Training Tutorial Videos – Alphabetical list

Sheepdog training videos alphabetical list of 75 tutorials

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Tutorial videos – B to D

Back to Forwards - training-tutorial-videos-alphabetical-list

BACK TO FORWARDS! The next stage in your dog’s training, once you’ve perfected ‘Backwards is the way forward’ (see next item). When the dog can bring the sheep up steadily to you as you walk back, it’s time to turn around and go “Back to forwards”! – 13.5 min.

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BACKWARDS IS THE WAY FORWARD! This is probably our most important sheepdog training video once your dog can maintain control of the sheep. Walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep to you, will improve the dog’s pace, working distance, and general control – 12.5 min.

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BALANCE? WHAT’S THE POINT?? To understand how your dog works, you must understand the ‘point of balance’. You would imagine the point of balance means the dog must be on the opposite side of the stock from the handler. That’s not always the case with sheep and cattle dogs though – 7.0 min.

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BRONWEN AND SCYLLA (1-9). 9 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED sheepdog training videos! Bronwen works well from the start, while her sister Scylla constantly attacks the sheep – 19 min – Part 2 11 min | Part 3 22 min | Part 4 18 min | Part 5 23 min | Part 6 20 min | Part 7 6 min | Part 8 12 min | Part 9 26 min.

Photo of a trainer calling his dog away from sheep

CALLING THE DOG AWAY (1-2) – It’s important to be able to call the dog away from sheep or cattle when you work it. But the dog has good reason to continue ‘working’. These tutorials show how to catch the dog easily, and call it away from the stock – 15.3 min.
NEWS: PART TWO NOW AVAILABLE! – 14.1 min.

Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog sheepdog training videos alphabetical list: Calm But Firm

CALM BUT FIRM. It takes self-control and patience from the trainer! If you can be calm yet firm with your dog, it will soon become far easier to train. A great way to begin is by trying to be as quiet as possible while training the dog – 10.5 min.

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CLOSE WORK (1-2). Getting stock through gateways and into pens can be tricky, but we can help you. As with all training, you should start off with easy tasks. Gradually move on to more difficult work as the dog’s confidence grows – 10 min – Part 2 15 min.

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CONFIDENCE The dog’s confidence is hugely important. It can make the difference between a task being completed successfully, or failing. Watch this video to find out why confidence is so important when a sheep or cattle dog works stock, and how to improve it – 2.0 min.

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DRIVING (1-3). Driving is useful for a working sheepdog. There are times when you need the dog to take the stock away from you, rather than bring them closer. Driving’s not so difficult to teach, once you know why some dogs find it difficult at first – 7.5 min – Part 2 7.5 min | Part 3 7 min.


Tutorial videos – E to G

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EDUCATING GLORIA. A complete sheepdog training session with a strong young dog. Complete sessions such as this one will teach you a lot more than basic training clips. They help you to get a more complete picture of what a training session is like – 23.5 min.

ELIMINATE THE TOILET BREAK. A dog which stops to relieve itself while it’s working, is likely to lose control of its sheep or cattle. It’s easy to teach your dog to toilet on command (before working) so it doesn’t need to interrupt its work. Soon the dog will relieve itself before work without being told – 4.5 min.

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EVE AT THE PEN. Another chance to watch a complete sheepdog training session teaching young Eve to get sheep into, and out of, a pen. We highly recommend you watch full training sessions to get a broader picture of sheepdog training in real time – 36.0 min.

FLANK BOTH WAYS. (Why your dog should). Some farmers and shepherds think it’s not necessary to insist on the dog learning to go either way around sheep when commanded. They’re wrong. Find out why it’s important to train left or right-handed dogs to work equally well in either direction – 5.5 min.

FLOCK WORK. The move from training ground, to flock work can be a huge step for a trainee dog – 10.0 min.

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GET OFF THE FENCE! Learn how to teach your dog to prise those stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge – 11.0 min.

How to get sheep into a pen or training ring without a trained sheepdog

GETTING THE SHEEP INTO THE RING! You might think it will be difficult to get sheep into the ring if you haven’t got a trained dog, but it’s fairly straightforward, and excellent experience for you and your dog – 20.0 min.

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GIVE THE SHEEP SPACE! Sheep move best for a dog that doesn’t crowd them – teach your dog to stay back – 6.5 min.

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GOLDEN RULE OF SHEEPDOG TRAINING. There are plenty of essential rules for training any dog, but which is most important? – 6.0 min.


Tutorial videos – H to O

Thumbnail image for the sheepdog training videos alphabetical list: How can I slow the dog down

HOW CAN I SLOW THE DOG DOWN?. Teach your dog to work at a steady pace – 10.1 min.

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HOW OFTEN, AND FOR HOW LONG? Our recommended frequency and duration of training sessions – 10.0 min.

Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Inside Flanks, Circle The Sheep on Command parts 1 and 2

INSIDE FLANKS (Circle on Command) (1-2). Two videos. Teaching your dog to circle on command both ways, will move the dog’s work to a new skill level – 10.0 min – Part 2 7.5 min.

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LEARN YOUR COMMANDS. Giving wrong commands will confuse your dog. We show how to get them right – 3.0 min.

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MOVING OUT INTO THE OPEN FIELD. How to bring sheep out of a pen or training ring, calmly and cleanly – 12.5 min.

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MY DOG’S NO GOOD. Don’t believe it. The dog just needs training – 2.0 min.

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NO EXCUSES PLEASE! Don’t kid yourself your dog’s working better than it really is! Our reality check – 5.0 min.

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OUTRUN (1-3). A good sheepdog must have a good outrun. These three sheepdog training videos will help you to get it right – 15.0 min – Part 2 16 min | Part 3 10 min.


Tutorial videos – P to S

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PACK BEHAVIOUR. (An Insight into). Learn about how dogs work and interact with each other. You’ll love this! – 13.0 min.

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PUPPY TRAINING ESSENTIALS. You can start a pup on sheep at a very early age, but beware! – 2.0 min.

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SENDING THE DOG “THE WRONG WAY”! Teach the dog to work off-balance; vital for driving and precision – 13.5 min.

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SHEDDING (separating groups of sheep). It’s useful to be able to divide bunches of sheep, and you’ll need this skill if you want to compete in trials – 5.5 min.

Title picture of our sheepdog training tutorial video, Sheep.

SHEEP. (ex-First Steps DVD) Learn some essential facts about sheep and how different types of sheep can affect sheepdog training – 8.1 min.

Picture of a sheepdog handler, with the title of our sheepdog training video The Sheepdog Handler

SHEEPDOG HANDLER. (ex-First Steps DVD) Find out what you can do to prepare yourself for training a sheepdog – 13.0 min.

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SHEEPDOG SELECTION AND PREPARATION. (ex-First Steps DVD) Essential information to help you get the best from your dog – 38.5 min.

Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Getting Started in Sheepdog Trials

SHEEPDOG TRIALS (1-2). Two great tutorials show how to prepare your dog and yourself for competing in sheepdog trials – 24 min – Part 2 28 min.

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SHEEPDOGS TIME OUT. A fun look at our sheepdogs and how they play together – you’ll love this too! – 7.0 min.

sheepdog training videos alphabetical list: improving the dogs confidence with stubborn stock

SOMETIMES NICE IS NOT ENOUGH. If your dog’s struggling to move stubborn stock, teach it to get tougher – 16.0 min.

Photo of a border collie clambering through a fence to get away from the sheep in the background

STARTING A NON-STARTER (1-2). Two sheepdog training videos which explain why a dog may not want to work, as well as ways to trigger the hunting instinct so the dog to starts working stock – 14.0 min – Part 2 19.2 min.

Close up photo of Maisie, the dog used in this herding sheepdog training videos alphabetical list

STARTING A RELUCTANT DOG. A dog which is sensitive and reluctant to work can be frustrating to get started on stock, but trainee herding dog Maisie soon gets the idea! – 10.0 min.

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STARTING A STRONG DOG! Tess is over-excited, over-enthusiastic, and aggressive with the sheep at times, but she has great potential, and responds well to her training – 19.0 min.

How to start training a young puppy to work sheep and other livestock

STARTING A YOUNG PUPPY (1-2). Two video tutorials in which we take two eleven-week old puppies to sheep for the first time – 10 min – Part 2 8 min.

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STICKY DOGS! (Eye). What is “eye”, and can you overcome it? Yes! Train your dog to work more freely – 14.5 min.

Thumbnail image for our Stopping the Dog tutorials video. The sheep are in the training ring, and Andy is walking towards sheepdog Dulcie.

STOPPING THE DOG (1-3) Revised!. Three videos taking a close look at how to stop your dog without damaging its confidence – 22 min – Part 2 16 min | Part 3 17 min.


Tutorial videos – T to W

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TESS IN THE OPEN FIELD. Can Tess (from Starting a Strong Dog) be trusted to work out in the field? – 18.0 min.

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TOP TIPS FOR EASIER TRAINING!. Many ways to make training as easy as possible for yourself and the dog – 24.5 min.

Title banner for our sheepdog training videos alphabetical list, The Training Area, with trainee sheepdog Kay watching Andy the trainer close a farm gate

TRAINING AREA. (ex-First Steps DVD) Putting a little thought (and work) into improving the training area will pay you well – 20.0 min.

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TRAINING MAX – THE GRIPPER! (1-3). Three videos on how to cope with a strong-willed dog who violently attacks sheep – 33 min – Part 2 8.5 min | Part 3 15.5 min.

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TRAINING RING (1-2). Two videos. A training ring makes starting a dog much easier. It keeps the action close to the handler, and there are no corners for sheep to huddle in to avoid the dog. It’s also more versatile than you might think – 16.5 min – Part 2 18 min.

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TRAINING STICK. It’s important to use the training stick for guidance, not punishment. Correctly used, the Training Stick can HALVE the time it takes to train your dog. Find out how to do it in this short video. – 7.5 min

Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Use a reward to get training on board

USE A REWARD TO GET TRAINING ON BOARD. Careful use of the right kind of reward can make training your dog much easier. Odo refuses to travel in vehicles, but it takes 20 minutes to change his mind! – 15.0 min

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WHAT SHALL I DO NEXT? The order in which we train our dogs. There are so many things which need attention when you start training a dog, that it can be difficult to know which to address first. Follow our suggested routine for training sheepdogs – 14.5 min

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WHISTLE (1-2). Two videos. The first giving in-depth instruction on how to blow the notorious shepherd’s whistle. It also demonstrates the whistle commands we use. The second video shows how to introduce your dog to working on whistle commands – 6.8 min – Part 2 13.8 min.

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WOOLLY JUMPERS. How to prevent your sheep from jumping out of the training area, and how to cope if they do! If sheep jump out of the training area, it can be disruptive. Learn how to reduce the chances of your sheep jumping out of the training ring – 4.5 min.


Sheepdog training videos alphabetical list

Optional English, Spanish and French subtitles. (Some translation errors).