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. 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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