An interesting and useful sheepdog training comparison following the training of two very different farm dogs, who also happen to be sisters.
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Two young sheepdogs in the making.
Why choose litter-mates for a comparison?
Lead training improves the dog’s bond with it’s owner.
Both difficult pups to keep away from sheep.
A big challenge for Bronwen’s first-ever training session.
Bronwen’s sheep escape into the garden, but who’s to blame?
Taking the sheep to the training ring.
The sheep escape!
Bronwen regains control of her sheep and also manages to get them into the training ring!
Learning to become sheepdogs
This is a sheepdog training comparison which is both interesting and useful. It follows the progress of litter sisters Bronwen and Scylla, as they learn to become farm sheepdogs. The two young dogs have the same parents, and were born in the same litter, but that’s where the similarity ends.
As trainee farm dogs, their temperaments are very different. The same goes for their attitude to working sheep. In this first video we learn about the two young dogs temperaments, and we also see Bronwen working remarkably well in the field. But Scylla’s approach seems to be based on the saying; “the best form of defence is attack“!
To put it another way, Bronwen is a sheep dog trainer’s dream. She’s what is referred to in farm and herding terminology as a ‘biddable dog‘. Going by the early evidence, Scylla promises to be the opposite!