How to go about selecting and preparing a sheepdog for herding
Subtitles: French*, Spanish* or English, click CC on viewer (*translation errors).
Talking about the dog.
Potential pitfalls when buying a sheepdog.
Registered vs unregistered dogs.
Will a pet dog work sheep.
What is the best age to begin training the dog.
Should a puppy be allowed to wander around the farm.
The young dog should be fast enough to get ahead of the sheep.
Introducing a young puppy to sheep.
Look at the parents before buying a puppy.
Old wives’ tales (common myths).
The dog’s tail position – and what it tells us.
Believe in your dog.
Male or female? Which makes the best herding dog.
Characteristics to look for in a sheepdog.
How to prepare your dog for training.
Teaching your dog to “stay close” by your side.
The importance of lead training.
Familiarising your dog with sheep.
You must protect your sheep.
Should a sheepdog live in the house.
The herding instinct we’re looking for.
“Too much eye” – a lack of confidence.
A dog which doesn’t want to work.
Traits you may encounter when 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 housing, choice of breed, choice of dog or puppy – 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 wanted to update our “First Steps” DVD set because our training techniques and understanding of sheepdogs have improved immensely since the DVD’s release.
This video presents most of chapters one (the introduction) and two, from the DVD set. It’s fairly heavily modified and now nearly 30 minutes long! We’re sure those of you who’ve seen the old version won’t be disappointed.