Starting a Young Puppy (Parts 1 & 2)

We take two eleven week old puppies to sheep for the first time.

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How to start training a young puppy to work sheep and other livestock

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 what to do and what to avoid when he takes litter-mates Ezra and Carew to the sheep - at just eleven weeks old.

How to start training a young puppy to work sheep - part two

In Part 2, we take young Ezra to the sheep again, but this time, give him a little more guidance and lots of encouragement. We also see signs of Ezra's confidence growing and learn that nine sheep is too many for this early stage of a dog's training.

Calm but Firm

It's so important to appear calm, even when you're not!

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A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult dogs to train. Audrey not only fits this description perfectly, but just for good measure, refuses to go "Away" around the sheep too. The Calm but Firm tutorial will show you how to cope with these difficult dogs. Featuring footage from actual training sessions.

The Training Stick

Correct use of training stick can drastically reduce the time it takes to train your dog.

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By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs is the lightweight plastic pipe. We call it the Training Stick - and we wouldn't like to have to train dogs without one! This tutorial describes how invaluable the training stick can be in the early stages of training, for controlling the dog's direction, it's pace, and the distance it works from the sheep or cattle.

Give the Sheep Some Space

Teach your dog to keep well away from the sheep when flanking.

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If your dog's going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn to give them plenty of room. Of course there are times when the dog needs to be close and assertive with the stock, but as a general rule, the less the dog pressurises sheep or other livestock the better.

If the dog keeps well back off the animals, they'll be much calmer, and subsequently far easier to manage than excited or frightened animals will be.

In this tutorial, you'll learn ways of encouraging your dog to go out wider, and keep well back from livestock.

The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training

The most important rule when you train a dog on sheep or cattle.

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There are a number important rules that you would do well to keep in mind when you train a dog to work cattle or sheep. After all, whether we're beginners, novices or experts, nobody wants to make a complete mess of it, do they?

In this tutorial, Andy takes a look at some of the more essential guidelines for establishing and maintaining order, protecting the stock, and improving the dog's confidence around sheep or cattle.

Finally, he confesses to breaking the most important rule of them all. Nobody's perfect!