Useful on the farm, essential for sheepdog trials, learn shedding or separating the sheep!
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How to train your dog to ‘shed’ (or separate) sheep, in an open area.
Example of a failed attempt to shed!
Reasons why you should teach your dog to shed sheep.
Another example of a failed attempt to shed.
See an example of a good ‘shed’.
What to do with your training stick when you call the dog through the sheep (and why)! Don’t dispense with the training stick though – it’s an important tool for shedding.
Why dogs are often reluctant to shed sheep.
How to position the dog, and create a good gap for the dog to come through the sheep.
Essential points to keep in mind, when training a dog to shed sheep.
Make a wide gap before you call the dog through
Shedding sheep means separating a bunch of sheep into two or even more, smaller groups. It’s one of those operations that contradicts the basic rules we’ve taught the dog so far. Previously, we’ve insisted the dog keeps the sheep together, but to shed them, we must teach the dog to part them again (in a controlled manner). Many dogs take readily to shedding, but it’s understandable if a young dog’s confused or worried by it. As with most sheepdog training, the key to success is to make the task as easy as possible when we start.
This tutorial shows how to teach a dog to shed sheep by making it as easy as possible for the dog to come through them. Featuring footage from actual training sessions, this tutorial has a running commentary throughout.