Starting a non-starter, or motivating a dog which won’t work livestock.
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Ways to motivate your dog
Is your dog is the right kind of dog for herding?
The ability to ‘gather‘ sheep together and bring them, sets collies and kelpies apart from other herding breeds.
Safety considerations when working with cattle.
If the dog which won’t work, is under about 5 months of age…
If you have only had the dog for a few weeks, be patient and soon the dog should work.
What does ‘bonding with your dog‘ mean?
The importance of lead training (away from livestock) when you want to bond with your dog.
Other ways to create a strong bond with your dog.
At what age should dogs take an interest in livestock?
Five reasons why some dogs work livestock but others don’t.
A powerful hunting instinct exists in all dogs (sheep worrying)
Controlled use of the sheepdog’s hunting instinct.
A sheepdog must have hunting instinct, but that instinct must be controlled – with training.
Trigger that instinct, so the dog will works for you
It can be very disappointing to find that your dog doesn’t seem to want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to change its mind. As with most aspects of training dogs to work stock, once you understand what’s happening and why, you can then start motivating the dog to work.
In these two tutorials, we look closely at why some dogs want to work and others don’t, and then we look at several proven ways of triggering the dog’s work instinct.
Often the work instinct is dormant, but if we can trigger that instinct, the dog will start working.