We attempt to start training two eleven week old puppies to sheep for the first time.
Subtitles: French*, Spanish* or English, click CC on viewer (*translation errors).
What’s the correct age to start training a puppy on sheep?
In the open field, puppies are not fast enough.
The pup’s speed’s not important inside a training ring.
Encouraging the pup to find the point of balance.
Safety of the pup is a high priority.
Introducing two pups to sheep for the first time.
Carew would rather be elsewhere.
Carew’s not ready for training yet.
Ezra’s confidence is building.
Each time the sheep move away, the dog’s confidence grows.
Pups get tired very quickly.
Ezra working as an adult sheepdog.
Carew went on to be a truly great sheepdog.
With care, you can start training early
Part 1. The usual age to start training a puppy on sheep is between six and twelve months, but if you have the right sort of sheep and know what you’re doing, your pup can begin herding at a much younger age. Starting a dog early makes it much easier to get the youngster under control in the presence of sheep. In “Starting a Young Puppy” Andy shows what to do and what to avoid when he takes litter-mates Ezra and Carew to the sheep – at just eleven weeks old.