Getting the sheep into the ring!

How to get sheep into a training ring - if you don't have a trained sheepdog!

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OK! You've built yourself a training ring - but now you need to get the sheep into it. If you don't have access to a trained sheepdog, that can be a very difficult task - but don't despair!

In this twenty minute tutorial, you'll find out how to get some sheep into the training ring without the use of a trained sheepdog, and you'll learn some other training information you may not have thought about before.

The Training Area

Chapter four from the DVD set 'First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training'.

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Title banner for our Sheepdog Training Tutorial, The Training Area, with trainee sheepdog Kay watching Andy the trainer close a farm gate

The size, shape and nature of the training area can make a massive difference to your training experience. The Training Area tutorial shows you how to get the most out of the field, paddock or yard you train your dog in.

With a few small changes to the original "First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training" DVD footage to make matters even clearer, this tutorial will give you great insight into the type of ground you should train in and some great ideas for improving it quite dramatically.

Sheep – Essential Facts For Trainers

Chapter three from the DVD set 'First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training'.

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People think sheep are stupid, but in some ways they can be very clever, as well as determined. When you start training your first sheepdog, it's easy to overlook the importance of learning about sheep and their behaviour. The more you know about sheep and their funny ways, the easier it will be to train your sheepdog.

In this video tutorial, we look at the way sheep behave - especially when confronted with a dog. We also discuss ways of finding and obtaining sheep, how to find somewhere to keep them, what sort of sheep it's best to use for training sheepdogs, and which types are best avoided when the dog's in the early stages of training.

Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

Does your dog have difficulty moving stubborn sheep or other livestock?

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It's all very well training your dog to keep back from the sheep and not upset them, but what can you do if the sheep refuse to go where the dog's trying to put them? For the welfare of the sheep, they simply must be handled, treated for any ailments and managed, so we need to teach the dog to get tough when the time arises.

Find out how Carew's confidence grew immensely once she learned to be more assertive. As well as difficult sheep, Carew can now handle stubborn cattle with relative ease.

Woolly Jumpers

Once sheep learn to jump out, they can be a problem!

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Sheep which jump out of the training area, don't just disrupt the training session. They can injure themselves and even damage fencing and hurdles into the bargain. They. also learn very quickly from each other, so if you do nothing about it, you'll soon have a whole flock of jumping sheep!

If you understand why the sheep are jumping out, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood of them learning to jump, and how you can cope with jumpers, if you already have them.

Get (the sheep) off the fence!

How to get sheep or cattle away from a fence or hedge.

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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.

Once your dog masters this, it'll very soon be able to keep the sheep out in the open.

Puppy Training Essentials

Important points to remember when bringing up a puppy.

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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 you're in a position to protect the youngster from attack or even the threat of it, there's a very real danger that sheep or cattle will will frighten the young dog and damage its confidence - possibly permanently.

On the other hand, if you frequently walk a pup or young dog around stock (on a lead) to familiarise it with them, unless you allow the youngster to chase the stock from time-to-time, there's a strong chance the young dog will learn that it's not allowed to run after the animals.