Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the […]

  • Learn Your Commands

    Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on the dog 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 dog because you’ll be blaming it for going the wrong way when in fact it was doing exactly […]

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