Category: BASICS

  • Learn your training commands thoroughly

    Learn your training commands thoroughly

    Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on a herding dog. Learn your training commands properly! Muddled commands confuse 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…

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  • The training ring (2 of 2)

    The training ring (2 of 2)

    Part 2: Advanced work in the sheepdog training ring Transform your sheepdog training A correctly sized training ring is simple to make, and will transform the early stages of sheepdog training. That’s not all it can do though. A sheepdog training ring can also be an extremely useful aid when it comes to teaching the…

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  • The training stick

    The training stick

    Correctly used, the training stick gives better control and reduces training time. For better control and easier training 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…

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  • The training ring (1 of 2)

    The training ring (1 of 2)

    Part 1: Contain the action! A training ring makes sheepdog training easier. Contain the action One of the most useful assets that help us to train a sheepdog is the sheepdog training ring. It’s very much more versatile than you might think. A simple but properly constructed training ring, will make the early stages of…

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  • The sheepdog handler

    The sheepdog handler

    The sheepdog handler and how to become a better trainer! Qualities of a good sheepdog trainer It’s all very well learning about the dog, the sheep, and the training area, but it’s equally important to think about some of the qualities required in a sheepdog handler or trainer, and how to make improvements. This tutorial…

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  • Training area – small changes for easier training

    Training area – small changes for easier training

    Our suggestions to improve your training area, for easier training. Small changes can make training easier 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…

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  • Sheep – essential facts for trainers

    Sheep – essential facts for trainers

    Are yours suitable sheep for sheepdog training? Not so daft! 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…

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  • Top tips for easier sheepdog training

    Top tips for easier sheepdog training

    Sheepdog training tips and advice to make teaching your farm dog to herd sheep, a lot easier! Who said it was easy! Nobody would claim that sheepdog 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…

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  • Sheepdog selection and preparation

    Sheepdog selection and preparation

    How to go about selecting and preparing a sheepdog for herding This is a very important tutorial! It’s packed with essential information to help you to understand, and look after your dog. It includes housing, choice of breed, choice of dog or puppy – and what dogs to avoid. There’s a wealth of information on…

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