How to train your herding sheepdog to stop on command, without damaging the dog’s confidence.
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Teach your herding dog to lie down
Getting control of the dog.
We must protect the sheep.
Keeping the action close results in far better control.
In an open field, the trainer can’t keep close to the action.
Should a ‘lie down‘ command mean the dog must lie on the ground?
Should a stop command mean the dog must ‘stand still’?
Keep the number of commands to a minimum in early training to avoid confusing the dog.
A slow moving object is easier to stop than a faster one.
Limit the number of sheep you train with.
A dog which won’t stop is at best, difficult, at worst, a menace!
Get a good bond between yourself and your dog.
The sensitivity of the dog.
Sticky dogs (often called ‘too much eye’).
From strong-willed, to sensitive dogs.
Distractions (canine avoidance techniques).
A delicate balance.
Things to teach the dog before training on sheep.
Training your dog begins the moment it first sees you.
Crouch down when calling the dog to you.
An excited young dog will ignore commands.
Pre-training can have unexpected results.
Feel free to invent your own commands.
More about bonding with your dog.
How to get your sheepdog to stop!
These three extensively revised ‘stopping the dog’ videos deal with the common problem of how to get your dog to stop, and at the same time, avoid damaging the dog’s confidence. They go into more detail than the earlier versions, explaining why the keen herding dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will heed your ‘Lie down’ or ‘Stand’ commands. (Both mean the same thing in sheepdog training terms).
PART 1 is packed with useful information as you will see if you look at the highlights list above. It reminds sheepdog trainers of the need to quickly get control of their dog to protect the sheep. The video recommends the use of a training ring, which will keep the sheep and the dog close enough to afford the trainer a lot more control than they would have in the open field. When the action is close, the dog will take a lot more notice of the trainer than it will at a greater distance.