Follow our suggested routine for training your sheepdog.
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What is the correct course of lessons for training dogs?
Begin training by bonding with the dog.
Recall and Stay…
Start the dog on calm sheep.
Don’t train with stubborn, aggressive sheep.
Use a correctly sized training ring to keep the action close.
Recommended size of the training ring.
Once the dog’s circling, teach it to stop.
Next, it’s time to start going backwards…
Move training out into the open field.
Perfect “Walking Backwards” out in the field.
Introduce the Look Back command.
Teach the dog to do short outruns.
Increase the outrun distance slowly.
Introduce variety into the dog’s training course.
Relieve stressful training with outruns.
Look for chances to improve the dog’s work.
Don’t be afraid to try your own ideas during training.
Some tutorials to look out for.
Brief summary of our suggested training schedule.
Our suggested training schedule
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, but some are more urgent than others. While there’s no simple rule for the order of training, we suggest a logical routine that we follow, and explain the reasons why.
Add some flexibility to the programme…
In all the years we’ve been training sheepdogs, we’ve learned that once the dog’s making good progress and controlling its sheep or cattle well, the timetable, sequence of events, locations and even (if possible) stock or sheep used for teaching the dog, should be varied. This will keep the dogs interest and attention, as well as broadening its mind. As a result, the dog will be far better able to accept varied conditions in future.