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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. Joe Nolan avatar

    Hi

    I was wondering what’s the best way to train recall with a pup. Have a really nice 5 month pup and would like a good recall on him before going into the pen.

    Thanks
    Joe

  2. Dan Jones avatar

    Hi
    I have a 5 year old bitch, she’s very powerful but is very tight on her sheep and on the outrun! I got her from a trialist who said he just cannot get it out of her! I’ve also failed!
    Is it impossible with some dogs?? I’ve spoken to the owner since and he says I’ll never get it out of her!!
    Would it be possible to change her as she has some fantastic qualities such as driving!!
    And I would love to trial her! But she also doesn’t like to stop at the other end of the field either! Shall I just use as she is ? As she is a useful worker with big lots if sheep!
    Any suggestions
    Thanks
    Dan

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Dan,
      Of course it’s not impossible to get a five year old dog to go out wider on its outrun – but it will take longer than it would with a younger dog.

      If you follow our “Outrun” and “Give the Sheep Space” Tutorials carefully and don’t try to rush things, the dog will go out wider. Train on just a handful of sheep – no more than four or five until the dog’s working correctly. That way you have better control.

      If the dog runs out tight, you’re sending it too far – reduce the distance. Don’t encourage her to drive until she’s learned to outrun correctly – and insist on a good stop. It sounds to me as though the dog just needs proper training.

  3. Beverley Thomson avatar

    Hi

    I have an adult NZ heading dog who is very strong eyed, fixated on sheep and very fast and confident. I would like to train him to work sheep. He has good obedience until sheep are introduced and then all hell breaks loose. He shows good instincts in that he wants to herd them all together usually placing them into a corner. This is usually done too fast and ends up with overexcited sheep and over excited dog. Then he is impossible to call off. If I approach he moves so that he keeps the sheep balanced between us – good I know in the long run but frustrating in that I cant stop him at the moment. he listens well to a down or come command when there is a fence between him and the sheep or he is on a lead but once he is off lead his hearing switches off.

    I am not sure how to make the transition from his instincts and control

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Beverley. I’m sorry, I have absolutely no knowledge of NZ heading dogs. I know you subscribe to our training tutorials. If your dog works in the same way that border collies do, then the “Starting a Strong Dog” and “Training Stick” tutorials in our sheepdog training tutorials library should help you.
      If the dog balances the sheep to you, and you can’t catch it because it keeps going round the sheep, train with just three or four sheep and when the dog stops on balance, walk THROUGH the sheep, keeping your eyes fixed on the dog and repeating the lie-down command (and blocking the dog with the training stick) until you get close enough to get hold of it.

      1. Beverley Thomson avatar

        Hi

        FYI a nz heading dog is very like a working border collie and the border collie made a big contribution to the initial genetics. They make a good partner to our huntaway which has the big bark and pushes as opposed to the heading dog that collects and heads the sheep. Both breeds have been developed to work large numbers of stock in big open spaces with limited human help. This means the big difference between the border collie and the heading dog is that heading dogs tend to be more independent in their thinking and less naturally focused on the human partner. The partnership has to be built more and tends to have to be earned. Heading dogs are smooth coated, lean, fast and tend to be very smart – very similar to border collies. Those with strong working lines tend to be obsessive, can be hyperactive and notice everything that moves over a very wide radius. I joke my dog knows every time a bird, sheep, cow or chicken moves in the whole district (not quite true but they have been breed to seek out and collect sheep over wide areas of difficult country).

        I have been using only 4 or 5 sheep. I will try what you have suggested. I have tried it before without a stick when I walked through the sheep they scattered he dived out collected them up ignoring my lie down command. He is faster than I am and dives a lot faster than the dogs in your video appear to do.

        I will try using a stick – that seems as though it might help. It will give me a lot more presence as well as movement. might take a bit of practise to be able to keep in front of him though.

        In addition have you any suggestions on how to get a stop on him in the presence of sheep

        thank you for your help

        Beverley

  4. Kevin Metz avatar

    Hello I love the videos!

    I am starting a mixed Aussie on chickens in my yard. He loves to eat the chicken poop and it is becoming a distraction. I have sprayed the poop with apple bitters to discourage but I can’t keep up!

    He is almost a year old and I am not sure if I should interpret this as unwilling to work or not. He always sniffs out for these piles whether or not we are training(playing).

    Thank You,
    Kevin

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Kevin, Thank you for kind comments about the training tutorials!
      I’ve had little experience (or success) with working Australian Shepherd dogs on sheep but what you describe certainly sounds as though the dog lacks interest in working chickens!
      There’s very little you can do if your dog’s not interested in working other than try to motivate it – and prevent it from eating the droppings.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  5. Joe Nolan avatar

    Hi

    I was wondering how far into training do you introduce the whistle, is it once they are reacting correctly to a command or earlier?

    Thanks Joe

    1. Andy avatar

      It’s entirely up to you, Joe.
      There’s no urgent need for using a whistle until the dog’s capable of working at such a long distance that it may not hear voice commands on (say) a windy day or working near a noisy environment. Some people train their dogs from scratch entirely on whistle commands. I don’t recommend this as I believe praising the dog for good work is as important as correcting it.
      I usually wait until the dog knows its flank and stop commands and then introduce the whistle commands.

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