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Sheepdog Training Tutorials (Full List)

For best results watch the videos in the order they appear here.
English subtitles are available on all our tutorials.

Top tips for easier training

Top tips for easier training
Valuable advice for sheep and cattle dog trainers. 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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! For English Subtitles click CC on player. OK! You've built yourself a training ring - but now you need to get the sheep into ... 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 ... Watch now

Puppy Training Essentials

Puppy Training Essentials
Important points to remember when bringing up a puppy. 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 ... 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 ... Watch now

The Dog’s Confidence

The Dog's Confidence
The dog's confidence is vitally important. 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 ... Watch now

Learn Your Commands

Learn Your Commands
Confusing your commands is very bad practice. 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 ... Watch now

The Sheepdog Handler

The Sheepdog Handler
Don't just train your dog! Make yourself, a better trainer! It's all very well learning about the dog, the sheep, and the training area, but it's just as important to think about some of the qualities required in a sheepdog ... Watch now

English subtitles are available on all our tutorials

183 comments

  1. Hi Andy
    Love the tutorials and the way you show mistakes as it makes me feel better to see what happens here also happens with you. I have 2 UK dogs both very different, but one feature they share is their distance is often very wide and they don’t look at the sheep at times. Here in Australia we 3 sheep trial and the UK dogs have long been critisized for this. My youngest floats really wide and I have brought her in a fair bit but the older males will take his eyes off the sheep when flanking. I love working this dog and he is fantastic in the paddock. I am due to trial him and am a bit nervous. He never takes his eyes off when it matters at the bridge, gate or pen. Is this a bad trait? Love your Golden Rule!!

  2. Well…the only thing I would add to your tutorial on the whistles is to make sure you have a paper towel ready to mop up all the spit that comes forth. LOL I am still having a problem with consistent sounds…ie no two downs whistles sound the same. But I guess that will improve over time. Thanks again! Looking forward to part three of driving. Cheers.

    1. Thanks Cathy – we’re working on the Driving 3 tutorial now, so it should be up in a few days’ time.
      Meanwhile, keep practising with the whistle – it’s well worth the effort (and the paper towels).
      If you find you’re getting spit in the whistle itself, give it a good puff from one side to clear it out from between the plates, because it will impede your sounds (and so will dust and fluff if they accumulate in there).

  3. Hi Andy,

    Yesterday afternoon I had Jock out working the lambs again. I’ve started with off-balance work (the paddock is flat and there isn’t many obstacles in it) and he started working the way I asked. He looked confused a couple of times, but after growling at him for going ‘his’ way and sending him back ‘my’ way a couple of times, he seemed to get the idea. I didn’t realise I’d been contradicting myself with him.

    Ever since I’ve been coming down harder on him (just growling, stopping and then sending him off again when he’s doing the wrong thing) he’s slowed down a lot and doesn’t seem to be ‘arguing’ as much. I worry that I growl too much, but there’s much more praise than anything with him.

    Oh, before I forget, do you have any tips for changing over to whistle commands? I can’t use dog whistles (can’t get a sound out of them) but I can whistle very well myself.

    Take care, Jenna

    1. Hello Jenna,
      It’s very easy to get a dog to work on whistle commands once it’s fluent with voice commands. Simply give the voice command and as the dog obeys, follow it with the whistle. If the dog’s confused at first, repeat the voice, and then the whistle. They pick it up very quickly.

      1. Hi, Thanks for the tip. I’ll start doing that.

        Unfortunately we live right on a highway, and if there is a lot of traffic, or it’s windy, he can’t hear me so well, so I thought whistle would be a better option.

        Thanks again,

        Jenna

  4. If the dog crosses over on its outrun, you sent it too far (on the side you originally sent it).
    Keep working Jock on the anti-clockwise side but set him up closer to the sheep so it works every time, then gradually increase the distance. You must balance his sides up. Keep the clockwise side for the longer or more tricky tasks for the time being.

    If the dog looks back at you, it’s not confident – you’re probably working it too far away from you. From what you say, Jenna, it sounds as though you’re pushing Jock a little too hard – make things easier for him for a while. You won’t win any prizes for rushing him – on the contrary, be patient and you’ll have a much better dog in the long run.

    If he’s looking at you, his confidence is not building, because he’s worried. In this case, reduce the pressure a little.

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    Hi Andy,
    I’ve just finished watching the video and one point you made that a dog will look back at you if it is lacking in confidence with driving. Does this apply to all work when training?

    If I have to send Jock out into the big paddock to round up the sheep it isn’t always possible to see all of the sheep. He runs the fence line, but will occasionally stop and wait for another command before he moves off. He’s usually moving forward a lot more slowly after this. Would this be a confidence thing as well?
    Jenna

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