Bronwen and Scylla (1 of 9)

An interesting and useful sheepdog training comparison following the training of two very different farm dogs, who also happen to be sisters.

Subtitles: French*, Spanish* or English, click CC on viewer (*translation errors).



An interesting and useful sheepdog training comparison with Bronwen and Scylla

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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!

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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!

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15 responses to “Bronwen and Scylla (1 of 9)”

  1. Vivian Knight avatar
    Vivian Knight

    Great videos! I have learnt so much. Part 7 as you suggested for me to watch for my dog wide flanking was very interesting.

    Bronwen did the exact same as my boy!

    I will keep going with short sessions, stay calm, don’t shout at him and talk nice to him when he comes in it hopefully will get better.

    Thank you. Really enjoying the tutorials.


  2. tatyana baktimirova avatar
    tatyana baktimirova

    Hello, I’m watching all your lessons. But English is not my native language. It’s hard for me to understand by ear. Could you include subtitles in Bronwen and Scylla’s lessons? Thank you, Tatiana from Russia

    1. All of our tutorials have English and Spanish Subtitles which can be activated by clicking the “CC” link on the player (while it is playing).
      Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Russian subtitles at the moment, but hopefully either the English or Spanish subtitles will be helpful. Any feedback on this would be welcome.

      1. tatyana baktimirova avatar
        tatyana baktimirova

        Thank you, Yes, English subtitles can help me a lot, I read well. I just don’t understand speech by ear very well.

  3. Arye Ehrenberg avatar
    Arye Ehrenberg

    Hllo Andy. In part 7, whould’nt it be easier for a novice dog if the entrance to the round pen was near the fence so it would create a funnel for the sheep to get in?

    1. I think you might mean Part 1, because in part 7 there are hedges or fencing on both sides of the pen entrance, funnelling the sheep in.

      Yes, of course it will always be easier if there’s some form of funnel – but if it is part 1 you mean, it was Bronwen’s first ever lesson – and to be honest, I was not really expecting her to get as far as the pen – that’s why the camera is so far away!
      Use this link for more about Getting the sheep into the training ring!

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