It’s not easy when things are going wrong, but stay calm when training your sheepdog if you can! Find out how you can be a cool sheep dog trainer!
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Keeping calm makes training quicker.
Loud, rapidly-repeated commands excite trainee sheepdogs.
Keeping calm can dramatically reduce the time it takes to train a sheepdog.
Corrections from a normally quiet voice, have more impact on the dog.
Over-sharp correction of a sensitive dog can harm its confidence.
Watch a slow-motion training session with a sensitive, but aggressive dog.
After a stern command, the dog leaves the training ring.
A flank command often brings the dog back, better than a recall command.
Aggressive dogs which run off when corrected, can be the hardest to train.
Balancing the flanks of a sensitive dog which is ‘one-sided’ (left or right handed).
Gentle reassurance and tension relief during training.
A shout in time…
The dog lunges at the sheep, but a sharp shout changes her mind.
A sharp shout before the dog grips, usually works.
The dog’s body-language shows her intentions.
A sharp correction warns the dog off again. Now she feels guilty.
The dog seems undecided whether to leave the training ring again.
The dog leaves the training ring again.
Encouraging the dog to work while protecting the sheep.
A good indication the dog is mentally tired. (Time to stop the session).
Watch a training session at normal speed – a few days later.
Setting the dog up, for an outrun.
The dog sets off on her outrun early!
The dog lunges at the sheep, but a well-timed warning changes her mind.
Trusting the dog to work sheep around you with no commands, can relieve stress.
The most difficult dogs to train.
A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult dogs to train. Audrey not only fits this description perfectly, but just for good measure, refuses to go “Away” around the sheep too. The Calm but Firm tutorial will show you how to cope with these difficult dogs and stay calm when training your sheepdog. Featuring footage from actual training sessions.
Being ‘cool’ or even-tempered can make sheepdog training easier. It also makes it more pleasing for all concerned, including the dog and the sheep, or other farm livestock