The Dog’s Confidence


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The dog's confidence is vitally important

Understanding the factors which affect the dog's work is extremely important for a successful sheep or cattle dog trainer.

Of those factors, the dog's confidence is probably the most underestimated.

Confidence is of vital importance if a sheepdog is to work efficiently, especially at long distances from the handler, between the stock and a fence, or when faced by stubborn animals.

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How Often (to Train) and How Long?


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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!.

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Sheepdogs Time Out!


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Get to know our sheepdogs

Following on from the very popular An Insight Into Pack Behaviour video - and while we put the finishing touches to our latest sheepdog training tutorial, we thought we'd give you a New Year treat!

"Sheepdogs Time Out" comprises of no less than four great chapters from our DVD Border Collie Sheepdogs & Friends - Still Off Duty DVD, and is a shade under 17 minutes of fun and training with our dogs.

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An Insight into Pack Behaviour


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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 on our Still Off Duty DVD, and is 33 minutes of our thoughts about what we see when we're out and about with our dogs.

We're not suggesting that it's the definitive guide to dog behaviour, but it illustrates much that we've seen and found useful when training a sheepdog. We're hoping you'll find it entertaining, as well as interesting, and we're also hoping it will stimulate some debate about what we see. All of us are learning, and none of us knows all the answers (except, perhaps our dogs).

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Shedding (or Separating) The Sheep


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To compete in sheepdog trials, you'll need to shed the sheep

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 together, but to shed them, we must teach the dog to part them again.

Many dogs take readily to shedding, but it's understandable if a young dog's confused or worried by it.

As with most sheepdog training, the key to success is to make the task as easy as possible when we start.

This tutorial shows how to teach a dog to shed sheep by making it as easy as possible for the dog to come through them. Featuring footage from actual training sessions this tutorial has a running commentary throughout.

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The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training


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

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.

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!

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