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BRONWEN & SCYLLA (Part 9). Learn about many aspects of training sheepdogs, including teaching the dog to stay back out of the way when required, the “look back” and ways to reduce the dog’s fear when working in confined spaces. – 26.4 min

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Top tips for easier training

Top tips for easier training
Ways to make sure training your dog goes as smoothly as possible Nobody would claim that 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 a few basic details, we can make the process so much easier for both dog and handler. In this video Andy shows how to correct the points which will be most beneficial when you train a … Watch now

The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training

The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training
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. After all, whether we’re beginners, novices or experts, nobody wants to make a complete mess of it, do they? In this tutorial, Andy takes a look at some of the more essential guidelines for establishing and maintaining order, protecting the stock, and … Watch now

Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

Sheepdog Selection and Preparation
Chapters 1 & 2 from the DVD set ‘First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training’ This is a very important tutorial! It’s packed with essential information to help you to understand, and look after your dog. It includes choice of breed, choice of dog or puppy, housing – and what dogs to avoid. There’s a wealth of information on how to prepare your pup or young dog for herding sheep, cattle and other livestock. For a long time now we’ve … Watch now

Sheep – Essential Facts For Trainers

Sheep - Essential Facts For Trainers
Chapter three from the DVD set ‘First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training’ 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 their funny ways, the easier it will be to train your sheepdog. In this video tutorial, we look at the way sheep … Watch now

An Insight into Pack Behaviour

An Insight into Pack Behaviour
A tutorial to help you get a better understanding of your dog WHY CAN’T I SEE THE VIDEO? If you have a paid account with us please .Our sheepdog training videos are restricted to who have their accounts. 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 … Watch now

The Training Area

The Training Area
Chapter four from the DVD set ‘First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training’ 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 dog in. With a few small changes to the original “” DVD footage to make matters even clearer, this tutorial will give you great insight into the type … Watch now

Getting the sheep into the ring!

Getting the sheep into the ring!
How to get sheep into a training ring – if you don’t have a trained sheepdog! OK! You’ve built yourself a training ring – but now you need to get the sheep into it. If you don’t have access to a trained sheepdog, that can be a very difficult task – but don’t despair! In this twenty minute tutorial, you’ll find out how to get some sheep into the training ring without the use of a trained sheepdog, and you’ll … Watch now

What Shall I Do Next?

What Shall I Do Next?
Follow our suggested order for training your sheepdog 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, and while there’s no simple rule for the order of training, we suggest a logical pattern that we follow, and explain the reasons why. Once the dog’s making good progress and controlling its sheep well, the sequence of events, locations and if possible, sheep, … Watch now

Puppy Training Essentials

Puppy Training Essentials
Important points to remember when bringing up a puppy to work stock Tempting though it may be to try your puppy with stock at a very early age, you should beware. Unless you can be absolutely certain you’re in a position to protect the youngster from attack or even the threat of it, there’s a very real danger that sheep or cattle will will frighten the young dog and damage its confidence – possibly permanently. On the other hand, if … Watch now

The Training Stick

The Training Stick
Correct use of training stick can drastically reduce the time it takes to train your dog 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 how invaluable the training stick can be in the early stages of training, for controlling the dog’s direction, it’s pace, and the distance it works from the … Watch now

The Dog’s Confidence

The Dog's Confidence
Confidence is vitally important for a good sheep or cattle dog 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 … Watch now

Learn Your Commands

Learn Your Commands
Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on 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 going the wrong way when in fact it was doing exactly what you asked. Training a dog to work stock can be confusing enough, without you adding to the chaos by talking rubbish. This tutorial will … Watch now

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183 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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