How often to train a sheepdog and for how long? Lesson frequency and duration.
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Training a puppy on sheep.
Signs that the dog needs a break from training.
Don’t give up too easily!
‘Recharging the batteries’.
Training young adult dogs.
When a dog gets tired, but more aggressive.
As the dog’s confidence builds.
New challenges keep training fresh.
Sheepdog training lesson frequency and duration
We’re often asked about the frequency and duration of sheepdog training sessions, this is because there doesn’t seem to be much information available on the subject.
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s important to observe your dog’s behaviour and make sure you stop each session before the dog becomes too physically, or mentally, tired.
In this short video tutorial, Andy gives some valuable guidelines to help you recognise when your dog’s had enough! Generally speaking, puppy training sessions should be very brief, while older, more experienced dogs can work for much longer periods.
A typical sign that the sheepdog training lesson should possibly end is when the dog has been doing well, and then the quality of its work begins to go backwards. The dog apparently losing interest and sniffing around might be another. The frequency of training sessions should depend on the handler or trainer’s available time, and how keen the dog is to work. Try to throw some variation into each session, to keep the lessons fresh and interesting for the dog, but don’t overdo the new challenges and expect the dog to progress too quickly.