Train your dog to get sheep off a fence or hedge.
Learn how to get the sheep away from a fence.
Sheep tight against a fence can be very difficult to move.
Trainee dogs often lack the confidence to move sheep from a fence.
Inexperienced dogs nearly always avoid being trapped near sheep.
The handler’s presence combines with the dog’s, to push sheep tighter onto a fence.
A trained dog is useful for getting sheep away from the fence.
An untrained dog can help, too
An untrained dog can also be used to get sheep off a fence.
You can lead the dog around the sheep to get them off a fence.
For best effect, approach the sheep from in front. Not from behind.
Keep the dog close to the fence to move the sheep away from it.
Strategically placed hurdles can direct the sheep away from a fence.
The dog will soon gain confidence and be able to move sheep off a fence.
Being able to get sheep off a fence is a huge step in the dog’s training.
Try to stop the dog between the sheep and the fence (to keep them off it).
Lack of confidence means the dog won’t want to be trapped between sheep and fence.
The dog will prefer to hold the sheep against the fence (and remain in the open).
Using a ‘waltzing’ technique to bring the sheep out into the open field.
For best result, send the dog back through the gap to keep it open.
Watch the waltzing technique in practice.
Strictly collie dancing…
Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages of training can be very frustrating unless you know the “tricks of the trade”. This tutorial shows you how to get sheep off a fence or hedge, as well as a novel way to convert the dog’s determination to circle the sheep, into a useful tool for ‘waltzing’ them out into the open field.
Once you and your dog master this simple technique, you’ll very soon be working as a team, to keep the sheep out in the open – a huge step forward in the dog training!