Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

  • Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

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

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  • Eve at the Pen

    A complete training session, teaching the dog good pen manners Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control. In this tutorial we see Eve, a keen young dog who’s basic training is in place, but Eve still shows some tyro weaknesses – she favours “Away” to “Come […]

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  • Moving Out – Into the Open Field

    Bring sheep out of a pen without drama! Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be a tricky affair. The sheep will usually grasp the slightest opportunity to bolt and this can result in an ugly chase. In this tutorial you’ll learn a simple routine which […]

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  • Close work (Parts 1 & 2)

    Moving sheep in and out of yards and fields can be tricky Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field is all very well, but your dog’s capable of doing very much more to help you. Efficiently moving sheep around at close quarters, as well as putting them into and […]

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35 responses to “Sometimes Nice is Not Enough”

  1. Arye Ehrenberg avatar

    Hello Andy. great & helpful tutorial.
    How can I apply this in training or farm work, and avoid being disqualified in the trials, as the dog might bite a sheep?

    1. Andy avatar

      You only use the training methods in this tutorial if the dog is lacking confidence, but even with normal training, it’s up to the handler to correct the dog if it’s too aggressive. That way, the dog will learn that it must not bite the sheep unless it really needs to.

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