Sheepdog Training Video Library

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Educating Gloria!

Photo of a sheepdog being trained in a training ring
Watch a complete training session, full of valuable training lessons! This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and her fourth training session with some well-. As well as showing a typical dog in training, warts and all, the tutorial demonstrates some of the techniques that we’ve talked about in other tutorials, such as making use of the training ring; effective use of the training stick; reinforcing the stop, and flank commands; widening the ; taking the … Watch now

Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)

Photo of a dog working sheep at a sheepdog trial
Valuable information for would-be sheepdog trials competitors Two-part tutorial for those people who hope to take part in sheepdog trials.Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember. Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the competition? What should I avoid? Who can I ask for help? These two tutorials delve quite deeply into competitive sheep herding in the UK and … Watch now

Sheepdogs Time Out!

Close-up photo of three sheepdogs very close together
A great opportunity to get to know sheepdogs – at work and play! Following on from the very popular video – and while we put the finishing touches to our latest sheepdog training tutorial, we thought we’d give you a real treat!”Sheepdogs Time Out” comprises of no less than four great chapters from our DVD , and is a shade under 17 minutes of fun and training with our dogs … Watch now

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188 responses to “Sheepdog Training Video Library”

  1. Patricia Keeley avatar

    Hi Andy,

    I want to further my skills in navigating my dog Boo through gates. The cross drive is the hardest for me. I either have Boo above or below the gates. From my sight I think I have Boo spot on.
    Thank you for your training video’s. I love watching them and trying new ways of teaching that I’ve never tried before.
    Patricia Keeley

    1. Andy avatar

      The crossdrive is the hardest for me too, Patricia!
      Practice is the best thing – practice cross drives where you must put the sheep straight through obstacles that are a little more difficult and further away than they’d normally be in a sheepdog trial.
      At trials in this country, I like to arrive early and walk up the course to look from the first gate to the second. Then I try to find some landmark to use as a guide from the post (or course, you must be sure you’ll be able to see it from the post).
      The first step to a good crossdrive is a tight turn after the first gates. If you get the turn tight (and it’s not easy) the rest of the crossdrive seems to fall into place – just keep the sheep straight.

      1. Patricia Keeley avatar

        Hi Andy,
        Thank you so much for you reply. I will remember what you have said. In fact I’m going to print it out for future reference when I’m here at home. I did make it through the cross drive one time out of thee last evening but I don’t no how it happened! If I amy ask you one more question. I’m also having a hard time getting my dog (2 yrs.) on a steady; take time. Any advice there?

        Thanks again,
        Patricia

      2. Patricia Keeley avatar

        Hi Andy,

        Thank you for your reply about cross drives. I do have another question about flanking. My dog Boo makes very nice flakes when I’m in front of him such at the pen. But when I am driving him away from the post etc. his flanks are rounded. It’s hard for me to get him out by whistle or voice. Any ideas?

        Patricia

        1. Gill avatar

          Hello Patricia. I’m not quite sure what you mean, but it sounds like a driving issue, rather than a flanking issue. Watch the driving tutorials again, and if they don’t address or help with Boo’s problem then please get back to us.

  2. Siebe Bijma avatar

    Hello,

    When do you think there comes a next tutorial about shedding?

    Siebe

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Siebe,
      Thank you for your comment. We don’t have immediate plans for another shedding tutorial, but I agree another one would be useful. I’ll try to produce one quite soon.

  3. Hayley avatar

    hi andy I have a 1 yr old soft dog he bought in some texel sheep he works really well until they stand up to him and he run s away I have 5 mule sheep which hes fine on your tutorial are fab and have helped me so well my trainer has told me to grab a back leg of a sheep and pull it backwards so encourages him to bite his nose when sheep are imn pen I can get him to nip nopse but out hr runs away any tips please thanku

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Hayley,
      Your trainer is on the right track. The dog just needs its confidence building. Follow the trainer’s advice but put a command on the nip. Then once the dog’s learned to nip on command (don’t overdo this) use it when you’re close to the dog (perhaps with the sheep in a corner).
      The dog will learn that if it’s under pressure, it can defend itself with your approval – it’s confidence will grow.
      Remember: The farther away from you the dog is working, the less confidence it will have. With a dog like yours, restrict any conflicting occasions to those when you can be close to the dog – then gradually increase the distance.
      Most important is the welfare of the animals – take great care to make sure neither dog nor sheep are harmed.

  4. Deb Maxwell avatar

    Andy
    I have just watched the new Circling on command tutorial. Do you have tips on when to do this in order of training? For instance I am thinking that the dog needs to cast reliably without crossing before you start circling??. Also, how do you let the dog know you want it to circle between you and sheep compared to circle back around you and sheep?
    The biggest problem you seemed to be having was the sheep following you too closely – would it help to put the sheep into a round yard in the field so you can move away from them to create the space the dog needs or do you prefer to do it in the open?

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Deb,
      Thanks for your question.
      Of course, circling is an advanced action and should only be attempted when the dog is working competently. The next tutorial on Circling will show how we use the circular ring to get the dog used to working between the handler and the sheep – but it doesn’t work with all dogs. For the first tutorial, I wanted to show a method that works for all dogs.

      Once the dog can circle confidently, the normal rules apply. You should be able to adjust the width of the dog’s flanks by the emphasis of your commands – once it knows this, whether this brings the dog in front of or behind you is irrelevant – just place it where you need it for best control of the sheep.
      Good luck with learning to whistle!

  5. Liz Laidlaw avatar

    Hi Andy and Gill,

    Can I ask whether you have found that the same techniques work for all herding breeds, even the less traditional working breeds or ones who have been bred to work quite differently?

    Are the differences just a matter of what the dog will find easier and harder, and a difference in the degree to which you would need certain techniques? (Eg. a Kelpie or Cattle Dog might need something very different to one of the reindeer herding breeds). Or do you actually need to train differently at times?

    I am trying to learn herding with my two dogs at the moment (a Border Collie and a Finnish Lapphund), and the way they work is SO different that I have a hard time knowing what to do at times – the techniques for one don’t seem to fit the other! And of course, the techniques I see used most often work on the Collie….which sometimes leaves me a bit lost on a dog that has different natural instincts.

    Thanks,
    Liz

    1. Andy avatar

      As far as I know Liz, our training techniques only apply to Border Collies and Kelpies – and to some limited extent, crosses of the same. These are breeds which are bred to run out and gather sheep as well as drive them. Other breeds are unknown to us.

      1. Liz Laidlaw avatar

        Thanks for the reply Andy – much appreciated. I guess I will be led by my dog for the other one!

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