Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)

Valuable information for would-be sheepdog trials competitors


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Two-part tutorial for those people who hope to take part in sheepdog trials.
Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember. Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the competition? What should I avoid? Who can I ask for help?

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These two tutorials delve quite deeply into competitive sheep herding in the UK and many other parts of the world. They’ll give you a great understanding of how a sheepdog trial is run, how to prepare for your first trial, what to do, and what to avoid.

7 responses to “Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Parts 1 & 2)”

  1. Peter Bangarth avatar

    Thanks! I’m going into a ‘fun’ trial at my trainer’s farm in a few days, along with some of her other students and friends. Your guidelines reinforce hers and help me clarify a few hazy bits. This will be my and my dog’s first go at it.

  2. Arye Ehrenberg avatar

    Hello Andy. I’m just about to start training my dog for herding trials. your personal stories will sure lower the tension, thanks.
    I’m from Israel. what are the trials abroad, that I can participate in?

    1. Andy avatar

      I can only suggest you look at the ISDS website, Arye. If you go through the various links, you will find some trials listed, but searching on Google is probably better for you.

  3. Arye Ehrenberg avatar

    Hello Andy. will you make a tutorial on brace work?

  4. Arye Ehrenberg avatar

    Greate tutorrials, thanks.
    I wonder, when your at the the trials do you use your training stick or something else?

    1. Andy avatar

      A stick of some kind can be really useful at sheepdog trials – especially for penning and shedding the sheep. A shepherd’s crook is the usual stick to use for this.

  5. Jane Hart avatar

    Thanks for the videos on trials. They are really helpful.

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