Category: BASICS

  • 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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  • What shall I do next?

    What shall I do next?

    Follow our suggested routine for training your sheepdog. Our suggested training schedule When you start to train a sheepdog there are so many issues that need attention, it can be quite daunting. You can’t possibly address them all at once, but some are more urgent than others. While there’s no simple rule for the order…

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  • Introducing a young dog to sheep (puppy training essentials)

    Introducing a young dog to sheep (puppy training essentials)

    Important points to remember when introducing a young dog to sheep Lead walking has consequences The more familiar your dog is with stock before it begins training, the easier it will be to train the dog. This is because the hunting instinct is not as strong in pups as it is in adult dogs. It’s…

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  • The dog’s confidence

    The dog’s confidence

    Confidence is important for a good sheepdog or cattle dog. Confidence is of vital importance Understanding 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…

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  • An insight into pack behaviour

    An insight into pack behaviour

    Find out how pack behaviour affects dogs, to get a better understanding of your dog. How pack behaviour affects sheepdogs This tutorial’s a little different from usual. We’re looking at dog behaviour, rather than training. “An Insight into Pack Behaviour” was originally a chapter on our “Still Off Duty” DVD. It’s 33 minutes of our…

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  • The sheepdog whistle (1 of 2)

    The sheepdog whistle (1 of 2)

    How to blow a shepherd’s whistle. You’re not alone Part 1 – If you’re finding your sheepdog whistle difficult to blow, you’re not alone. Many people find it difficult to master at first, but don’t worry. Unless your dog is in the advanced stages of training, there’s really no need to hurry. A sheepdog whistle…

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  • The golden rule of sheepdog training

    The golden rule of sheepdog training

    Keep the most important rules of sheepdog training in mind when you start training your farm dog on sheep, cattle or other livestock. There’s no shortage of rules of sheepdog training! The number of factors involved when you’re training a dog to work sheep is overwhelming, but don’t despair! Here are some of the important…

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